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SBIRT - Spring Athletes - CDC on the FLU - Per Diem Nurses Needed!

Happy Friday from the Health Office!


SBIRT (Screening, Brief Interventions, and Referral to Treatment) Screening to begin after February Vacation for 7th and 9th graders! 

In March, 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted an Act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention (STEP Act) which outlines the requirements for public schools in the Commonwealth to engage in substance use screening and education. The SBIRT program screening process has been incorporated into our annual state mandated screening program for grades 7 and 9. 

SBIRT focuses on prevention, early detection, risk assessment, brief counseling and referral for assessment that can be utilized in the school setting. Use of a validated screening tool will enable school health teams to detect risk for substance use related problems and brief intervention strategies will help to address these concerns at an early stage in adolescents. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health School Health Services provides the skills and training to assist school districts in successfully incorporating SBIRT into schools.

The goal of SBIRT is to let the students know that we are available to reinforce healthy decisions and to assist them in obtaining support if needed for substance use related problems. 

SBIRT is a verbal screening process in which we will utilize the CRAFFT II screening tool (a standardized series of questions), the most commonly used substance use screening tool for adolescents in Massachusetts. All screenings will be coordinated by our school nurse and conducted confidentially by our trained student services team in private one-on-one sessions. 

Students who are not using substances will have their healthy choices reinforced by the screener. The screener will provide brief feedback to any student who reports using substances or who is at risk for future substance use. This program focuses on harm prevention and does not generate disciplinary action. The results of the screening are confidential and will not be included in your student’s school record. 

As with any school screening, you have the right to opt your child out of participation. Additionally, screening is voluntary and students may choose not to answer any or all screening questions. Please notify Lisa Zick, school nurse, by via email ( if you would prefer that your 7th or 9th grade student not participate in this screening.



If your student plans to participate in a spring sport, go to the Health Portal and complete the "Sports 2019-2020 - Athlete Documentation" if you haven't already done so this year.

Note: A current physical (within 13 months of the start of the season) must be on file in the Health Office. It can be uploaded to the Health Portal under "screenings" and "attach proof of physical." Hard copies can be sent to Nurse Lisa if you prefer. There are no exceptions and students are not allowed to participate in practices or games/meets if they don’t have a current physical.  Sports physicals can be done at most urgent care facilities as well as CVS Minute Clinics.

There is no need to complete the athlete forms again if they were done at the beginning of the year.


More on the FLU (per the CDC)…

Flu Vaccine

  • The first and most important step in protecting against the flu is to get a yearly flu vaccine.
  • The flu vaccine protects against the viruses that research suggests will be most common.
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year.  The CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, if possible.  It’s not too late to get vaccinated now. 
  • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
  • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
  • Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to them.
  • Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for infants should be vaccinated instead.

Stop the Spread of Germs

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with a flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever.  Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol® or Motrin®. 
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.  Wash your hands after touching a used tissue.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because germs can be spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Care for Someone Who Has the Flu

  • Difficulty breathing or chest pain. 
  • Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
  • Vomiting and unable to keep liquids down 
  • Signs of dehydration such as not urinating or dizziness when standing
  • Seizures
  • Is less responsive than normal or becomes confused


Calling all Nurses!

Would You Like to be a Substitute School Nurse? Parker needs occasional help with screenings (RN or LPN), paperwork for large field trips (RN or LPN), and office coverage (RN only).

If you would like to be a Per Diem nurse, please contact Lisa in the nurse’s office at 978-772-3293 x 135.


Thank You Notes 

Thank you for the anonymous donation of tissues.

Your donations are truly needed and very much appreciated!


Wish List for the Health Office:

  • TISSUES (lots of runny noses right now!)

  • Healthy Snacks (granola bars, protein bars, peanut butter crackers)

Cover those coughs and sneezes
and don't forget your flu vaccine!

Be well - Smile often - Stay healthy!

Warm Regards, Nurse Lisa

Liza Zick, BSN, RN
School Nurse
Office Hours: 8:15 AM - 3:45 PM
(Weds until 2:15 PM)
Phone: 978-772-3293 x135
Fax: 978-772-9494



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