September 25, 2020
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
On Thursday, 9/24, it was necessary for NRHS to request EMS services for a student having a medical incident. We enacted a shelter-in-place for staff and students during that time. At no time was there a risk to anyone in the school community. The student and all involved are well. Thank you to the staff and students for your cooperation.
Also, based on this week's presentation to the School Committee, I am following up on further inter-school collaborations around education during the time of Covid. We are looking for more in-person opportunities for students like the New Student Orientation we held, as well as other best practices for our program. I have spent a great deal of time reaching out to our surrounding communities and am using this information to evaluate what might work best for us in the future. I appreciate the challenges and frustrations of this moment, and share them.
From the Health Office
Hello Nashoba Families and Students!
Happy Autumn! As always, I hope this finds you and your family well! With the beautiful fall weather upon us, I hope you can take some time to get outside and visit some of the many local family-owned farms and orchards! We're so lucky to be surrounded by so many great places for apple picking, pumpkin patches, hiking, cider donuts, and fresh apple cider! Get out there and enjoy that fresh air and sunshine!
For those looking for local flu vaccine clinics, Nashoba Board of Health has a list that continues to be updated and can be found here, along with required forms to be filled out in advance and answers to frequently asked questions: http://www.nashoba.org/news-events/71-2020-flu-schedule.
Here are some dates for quick reference:
Sat Oct 3, Stow will host their flu clinic at Hale School from 10am- 2pm.
Wed Oct 7, Lancaster will host their flu clinic at the Lancaster Community Center from 1pm-6pm with 1-3pm reserved for those over age 60.
Thurs Oct 22, Bolton will host their flu clinic at the Nashoba Regional High School cafeteria from 2-6pm, with 2-4pm reserved for those over age 60.
Thank you in advance for forwarding any flu vaccine documentation for your Nashoba students either by email, postal mail, or fax. The secure nurse fax line is 978-965-3968. Additionally, yearly physical exams can continue to be sent to NRHnurses@nrsd.net, as they are required for athletics.
With this being an unusual year, we have some new school health guidelines from the Health Office.
Students and staff must stay home if feeling unwell. Everyone must do their part to protect others and not come to school if they are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling sick. Below is the full list of symptoms for which parents/guardians should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves for daily:
❏ 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
❏ Headache when in combination with other symptoms
❏ Muscle aches or body aches
❏ Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
❏ 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
If you answered YES to any one question above, you need to consider staying home. Please contact your school nurse and follow up by contacting your healthcare provider and ask to speak to a nurse to be sure that no further assessment is needed before coming to school/into the office. Your school nurse may request that your child receive a PCR COVID test prior to returning to school.
Please email the attendance line at NRHSattendance@nrsd.net when your child is absent from remote learning or in person learning WHEN DUE TO ILLNESS. If you could state the reason for your child’s absence, we would greatly appreciate it.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns. The overall success of this school year will require each of us working closely together, listening to one another's concerns and doing our part to contribute to a positive, healthy and safe school experience. We look forward to working with you in keeping your child and our school community safe and healthy this school year.
Please reach out at any time with any questions or concerns.
Sarah DelConte Cosentino
978-779-2257 ext 3112
nurse fax line 978-965-3968
Follow on twitter @NashobaNurses for health and wellness updates!
Please notify the main office of any student absences as outlined in the Student Handbook by emailing us at NRHmainoffice@nrsd.net
Medical appointments, such as doctor or dentist visits, are excused ONLY once we receive the actual medical note.
PSAT for Juniors
Juniors can sign up for the PSAT, which will be held on October 17th (Time TBD). Here is the link, which is open from September 18th - October 9th, with a late fee starting October 2nd.