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Health Information

Welcome to the Health Information section.

 

Here you will find valuable information to help keep your children and our community safe and healthy.

 

All health questions, comments, and concerns can be addressed by our School nurse, Amy Foote. 

 

Email: amy.foote@bartcharter.org

Phone: 413.743.7311 ext 728

COVID-19 Health Policies 
 
Coming soon -- stay tuned.
 
 
COVID-19 Procedures for When Your Child is Ill 

Coming soon -- stay tuned. 
Meningitis Immunization: All students entering the 7th grade must show documentation that they received one dose; all students entering 11th grade must show documentation that they received two doses, with the second dose given on/after their 16th birthday.
 
Flu Vaccine: all students are required to have documentation that they received a flu shot (or have documentation of a medical or religious exemption) by December 31, 2020.
 
 
Flu Facts -- from the Department of Public Health
 
 
Local Flu Shot Clinics
  • Thursday, October 15: Drury High School -- Please note that this clinic is for Drury students only as they are limiting access to their building. If you have students at Drury they may attend.
  • Thursday, October 15: Greylock Elementary School, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 16: Lenox High School, 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, October 17: Lee High School, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Physical Examination: According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), each child needs to present documentation of a physical examination within one year prior to entrance to school or within 30 days after school entry, and at intervals of either three or four years thereafter. If participating in competitive sports, physical exams are required annually. Due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the deadline has been extended to December 31, 2020.
 
Immunizations: As stipulated by DPH, no student shall attend a preschool, elementary school or secondary school program without a certificate of immunization documenting that the child has been successfully immunized in accordance with current DPH required immunization schedules. However, there are two situations in which children who are not appropriately immunized may be admitted to school: 1) a medical exemption; and 2) a religious exemption. For further information, please contact our school nurse.
 
TDap Immunization: All students entering the 7th grade must show documentation that the Tetanus booster, TDap, has been administered.
The school nurse is the primary person authorized to administer medication in school. Other substitute school nurses or designated personnel may be authorized to administer medication in the absence of the school nurse, on a field trip, or in a life-threatening allergy situation. Parents may also come to school to give medication if no coverage can be obtained in the absence of the school nurse. 
 
All prescription medications given at school need a physician order for the medication, a signed authorization from the parent, and a supply of medication in its original pharmacy labeled container. 
 
Parents must complete the health history form and sign the over-the-counter medication administration authorization at the bottom, in order for the nurse to administer over-the-counter medication to the student.
 
NO student may carry medication of any kind, prescription or over-the-counter. Asthma inhalers and EpiPens are the exceptions, however, they must be registered in the school nurse’s office with physician and parent authorization. 
 
Medication from discontinued orders or left at the end of the year, will be discarded after 5 school days. It is the parent’s responsibility to pick up leftover medication at the end of the school year. 
 
On half-days, students with medication scheduled for noon or later will take the medication at home. If there is a school delay or early release, then the parent is responsible for any medication scheduled prior to the delayed start of the school day or after the end of the shortened day.
Per recent guidelines provided by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), all annual screenings performed in schools are currently suspended.