Health News at Silver Lake Regional High School …

As unusual as it may seem for some of you,  I want to let you know that we have a student with a confirmed case of Varicella, commonly known as chicken pox.  Back when I was a young boy in the 1960’s everyone got the chicken pox at some point in time. The chicken pox were known as a childhood disease. Measles and mumps also fell into that category. Now, with modern medicine, these childhood diseases are much less common. There is no cause for alarm, but I want to be certain that you are aware and on the “look out” for symptoms in children or adults. Often, adults can contract “shingles” which is caused by the same virus as chicken pox.

I have a attached a letter explaining our protocol as well as a fact sheet from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  Please feel free to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Svenson, if you have any questions. 781.585.3844 extension 1013.

Here is the link for the public health fact sheet:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XeYH-ARCSNwUM_AGfxTzaEW5z_fjRcrNkNbS1ffsdkI/edit?hl=en_US

here is the link for the letter explaining the protocol:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xQeTb2Poup2MQqUYp2crLQ7FWvFq1ZH9Bb1nSBhqnA4/edit?hl=en_US

In keeping with the theme of “health” for this post … I am happy to share the most recent edition of Youth Health Connection Newsletter

http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1107716625152-25/YHC+Newsletter+01-05-2012.pdf

Remember:

No School on January 16, 2012 as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No school for students on January 17 as teachers will be engaged in professional development here at the high school. Teachers will be attending workshops for the second part of integrating technology into classroom instruction.

Then … mid year and final exams start on Wednesday January 18, 2012. The 18th is a FULL DAY of school. Exams continue on January 19, 20 and 23; for these dates, students need only attend when they have an exam.

Have a great week and please stay healthy!

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