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Nurse's Office

On Sunday evening, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker ordered ALL schools in Massachusetts be CLOSED through May 1, 2020.  


Catherine Harkin, RN, BSN
harkinc@holliston.k12.ma.us
Office:  508-429-0689 
Fax:  508-429
-0691


Sarah Holmes, RN, BSN
Holmess@holliston.k12.ma.us
Office: 508-429-3134
Fax: 508-429-0691







NEWS FROM THE NURSE'S OFFICE

COVID-19 updates/information 

How to prepare and protect your family for COVID-19 spread in your community  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

Holliston Lunch Program for families in need:

Dreams, partnering with Pepperoncini’s of Milford, Anthony's on the Green in Holliston, and the Holliston Public Schools, will offer lunches to families-in-need beginning Wednesday March 18, 2020 through the end of the school closure period.  This program is designed to assist all Holliston families who may have a need, regardless of whether or not you have a child attending the Holliston Public Schools.  As is the case throughout Massachusetts, we will be using a "grab-and-go" method of distribution in line with the Governor's instructions on social distancing.

Curbside pickup will be available at the Miller Elementary School, 235 Woodland Street from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM to any family who does not have any member of their household who is in quarantine or is showing any symptoms of COVID-19.  For those unable to leave their homes, a volunteer will deliver lunch to your doorstep. If you are in need of delivery please email: foodservice@holliston.k12.ma.us by 9:00 PM the night prior.  Please provide the following information: your family name, the number of people in need of lunch and your street address.  This information will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

This lunch program will be available on the following days:

  • Wednesday March 18, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020 (excluding Saturday and Sunday, March 21st and March 22nd)
  • Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, we will go to a three-day per week model (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) where we will distribute/deliver lunch for two days at a time.

****IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT THE FLU!****
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There have been some cases of the flu reported in all of Holliston's schools.  Students are experiencing fever, headaches, cough, sore throat, congestion, and sore muscles.  Please DO NOT send your child to school if he or she has a fever over 100 AND your child must be fever FREE for 24 hours before returning to school.  Please remind your child to wash their hands frequently.  Click here for the CDC's The Flu - A Guide For Parents.

As always, please review Placentino's Guidelines for a Nut Free classroom prior to sending in any shared snacks!

 

"School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and lifelong achievement of students. To that end, School Nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy and learning." ~National Association of School Nurses 

  • The goal of the Holliston Public School Health Services Department is to promote an optimum level of wellness and remove health related barriers in order to enhance the education process. We believe that health and education are interrelated and that a healthy student is the best learner.

  • The Placentino School Health Office is committed to providing basic health services, health promotion and prevention of disease, health maintenance and a safe and caring environment for all students.

  • The Placentino School Health Office provides basic health services that include first aid, management of emergencies, health teaching and counseling, administration of medications and treatments, assistance in management of chronic illness, infectious disease control, monitoring of immunizations and required physical exams, annual vision, hearing, and growth screening programs and staff training in CPR, Epinephrine Administration Programs, and Standard Precaution Programs.

Entrance Requirements
All incoming Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten students are required to have documentation of their completed series of immunizations on file in the Health office upon entrance to school. Students are also required to have documentation of a current physical exam, performed within a past year, on file in the Health office. 

Medication Policies
The following policies have been put into place to ensure the health and safety of children needing medicine during the school day.  In order for a child to receive a prescription or over the counter medication at school, we require the following:
  • A signed consent by the parent or guardian.
  • A signed medication order from your child’s physician or nurse practitioner
Click here for the Medication Order/Parental Consent Form

Special medication situations:

  • For short-term prescription medications, those requiring administration for ten (10) days or less, the pharmacy labeled container may be used in lieu of a licensed prescriber’s order.
  • Nonprescription medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, require written parental consent only.
  • Over the counter medications, such as cough medicine and antihistamines, require a signed medication order from your child’s licensed prescriber.

Medicines should be delivered to the school in a pharmacy or manufacturer labeled container by you or a responsible adult whom you designate. Please ask your pharmacy to provide separate bottles for school and home. No more than a 30 day supply of the medicine should be delivered to the school.

When your child needs a medicine during the school day, please act quickly and follow these policies so that we may begin to give the medicine as soon as possible.

Thank you for your cooperation.


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