Welcome to School Nursing
School Nurses in Somerville offer 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.
Somerville Health and Human Services News
Flu Clinics: Somerville Health and Human Services Public Health Nursing staff are developing plans to administer flu vaccines to all Somerville residents in the Fall. Stay tuned for more information regarding possible Family Flu Clinic opportunities. For more information contact Public Health Nursing at(617) 625-6600 ext. 4320.
Enterovirus D68: Every year, millions of children experience health problems caused by one of various enterovirus infections, showing symptoms that can include coughing, sneezing, and fever. This year, Enterovirus D-68, has also been associated with severe respiratory illness. Below are some resources to help you learn more about EV-D68, and how to keep your child from getting and spreading this enterovirus.
- Web Feature , "What Parents Need to Know About Enterovirus D68"
- Drop-in newsletter article (matte article) , "Parents: Learn the Facts about Enterovirus D68"
- Fact sheet for parents , "What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68"
- General questions and answers for the public
- Infographic: Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68
Epi-Pens: If your child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy, you may be eligible for a free Epi Pen. For more information, download the flyer below or visit www.epipen.com.
Health Screening Information
All Screenings are Mandated by Department of Public Health regulations. If you would prefer to have your PCP perform these screenings at your child’s routine physical and not at school, please send a note to your child’s school nurse informing them of your choice to “opt” out.
Height and Weight/BMI Screening
Schools in Massachusetts are mandated by Massachusetts General Law to obtain heights and weights on students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10. Heights/weights/BMI screenings will be done at the elementary, middle schools and high school in November and December. If you would like your child to be exempt from the Massachusetts mandated screenings, you should provide the nurse at your child's school a written request to exempt your child.
Public Schools in the state of Massachusetts are required annually to screen students in grades 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 for postural screening. Postural Screenings will take place in your child's Physical Education class during the months of November, December and January. The exact dates are still to be announced. If you would like your child to be exempt from the Massachusetts mandated screenings, you should provide the nurse at your child's school a written request to exempt your child.
Vision and Hearing Screening
Vision and Hearing screenings are mandated by Massachusetts State Law in grades Kindergarten thru 5, 7, and 9, while hearing screenings happen in grades K-3, 7, and 9. The elementary, middle and secondary school screenings are conducted in November and December. If your child does not pass one of these basic screenings you will receive a letter in the mail asking you to follow-up with the child's physician and/or appropriate specialist. When you do receive a letter it is important you return the letter that will include information for your child’s medical record. If you would like to have your child exempt from the screenings, you must send a written note for each screening in which you do not want your child to participate. Please send the written notice to the nurse at your child’s school and it will be kept in your child's health file, for future reference.
Because school nurses and counselors are uniquely positioned to discuss substance use among young people, it is recommended that schools allow for opportunities for appropriately trained staff to reinforce prevention, screen for substance use, provide counseling and make referrals as necessary to all adolescents, including students in upper elementary grades. Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) focuses on prevention, early detection, risk assessment, brief counseling and referral intervention that can be utilized in the school setting. Use of a validated screening tool will enable school nurses and counselors to detect risk for substance use-related problems and to address them at an early stage in adolescents.
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