Galligan School Nurse
Martha Furtado BSN, RN
Announcements for September
If your child will be taking medication during the school day, either a prescription or any over-the counter medication , there is important information and forms that are needed.
a. A DOCTOR'S ORDER is needed for any medication.
b. Parent/guardian permission form
c. Medication labeled for the student.
*Students are NOT allowed to carry medication to or from school.
Please call or visit me & I will give you the school medication forms required. Also, for your convenience, I've attached the links to print the forms yourself if you like.
ANNUAL HEALTH CARD UPDATE: I will be sending home an Annual Health Card for every student. Please complete & sign both sides & return it to school immediately. This will communicate any health concern information and provide accurate contact information. This assures that you are notified without delay, in the event of illness or injury at school.
What's in the Air this Fall ?
Ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger in the FALL and starts with the cool nights & warm days of August & can last into September & October. Achoo!! Windy days will blow more allergies around & make us feel worse! Adults can consult with your pharmacist as to what works best for your allergies. Medication for children's allergies should be discussed with their doctor. There are over-the-counter ( OTC) and prescription medications available.
A few tips to keep allergies down...
1. Change your clothing if you've been outside.
2. Shower, wash your hair before bed or you'll transfer pollen to your pillow, blankets, etc & breathe it in all night.
Present & upcoming pollen alerts:
August - Ragweed
October-November- Mold spores due to rain
www.zyrtec.com (Pollen by month)
Welcome back to all the returning AND to our new students! It's exciting to start a new school year at Galligan! Each month, on this web page & in the monthly school newsletter, I will share any important health updates you should know, both seasonal & in the news. I will also include any age/grade specific information as it comes up. Please feel free to call or email me with any suggestions or information you would like from me. I hope to eventually utilize just this web page to send you information. It is available on your cell phone as well via the TPS web site.
Once school officially resumes, I will attach the link to the "Welcome Back Letter" at the top of this column.
I'm looking forward to healthy, happy school year for all!
Fall Recess Reminder
The warm weather will be with us for a few months longer & while it is nice to wear our flip flops and sandals, they should not be worn for recess or gym. A scrape of a toe or foot could occur with a simple trip. If you choose to have your child wear them please place their sneakers in their backpack so they can change shoes for outdoors.
Recently, mosquito safety is of utmost importance! As of 8/25/19, there have been 4 confirmed cases of EEE
in MA, including one fatality.
Prevention is the key to avoid mosquito & tick bites.
Use DEET ( up to 30% concentration), picardin, or premethrin repellant on clothing and any open skin.
Also wear long pants tucked in sneakers/shoes when in tall grassy areas.
Do TICK CHECKS everyday after your child comes in from play. Ticls especially like warm places like behind ears, under arms, behind the neck & belly buttons!
Avoid outdoor activities at dusk & standing water ( pools, ponds, etc), where mosquitos are more prevalent.
Tick information :
-Eastern Equine Encephalitis ( EEE) information :