Wildcat Wellness Newsletter

03/07 - NEWS FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE LEADER, REBECCA MCCAFFREY

My Contact Info:

978-632-4158 x 1

mccaffb@gardnerk12.org

Gardner is YELLOW on the Department of Public Health's Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report!!!

Check out the state's weekly report here!!! We've seen a steady decline in case counts and test positivity rate in Gardner. Please keep following all mitigating procedures with masking, social distancing, handwashing/hand sanitizing, staying home when sick. These procedures as well as our new POOLED TESTING will help stop COVID-19 transmission! Even if you've been vaccinated you still need to follow these safety precautions!

CHECK OUT THE NEW GARDNER PUBLIC SCHOOL COVID WEEKLY DASHBOARD, INCLUDING 7 DAY POOLED TESTING RESULTS!

The DASHBOARD will be posted weekly on the district website @ www.gardnerk12.org
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From front to back, Michele Mack, RN, ESS school Nurse and Becky Boutwell, RN, WSS school nurse conducting COVID-19 testing.

BAKER-POLITO ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED K-12 EDUCATORS, CHILD CARE WORKERS, AND K-12 SCHOOL STAFF ELIGIBLE FOR VACCINE APPOINTMENTS STARTING 3/11/2021

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PRESS RELEASE FROM 3/3/2021- GARDNER SCHOOL NURSES ARE READY TO VACCINATE OUR STAFF!
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From Left, GPS School Nurse Leader/COVID-19 School Lead, Rebecca McCaffrey, RN, Tina Rusak, RN, GPS School Nurse Care Coordinator, Erin Warren, RN, GHS School Nurse, Haley Downey, RN, GMS School Nurse, Michele Mack, RN, ESS School Nurse while working at Community Health Center clinic for Seniors

Two Vaccination Clinics are scheduled for GPS staff!

One clinic is sponsored by Community Health Connections to be held at GHS on 3/19 and the other is being held at the PACC on 3/13 by Heywood Hospital. Further registration required for Heywood Hospital's 3/13 clinic. Online registration will be sent out sometime in the middle of this next week for Heywood's 3/13 clinic. Staff that have signed up for the clinic at Gardner High School on 3/19 are all signed up and will receive appt times when the date is closer.


Thank you to GPS School Nurses who have already worked 81 hours at vaccine clinics including Heywood Hospital's vaccine clinics, Community Health Connection’s Senior and Shelter clinics, and Gardner Board of Health/Heywood Hospital Senior housing clinic!

Thank you to Heywood Hospital for arranging a school staff clinic for many of our surrounding districts and also for the thousands individuals you have vaccinated!


Thank you to Community Health Connections for sponsoring GPS very own school staff clinic to help us ensure that all our staff have the opportunity to get vaccinated!


Thank you to Gardner Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Mark Pellegrino, for giving our nurses the flexibility needed to assist in vaccination efforts!


Thank you to Mark Pellegrino, Jen Vickrey, Paul Damour, Brenda Smith, Paula Bolger, Scott Connery, Traci Podrazik, Erica Corral, and Cathy Goguen for the many hours that you have all volunteered at Heywood's Vaccination Clinics!


Gardner Public Schools is greatly supporting our community through many hours of volunteering!

What is POOLED TESTING?!?! Watch this video to learn more!

Some people have had difficulty with the online sign up. A paper consent has been created and is being sent out. Just sign the consent and return with your child to give consent for them to start testing weekly.
COVID-19 Voluntary testing presentation
VISIT HERE TO VISIT PROJECT BREAD'S SNAP TO FIND OUT MORE! FOR ASSISTANCE IN SIGNING UP FOR SNAP BENIFITS, CALL TINA RUSAK AT 978-410-4238 OR EMAIL RUSAKT@GARDNERK12.ORG

UNTIL NEXT TIME, CONTINUE TO BE SAFE, BE SMART, AND DO YOUR PART TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19!

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