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 coaches 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.
As a reminder, please note that updated physicals and immunization records are required for all Seventh and Eleventh Graders at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. If your student is playing a fall sport, please remember that physicals are only good for 13 months from date of the exam on file in the Health Office.
The State of Massachusetts updates the School Immunization requirements over the summer; however, as of today the immunizations required for 7 grade will continue to be Tdap (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis) and MenACWY (Meningitis strains A/C/W/Y and septicemia); 11th grade immunization required is the second MenACWY (unless the first vaccine was received on or after the 16th birthday.
These requirements also apply to all 8th and 12th graders who were not compliant this past year during the pandemic. Religious Exemption forms (found on LMMHS website, under Health Office forms) or Religious Exemption letters, MUST be updated annually. Students will be excluded from attending school if documents are not on file in a timely manner.
I invite you to call or email me to confirm the date of your student’s last physical, and immunization status, currently on file in the Health Office.
Health and Happiness,
Jennifer Drees, BSN RN NCSN
School Nurse, Lenox Middle and High School