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Wednesday, March 25th 2020
 
Dear Parents,
I hope you and your family are well. During this health crisis surrounding the recent novel coronavirus infections impacting the United States (COVID19), in the upcoming weeks I will be posting some short videos and health/wellness links. I may still be reachable during this school closure. Please see my contact information listed below. I have also compiled Island links and important phone numbers should you need them in order to keep you and your family healthy and safe.
 
Office Hours 
During this time I will have office hours on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 9am - 9:30am. You can call or email anytime and I will get back to you during these times. If your message needs urgent attention please indicate this & I will get back sooner. **Don't forget to leave your best contact information. Thank you! Mrs. Barlett. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Important phone numbers 

MV Hospital Covid-19 public general questions hotline- 617-724-7000

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault hotline 508-696-SAFE (7233)

​Urgent Care and Emergency Services (mental health crisis) -508-693-0032

 
Wishing you all an abundance of health,
Nicole
 
Nicole Barlett, School Nurse
nbarlett@mvyps.org
508-627-1420 -Office
508-627-1411-Fax                           

Saturday March 28th 2020 
 
PARENT RESOURCES
 
 
"Answering kids questions about coronavirus"- an intrerview between a nine year old boy and his health care providers. -Great share for parents
 
"Parent resource" -CDC Talking to Your Child About Coronavirus
 
"Parent resource" - developed by National Association of School Nurses & National Association of School Psychologist -Great share for parents
 
"The Coronavirus explained and what you should do"  
Check out this animated youtube video which includes a brief hisory or the novel coronavirus (COVID19). - Highly recommended for teachers, parents, and middle school age students. 
 
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4-2-2020
 
Dear staff, parents and students,
 
I truly hope you and your family are in good health and spirits. There is no denying the past few weeks have been turbulent with new stressors and challenges as we all navigate a new way to meet expectations in our professional and personal lives. I have paused during this time to thoughtfully express what I feel is important to share and will hopefully be a useful perspective.
 
At this moment in time due to the Coronavirus we are being asked to pause. School is out until May 4th, stay at home advisories are in effect, and all non essential business is shut down. This is like no other time, at least that I have experienced. We can make a choice to be hopeful and take this as an opportunity to be with our families or loved ones in our lives. Pause and take the time that a few weeks ago you most likely did not have. This may take practice but time is something that hopefully is on your side now that life as we once knew it has been slowed down. The health and well-being of you and your family is most important. Here are some ideas you can implement to promote health and keep your mind and body healthy. 
 
Ideas for families  
* hike the trails on Martha's Vineyard (use tick repellant, see app below)
* Enjoy a game night 
* Choose a recipe that you would not normally cook due to your busy lifestyle.
* Read together 
* Go outside and clean up your yard or just get the sunshine and fresh air. 
* Take note of the changes in the environment. Do you see any perenitals  
   coming up such as daffodils and forsythia ? 
* Write words of thankfullness to your family members, near and far. You can  
   read them outloud or or save them in a speacial place for a future date.
 
Ideas for older kids 
* Listen to audio books or read a book
* Draw
* write a letter to a person who is on the front lines of COVID-19 thanking
  them for their service for example, (EMS, docters, nurses, kitchen staff at
  school,police, grocery store employees).
* make a list of places you want to visit or goals you would like to achieve
* Call a family member or friend who you haven't seen because of social
   distancing or because they live far away. Ask them how they are.
* journal 
 
Parent/teacher resource
Youth Connectedness Is an Important Protective Factor for Health and Well-being 
 
Hoping to see everyone back at school soon, 
 
Mrs. Barlett 
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4-4-2020
 
Hello parents and staff,
 
I hope you are all having a relaxing weekend! The link below was sent from Nurse Practitioner Julie Love. Ms. Love is the Director for McLean School Nurse Liaison Project. She has been a nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse for 20 years, working with people of all ages in a wide range of settings. She has also been a nursing instructor, teaching pediatrics, maternity, and psychiatric nursing for several Boston area nursing schools...
 
 
 
 
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4-14-2020
 
Watch Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, as he explains how to make a cloth face mask using common household items. While this is not meant to replace the 30 Days to Slow the Spread it is the newest public health measure one can take. 
 
 
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4-17-2020 

Food Resources During COVID Quarentine/Isolation

1.) Community Services-

Links to free grocery distribution programs, food pantries, senior meals, school meals, community suppers and food assistance programs. https://www.mvcommunityservices.org/food-resources-during-covid-19/

2.) Islanders Help-

Community volunteer grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up. Find Islanders Help on Facebook or contact Madalena Maria Lopes at: Islandershelpmv@gmail.com 508-939-0250 or 508-560-2891

3.) Vineyard Grocer- Call or order on-line for home delivery. https://vineyard-grocer.myshopify.com/ 508-693-2000

4.) Island Food Pantry- Now doing deliveries. info@islandfoodpantry.org | 508-693-4764

