If you have any questions, concerns, or changes regarding your child’s health (physical, emotional, or social) or any health and wellness issues, please feel free to contact the Health Office at (508) 999-1356, ext. 1108 or School Nurse Maura Reimer.
Important Health Topics
At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the Friends Academy community. However, we are following all state guidelines and emergency actions to help contain its spread. (Learn more about campus closures and distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
All families are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, limit trips outside of the house, and keep a distance from others (including other children) during this time. These actions can help everyone stay safe and prevent further spread of the virus. Although healthy children do not appear to be at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19, they could be carriers of this new disease.
Good personal hygiene is still considered one of the best ways to prevent the spread of any illness. We ask that you and your family follow proper hand washing techniques and model good hygiene for your child.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath and can appear anywhere from 2-14 days after exposure. For the latest information about COVID-19, please refer to these health organizations:
- Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic – World Health Organization
Parents and family members can play an important role in talking to children about COVID-19 in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. Learn more about helping your children cope with emergencies.
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.
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)
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Severe cough/cold
- Strep throat (return after treated with antibiotics for 24 hours)
- Pink eye (return after treated for 24 hours)
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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- Massachusetts Immunization Guidelines
- Lyme Disease – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or Vaping – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention