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Health Annoucements
BMI Screenings
BMI Screenings
Dear Parents,
This is just a reminder that BMI Screenings will be done on all Grade 4 students at Luther School during the week of vision and hearing screenings.

This is mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
BMI (Body Mass Index) screenings are calculated using an individual’s height and weight. It can be a useful tool in indentifying possible health risks.

All students in grade 4 will be privately measured and weighed in the nurse’s office and results will be kept strictly confidential.
BMI results will become part of your child’s health record and will not be sent home.

Parents are encouraged to call the school nurse for their child’s individual results.

Please feel free to call with any questions or concerns.

*Parents or guardians have the right to waive the BMI Screening by submitting a written request to the school nurse, however your child will still be required to have an annual height and weight measurement.
Keeping Kids Healthy!

Advice from the school nurse to keep kids healthy:

In our school system, we believe that healthy students learn better. Children don’t perform to the best of their ability if they’re not feeling well physically.  Keeping students healthy in a school environment can be challenging, but it is an important responsibility that parents, teachers and students must work together to maintain. Parents and teachers can help prevent the spread of germs, but we must also teach students how to practice healthy habits.

There are simple methods to combating germs that make people sick, and students can say healthier throughout the school year by following this advice:

1. One of the most effective ways to avoid germs is frequent hand-washing. Children who wash their hands frequently are less likely to get sick and less likely to spread germs.

2. Children need to learn to cover the nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing and to keep hands away from their face.

3. Children should not be sharing food and drinks with friends. Sharing can lead to the exchange of germs.

4. Children should start their day with a healthy breakfast and finish with a good night’s sleep.   Children who are well rested and fed come to school healthier and ready to learn.

Students interact closely with peers every day in a shared environment at school, so it is important for these healthy habits to be maintained during the school year.

Have a happy and healthy school year!

Allergy Awareness Reminder

Dear Families,
This year we welcome several students to our classrooms with food allergies.  Reactions to certain foods can range from mild to life threatening.  While our school has a multitude of different types of allergies, I would like to remind parents of our peanut/nut policy.  Luther school is not a peanut/nut free school. Students may bring in nut products for their own personal consumption.  However, in the event of a classroom party or event,  we do require that food that is sent in to the classroom, that is intended to be shared with other students, be free of peanuts and nuts.  Products sent in must be clearly labeled with the ingredients.  Please check with your school nurse or your child’s homeroom teacher for information regarding food allergies in your child’s classroom.   Thank you for your help and cooperation in keeping our students safe. 

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Helpful Health Tips
  • Please keep the school informed of any illness or restrictions that your child may have.   If you are calling your child in sick, please leave a message on our school answering machine or talk to our school secretary directly prior to the start of the school day.  Students returning to school after an illness must bring a note from their parent/guardian.
  • If it is necessary for your child to take medication during the school day, a special form must be filled out by the parent/guardian and completed by the child’s physician each year.  Medications must be in the original labeled container and brought to school by the parent or guardian.  Students taking medications during the school day will be administered their dose by the school nurse.  At no time are students allowed to dispense their own medicine(s).
  • Please call our school nurse, Mrs. Mendonca, if you have any questions.
 
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