Nurse Sara's Messages
If your child is going to be absent, please remember to call Sara Crowley, our school nurse, at 781-794-8420, and then press 1.
There is no need to wait for school hours to contact Nurse Sara. If you happen to know in the middle of the night that your child is ill, please call and leave Nurse Sara a message.
Your message should include:
- Your child's name
- Your child's teacher
- Reason for absence
- Predicted length of absence
Please recall that upon your child's healthy return to school, he or she must turn in a note to his/her teacher explaining the absence.
The hustle and bustle of December is over. It is time for the students to regenerate energy to focus on learning. Children should have routine bedtimes, well balanced meals, and regular active play to ensure a foundation for learning.
It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to review the school breakfast/lunch menus for any possible allergens. If you have any nutrition/ingredient concerns, please contact the Food Services Director, Sarah Coughlin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminders when to keep your child home sick:
- Fever of 100 degrees or higher. Your child must be fever free without the use of fever reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school
- Vomiting or diarrhea, symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school
- Constant cough or runny nose
- Red and/or itchy eye with discharge
If you received a referral notice for hearing and vision in the fall, please send in the follow up paperwork from the physician. Proper hearing and vision are crucial for successful learning.
*If you are a Registered Nurse and are interested in substituting in the schools, contact Jean Afzali, the BPS Director of Nursing at 781-848-4000 x7840.**
Sara Crowley, RN
781-794-8420 and press 3
June is National Safety Month.
Medication safety is important for all.
This article focuses on young children.
In 2014, Safe Kids Worldwide released a new research report identifying new insights into why kids are getting into medicine nearly 500,000 times per year. Every minute of every day, a poison control center receives a call about a potential medicine poisoning for a child age five and under. And 64,000 times each year, or every eight minutes, a young child goes to the emergency room for medicine poisoning. In three out of four (77 percent) of those visits, a child got into medicine belonging to a parent or grandparent.
Families take medications and vitamins to feel and stay well. However, any medication, includ- ing those bought without a prescription, can cause harm if taken in the wrong way or by the wrong person. Practicing safe medication storage while at home and when on-the-go can help keep children safe.
Protect your children. Here’s how:
- Teach your children about medication safety. A Medication safety program will be presented to the Braintree Public School’s second grade students in the month of May. The program will emphasize teaching your child what medi- cine is and why you or a trusted adult must be the one to give it to them.
- Never tell children medicine is candy to get them to take it, even if they don’t like to take their medicine.
- Put all medication up and away and out of children’s reach and sight. Children are curious and put all sorts of things in their mouths. Even if you turn your back for less than a minute, they can quickly get into things that could hurt them. Pick a storage place in your home that children cannot reach or see. Walk around your house and decide on the safest place to keep your medicines and vitamins.
- Put medicines away every time. This includes medicines and vitamins you use every day. Never leave medicine out on a kitchen counter or at a sick child’s bedside, even if you have to give it again in a few hours. In 2 out of 3 emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the medicine was left within reach of a child.
- Make sure the safety cap is locked. Always relock the cap on a medicine bottle. If the bottle has a locking cap that turns, twist it until you hear the click or cannot twist anymore. Remem- ber, even though many medicines have safety caps, children may be able to open them. Every medicine must be stored up and away and out of a child’s reach and sight.
- Only use the dosing device that comes with the medicine. Kitchen spoons aren’t all the same, and a teaspoon or tablespoon used for cooking won’t measure the same amount of medicine as a dosing device.
- Tell your guests about medicine safety. Ask family members, houseguests, and other visi- tors to keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicine in them up and away and out of sight when they are in your home.
Write clear instructions for caregivers about your child’s medicine. When other care- givers are giving your child medicine, they need to know what medicine to give, how much to give and when to give it. Using a medicine schedule can help with communica- tion between caregivers.
- Be prepared in case of an emergency!
Call your poison control center at 800.222.1222 right away if you think your child may have gotten into a medicine or vitamin, even if you are not completely sure.
Program the Poison Help number into your home and cell phones so you will have it when you need it. You should also keep the number on your refrigerator or another place in your home where babysitters and caregivers can see it. And remember, the Poison Help Line is not just for emergencies, you can call with questions about how to take or give medicine.
- Take Action: Visit the Up and Away Campaign’s website to learn more about storing medica- tions safely while at home and when traveling with young children. Share these safe storage tips with family and friends.
Sources: Safe Kids Worldwide(www.safekids.org ) & Center for Disease Control and Prevention (https:/ /www.cdc.gov/Features/Med ication Storage/ )
10 tips for helmet safety
Each year approximately 600,000 people suffer from bicycle-related injuries that require hospital emergency room treatment — 250 of these children will die from bicycle-related injuries.
A helmet is the single most effective way to help reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes. Helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent and the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent. Approximately 75 percent of bicycle-related fatalities could have been prevented by wearing a properly fitted helmet.
