ConVal School Nurse Newsletter

June 2021


As more of our student population becomes eligible to receive the COVID vaccine, it is important to understand the difference between an expected side effect of the vaccine and a symptom of illness.

Common expected side effects of the COVID vaccine include:

  • pain/redness/swelling at site of shot
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • chills/fever
  • nausea

The following are possible signs of illness, and are NOT expected side effects from the COVID vaccine:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • sore throat, runny/stuffy nose
  • change in smell/taste

IF YOUR CHILD HAS RECEIVED THE COVID VACCINE AND IS EXPERIENCING EXPECTED SIDE EFFECTS, then they should stay home but may return once symptoms subside. If symptoms persist more than 24-48 hours, and/or other signs of illness develop, then the student should isolate and follow up with a health care provider for further guidance.

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On May 17th, Superintendent Kimberly Rizzo Saunders sent a message out to families explaining the updated mask guidance that the district will be following.

  1. Masks will not be required on the field of play as it relates to athletics. When teams travel to other Districts for competition, all athletes and staff will follow the guidelines of the hosting fields related to masking. When teams participate in NHIAA-related playoff tournaments, all athletes and staff will follow the guidelines of the tournament related to masking.
  2. The use of masks outdoors will be limited to occasions when physical distancing (3 feet) cannot be maintained.
  3. The use of masks indoors and on buses will continue as it outlined in the Reopening Plan.
  4. Large outdoor events such as graduation, prom, end of the year performances, and award ceremonies that may present challenges with physical distancing will continue to require the use of masks.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and efforts to keep our district safe.

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All students entering elementary, middle, and high school must have a recent (within one year) physical exam on file per school board policy JLCA. Please be sure a copy of your child's health form is sent to your school. Providers do not automatically send the health form after a physical, so you may need to call your child's doctor's office and ask them to fax the form to your child's school.


One dose of Tdap (tetanus booster) is required for entrance into 7th grade in the state of New Hampshire. Please confirm your child has received this vaccination and have your child’s immunization record sent to school.


As the days get longer and our students are exposed to more sunshine, it's important to remember how to stay safe from the sun. From physical barriers such as clothing or a hat, to using sunscreen, there are many options to help stay safe from the sun's harmful rays.

Please remember to apply sunscreen and/or bugspray at home in the morning so that your student can enjoy their time outside!

This short video from the CDC gives some helpful information about sun safety:

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ConVal District Nurses

Judi Bernardi, RN and Gretchen Shippee, RN

ConVal High School

Tel: 924-3869 Fax: 924-0046

Linda Compton, RN Great Brook School

Tel: 588-6630 Fax: 588-3207

Tricia Harris, RN South Meadow School

Tel: 924-7105 Fax: 924-2064

Vicki Mellon, RN Antrim Elementary

Tel: 588-6371 Fax: 588-6972

Sherree Hodgson, RN Pierce Elementary

Tel: 588-2131 Fax: 588-3802

Mitzi Turgeon, RN Dublin Consolidated

Tel: 563-8332 Fax: 563-3465

Sherree Hodgson, RN Francestown Elementary

Tel: 547-2976 Fax: 547-2636

Alaina Slocomb, RN Greenfield Elementary

Tel: 547-3334 Fax: 547-2647

Hancock Elementary

Tel: 525-3303 Fax: 525-3864

Pam Murphy, RN Peterborough Elementary

Tel: 924-3828 Fax: 924-4193

Mitzi Turgeon, RN Temple Elementary

Tel: 878-1955 Fax: 878-2506