Health Services

October 21, 2020

Reminders:
Please be sure to complete and return the School Nurse Emergency Card.  If you need a card please notify Carol Patsio. 

Influenza Vaccine are required by the state by December 31st 2020. Documentation can be emailed to me @ Jessica_Casserly@needham.k12.ma.us or uploaded directly using the school health portal  

If your student has a pending COVID test he/she must wait until the results are back before they can come into the school building. Please email results BEFORE returning to school. Again, documentation can be emailed to me @ Jessica_Casserly@needham.k12.ma.us or uploaded directly using the school health portal  

Illnesses:

I'd like to thank all the Newman parents and guardians for your cooperation and understanding this year. As a reminder please refer to the symptoms checklist before school every day.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to me when deciding if your student can attend school.  

While this year is unique I really appreciate your understanding if your student must be dismissed due to illness while at school.  Teachers and staff are my eyes and ears. They know your children better then I do and I rely on them to report to me if he/she is not well.  By the time I am called, the teacher has done many interventions to try to encourage your student to remain in school.   My number 1 priority is to keep students in the classroom. However, given the current health crisis, I also have to consider the health and safety of our building.  When deciding if your student needs to be dismissed I refer to the illness guidelines. 

Thank you, 
Nurse Casserly 


September 15th 2020

In preparation for coming back into the School building please review the district site for your daily student symptom checklist   and plans for reopening our schools.

If your student will be absent from school please copy me on any emails to his/her classroom teacher. 

If your student has any symptoms on the checklist please call my office. We must connect  before your student can return to school.  

Looking forward to seeing your students soon!

Nurse Casserly
Jessica_Casserly@needham.k12.ma.us
718-455-0416 x55379

August 27, 2020

I am so excited to get back to school! 

For students who require medication during the school day, medication drop off  will be by appointment only.  

Please refer to the district's Medication Administration in the School Setting page to printout the  required forms.  You must have all of the following items in order for any medications to be accepted: 
*Parent Authorization for Medication Administration in School Form
*Physician’s order form - Can use this school template or the one that the Doctor provides. We do not require both. 

***In addition, students with life threatening food allergies also must have:
*Emergency Health Care Plan (Allergy Action Plan)
*4 Wallet size pictures of your child to be placed on the emergency Health Care Plan

Once you have printed and competed all the required forms please make an appointment for medication drop off : Medication drop off appointment link: sign up for an appointment slot.

Please bring your student's medication and completed  required medication forms to your appointment.  I will meet you outside in the circle in front of the school building.     All prescription and over-the-counter medications must be in the original pharmacy labeled container with child's name and birth date clearly visible.  Please be sure to check medication expiration dates prior to drop off. 

Thank you for your cooperation! Nurse Casserly

When you arrive, if I am not outside please call the health office 781-455-0416 x 55379

 


June 1st 2020

It is hard to believe we have been out of the school building for over 2 months.  While I have enjoyed the extra time with my 1st and 5th grader, we have experienced many ups and downs as we navigated virtual learning and social distancing.  As a parent, I always feel like I need to have all the answers.  When they have asked  questions about the future it was overwhelming for me to be unable to give them guidance.   Unfortunately, with the current state of things there are no answers that I can provide them with.  Instead, I chose to be honest and we have had many conversations about the unknown and discuss our feelings around how scary that feels. 

Last week at the principal coffee hour I gave this presentation on how to communicate with your student about COVID-19. You can view that here: health and wellness .pdf
There are several resources listed in the presentation.  I hope you find them helpful.  Please reach out if you need additional guidance. 


Nurse Casserly  

Hello from Nurse Casserly! 




Please do not hesitate to contact me.  I can be reached by telephone, email or via a dedicated fax line. I am also  generally available in the Health Office fifteen minutes before the start of school and thirty minutes after dismissal. 

Newman Elementary School
Jessica Casserly BSN, RN
781-455-0416 x 55379
Fax: 781-453-5607

Jessica_Casserly@needham.k12.ma.us

Required medical forms are available in the health office or may be downloaded from the District's Health Services Forms and Policies.

For answers to our commonly asked questions, please refer to School Nurses FAQS.

when to stay home from school

Health Insurance Coverage Massachusetts offers free or low-cost health and dental insurance for school-age children. Every child in Massachusetts should have access to a primary care provider. If you have any questions or need any information about health insurance coverage, please speak with your child's school nurse.
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