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Department Announcements
Flu Vaccination

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is requiring all elementary and secondary schools to distribute to parents information regarding the benefits of annual flu vaccination for children 6 months to 18 years of age. 

Please see “The Flu: A Guide for Parents" under the Nursing Information and Forms tab (left sidebar) on the Swansea Schools Website for more details.
BMI Screenings
 Notice to parents from the Swansea Schools Health Department  

            BMI Screening will begin in each fall.  This is mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health based on the M.G.L. Chapter 71 Section 57 and 105 CMR 200.500 in Massachusetts.  Based on the guidelines given to us by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health it is now required that the nurses calculate Body Mass Index (BMI) and corresponding percentile of each student in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10.  Every effort shall be made to protect the privacy of the student during the screening process and in the communication of information about the students BMI to the parent or legal guardian.

 How will BMI screening work?

·      BMI is a measure that is used to show a person’s “weight for height for age”.  It is calculated using an individual’s height and weight.  It can be a useful tool in identifying possible health risks.

·      BMI screenings are mandated by Massachusetts Laws and will be collected for students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10.

·      Parent and guardians have the right to waive their child’s BMI screening by submitting a written request to their child’s school nurse. Please note your child is still required to have an annual height and weight measurement done.

·     Each student will be weighed and measured in private with no other students present.

·      BMI screening results are part of your child’s health record and will be kept strictly confidential.

·      Parents that have any questions about their specific child’s results should speak with their child’s school nurse or their child’s pediatrician.

·      BMI details will not be sent home unless requested by parents.

To Improve Parent and School Communication Regarding your Child's Absence
From Mrs. Leslie Stolts
Director of Health Services

     Hello, this is a message from your child's school nurse. In an effort to improve parent and school communication, please follow these guidelines when calling the school regarding your child's absence.

Please call your childs school with the following information.

One, please state the reason for the absence. Illness with specific symptoms, dentist appointment, etcetera.
Two, does your child have a fever and how high?
Three, do you plan on contacting a doctor?

Once again, please remember to call the school if your child is going to be out for any reason. If you have any questions or concerns please be sure to contact your childs school nurse. Thank you.



Leslie Stolts MSN RN,C
Director of Health Services
Hoyle School Nurse
70 Community Lane
Swansea, MA 02777
508-679-4049
lstolts@swanseaschools.org
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