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Coronavirus Information

We continue to adhere to our strict health and safety policies and are following expert guidance as provided by the CDC, local Board of Health and Department of Public Health. We are prepared to take the appropriate additional measures if the virus spreads within our community, as informed by experts.

In the meantime, we are taking a number of actions to ensure a healthy environment for the South Shore Technical community. Please keep in mind that we cannot predict what precautions will be required in the future as this is a fluid situation.

Please keep your student home if they have the following symptoms:

Exposure:

If you have been directly exposed to the virus or have traveled to areas where there are large numbers of people infected.

Fever:

A fever of 100 F or higher. Students may return to school when fever free for 24 hours (WITHOUT use of fever reducing medications).

Vomiting:

Any unexplained vomiting episode. Students may return 24 hours after the last episode. Diarrhea which is three or more unexplained episodes of watery or loose stools in 24 hours. Students may return 24 hours after last episode.

Cough:

Serious, sustained coughing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.

We remind you that if you are notified that your student has become sick, please pick your student up as quickly as possible. Your student may return to school after illness only under the following conditions:

  • Fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicines, and the child is no longer contagious. If your child left school with a fever, he/she may not return the following day, and
  • Symptom free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours, and the child can tolerate a typical diet, and
  • Able to participate in the daily routine and curriculum of the classroom.
  • A physician’s note is required in all instances of contagious diseases.

Additionally, no parent or any other person authorized to pick up your student should enter the school if they are sick or have symptoms of illness. If you suspect that your student has been exposed to anything contagious, please keep them out of school and inform us immediately.

Finally, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Additional information is available on the CDC website:

We appreciate your partnership and support and are available to answer any questions you may have.  Please contact the school nurse Colette Worrall, RN at cworrall@ssvotech.org or 781-871-0263.


STUDENT FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As the flu season approaches, the South Shore Vocational Technical High School will be taking steps to keep its students and staff healthy.  The school will be offering school based flu shots for students. The shots will be offered during the school day with minimal interruption to your child’s schedule.  

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Vaccine for Children program is providing the flu vaccine for the students, so there is no cost to families.  Parents who wish to have their child vaccinated must completely fill out the required student consent form. This form must be completed and returned to the Health Office by October 31, 2019 for your child to receive the vaccine. The consent form and flu vaccine information sheet (VIS) are located as on the top right hand corner of this website.  This form is also available in the school nurses' office. 

In addition to getting the flu vaccine, students, parents and staff are encouraged to follow these tips to stay healthy this flu season:

  • Wash hands often
  • Avoid others who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cough into your bent arm at the elbow instead of into your hands

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Health Office at 781-871-0263 or cworrall@ssvotech.org.

Sincerely,

Colette Worrall, RN


Weeding Through the Myths: Marijuana in Massachusetts Display

I am very happy to announce that SSVT, in collaboration with South Shore Health System's Youth Health Connection, will host an interactive display called "Weeding Through the Myths: Marijuana in  Massachusetts" in the cafeteria during all Parent/Teacher conferences on October 26, 2017. Participants will learn about the effects of marijuana on the adoloscent brain and will also receive an overview of the legal ramifications stemming from the new law.

The event is brought to the community by South Shore Health System, Youth Health Connection, the Plymouth County District Attorney's office and the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office.

Weedingthroughthemysths


Sports Physicals


Our school MD, Dr. John Stanley will be at our school to perform sports physicals for any student who may need one on May 24, 2017. Any student who wishes to participate must come see the nurse to sign up for a physical prior to May 22.


Health Office Requirements

Welcome to South Shore Vocational Technical High School! I wanted to give you some information required by the Health Office that will help make your child’s transition here a smooth one.

All students must submit the following to the nurse for admission to SSVT:

  • Physical Examination (dated within the past year)
  • Immunization History
  • Student Health Emergency Information Card (yellow)

This paperwork can be faxed to 781-499-7495, emailed - cworrall@ssvotech.or or mailed directly to the school. No student may start school without an updated physical or immunization history.

Should your child require daily medication be given during school hours, both parental and physician authorization forms must be filled out. These can be found here on the website in the upper right hand corner. They are labeled “Parent/Guardian Medication Consent” and “Physician Medication Order Form”.

Any changes in health status or any medical concern should be identified. Please contact the Nurse’s Office so we may meet the needs of each student. A Student Health Emergency Information Card should be filled out completely, including parental consents located on the back of the card. These include consents for standing order medications (i.e. Tylenol, Ibuprofen).

All student athletes, regardless of grade level, must have a yearly physical examination per MIAA regulations. It is mandatory to have a current physical exam prior to participating any sport – so please send in proper documentation of the physical to the Health Office on a yearly basis.

I am always available to discuss your child’s health issues and address any medical concerns you may have throughout their high school career. All information is kept confidential. Please contact me directly at 781-871-0263 or cworrall@ssvotech.org.