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BMI Screening Notification

 

To:       Parents/Guardians of Students in Grade(s) _1 and 4:

From:  Linda Sawyers_______________________, R.N., School Nurse

Email: Linda_Sawyers @newton.k12.ma.us

Health Room Telephone: 617-559-9603

The BMI Screening Program will be take place during the month of March.

Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 57 and 105 CMR 200.000)require that public schools collect height and weight measurements of students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10. These measurements are used to calculate the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is a screening tool to monitor students’ growth and development and identify possible health risks.

Your child’s screening will be supervised by the school nurse and each student’s privacy will be respected at all times. Your child’s height, weight, and BMI measurements will be recorded in your child’s school health record and kept strictly confidential. The screening results will be available to parents/guardians upon request.

If you choose not to have your child participate in the Growth Screening Program, please contact the school nurse.

Here are some simple standards for a healthy lifestyle for children:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables; drink more water and less sugary drinks
  • Spend no more than 2 hours per day on “screen time” (TV, video games, computer use, etc.)
  • Get at least 1 hour of physical activity per day

In support of your efforts to promote healthy eating and active living, you may find the following websites helpful:

http://www.keepkidshealthy.com

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/

http://www.mass.gov/massinmotion

Please feel free to contact the school nurse with any questions you have about the BMI screening.

BMI Screening Notification

From the Memorial Spaulding Health Room

BMI Screening Notification

To:       Parents/Guardians of Students in Grade(s) _1 and 4:

From:  Linda Sawyers, R.N., School Nurse

Email: Linda_Sawyers @newton.k12.ma.us

Health Room Telephone: 617-559-9603

The BMI Screening Program will be take place in March.

 Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 57 and 105 CMR 200.000)

require that public schools collect height and weight measurements of students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10. These measurements are used to calculate the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is a screening tool to monitor students’ growth and development and identify possible health risks.

Your child’s screening will be supervised by the school nurse and each student’s privacy will be respected at all times. Your child’s height, weight, and BMI measurements will be recorded in your child’s school health record and kept strictly confidential. The screening results will be available to parents/guardians upon request.

If you choose not to have your child participate in the Growth Screening Program, please contact the school nurse.

Here are some simple standards for a healthy lifestyle for children:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables; drink more water and less sugary drinks
  • Spend no more than 2 hours per day on “screen time” (TV, video games, computer use, etc.)
  • Get at least 1 hour of physical activity per day

In support of your efforts to promote healthy eating and active living, you may find the following websites helpful:

http://www.keepkidshealthy.com

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/

http://www.mass.gov/massinmotion

Please feel free to contact the school nurse with any questions you have about the BMI screening.

 

 

 

11/2013

Health Newsletter January 2015

Flu Season Update, January 2015

You’ve probably heard that this year’s flu vaccine is not a perfect match.

Reports this year indicate that the seasonal flu vaccine may be less effective due to a change in one of the viruses included in the vaccine. However, this doesn’t mean the vaccine isn’t helping you stay healthy this flu season.

Although this season’s vaccine may not protect completely, it should work well against some of the circulating viruses, minimize symptoms if you do get the flu and help prevent serious flu complications.

The Health & Human Services Department vaccinated 3,500 students and more than 1,100 school staff members against influenza in October and November. This is 27.9 percent of our students. Anyone who would still like to receive a flu vaccine may call the HHS Department at (617) 796-1420 and speak to the public health nurse to make an appointment.

Massachusetts is one of the states reporting widespread flu activity and people who have the flu can be contagious before they develop symptoms. Here are some everyday preventive measures to take:

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Keep your child home from school for 24 hours after a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

For more information http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/general/take3.pdf

Emergency Preparedness for Student’s with Allergies

The start of the new year is a good time to be sure your child’s emergency epinephrine medication is up-to-date and available at school.

A recent anaphylaxis episode of a Newton Public School student highlights the importance of having emergency epinephrine available. A student with a known life-threatening food allergy had a severe reaction at the end of the school day. Trained teachers responded and fortunately, the student was carrying an Epipen. Proper procedure was followed; the student was transported to the hospital and recovered from this allergic episode.

An emergency can happen anytime – please be prepared:

  • Report life-threatening allergies to the school nurse – update the status annually
  • Teach your child about avoiding an exposure
  • Provide non-expired emergency epinephrine medication to the school nurse
  • If appropriate, have your child carry emergency epinephrine with them

For any questions related to influenza or allergies, contact the school nurse.

Growth Screening

From the Memorial-Spaulding Health Room

 

BMI Screening Notification

 

To:       Parents/Guardians of Students in Grade(s) _1 and 4:

 

From:  Linda Sawyers_______________________, R.N., School Nurse

Email: Linda_Sawyers @newton.k12.ma.us

Health Room Telephone: 617-559-9603

The BMI Screening Program will be take place January and February.

Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 57 and 105 CMR 200.000) require that public schools collect height and weight measurements of students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10. These measurements are used to calculate the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is a screening tool to monitor students’ growth and development and identify possible health risks.

Your child’s screening will be supervised by the school nurse and each student’s privacy will be respected at all times. Your child’s height, weight, and BMI measurements will be recorded in your child’s school health record and kept strictly confidential. The screening results will be available to parents/guardians upon request.

If you choose not to have your child participate in the Growth Screening Program, please contact the school nurse.

Here are some simple standards for a healthy lifestyle for children:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables; drink more water and less sugary drinks
  • Spend no more than 2 hours per day on “screen time” (TV, video games, computer use, etc.)
  • Get at least 1 hour of physical activity per day

In support of your efforts to promote healthy eating and active living, you may find the following websites helpful:

http://www.keepkidshealthy.com

http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/

http://www.mass.gov/massinmotion

Please feel free to contact the school nurse with any questions you have about the BMI screening.

 

 

 

11/2013