Dear Parents and Guardians,
Spring signals the start of tick season and the spread of tick-borne illnesses. Please remind your students, and when appropriate, provide them with tick repellant, remind them to cover their arms, and tuck pants into socks when walking through tall grass. It is also important to do tick checks after being in areas where ticks frequent, grassy and wooded areas. Tick-borne illnesses can become chronic health conditions if not recognized and treated properly, so please help your student to understand the dangers of tick bites and how they can protect themselves.
Our wellness staff and teachers frequently remind students about tick safety, but it is always helpful for parents to complete the circle of knowledge and reinforce healthy habits. Please see your medical professional if you have questions about your child’s exposure to ticks, or concerns about a possible tick-borne illness. I have included the following websites for reference information: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html, https://www.mass.gov/tick-borne-diseases.
Stay healthy and safe,
Kathleen Shove, BSN RN Morris Elementary School