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Update: Fluoride Varnish

Fluoride varnish update for those students who signed up for and received their first application of fluoride varnish in November 2022: 

The dental hygienists will be here on Friday, March 31, to provide students with their second (and final) application of fluoride varnish this school year.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you so much.  

Kathy Chamberland, R.N., B.S.N.
PK-12 School Nurse

2023 Sports Physicals

For grades 6-12 and any current 4th and 5th graders planning on playing middle school soccer next year (2023-2024): Annual school sports physicals, for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year, will be conducted on Thursday, March 23rd. The cost is $15.00/person, and the physicals will be conducted on-site by our School Physician, Rose Fuchs, M.D. The school physical form and the $15.00 are due at the time of the physical. School physical forms and sign-up sheets are available in the high school and school health offices. In keeping with current RSU #50 athletic policy, no student will be allowed to participate in games or practices without proof of a physical examination from a doctor prior to the start of the sports season, and the physical cannot expire within that sports season. There will be no waivers or exceptions.

No player will be allowed to participate in games or practices without proof of insurance. If you do not have your own insurance, school insurance is available for your child. Right now, the basic school-approved plan costs $39.00/year. Information about and registration for school insurance is available at www.1stAgency.com.

School sports physicals are valid for one (1) full year. If you take your child to his/her own physician for a sports physical, please provide the school with documentation of that physical exam.

Please feel free to call should you have any questions. Thank-you.


Kathy Chamberland, R.N., B.S.N.
PK-12 School Nurse

High Levels of Respiratory Illness

December 12, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,

During the past several days our school has experienced a high number of absences due to respiratory illness. Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Maine CDC recommend schools and families focus on early identification and exclusion of ill students and staff. Anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough, fever, or sore throat, should stay home and follow the CDC recommendations as outlined below. If individuals test positive for COVID-19, they should isolate for 5 days and may return with symptom improvement, masking days 6 through 10.

If your child has an uncontrolled cough, difficulty breathing, or persistent fever, you should consider a medical evaluation. There are many respiratory illnesses that cause these symptoms (e.g., COVID-19, Pertussis, Influenza, RSV).

Most illnesses of this nature are spread from person to person. Germs can be easily spread by:

  • Coughing, sneezing, or talking

  • Touching your face with unwashed hands after touching contaminated surfaces or objects

  • Touching surfaces or objects that may be frequently touched by other people

Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent yourself and your loved ones from getting sick, especially at key times when you are likely to get and spread germs.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least

    60% alcohol to clean hands

Covering coughs and sneezes, keeping hands clean, and staying home when sick can help prevent the spread of serious illness. If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others so you do not spread your germs. Distancing includes staying home from work or school when possible.

Thank you for your continued assistance in keeping our schools and communities healthy,

Fact Sheets

Influenza
Pertussis
RSV

Sincerely,

Kathy Chamberland, R.N., B.S.N.
PK-12 School Nurse

Sports Physicals 2022-2023 School Year

January 18, 2022

Dear parent/guardian of RSU #50 students,

Annual school sports physicals, for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year, will be conducted on Wednesday, March 23rd. The cost is $15.00/person, and the physicals will be conducted on-site by our School Physician, Rose Fuchs, M.D. Parents/students are now required to complete two separate forms, and both forms, as well as the $15.00, are due at the time of the physical. School physical forms and a sign-up sheet are available in the high school and school health offices. In keeping with current RSU #50 athletic policy, no student will be allowed to participate in games or practices without proof of a physical examination from a doctor prior to the start of the sports season, and the physical cannot expire within that sports season. There will be no waivers or exceptions. Also, no player will be allowed to participate in games or practices without proof of insurance. If you do not have your own insurance, school insurance is available for your child. Right now, the basic school-approved plan costs $39.00/year. Information about and registration for school insurance is available at www.1stAgency.com.

These annual school sports physicals conducted in March of this year will be the only school-based sports physicals for school year 2022-2023. Sports physicals are valid for one (1) full year.

If you take your child to his/her own physician for a sports physical, please do provide the school with documentation of that physical exam. Please feel free to call should you have any questions. Thank-you.

Kathy Chamberland, R.N., B.S.N.
PreK-12 School Nurse 

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic - ages 5-11

November 8, 2021

Dear parent/guardian of RSU #50 students,

Southern Aroostook Community School will be offering a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday, November 19th for youths ages 5-11. Pfizer vaccine is administered in 2 separate doses, and we are working with Millinocket Regional Hospital in order to provide you with this free, optional service.