5.) Chilmark Neighbors- Community volunteer grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up. Contact Delilah Meegan at: chilmarkneighbors@gmail.com 508-545-3249

https://www.chilmarkma.gov/home/news/chilmark-neighbors-hotline-available

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4-27-2020

The Importance of Sleep Routines

Being out of school and adjusting to an online learning platform can be challenging for many. For one, it can be hard to stick to a routine. For example, sleep routines may become compromised resulting in reduced alertness, impaired performance and negatively affecting one’s health. Lack of adequate sleep or irregularities in sleep wake patterns have been linked to mood dysregulation such as negative moods, or irritability. Evidence also supports insomnia (defined as a problem with initiating or staying asleep) can increase the risk of developing the symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder, depression, ADHD and social phobias in younger children. It becomes more challenging and necessary to keep routines for children or adolescents who are already dealing with these issues

Recommendations by Age from the National Sleep Foundation

6-13 year olds - 9-11 hours of sleep

14-17 year olds- 8-10 hours of sleep

18-25 year olds- 7-9 hours of sleep

26-64 year olds 7-9 hours of sleep 

65 years and older need 7-8 hours of sleep

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/family-dynamics/Pages/The-Importance-of-Family-Routines.aspx

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4-29-2020
 
What is your Self Care Practice 

Self-care is not an indulgence, it's a decision an individual can make to enhance their overall physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Adults who choose self-care are acting as positive role models for others including our youth who are looking to us for guidance. I challenge you to think about your own self care practice & try to incorporate one or two healthful habits. Below are some links should you want some ideas and also to learn how self-care practices can positively impact your health.

 
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5-7-20
 
 
 
 
Mandatory Health Records
Please note that documentation of immunizations must be turned in by the beginning of school or your child may be excluded from school until these requirements are met. Copies of physicals should be turned in as soon as possible.
 
Parents of students entering KINDERGARTEN are reminded to bring to school any health documents that were missing at registration and screening in the spring. Parents will be notified of missing records during the summer. Students are not allowed to enter school without proof of documented immunizations.
 
Parents of students NEW to the Edgartown School: State law requires parents to submit to the school: 1. A complete immunization record; 2. A copy of a physical exam done within one year of school entry. 
 
The Department of Health State law requires that students have a physical exam at intervals of three to four years. When the exam is done, please send documentation to me. 
                      
 
Parents of students entering GRADE 7: All students must have a Tdap (Tetanus- Diphtheria) booster and second dose of varicella if not already done. Please contact your child's primary care physcian to make sure this is done before he/she enters 7th grade. Documentation of this may be brought to the nurese's office where it will be entered into your childs medical record. 

General Information
 
Used clothing: I have a small supply in the bathroom in case a student has an accident in school and a change of clothing is needed. My supply needs replenishing so before throwing away your child's outgrown clothes, please notify me. T- shirts, pants and socks of all sizes would be helpful.
 
BMI Screening is now mandated by the Department of Public Health for grades 1,4,7,&10. BMI stands for Body Mass Index and it is calculated by taking the childs height and weight. These grades where chosen by DPH as they are growing years. Public schools have been measuring height and weight of students for many years as part of yearly growth screening. The  goal of this screening is to help all people in Massachusetts be healthy and part of that is maintaining a healthy weight. If you have any questions or concerns about this please notify me directly at 1-508-627-1420 Nurses office. Please note: BMI letters are no longer sent to parents unless deemed necessary by the school nurse. 
 
Medication Policy: Children are not allowed to carry or take their own medication in school. This includes over the counter medications like Tylenol or Advil. If at all possible medications should be taken at home. Any medications to be taken during the school hours (1) must be brought in by a parent/guardian (2) in the original container properly labeled  by the pharmacy and (3) a permission slip must be completed by parent & doctor prescribing the medication.
 
 
ILLNESS: In order to promote a healthy school environment we need to work together to avoid the spread of communicable diseases. This means that occasionally a child must be kept home or may need to be dismissed early from school when s/he is ill. I know this can sometimes be an inconvenience for working parents, but in the long run it may help prevent a longer or recurrent illness and help stop the spread of illnesses to others.
                        
Children should be kept home from school for the following:
1. Has a fever of 100 degrees or higher the night before school or in the morning. Children should be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever -reducing medicine before returning to school.
2.Has diarrhea or vomiting the night before school or in the morning.
3. Has inflammation of the eyes with discharge. May return to school after 24 hours of antibiotic treatment.
4. When s/he is feeling so poorly that s/he cannot participate in regular activities.
 
Please plan ahead what you will do if your child needs to stay home from school or if you are called to pick up your child. Keep emergency numbers up-to-date by notifying the school of changes. In case of an emergency, this can save valuable time.
 
Our School Policy on Head Lice
It is our school policy that children will be sent home for treatment when they are found to have lice. After the prescribed treatment, your child may return to school, but s/he must report to the nurse for daily checks till the nurse clears the student. It is often helpful if a parent or guardian accompanies the child in the AM for the head check. This provides the nurse and parent an opportunity to share concerns, and answer questions.
 
What you can do - treatment and prevention
1. Check your Childs head before the start of school. Look for alive, crawling brown insects, an itchy rash at the nape of the neck or behind the ears, or
tiny gray, grayish-white teardrop shaped eggs glued to the hair strand close to the scalp.
2. Children should be reminded to NOT share hairbrushes, combs, hats, etc.
3. Long hair should be kept tied back. Please notify me any time you suspect your child may have lice or if s/he comes in contact with a known case. Delay in treatment allows for transmission and great inconvenience to many people.
 
Thank you for working as a team with the school to keep your child lice- free. 
 
                                                            

 

  
  


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