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Student Flu Shots

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, 2017 for your child to receive the vaccine.   The form and vaccine information sheet (VIS) are posted on our website.  Your student may also request a consent form from the school nurse.

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


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.


9th Grade Postural Screenings

We will be conducting annual Postural Screening for the 9th grade during the weeks of May 9-16, 2016 during wellness/gym class.

The purpose of this is to find early signs of possible spinal problems in children in grades 5-9. It is not a diagnostic servuce but a program to identify young people who should have further medical evaluation.

If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to take the child to a physician as a precaution. The majoriy of students exhibit no findings, If nothing unusual is found, we will not be contacting you.

We recognized the parental right to refuse screening services. Postural screening is a state mandated program. Refusal must be in written form to the school nurse prior to the above scheduled dates. Please notify the school nurse by email at: cworrall@ssvotech.org for your child to opt - out of this screening.

Females are asked to bring a swimsuit top, halter top or sports bra to school the day of the screening (their wellness/gym day). This type of clothing permits more accurate observation of the back.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 781-871-0263 or cworrall@ssvotech.org.


Student Flu Clinic at SSVT

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 a school based flu clinic for students.  The clinics will be offered during school hours, the week of October 5-9, 2015.  One evening clinic will be offered on Tuesday October 6, 2015 6pm-7pm to allow parents who wish to accompany their child while they receive the vaccination.

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 and the vaccine information sheet (VIS) can be found on the SSVT website under - "From the Nurse" in the Student Life tab.  Forms will also be available at Meet Your Teacher night October 1.

In addition to getting vaccinated against the flu, 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