Greenhalge Gazette

October 14, 2022

Important Dates:

10/19 - Banking

10/19 - Grade 3 in-house science field trip

10/19 - Gr. 4 Field Trip to Children's Museum

10/25 - School Site Council @ 2:15

10/27 - Trunk-or-Treat event after school - 3:00-5:00

11/2 - Banking

After School Program for Grades 3 & 4

We still have slots open for our after school program for third and fourth graders. It runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-4:00. The link to sign up is below:

https://forms.gle/FifgUfpQ5BgrkDks7

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Nurse Notes

Dear Greenhalge Families,



We are so happy to be welcoming all of you back to the start of a new school year. We are hoping to have excellent attendance throughout the school.



Here are a few reminders to help prevent the spread of illness. Please continue to encourage you children to wash their hands, sneeze or cough into their elbows and avoid sharing drinks with friends.



To prevent the spread of illness, the following guidelines are in place.



Children must remain home if they have any of the following:




  • A Temperature over 100.4 within the past 24 hours.

  • A fever that causes chills, sweating or muscle aches.

  • Vomiting within the past 24 hours.

  • Diarrhea within the past 24 hours.

  • A rash or unusual skin condition not diagnosed by a doctor.





  • A contagious illness like strep throat. (Your child must be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning.)

  • COVID Positive. These students must stay home for a minimum of 5 days, but they may return on days 6 through 10, if the fever is gone and symptoms improve. A MASK IS REQUIRED THROUGH DAY 10.

  • Red or Pink Eyes and or drainage from the eyes. (Your child must be on antibiotic treatment for a full 24 hours before returning.)

  • Live Head Lice

  • Missing Immunizations (The School Nurse will notify you directly about this.)





Information about COVID



  • COVID Positive Students must stay home for a minimum of 5 days, but they may return on days 6 through 10, if the fever is gone and symptoms have improved. A MASK IS REQUIRED THROUGH DAY 10.

  • There will be no more testing in school.

  • Masks are not required on a regular basis.

  • Children do not have to remain home because they are a close contact of a positive person.




Please remember to send in a note explaining the reason and the dates of your child’s absence on the day that they are returning to school.



If you are in doubt or have a question about your child’s symptoms, please feel free to contact me, the school nurse, at 978-275-6302 or by email or DOJO. I will be happy to help you reach a decision.



Wishing you a happy, healthy school year,



Teresa Frye, RN BSN NCSN



tfrye@lowell.k12.ma.us



978-275-6302

COVID 19 INFORMATION

Dear Lowell Public Schools Families,

We are looking forward to welcoming you all back to school on August 31 (Sept 7 for PreK and Kindergarteners) for the start of the 2022-2023 school year!

We would like to take this time to share the latest COVID-19 guidelines and policies:

  • There will be no more in-school testing or contract tracing and schools will be distributing one last at-home testing kit, which will expire Sept. 29.
  • Masks are not required (except for in the school nurse’s office), but staff and students who wish to wear a mask may do so.
  • Students and staff who do have a positive case of COVID-19 must stay out of school for a minimum of five days, but may return if symptoms improve on days 6-10 if they wear a high-quality mask.

The Centers for Disease Control’s latest COVID-19 guidance can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html

We ask that you continue to stress good hygiene habits to your children, such as thorough hand washing and coughing into their elbows when they cough, and ask them not to share cups or water bottles with friends.

We strongly encourage all who are able to do so to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and subsequent boosters. We are thankful to our partners at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, who provided vaccinations at our Back-to-School Block Party, which was attended by more than 3,000 people. To find a location to receive a vaccine or booster, as well as additional information about the vaccine, visit: https://www.lowellma.gov/1523/COVID-19-Vaccine


CLASS DOJO

Please make sure you join your child's class on Class DOJO. We use this as our primary method of communication. Most teachers sent the code in their welcome back letters. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you need help.

Greenhalge Elementary School

Dr. Jennifer Scarpati, Principal