Across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic is having devastating effects, and we appreciate how much you have already done to adapt during this challenging time. As you know, we have been taking preventive measures at RSU #50 against COVID-19 to help keep students, staff, your families and our communities safe. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine gives you an added layer of protection against COVID-19 and could also protect other students, co-workers and your family.

Here are some key points about COVID-19 vaccination:

All COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are very effective at preventing the disease. The most common side effects are pain in the arm where you got the shot, feeling tired, headache, body aches, chills and fever.

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available-wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding crowds and poorly-ventilated spaces, washing your hands frequently and getting vaccinated.

Due to the quick tum-around time and the need to give the clinic director an accurate dose count, if you want your child(ren) vaccinated, these forms must be turned in to the School Health Office no later than Tuesday, November 16th. Should your child miss the first dose on November 19th he/she would not be eligible for the second clinic, date to be determined. Thank you.

PLEASE BE SURE TO COMPLETELY FILL OUT AND SIGN AND RETURN BOTH FORMS TO THE SCHOOL HEALTH OFFICE. The longer consent form is for the first dose, and the shorter consent form is for the 2nd dose/booster.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic (ages 5-11)

Kathy Chamberland, R.N., B.S.N.

PreK-12 School Nurse 

Pool Testing

September 23, 2021

Please see the attached letter, complete with links, if you are interested in signing your child up for the school's voluntary pool testing program.  Staff are welcome to sign up, as well.  This program is for RSU #50 students and staff only.  

Pool Testing - Parent Letter

Thank you.

Kathy Chamberland, R.N., B.S.N.
PreK-12 School Nurse 

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

August 30, 2021

 Dear parent(s)/guardian(s) of RSU #50 students,

 Southern Aroostook Community School will be offering COVID-19 vaccination clinics on Friday, September 10th and Friday, October 1st.  Pfizer vaccine is administered in 2 separate doses and is currently approved for youths ages 12 and over.  We are working with Millinocket Regional Hospital in order to provide you with this free, optional service. 

 Due to the quick turn-around time and the need to give the clinic director an accurate dose count, if you want your child(ren) vaccinated, these forms must be turned in to the School Health Office no later than Tuesday, September 7th.  Should your child miss the first dose on September 10th, he/she would not be eligible for the clinic on October 1st.  Thank you.

PLEASE BE SURE TO COMPLETELY FILL OUT AND SIGN AND RETURN BOTH FORMS TO THE SCHOOL HEALTH OFFICE.  The longer consent form is for the first dose, and the shorter consent form is for the 2nd dose/booster. 

RSU50 Vaccine Clinic Notice
Covid Consent-Pfizer
Covid Consent 2nd Dose - Pfizer
EUA Fact sheet Pfizer-BioNTECH COVID-19 Vaccine

Kathy Chamberland, R.N., B.S.N.

PreK-12 School Nurse 

COVID-19 Information

August 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians of RSU 50 Students,

If you would please take a few moments to respond to a couple of COVID-related items, this would be very helpful in assessing and reporting off on student vaccination rates within our school. Thank you so much.

COVID-19 health questionnaire

COVID-19 Information

School Immunization Requirements

August 2021

Please follow the link to the Maine School Immunization Requirements

Vaccine Clinics

June 2021

There will be COVID-19 vaccination clinics offered by Houlton Regional Hospital throughout the summer.  Getting the COVID-19 vaccine gives you an added layer of protection against COVID-19 and could also protect other students, co-workers and your family.  Many colleges are now requiring that their students have the COVID-19 vaccine, as well.  All COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are very effective at preventing the disease.  The most common side effects are pain in the arm where you got the shot, feeling tired, headache, body aches, chills and fever.  

Please see the following schedule for a list of the COVID-19 clinics being offered.  You can either sign up online at Houlton Regional Hospital's website (www.houltonregional.orgor you can call the hospital (532-9471 or 532-2900) and ask for the Nurse Manager in charge of the clinics to make an appointment.

  • J & J and Pfizer drive-through clinic:  June 17, 4-7 p.m., Houlton High School parking lot -- Get your vaccine and bring your child(ren) 12 and up, as well.

  • J & J clinics every Thursday, 1-3 p.m., 18 years of age or older.

  • Pfizer clinics every Thursday, 1-3 p.m., 12 years of age or older, starting June 17th.

  • Moderna clinics every Tuesday, 8-10 a.m., 18 years of age or older.

 Thank you so much, and have a wonderful summer!  --  Nurse Kathy