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HEALTH OFFICE UPDATES AND REMINDERS 2020-21
We’re excited to be back in the building and looking forward to seeing everyone soon. We’re writing to share some information and updates as we start our re-opening process.

  • If your child requires daily medication or needs to have emergency medications at school please contact the health office.  We will be setting up appointments for medication drop off on Thursday 9/3 and 9/8 from 12-3PM. Please email us to set up that appointment and please be prepared with your child’s medication in a pharmacy labeled container and completed Parental Authorization and Physicians Authorization forms. Those forms can also be found by going to the NHS website or the NPS website. Many of you should have received electronic copies of the appropriate forms for your child’s medication from our health office in June.
  • Please contact us if your child has had any changes in health or new diagnoses so we can ensure that any health needs are met during their school day.
  •   For students ( grade 10) submitting documentation of a recent in person physical examination, the exam is acceptable if it was conducted within the past 2 years or within 120 days of the school start. A telemedicine well child visit will be accepted if it is for the purpose of school attendance. It is not acceptable as a substitute for an in person exam if the physical exam on file in the health office is older than 4 years
  • Students transferring to Needham High school are asked to submit a physical exam conducted one year before or within 90 days of the school start.
  • For students seeking to participate in athletics, an in person exam should be conducted annually, specifically within 13 months from the start date of practice/tryouts

IMMUNIZATION UPDATES

As many of you are aware, beginning with the 2020-21 school year, influenza vaccine is required for all  students. The vaccine must be received prior to December 31st. It will be very helpful if you are able to share documentation of this vaccine or to notify us where and when your child received the vaccine.

Additionally, all grade 11 students are required to receive a second dose of Meningococcal vaccine. Most students received their first dose at age 11-12. The second dose must be given on or after the 16th birthday. One dose is acceptable if it is given on or after the 16th birthday. Please provide us with written documentation of this booster dose.

Specific information for all Massachusetts School Immunization requirements can be found below:

Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements
2020/21 MDPH Immunizations-2020.pdf

All documentation can be faxed to us at 833-298-1218. Our fax is encrypted and secure and we are able to access it remotely.

Please reach out with any questions. We’ve shared a lot of information and are available to help in any way.

Please call or email
Lisa Austin, Lisa_Austin@needham.k12.ma.us, ex. 22137
Livia Rizzo, Livia_Rizzo@needham.k12.ma.us,  ex.22139
Jackie Kiley, Jackie_Kiley@needham.k12.ma.us,  ex. 22138


Please browse the links on the left for information and resources.

Departmental News and Helpful Reminders

When a student is ill at school:
Any student who becomes ill during the school day must go through the Health Office to be released home. Parents will be called from the Health Office by both the student and the School Nurse. Texting or calling parents to leave the building without School Nurse permission will result in an unexcused absence.

When a student thinks one might have contracted Covid 19:

Covid 19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • 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

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Please contact your provider.

Adapted from Cincinnati's Children's Hospital

Management of cold and flu symptoms includes high fluid intake and rest:

  •  Students should be excluded from school if they have a fever (100 and over). Students may return to school after being fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol, Advil, or Motrin, and feeling well enough to engage in learning. Students should stay home from school if they are actively sneezing, or have a persistent runny nose and/or cough.
  • Please contact your child’s health care provider if you have a concern about persistent fever and/or respiratory problems associated with the flu.
  •  Cold and flu germs are passed by airborne respiratory droplets and by hand contact. Please encourage frequent hand washing, especially after using the bathroom, blowing or coughing, and before eating. Adequate hand washing should take about 20 seconds.
  • We are encouraging students to wash their hands more often at school, and it may be necessary to provide tissues for your son and daughter to use. Remind students to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their upper sleeve, not into their hands, to prevent the airborne spread of germs.
Lisa Austin MSN, RN, NCSN
lisa_austin@needham.k12.ma.us
(781) 455-0800 ext. 22137

Livia Rizzo M.Ed, BSN, RN
livia_ rizzo@needham.k12.ma.us
(781) 455-0800 ext. 22139

Jacqueline Kiley MS, RN
(Mon. and Thurs. only)
jackie_kiley@needham.k12.ma.us
(781) 455-0800 ext. 22138

High School Health Services Fax:
(833) 298-1218

Nurses Email:
nhs_nurses@needham.k12.ma.us
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