GRANBY PUBLIC SCHOOLS NURSING STAFF

Karen

Karen Szlosek, BSN, RN, NCSN

Granby Jr/Sr High School
kszlosek@granbyschoolsma.net

(413) 493-5102

Theresa

Theresa Yebernetsky, BSN, RN

East Meadow School & Granby Jr/Sr High School
tyebernetsky@granbyschoolsma.net

(413) 409-5102

(413) 561-7604

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Nancy Jenks, MSN, RN, NCSN, AE-C

Nurse Leader
njenks@granbyschoolsma.net

(413) 493-5000, ext. 1055

Per Diem Nurses Wanted

We are looking for per diem Registered Nurses to provide nursing care to our students and staff in our clinics. Please contact Nancy Jenks at (413) 493-5000 or njenks@granbyschoolsma.net for more information.

COVID and Allergy Symptoms

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

FRAMEWORK FOR 21ST "CENTURY SCHOOL NURSING PRACTICE"

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Weekly Health Services & Wellness Committee Newsletter

Warm Weather

As the weather warms up, we encourage families to send students in with refillable water bottles. Both schools have bottle refilling stations. We also encourage families to apply sunblock to students before coming to school, sending students in with sun protective hats, and supportive shoes if going outside during the school day. Please note that nursing can not apply sunblock to students without a medication order and written parental consent per state regulations. Thank you for helping keep our students hydrated and sun safe!

   2024-2025 SY Grade Level Required Health Paperwork

For the upcoming 2024-2025 school year, the following grades are required by Massachusetts regulations to give nursing staff certain health paperwork before the 1st day of school:

✶✶✶PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept visit summaries as physical exams.

Preschool: Full vaccination record, a lead test (can be any date), and a physical exam performed in the last 12 months

Kindergarten: Full vaccination record, a lead test (can be any date), and a physical exam performed in the last 12 months

1st Grade: A physical exam performed in the last 12 months

4th Grade: A physical exam performed in the last 12 months

7th Grade: a physical exam performed in the last 12 months, Tetanus booster (Tdap), and 1st dose of Meningitis (Meningococcal -MenACWY) vaccines

10th Grade: A physical exam performed in the last 12 months

12th Grade: 2nd dose dose of the Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV4, MenACWY, MPSV4, MenB) performed after 16th Birthday.

Updated State Respiratory Virus Guidance-3/25/2024

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has updated the respiratory virus guidance for schools. This includes the guidance for viruses such as COVID-19, Influenza (Flu), and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). We have included the updated guidance in the links below for you reference. This guidance will also be available on our district health services website main page as well as the weekly nursing news in both schools' weekly newsletters. You may also access the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's webpage regarding these changes here

MA DPH Respiratory Virus Guidance-Symptoms & isolation

MA DPH Respiratory Virus Guidance-Positive with No Symptoms

MA DPH Respiratory Virus Guidance-Exposure Precautions

Please contact Nancy Jenks, Nurse Leader at njenks@granbyschoolsma.net with any questions. 

COVID Tests

Granby Public Schools is working with the US Department of Education in providing students, families, and staff with free antigen COVID tests. Each box will contain two antigen COVID tests. 

These COVID tests will be made available in the East Meadow and Granby Jr/Sr High clinics to be sent home will sick students and staff. If you are interested in receiving a COVID test to be sent home with your student, please contact your School Nurse.

Please note that nursing and school staff WILL NOT be conducting COVID tests in school. The expectation is that testing will occur at home. Additionally, some of the COVID tests that we have received may have expired. There have been extensions to the expiration dates on some tests; please check this FDA link so you can reference the current expiration date. 

Please contact Nancy Jenks, Nurse Leader at njenks@granbyschoolsma.net or (413) 493-5000, ext. 1055 with any questions. Thank you!

Health Screening Referrals

Nursing has sent out second and third health screening referral letters to families of students who failed their health screenings this year. If you have received these letters, we ask you to please contact your child’s healthcare provider for further evaluation. 

Please bring the received school letter to the appointment, have the healthcare provider complete, and sign the letter. Then please return the letter the nursing.

Students who fail health screenings may need assistance with supports such as glasses and healthcare monitoring to ensure students can fully access their education and be successful in the classroom. So it is important that students follow up with their healthcare providers to see if there are any health concerns.

Smile Pros

The Granby Public Schools has begun working with a free dental program for students called Smile Pros. Smile Pros is a public health based dental program run by two registered public health dental hygienists. They offer free dental cleanings, sealants, fluoride, and education to any student with consent from preschool through grade 12 regardless if they have dental insurance or not. Students can enroll and un-enroll at any time. If you would like your student to participate and have not signed a consent, please see the consent forms below and returned completed and signed consents to nursing.

If you are interested in having your student participate in this program, please read the attached information form and complete, sign, and return the consent form to nursing. Please contact Nancy Jenks, Nurse Leader with any questions at njenks@granbyschoolsma.net.

Smile Pros Info & Consent Forms-English & Spanish

MA Dental Resources for Students and Their Caregivers

DID YOU KNOW?

There is a new section on the Mass.gov website specific to dental care in MA for those families who have MassHealth Dental. 

Finding care 

  • If you have a dental insurance card, considering calling the number on the card or using the plan website to search.   

  • MassHealth – Search for a Dentist  

Mass Health Reminder

On April 1, 2023, MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program, began re-determining the status of all 2.3 million MassHealth members. To find out what members need to do once it is their turn to renew, go to: https://www.mahealthconnector.org/masshealthrenew.

MassHealth Redetermination Information-English

MassHealth Redetermination Information-Spanish

211 Help Steps

211HELPSteps is the online platform of Mass211. From any desktop or mobile device, individuals can search and then connect to local health and human service resources across the Commonwealth. Programs that are included support basic needs such as food security, housing, childcare, transportation as well as resources for mental and emotional health.

Medications in School

In accordance with MA State law, any students needing prescription, over-the-counter (such as Tylenol, Motrin, cold medicine, topical medicine, and cough drops), herbal, supplemental vitamins or medicines in school on a daily or as-needed basis must have a written medication order from a licensed healthcare provider with the provider's signature. If a student has a temporary prescribed 7-10 day medicine with the pharmacy label on it, then the pharmacy label will act as the medication order. A written parental consent is also required.  Our medication order and parental/guardian consent form is here.

Medications must be brought in by a responsible adult such as ADHD medicine or a responsible student as deemed by the parent and nursing staff who has life-saving/emergency medications such as an asthma inhaler, epi-pen auto injector, anti-seizure medication, pancreatic enzymes, and/or insulin. Medication must be in the original pharmacy container with the pharmacy label on it and can only be accepted by school nursing staff.

Psychotropic medication such as ADD/ADHD medicine CAN NOT be sent in with any student. Students can not carry medication on them unless the meds are the life-saving/emergency medications listed above. Please contact your student's School Nurse with any questions.

To access our Medication Administration Policy, click here.

Mental Health Resources

Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line

https://www.masshelpline.com/

833-773-2445 (BHHL)

Available 24/7

MA Community Behavioral Health Center-see highlighted sections for local providers


River Valley Counseling

413-540-1234

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

mass.gov/988 or call 988

River Valley Counseling

413-540-1234

MA Substance Abuse Help Line

(Can assist with detox)

1-800-327-5050

Office of Youth & Young Adult Services (OYYAS):

Community Partner: Gandara, (413) 736-8329

Community Partner: New North Citizens, 413-746-4885