Helmet safety tips
- Adopt the simple saying, “Use your head, wear a helmet.” Children should always wear a helmet for all wheeled-sports activities.
- When skateboarding or long boarding, your child should wear a skateboarding helmet.
- Parents also should wear a helmet for every ride. Children learn from watching you so mod- el proper behavior.
- When it is time to purchase a new helmet, let your child pick out his/her own; he or she will be more likely to wear it for every ride.
- Helmets should sit comfortably on the head all the way around; sitting level and stable enough to stay in place during violent shakes or hard blows.
- Rest the helmet level on the head, not tilted.
- Make sure the straps of the helmet form a “V” under the ears when buckled.
- Have the strap underneath the chin fit comfortably snug.
- Secure the helmet to the point that twisting and tugging cannot remove it.
- Always replace a helmet after a crash. Damages may not be visible, but the foam can lose its integrity.
Source: Mackensey Stang, Injury Prevention Specialist CentraCare
HealthFacts and Figures are provided by the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota and the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.
“Protect the Skin You’re In”
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Follow these recommendations to help protect yourself and your family.
You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter before you need relief from the sun. Your best bet to protect your skin is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you’re outside—even when you’re in the shade.
When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing certified under international standards comes with information on its ultraviolet protection factor.
If wearing this type of clothing isn’t practical, at least try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up. Keep in mind that a typical T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15, so use other types of protection as well.
For the most protection, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears, and the back of your neck. A tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, works best to protect your skin from UV rays. Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. A darker hat may offer more UV protection. If you wear a baseball cap, you should also protect your ears and the back of your neck by wearing clothing that covers those areas, using a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30, or by staying in the shade.
Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure.
Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the United States, regardless of cost, meet this standard. Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.
Put on broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Don’t forget to put a thick layer on all parts of exposed skin. Get help for hard-to-reach places like your back. And remember, sunscreen works best when combined with other options to prevent UV damage.
How sunscreen works. Most sunscreen products work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. All products do not have the same ingredients; if your skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor.
SPF. Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor (SPF) number that rates their effectiveness in blocking UV rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. You should use a broad spectrum sun- screen with SPF 30.
Reapplication. Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
Expiration date. Check the sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.
Cosmetics. Some makeup and lip balms contain some of the same chemicals used in sunscreens. If they do not have SPF 30, don't use them by themselves.
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Seat Belt Safety for School Age Children, New Drivers, and Young Adults
The following is a helpful guideline of Massachusetts Laws pertaining to seatbelt safety. It is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A child should remain in a booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches (57 inches) tall, and are between the ages of 8-12. The height requirement is extremely important. This is so the shoulder strap rests across the shoulder and not across their neck.
For more information, and to find out where to go if you need a free or discounted booster seat contact the CAR SAFETY LINE at 1-800-227-7233 or visit Mass.gov/childsafetyseats.
When a child meets both height and age requirements, and the seat belt rests across their shoulder correctly, a booster seat is no longer needed.
When is it safe for your child to ride in the front passenger seat of any vehicle?
The safest place for a child to sit in any vehicle is the back seat. In Massachusetts, if a child is at least 13 years old, and meets the height requirement, it is not against the law for them to sit in the front passenger seat. Never let any child ride with the shoulder strap behind their back. In an accident this could result in a more severe injury to their abdomen. If the strap bothers him/her it is usually a good indication that he/she should still be in a booster seat.
New Drivers and Young Adults
Does your new driver or child know these facts regarding seat belt use?
In the State of Massachusetts any driver can be pulled over if a minor child or sibling is not properly restrained in a child safety seat and fined $25. The driver can be cited an additional $25 for each person under the age of 16 that is also not restrained.
What is Vaping?
Vaping is a dangerous trend that is becoming more popular, but what is it? Vaping is done via an electronic cigarette or E-Cig. The small, pen like devices are battery powered and heat a liquid into an aerosol which is then inhaled. It may be odorless or it may be flavored.
These flavorings are often sweet enticing flavors to teens. Vaping is inhaling an aerosol, meaning there are particles in the inhalant not just water vapor. Many of the liquids that are used can contain nicotine, which is an addictive drug, the same drug contained in traditional cigarettes. Even though a vaping liquid may say it does not contain nicotine, they often do have a small percentage of nicotine. Other ingredients found in the inhalants include heavy metals (nickel, tin, and lead), volatile organic compounds, and other chemical which can be harmful.
Some other popular names used for an E-Cigarette are E-Hookahs, Vape Pens, Mods, Juuls, and Tank Systems. Below is an example of an E-Cigarette.
It is important to talk with your children about the dangers of vaping. It is more prevalent in high schools than traditional cigarettes, and it is being used by middle school aged children as well. Tips on how to talk to your child can be found on the CDC.org website.
Check out the Braintreeschools.org website, go under student life/BASHY and/or the townofbraintreegov.org website under departments/partnerships for events on substance use awareness.
Information adapted from the SurgeonGeneral.Gov