NURSE NOTICES

**COVID-19 Information for Parents & Children**

 

Hand Sanitizer Opt Out Form(click here)

 

Notes from the Nurse:

Both parents or students can contact me with any questions/concerns. 

You may also send me a message at hanpow1@gpsk12.org or Remind app at GMSNurse anytime during the week.

I will do my best to respond within 24 hours.

I hope you are all staying healthy and safe, I miss seeing your faces!

Contact Info:

hanaug1@gpsk12.org

Google Voice: call/text 413-453-9064

School Number: 413-772-1360 ext.2237

Fax Number: 413-772-1367


Flu Season: It's flu season again. Consider getting a flu shot for you and your family. In addition to getting vaccinated, encourage your child to take everyday steps that can help prevent the spread of germs. This includes:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If not are available, cough into the crook of your arm.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Protect yourselves and others by washing hands frequently with soap and water.

Please remember to keep children home from school if they have a fever or diarrhea. Children must be fever free (without the aid of fever reducing medication) for at least 24 hrs. before returning to school.

 

early signs of the flu chart

FLU SYMPTOM CHECK LIST FOR FAMILIES, SCHOOLS AND CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

Click link below for helpful information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/flu/flu-symptom-check-list.pdf

What is influenza (flu)?

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses.  It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. CDC (Center for Disease Control) estimates that flu-related hospitalizations since 2010 ranged from 140,000 to 710,000, while flu-related deaths are estimated to have ranged from 12,000 to 56,000.

Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), are at high risk for serious flu complications  and are more likely to have serious flu outcomes.  The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.

How does flu spread?

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.  These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby.  Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose.

What are symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms of flu include:

  • fever (usually high)
  • headache
  • extreme tiredness
  • dry cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle aches
  • stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults

How long is a person with flu virus contagious?

The period when an infected person is contagious depends on the age and health of the person.  You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.  Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.  Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.

How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?

Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.  Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can be carried out, when needed to tell if a person has the flu.

Where can I get more information about the flu?

You can call the CDC Flu Information Hotline (English and Spanish) at: 1.800.232.4636 or 1.888.232.6348 (TTY)