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                                        POSTURAL SCREENINGS TO BE DONE IN MARCH

Postural screenings will be conducted during physical education classes for all fifth grade students on Tuesday 3/7/17 (Mr. Studley), Thursday 3/9/17 (Mr. Golder, Mr. Swanton) and Monday 3/13/17 (Mr. Waters, Mr. Taylor).

Female students will be screened by the school nurse.  Male students will be screened by Mr. Kane, the physical education teacher.  The school nurse will rescreen any male students referred by Mr. Kane.

Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L. c.71, s.57) require that all public school students in grades five through nine be screened annually for the early detection of spinal problems.  This is not a diagnostic service but a screening program to identify children who should have further medical evaluation. The screening consists of observations of the student’s back when they are standing and bending forward.  If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to have your child seen by a health care provider.

Boys and girls are screened in separate areas, and privacy is provided for each student. On the screening days girls should wear a bra or halter top to permit accurate observation of the back.  If students do not have the proper attire, or refuse screening, they will not be screened and a letter will be sent to you to inform you that screening was not done. 

If you choose not to have your child participate in the Postural Screening Program, please contact me before 3/7/17 and submit documentation of postural screening by your child’s health care provider.

If your child is not screened due to lack of proper attire or refusal, please submit documentation of postural screening by your child’s health care provider.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.





Head Lice:                                     Head lice nymph   

It is recommended that parents check their children's hair weekly (take-a peek, once-a-week) for any evidence of pediculosis.  The district protocol for the management of pediculosis can be viewed by clicking Head Lice Protocol


If head lice is discovered, parents should:

  • Treat the infestation in accordance with the recommendation of their child's pediatrician and remove as many nits as possible before returning to school.

  • Notify close contacts- family and friends so that they can check their children's heads.

  • Notify the school nurse, who will offer guidance and support to families while maintaining confidentiality. 

  • Continue to comb, inspect their child's head, and manually remove nits daily.

Who is at risk for getting head lice?

Head lice are found worldwide. In the United States, infestation with head lice is most common among pre-school children attending child care, elementary schoolchildren, and the household members of infested children. Although reliable data on how many people in the United States get head lice each year are not available, an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age. In the United States, infestation with head lice is much less common among African-Americans than among persons of other races, possibly because the claws of the of the head louse found most frequently in the United States are better adapted for grasping the shape and width of the hair shaft of other races.

Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk. Spread by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by an infested person is uncommon. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Reference:  CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

 Myths and Facts about Head Lice:


There is a lot of misinformation about lice and lice management.  Below is a list of lice myths and lice facts:


Myth - It is easy to get lice.

Fact - It is harder than you think; it is spread by head to head contact.  Strep throat and pink eye are spread much more easily.


Myth - Lice are often spread via hats and helmets.

Fact - This is rare but possible.  More common modes of transmission, other than head to head contact, are from hairbrushes, pillows and sheets.


Myth - Poor hygiene contributes to lice.

Fact - Hygiene is not a factor.  Lice appear to prefer clear hair to dirty hair.


Myth - You can get lice from your pets.

Fact - You cannot get lice from your pets or spread lice to your pets.  Lice are species specific.  You get human lice from another human only.


Myth - Lice can jump or fly from one person to another.

Fact - Lice can only crawl, they cannot jump or fly. They crawl quickly from head to head.


Myth – Lice eggs (nits) can fall out of the hair, hatch and cause lice in another person.

Fact - Nits are cemented to the hair, they cannot fall off.  The must be manually removed.


Myth - Lice symptoms, itchy scalp, start right away.

Fact - By the time lice is discovered, the child had usually had them for 3-4 weeks.


Myth - Lice live a long time.

Fact - Newly hatched lice larvae must find must have a blood meal on the head quickly or they die.  Lice live only 1-2 days off the head. 


Myth - All members of a family should be treated if one person has lice.

Fact - Only the person with lice needs to be treated.  Lice shampoos are insecticides and can be dangerous if used incorrectly or too frequently.  The house should not be sprayed with insecticide nor should insecticide be used on clothing or other items.


Myth - School is a common place for lice transmission.

Fact - School is a very rare source of transmission.  Lice are much more likely to be spread among family members, overnight guests and playmates that spend a lot of time together.


Myth - Avoiding lice is important as they spread disease.

Fact - Lice do not spread any known disease. 



Fact to remember:

Lice are spread by having close personal contact with someone else who has lice.


Reference: National School Nurse Journal, November, 2011, page 357-362.


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A few reminders for your child's health and safety at school:


Medications:  ALL medications given during the school day require a signed medication consent form  provided by your child’s health care provider.  This includes daily medication and “as needed “ medication including epinephrine (EpiPen), inhalers ( such as Albuterol), short term antibiotics, and over-the-counter medications.

A new medication order for the current school year is required.  The order must be written by a prescriber and signed by a parent/guardian and delivered with a supply of the medication, in its original labeled container, to the health office. In addition, sunscreens and insect repellent are considered over the counter treatments and require a physician order for application.The Medication Permission form may be downloaded from the LPS website, or picked up in the health room. 


When to keep your child at home: Please keep your child home when the following symptoms are present

  • Temperature of 100 degrees F or greater within the past 24 hours
  • Vomiting or diarrhea occurring within the past 24 hours
  • Strep infections of any kind, untreated ringworm, conjunctivitis, or impetigo. These are all contagious infections and must be treated with medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school
  • Rash of unknown origin - this may indicate many different things and should be checked by your pediatrician
  • Untreated lice (pediculosis) infestation 


When to contact the school nurse: Please help the school nurse care for your child by informing the nurse if your child has:

  • any chronic or acute illnesses
  • a new medication or change in medication dosage
  • been exposed to a communicable disease such as a strep throat infection, chicken pox, or conjunctivitis
  • a life-threatening or new allergy
  • a serious injury requiring hospitalization, or a diagnosed head concussion
  • an injury requiring casting, sutures, a splint, or mobility assistance of crutches or wheelchair
  • When contact information (phone, email) changes so that your child’s school record is updated in the event that the nurse needs to reach you
  • If there is an event at home or in the family that may impact your child at school such as military deployment, birth, or death of a family member or of a beloved pet.


An important note about safety at recess


Students have two recesses during the day on typical full days of school. In inclement weather (raining, or below 18 degrees Fahrenheit, including wind chill), recess is held indoors in the classrooms.  Outdoor recess is held whenever possible.  It is important that children are dressed appropriately including a coat, hat, mittens or gloves, boots, snow pants) during the winter season.  Thank you for your cooperation in keeping your child safe and warm!


Extra clothing at school Please consider placing a change of weather-appropriate clothes for your child to keep in his/her locker.  I have a limited supply of clothing items that have been kindly donated by parents to offer students who need a change of clothes during the school day.  If you have clean, gently used clothing (especially socks and sweat pants), I would greatly appreciate those items to add to my inventory.  If your child brings these donated clothes home, please launder them and return them to me.  Thank you in advance for your assistance and generosity!

For further information about Lexington Public School Health Services, please visit:

Please feel free to contact me with any student health concerns or questions.

                                                                              Jean Claffey MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN

                                                                              School Nurse

                                                                              Bowman Elementary School


                                                                              Tel. (781) 861-2500 Ext. 2

                                                                              Fax. (781) 861-2315