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4th and 7th Grade Physicals

posted May 26, 2016, 8:31 AM by Cheryl Sitler   [ updated May 26, 2016, 8:32 AM ]


Cowing Alternative students entering 4th grade will need a recent physical at the start of the school year to comply with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71 Section 57. 

Cowing Alternative students entering 7th grade will need a recent exam and proof of Tdap immunization in accordance to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 71, Section 57.


posted Mar 11, 2016, 10:06 AM by Steven Lucey   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 10:07 AM ]

If your child suffers from Asthma we will need the following:

  1. Asthma medication orders from primary care physician
  2.  Completed Asthma Action Plan
  3.  Asthma medication

If your child is having problems with asthma at home or has been to the doctor's or emergency room recently, please call with an update on their condition.

Health Screenings

posted Mar 11, 2016, 10:04 AM by Steven Lucey   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 10:05 AM ]

We will be doing hearing, vision, and BMI screenings soon in accordance with the Department of Public Health Law 105 CMR 200.000.  

Please remember that these screenings are not a diagnosis. If your child does not pass these screenings we will refer them to a specialist. If you have documentation that your child has been screened within the last year, please send in a copy so that your child's medical record can be updated.

Food Allergies

posted Mar 11, 2016, 10:03 AM by Steven Lucey

   If your child has a Food Allergy please make sure that the school has the proper documentation and medication available.  In order to properly care for your child we will need the following:

1.  Documentation of Allergen

2.  Allergy medication orders from primary care physician (order forms available at the nurses office or at the district website).

3.  Completed Allergy Action Plan

4.  Allergy medication (Epipen/Benadryl)
5.  Recent picture for identification purposes 

Measles Information and Updates

posted Mar 11, 2016, 10:01 AM by Steven Lucey   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 10:02 AM ]

Measles Information and Updates

Guidance for parents 
Parents should make sure their children are protected against measles with two doses of MMR vaccine–the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose 4 through 6 years of age. 

About measles:
  •  Measles is a serious respiratory disease caused by a virus.
  •  Measles starts with a fever. Soon after, it causes a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out. It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. The rash can last for a week, and coughing can last for 10 days.
  •  Measles is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected. 
  • You can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, even up to two hours after that person has left.
  • An infected person can spread measles to others even before he or she develops symptoms—from four days before they develop the measles rash through four days afterward. 
  • Measles can cause serious health complications, such as pneumonia or encephalitis, and even death. 
  • Children younger than 5 years of age and adults older than 20 years of age are at high risk of getting a serious case of measles. 
  •  When you get vaccinated, you also protect others around you who are at high risk for complications but can’t get vaccinated because they are too young or have a health condition. 
  • About 1 in 4 unvaccinated people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized; 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling (encephalitis); 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care.
Measles elimination in the U.S. and importation
  • Measles was declared eliminated (absence of continuous disease transmission for greater than 12 months) from the U.S. in 2000 thanks to a highly effective vaccination program. 
  • Measles is still commonly transmitted (endemic or large outbreaks) in many parts of the world. This includes Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. Worldwide, an estimated 20 million people get measles and 146,000 die from the disease each year. 
  • Before the U.S. measles vaccination program started in 1963, about 3–4 million people in the U.S. got measles each year; 400–500 of them died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 4,000 developed encephalitis because of measles. 
  • Measles cases continue to be brought into the United States by people who get infected while in other countries. 
  • Since 2000, when measles was declared eliminated from the U.S., the annual number of people reported to have measles ranged from a low of 37 people in 2004 to a high of 644 people in 2014. 
  • The majority of importations of measles into the U.S. come from U.S. residents. When we can identify vaccine status, almost all are unvaccinated.
  • Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting the disease in the United States and while traveling internationally. 
  • If you have fever, rash, and other measles-related symptoms, call ahead to your doctor. Tell your doctor about any recent international travel or exposure to others who have recently traveled internationally or if there is measles in your community. Anyone who is suspected of having measles must be promptly isolated to prevent the disease from spreading to others.

Medication in School

posted Mar 11, 2016, 9:54 AM by Steven Lucey

We encourage parents to arrange medication schedules so that class time is not interrupted for medications.  However, if your child requires medication during school hours, the following policies are in place to insure safety and comply with Massachusetts Department of Health regulations governing administration of medications in schools:

1. All medications, including over-the-counter medications, require a written physician medication order and parental consent.  Forms are available from the school nurse and on the district website.

2. An adult must deliver medication to school in its original packaging.  Children are not allowed to carry medication to and from school.

3. All medication must be picked up on the last day of school.  Medication cannot be stored over the summer break and will be discarded.

4. Field Trips: If your child has medication in school and is going on a field trip, please sign and return the separate field trip medication form in order for your child to safely attend the trip.


posted Mar 11, 2016, 9:52 AM by Steven Lucey   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 9:52 AM ]


If your is child entering preschool, please remember

1. Up to date immunization record

2. Lead test

3. Current physical examination from your child’s doctor.

Forms are available in the school office and on the district website.

Your child cannot attend school without up-to-date immunizations.

Influenza (Flu) Information

posted Mar 11, 2016, 9:50 AM by Steven Lucey

Influenza (Flu) Information

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has provided the following influenza information for students and parents: (see document below).
Additional influenza information in several languages is available at the following websites:

Emergency Contacts

posted Mar 11, 2016, 9:45 AM by Steven Lucey

Remember to update phone numbers and emergency contacts. It is important for us to be able to contact you if your child is ill or injured. Please take the time call the office /nurse with updated information as it changes.

Thank you!

Postural Screening for CAS

posted Mar 11, 2016, 9:44 AM by Steven Lucey

Postural Screenings will be held on 2-12-16 for all Cowing Alternative students in 5th through 8th grade.  Notices were sent home on January 22, 2016 to provide information  and education for parents on the screening.  Scoliosis is the most common spinal abnormality which usually is detected in childhood and early adolescence.  Referrals will be sent for student who need to be evaluated further by their physician. 

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