Happy Friday from the Health Office!
If your student plans to participate in a spring sport, please go to the Health Portal (studentehr.com) and complete the following documents IF you haven’t already done so:
- Athlete Registration (only if not completed this school year)
- Concussion Information Sheet (only if not completed this school year)
- Opioid Misuse Prevention Sheet (only if not completed this school year)
- Pre-Participation Head Injury Reporting (only if not completed this school year)
- Current physical (within 13 months of the start of the season) 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 if they don’t have a current physical. Sports physicals can be done at most urgent care facilities as well as CVS Minute Clinic.
There is no need to complete the athlete forms again if they were done at the beginning of the year.
SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) – Screening to be 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 email if you would prefer that your 7th or 9th grade student not participate in this screening. Lisa Zick can be reached by phone at (978)772-3293 x135 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any questions.
Health Advisory Committee Meeting
The Health Advisory Committee will be meeting on Monday, January 14th at 3:45 PM in the Library Conference Room (3A). We will discuss food allergy strategies and Wellness Policy recommendations. Please email Lisa Zick at email@example.com if you are interested in being part of this committee.
Unwanted Emails from the Health Portal
Emails from the Health Portal are automated and are sent out if a form isn’t complete or if a user hasn’t signed onto the Health Portal. Unfortunately, a change was made to the instructions on the Student Emergency and Health Form and the system treated it as a new form which sent out the automated emails.
How to STOP the Health Portal Emails:
- Sign-in to the Health Portal.
- Click on “Notifications”
- Uncheck all the boxes to stop all notifications
If you wish to message the school nurse via the Health Portal, keep “A new message is waiting for me” CHECKED so that you get a notification when the nurse responds to your question.
You will receive an email from Parker if there is a field trip form or any other document that you need to complete so stopping the notifications won’t be a problem.
If you are questioning whether you completed a form for your child on the Health Portal, go to forms and scroll down beyond the listed forms to "Returned". You can see the forms you uploaded and view the actual form by clicking on the magnifying glass all the way to the right.
Thank You Note
To the family of Julia and Brandon Ciccolini for the donation of cough drops!
- Tissues (always needed)
- Band-aids (all sizes)
- Dixie Cups (3-5 oz)
Cover those coughs & sneezes - don't forget your flu vaccine!
Be well - Smile often - Stay healthy!
Warm Regards, Lisa
Liza Zick, BSN, RN
Office Hours: 8:15 AM - 3:45 PM
(Weds until 2:15 PM)
Phone: 978-772-3293 x135