Immunization parent letter

November 17, 2023
Dear Parents/Guardians /Caregivers:
You may receive a call from a nursing team member regarding your child’s
immunization history. The MDPH requires that all schools complete annual
immunization surveys . This year the surveys are focused on grades K, 7 and 12. The
information below is a review of the MDPH annual immunization and physical exam
protocol.
Massachusetts law requires that all children entering school in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts must be properly immunized against Diphtheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DTP
or Td), Polio, Hib, Chicken Pox, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B, and
Meningitis and that documentary proof of immunization is necessary for continued
school attendance.  Please call your child’s healthcare provider to get this requirement
completed prior to the start of school in the fall so that there is no interruption in your
child’s education.
Please note that students who are 12 years of age and/or going into grade 7 are
required to have a Tdap and a first dose of the Meningococcal vaccine. Students who
are 16 years of age and/or going into grade 11 are required to have a 2 nd dose of
meningococcal vaccine. 
Physical exams are required for entry into K and are required in grades 4, 7 and 10. Any
student who plays a sport must have a current physical on file with the school nurse to
participate in sports. Physicals for athletes are valid for 13 months from the date it was
performed.
 
Thank you for helping us keep our school community safe.
Kathleen Dupuis, RN , Nurse Leader

 Food sales:

November 1, 2023
Springfield International Charter School is committed to providing a healthy school
environment for all students. Food allergies can be an emergency for both individuals with
known allergies and those having an allergic reaction for the first time According to FARE ( Food
Allergy Research and Education), 1 in 13 students have a food allergy. For any school food sales
or class celebrations, we allow only store-bought foods. The ingredient label needs to be
legible, noting possible allergens or cross contamination. We ask that parents alert the teacher
a few days ahead of time if you plan to bring in food. Please consider portion control when
making food choices. Food free celebratory items are strongly recommended and are readily
available.

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September 19, 2023

Dear Parents, Guardians, Caregivers,

The start of the new school year is here! We are excited to welcome our students and staff back to school. While the Covid-19 pandemic is officially over, the virus is not completely gone. The most common symptoms are:

Fever or chills

Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

Headache

New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose Nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

If you should experience any of the above symptoms, please stay home. Test for Covid and if positive, you must remain home for 5 days from the onset of your symptoms (onset of symptoms means you are experiencing 2 or more symptoms). The onset of symptoms date is day zero then count five days forward. After the five days have passed, you may return to school, as long as you do not have a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications but must mask for an additional 5 days.

To protect yourself and others, we recommend the following:

- Wash your hands frequently

- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve/elbow

 -Stay home if you are ill with fever (over 100 degrees), vomiting or diarrhea

- Get vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19

 

Please share any health concerns with our school nurses-

   K-5 Nurses Kristen and Ali @ 783-3434

   6-12 Nurse Kathleen @ 783 -2600

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April 13, 2023

Check our Wellness section for new health information and community resources

 


3/3/23

SBIRT Screening

Mandated screening called SBIRT. SBIRT stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment: Click the link below for the letter.

 

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Health updates September 16, 2022

The Nursing Team would like to welcome our students back to school. With the threat of COVID-19 lessening, we plan to provide more individual support and education to students with acute or chronic health issues.

Our updated COVID-19 plan is in the “COVID-19” section.

It is time to think about your annual flu vaccine. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against influenza (flu) is to get a flu vaccine. Flu is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness or hospitalization. The CDC recommends everyone six months and older get an annual flu vaccine.

Anytime your child gets a physical exam please send a copy to the school nurse. This helps us update their immunizations and their ability to participate in school athletics.

Springfield International Charter School is committed to providing a healthy school environment for all students. Food allergies can be an emergency for both individuals with known allergies and those having an allergic reaction for the first time. For any food sales or class celebrations, we allow only store-bought foods. The ingredient label needs to be legible noting possible allergens. We recommend you let the teacher know a few days ahead of time if you plan to bring in food. Please consider portion control when making food choices. Food free celebrations are a healthy alternative used to acknowledge a student’s special day or accomplishments.

Health Updates

Food Allergies: As a school, we enjoy giving our students a variety of treats to celebrate special events, meeting a classroom goal, etc. Some of these treats involve food. Food allergies can be an emergency for both individuals with known allergies and those having an allergic reaction for the first time. As always, our goal is to keep our students as safe as possible during the school day.

Being an “Allergy Aware” school, we have safeguards in place to promote food allergy awareness but continue to regularly update our plan. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in keeping all our students safe and happy.

 

Health Screenings:

•           Every year, regular state-mandated screenings are performed by health assistants

Illness Procedures: Please keep your child home from school for the following illnesses/symptoms:

•           Vomiting or Diarrhea

•           Fever of 100 degrees or more

•           Conjunctivitis

•           Strep Infection

•           Flu-like illness

This will ensure a more full recovery and lessen the risk of passing the infection on to others. When antibiotics are prescribed, the child may return to school after being on medication for 24 hours.

 

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please call the Health Office before sending your child to school.