June Nursing Newsletter

posted Jun 10, 2021, 6:44 AM by stasonish@northandoverpublicschools.com

Although we began this unprecedented school year with great uncertainty and facing many challenges, we are thrilled to have welcomed all of our students back safely and successfully this spring. We want to thank all of the NA families for working with us to keep our students, staff, and community safe. As the year comes to a close we wanted to share some health tips for the summer, in our June newsletter below. We hope everyone has an enjoyable summer break!

May NAPS Nursing Newsletter

posted May 3, 2021, 9:01 AM by stasonish@northandoverpublicschools.com

We are so happy our students are able to be back full-time in person and that we continue to see promising COVID-19 numbers in the town and within our schools. Thank you to all of our staff and parents for continuing to work together to keep the North Andover School community safe!

April NAPS Nursing Newsletter

posted Mar 31, 2021, 8:29 AM by stasonish@northandoverpublicschools.com

We are so excited to be welcoming our students back to full in-person learning 5 days a week this month! As a nursing team, we are looking forward to continuing to work together with our staff and parents to keep the North Andover School community safe. This newsletter will feature some reminders for parents as we move forward.

March NAPS Nursing Newsletter

posted Mar 2, 2021, 1:06 PM by Michael Grant

Check out the latest NAPS Nursing Newsletter.

January NAPS Nursing Newsletter

posted Jan 18, 2021, 8:00 AM by stasonish@northandoverpublicschools.com

In our January newsletter you will find some valuable information about the COVID-19 vaccine and tools for addressing your child’s mental health needs during these challenging times.

December NAPS Nursing Newsletter

posted Dec 21, 2020, 12:22 PM by stasonish@northandoverpublicschools.com   [ updated Dec 21, 2020, 12:22 PM ]

Learn about flu shot requirements, updated quarantine guidance, and more. Thank you for all you have already been doing to keep our community safe and healthy!

November NAPS Nursing Newsletter

posted Nov 20, 2020, 7:28 AM by stasonish@northandoverpublicschools.com   [ updated Nov 20, 2020, 7:30 AM ]

We hope this newsletter continues to be a positive resource for you during the holiday season. Thank you for all you have already been doing to keep our community safe and healthy!

News from the NAPS Nursing Dept.

posted Oct 26, 2020, 12:33 PM by stasonish@northandoverpublicschools.com

Hello North Andover families! We hope this newsletter can be a positive resource for you. Thank you for all you have already been doing to keep our community safe and healthy!

NAPS Positive COVID-19 Case Process

posted Oct 5, 2020, 4:21 PM by stasonish@northandoverpublicschools.com

Health Services Update 10/1/20

Our student body and staff have been closely adhering to our COVID-19 safety protocols including mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing. We are particularly grateful to our staff and student families for their continued efforts to stay home at the first sign of symptoms. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of additional transmission.

When someone tests positive for COVID-19, the results are sent to the health department in their town.  The local health department is responsible for reaching out to provide support to individuals who have tested positive so they can safely remain in medical isolation for a minimum of 10 days.  Sometimes there is a slight delay for the test results to reach the health department.  To ensure timely notification to the schools, staff and families are asked to notify their school nurse, principal, or the Director of Health Services, Cheryl Barczak barczakc@nak12.com, of any positive results. They will coordinate with the health department to begin contact tracing.

  • Contact tracing and notification begins as soon as possible.  Close contacts are defined as those who have been within 6 feet of a confirmed positive individual for at least fifteen minutes during the infectious period (48 hours prior to symptom onset or, in the case of an asymptomatic individual, 48 hours prior to a positive test result).  The building school nurse and principal have access to class rosters, seating charts and team/activity rosters to assist with identifying close contacts.

  • Communication by the health department is made to any staff member and/or parents of students who have been identified to be a close contact, notifying them that there has been a positive test without naming the person who tested positive.

  • Close contacts should not return to school until they have quarantined for 14 days.  They will be instructed to be tested 4-5 days after the exposure date, but must remain in quarantine even if the test result is negative, due to the 2-14 day incubation period of the virus. Each school will contact students regarding academic work during this quarantine period. 

  • When all close contacts have been notified by the health department, the school principal will use the following school-based communication (sample letter).

Additional protocols for responding to COVID-19 scenarios in school, on the bus or in community settings can be found here: COVID-19 scenarios in school

Thank you for continuing to support our mitigation efforts.  Your vigilance and active participation are key to keeping our schools open and our community safe.

Town Flu Vaccine Clinics on 9/30 & 10/16

posted Sep 24, 2020, 7:10 AM by stasonish@northandoverpublicschools.com   [ updated Sep 24, 2020, 7:11 AM ]

Vaccine for ages 19+ including high dose for 65 and older.  
Where: North Andover Senior Center 
When: Wednesday, September 30th from 12pm-4pm Friday, October 16th from 10am-2pm 

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