Health Services

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. 

Phone: 781-455-0416 x 55379
Fax: 833-296-7391
Email: 
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.


December 10th  2020

Hello Families,
We need to  continue to make sure that we are extra cautious this year and take care of each other.  
Please let your classroom teacher and/ or Nurse Casserly  know if your child will be traveling out of state over the winter break, will be visiting with  family that you don't normally see, have a cold (flu or strep diagnosis) or are awaiting COVID test results.  
Review the most recent travel orders and stay at home advisory before planning your holidays. 
You may find test sites in Massachusetts here.

Please note that if you travel to another state, the travelling parent and/or your child will need to produce documentation of a negative PCR/molecular test that was done within 72 hours of arrival back to MA or quarantine at home for 14 days. 
* For children 10 years old and under returning from travel, parents can submit a negative test from either the parent OR the child.
*This includes travel to a second home out of state.

Students may not attend school if they are awaiting Covid tests results for ANY reason. This includes tests obtained to comply with travel requirements, and tests obtained as a precaution for the holidays.

Contact the school nurse (jessica_casserly@needham.k12.ma.us) for ANY illnesses or visits to the doctor's office. This applies during in person schooling, remote days, and vacation weeks. Please be sure to let us know if your child is diagnosed with a contagious illness such as seasonal influenza or strep throat. We will be watching closely for clusters of these illnesses now more than ever.

Be aware that the school health office cannot share health details with teachers. Please let your teachers know if there are health concerns that will change your child's educational plan. We encourage you to share whatever level of detail you are comfortable with.

Again, our priority is the health and safety of all students and staff members, and being mindful of your holiday plans and travel will enable us to keep our school open for in person learning, which is everyone's goal. 

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Winter Break!
Nurse Casserly
November 10, 2020

The SNAP Student Health Portal is up and running.  At this time not all Needham Public Schools have chosen to use this platform. It is the decision of each school nurse if they choose to use the portal

All students at Newman Elementary School 
have been  invited.  Please look for an email with the subject, "Needham Public School Welcomes you to the SNAP Health Portal".  If you do not have it in your inbox it might be in your SPAM or JUNK mail.  This will include your initial password. You can change this under settings once you are logged in.  Once logged in, pease be sure to check that all contacts and health alerts are accurate and up to date. 
 
Using the portal is completely optional but a convenient way to communicate with the school nurse. You can easily upload health forms, immunizations,  update health alerts or  inform me of any health concerns.  
If you do not want to access the portal there is nothing you need to do, simply ignore any emails from the portal.  No urgent issues will ever be communicated through the portal.  A phone call will always occur for urgent issues. 

Please contact me with any questions
Nurse Casserly 

November 1, 2020

Not sure if you or your student should be tested for COVID?  

Below are links to two helpful resources you can use to determine if testing is recommended. Your health care provider will also advise if testing is recommended.  

Symptom checker

Interactive Tool for COVID in Schools


October 30, 2020

Reminder to parents/guardians regarding travel:

If your student will be traveling to a restricted state please notify me by phone call or email
Tel : 781-455-0416  Ext. 55379

Returning to School after Travel:
On the student daily checklist there is a question regarding travel:
  • Has your child been out of state in the past 14 days?  If yes, and your child has been to any state other than a lower risk state as listed on this website  per the Governor’s order, he/she/they must quarantine for 14 days or, produce proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 from a test administered no longer than 72 hours before your arrival to Massachusetts.
However, Testing for children, 10 years and younger, who are traveling with an adult from their household is not required.
  • If the student is 10 or younger, then the child does not need a test. He/She can return to school after the traveling parent provides a negative test result to the school nurse.  
  • If the student is 11 or older, then the child needs to be tested or will need to quarantine for 14 days
Please contact me with any questions 
Nurse Casserly

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 at home 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 school district  
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

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  

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