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Modified Quarantine Guidelines
    Based on the guidance from the DESE developed in collaboration with the DPH and the Executive office of Health and Human Services, the quarantine guidelines for students exposed in school have been modified.  

    If your child was within 3 to 6 feet of an individual who tested positive in either the classroom or the bus, while both individuals were masked, your child does not have to quarantine and can return to school as long as they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19.  We encourage you to still have your child tested on Day 5 after exposure.  As always, COVID-19 test results should be reported to Mrs. Woodford, Sargent School Nurse at  We are also following all Department of Public Health protocols, including collaborating with our Local Board of Health to complete contact tracing.  
    These modified quarantine guidelines do not apply to school sports or exposure that occurs outside of the classroom or the bus.  

Tick Season

    The students will be spending more time outside for play and learning, so it is important to keep an eye out.  Ticks can carry Lyme disease in addition to many other illnesses.  If you or your child(ren) are playing outside, it is important to wear insect repellent with DEET, picar mi idin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone. When you come inside, be sure to do a thorough body check to ensure you haven’t brought one home with you.  Also, be sure to check any pets that may be playing outside!

If you notice that you have a tick embedded, use tweezers and grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. Once removed, wash the area with warm soapy water.  Watch for signs of sickness such as a rash that appears like a bullseye ring or a developing fever.  Contact your physician if you notice a bullseye ring or become sick after a tick bite.  

For more information on Ticks and Tick Borne illnesses, please visit the CDC’s website @

Allergy Season
As Allergy Season quickly approaches, please know some of the symptoms of allergies and how to help prevent them from arising in yourself or your child.  Many allergy symptoms can be the same as COVID-19 symptoms.  Seasonal allergies can result from grass, weed, tree pollen, or molds. Cat and dog dander allergies are common. Symptoms include:
  • itchy eyes and skin
  • itchy nose or throat
  • sneezing
  • nasal congestion
  • wheezing
  • rash
Many over the counter medications can help keep these symptoms at bay.  Please speak with your pediatrician about what might be best for your child if they typically suffer from allergies.  We want to help avoid any dismissals from school for symptoms that may also be consistent with COVID-19 symptoms!

Please continue to follow our NAPS COVID-19 GUIDELINES:

Caregivers must monitor their children each day for COVID-19 symptoms and should not send their child to school when sick.  

By sending children to school, a caregiver is self-certifying that their child does not have COVID-19 symptoms and that they have considered possible exposure to COVID and made the appropriate decision per these guidelines.

Please STAY HOME if you have any of the symptoms listed:

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills 

  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Muscle aches or body aches

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Headache when in combination with other symptoms

  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms


You have had close contact with a person known to be infected with Covid-19 in the last 14 days



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Don't forget your flu shots this year! 

Per the MA DPH, the influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts schools, colleges and universities in person. The new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and ​the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. This new flu immunization requirement to enter school in January is in addition to existing vaccine requirements. 

Please submit documentation to the health office once your child has received their yearly flu vaccine. Thank you!



 If your child requires an EpiPen, Inhaler, or a Daily Medication, they will require a form to be filled out by your physician that will remain on file in the Health Office for the year.  Access to any of these forms are located here:

ALL children will be REQUIRED to wear a mask while in school.  Please send your child in with 2 extra mask in case they need to change it for any reason. Mask wearing must be strictly adhered to.  Please familiarize yourself with the NAPS Mask Protocol here.
The 3 W's
please familiarize your children with the 3 W's 
  1. Wear a mask
  2. Wash your hands
  3. Watch your distance (stay 6ft. apart)
wear your maskwash your handskeep your distance

 School Nurse 

Dana Woodford, BSN, RN

Sargent Elementary School 
300 Abbott Street
North Andover, MA 01845

978-738-1302 - School Nurse 
978-725-3673 - Main Office Phone
978-725-3678 - Main Office Fax

When should you keep your child home from school?

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