Health and Wellness

Jacqueline Walker
Nurse

JFK Health Office

Mrs. Walker, RN, BSN, M.Ed, C.A.G.S.

Mrs. Kristen Ventosi, RN, BSN

Phone: 781-767-4600, press 3

fax: 1-781-767-4054

emails: rwalker@holbrook.k12.ma.us

kventosi@holbrook.k12.ma.us

The nurse collaborates with families and staff members to keep students healthy, in class, and learning!  The health office is open 8:30am-3:15pm on days when school is in session.  Please feel free to contact the nurse with any questions or concerns.  Voicemails can be left on the private nurse line and voicemails are checked throughout the school day.

NEW STUDENTS:

Preschool, Kindergarten and Transfer students:

Welcome!  Upon enrollment, the main office will provide families with the school medical requirements.  All health requirements align with MA regulation requirements for school attendance.  Please call the school nurse with any questions or concerns regarding school health requirements.

Updated 9/2020:  The school nurse is responsible for ensuring that all students have documentation of all school requirements, recommended by the MA Dept of Public Health, on file in the school health office prior to a student starting.  Documents can be mailed, dropped off, emailed to rwalker@holbrook.k12.ma.us, or faxed to 781-767-4054

 

FLU VACCINE

Updated 8/20/2020: MA FLU Vaccine:  The MA Department of Public Health has added the 2020 seasonal flu vaccine to the list of required immunizations.  All k-12 students should receive the seasonal flu vaccine after August 1, 2020 and prior to December 31, 2020. Documentation or proof of immunization should be brought to the school health office.  All students (in-school, hybrid and remote) should all comply with this directive.  The only exceptions are medical or religious exemptions and a letter should be on file in the health office if one of these exemptions are being utilized.  Documents can be mailed, dropped off, emailed to rwalker@holbrook.k12.ma.us, or faxed to 781-767-4054. Please call or email the nurse if you have any questions!

 

 

MEDICATION Use at School

If your JFK student will require medication during the school day, you can call the school and make an appointment to visit with the nurse.  The nurse phone number is 781-767-4600 ext 3

  Please remember to bring:

1. The medication

2. A medication order from the MD or NP

3. Yourself!  A parent or guardian needs to sign the parental consent

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Covid Info:

 

 MA school recommendations can be found here:   http://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/on-desktop/protocols/protocols.docx

 

 

Covid Info for the upcoming school year (based on above DESE recommendations):

Ill Students:

Students who feel ill will be referred by their teacher to the health office where they will be assessed by an RN.  If a student shows any of the Covid symptoms they will be escorted to the Bullpen (the medical waiting area).  A parent will be notified and dismissal should take place within 30 minutes.  The student can return if they receive a negative Covid test, or if they have an MD note indicating an alternate diagnosis.  If the test is positive, the student will be permitted to return to school after ten days and three days without symptoms. If the parent chooses not to have their child evaluated by a doctor, the student must isolate for 10 days. 

TESTING SITES:  https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13

or

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/stop-the-spread https://memamaps.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=eba3f0395451430b9f631cb095febf13

 

 

Close Contacts:

If a student or staff member tests positive for Covid, close contacts will be dismissed from school and will be encouraged to get tested.   All close contacts, regardless of test results, need to quarantine and remain out of school for 14 days.  Close contacts are class mates or staff members that are within 6 feet of positive person for greater than 15 minutes (siblings are considered close contacts)

 

Hand Sanitizer:

Hand Sanitizer will be used throughout the school day.  Hand sanitizer will be provided by the school and students should NOT bring their own supply.  If you do not want your child to utilize hand sanitizer, please send in a note to the school nurse.

Water Bottles:

Students are encouraged to bring in a water bottle.  The water fountains will be available for touch-less dispensing and filling of bottles but drinking directly from water fountains will NOT be allowed.  Labeling water bottles with your student's name is encouraged!

Communication:

Please call the nurse if your child is diagnosed with Covid, or is showing symptoms of Covid, or if you or your family needs to quarantine because you have come in contact with a positive Covid person.  

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Click HERE for Holbrook Public Schools Wellness Policies

 

 

UPDATE 8/1/2020:  Please see the main web pages for the most up to date information regarding the 2020/2021 school schedule!  This information is subject to change and the main web page will have the most current information regarding in-school, hybrid and remote learning.  Please email or call the nurse with ANY health related questions!

 

When to Keep Your Child Home, updated 8/1/2020:

Fever of 100.0 or greater (prior to returning to school, student should be fever free for 24 hours without use of medication)

Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Cough d/t unknown cause

Sore throat

Nasal congestion or runny nose d/t unknown cause

New loss of taste or smell

Eye drainage

Skin rash

Cold symptoms that would interfere with your child or classmate's learning

When in doubt, please call the nurse so we can discuss

 

MEDICATIONS:

1. ALL medications (prescription or over the counter) need to be brought into school by a parent/adult. Do not send in medications with your child or in your child's school bag. UPDATED 8/2020: please call the nurse prior to visiting the school so that arrangements can be made for drop off.

2. In order for the nurse to adminsiter a specific medication for your child, a Doctor's Order must be on file in the health office. 

3. Individual Inhalers and Epipens:  New MD orders are needed each school year

4. Please let the nurse know if your child is taking medication.  A note can be sent in with your child or you can leave a phone message on the nurse line.  In the event of an emergency, it is essential that the health care team is aware of your child's medication use.

HELPFUL REMINDERS:

Phone Contacts:  Please Inform the main office or health office if your home, cell or work phone number changes.  It is imperative that the nurse can reach you if needed during the school day.

Extra Clothes: Please keep a spare outfit, including underwear, in your child's school bag.  This will be used in the event of an accident or mishap here at school.

Physicals: Please send in copies of your child's annual physical exams after their MD appointments. Additionally, per MA state regulations, third graders MUST have an updated physical exam on file prior to starting fourth grade.