If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health or any health and wellness issues, please feel free to contact the Health Office at (508) 999-1356, ext. 1108.
Thank you for completing your child’s Health Questionnaire. A strong school-home partnership is imperative to keeping students healthy and safe. If there are any changes in your child’s health (physical, emotional, or social) during the school year, please do not hesitate to contact the Health Office.
When should I keep my child home from school?
Your child’s well-being is important to us as well as the other students and faculty. Here are some quick guidelines for when to keep your child home sick from school:
- Fever over 99.0 degrees (return when fever free and unmedicated for 24 hours)
- Severe cough/cold
- Strep throat (return after treated with antibiotics for 24 hours)
- Pink eye (return after treated for 24 hours)
Important Health Topics
We are keeping a close eye on the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) situation in Dartmouth and in neighboring communities. The safety of our students is always our top priority.
Currently, the risk level for Dartmouth is classified as “moderate” according to the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health. We are in close contact with the Dartmouth Board of Health to stay updated on any changes to Dartmouth’s risk level.
Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to make several changes to outdoor activities until the EEE risk subsides after the first hard frost this fall. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children age 6 months and older receive a flu shot. Every year the flu is unpredictable, but the precautions to decrease exposure remain the same. Here are some recommendations by the CDC to prevent flu:
- Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.
- Stay home when sick.
- Wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth when you cough.
- Keep your hands away from your nose, mouth, and eyes.
- Clean surfaces regularly.
Car Seat Safety
Here is a reminder of current car seat safety laws in Massachusetts:
- All children must ride in a federally approved child safety seat until they are at least 8 years old or over 57″ tall.
- Children older than 8 years old or taller than 57″ must wear safety belts.
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