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If your child has any symptoms of illness, please stay home and call/text the school nurse at (508) 641-7710 to notify us. The nurse will be available starting at 7:00 a.m. each school day. Tardy arrivals related to medical concerns will be excused.

You may also reach the Health Office during school hours at (508) 999-1356, ext. 1108 if you have any questions, concerns, or changes regarding your child’s physical, emotional, or social health.

COVID-19

Daily Symptom Screening

Monitoring the health of all individuals in our building this year will be a community effort between school and home. We are asking families to complete a daily screening of symptoms and exposure to COVID-19. You must complete this screening each morning before leaving home if your child plans to be on campus.

We are using MyMedBot, a health screening app designed specifically for schools. (Download on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or access the health screening questionnaire via an internet browser.) The screening survey will be available starting at 5:00 a.m. each school day. If you receive a green “pass” at the end of the survey, you can bring your child to school. If you receive a red “fail,” you must stay home and contact the school nurse.

If you are unable to use the MyMedBot app to screen for symptoms, please use the internet browser version or simply screen your child on your own using the following questions:

In the past 24 hours, has your child developed any of the following symptoms?

  • A fever of 100.0°F or greater
  • Diarrhea or nausea/vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Body aches/pains or chills
  • Complaining of stomach pains
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Cough/congestion
  • Headache (accompanied by another symptom)
  • Sore/Strep throat
  • Pink eye
  • Any other illness

In the past week, has your child been in direct contact with anyone symptomatic or diagnosed with COVID-19?

In the past 14 days, has anyone in your immediate family traveled outside of Massachusetts/Rhode Island (other than the exempt areas currently designated by the state)?

If your child has any of the listed symptoms or if you answered yes to either of the above questions, please stay home and call/text the school nurse at (508) 641-7710 to notify us. The nurse will be available starting at 7:00 a.m. each school day. Tardy arrivals related to medical concerns will be excused.

Students with any of the listed symptoms can return to school once they have been symptom-free for 48 hours, or have received a doctor’s note or negative results from a COVID-19 test. (For strep throat and pink eye, students can return after being treated with antibiotics for 24 hours.)

Flu Season

This year, influenza immunization will be required for all children attending Massachusetts preschools and K-12 schools to reduce the impact of respiratory illnesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Friends Academy is following this statewide guidance, which means your child must receive a flu vaccine by December 31 unless they are learning from home or you provide a medical/religious exemption.

We recommend you contact your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible to schedule an immunization appointment.

Other Important Health & Wellness Topics

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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