Epping School District
Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Updated on 3/24/2020
For information on COVID-19 in NH, visit DHHS COVID-19 Updates
As you are well aware, we are in the midst of an unprecedented and constantly changing healthcare challenge right now.
We must continue to stress prevention methods: social distancing, cleaning of surfaces, and hand washing.
It is also time to prepare for illness at home, know the symptoms to watch for, know what to do if you are sick, and how to manage stress and anxiety.
The classic symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- shortness of breath
If you suspect that a family member or yourself has COVID-19:
- Call your physician or to use the New Hampshire DHHS hotline (2-1-1).
- Do not go to emergency rooms unless advised by their physician.
- If a family member becomes ill, self-isolate and follow the instructions in the links provided below.
For the latest information from the CDC, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.
***Official Health Alert, September 25, 2019
Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) Outbreak Continues in New Hampshire,
***OFFICIAL HEALTH ALERT, August 27, 2019
National Investigation into Unexplained Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Illness
The Epping School District is committed to creating a healthy school environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices to promote healthy habits for students and staff that support student achievement. We are committed to providing students and staff with the support to maintain health, which helps to enhance learning conditions for your children.
The Health Offices provide the following services:
- Health records maintenance
- Health screening and referrals
- Vision and Hearing screenings
- Medications and Treatments
- Wellness initiatives
- Emergency responses
- Preventative health services and direct interventions.
In SAU 14 we have two health offices. One is located in the Elementary school and provides care to students Preschool to 5th grade. The second is located in the Middle & High schools and provides care for students 6th to 12th grades. Do not hesitate to stop by for a visit or contact us if you have any questions or concerns!
SCHOOL & FAMILY HEALTH- School Health Offices have been working to reduce illnesses by teaching staff and students how to reduce the spread of germs. With all of us working together we can keep healthy and limit illness in our schools.
- Sneeze and cough using the inside of your elbow
- Wash hands often using soap and water
- Use hand sanitizer when water not available
- Use a tissue only once then throw out then wash hands
- Stay home when ill! Everyone needs to be fever free for 24 hours (without using fever reducing medication) before returning to school
- Stay home 24 hours after antibiotic therapy has been started
- Let the school know if an absence is due to influenza like illness (fever & cough OR fever & sore throat).
IMMUNIZATIONS & PHYSICALS- Epping School District requires all students to meet the immunization and physical examination requirements for school entrance. Any child being admitted to the District must present proof of meeting these immunization and physical examination requirements within 30 days of entrance. Failure to comply with this provision may result in exclusion from school for the child. Please reference Policy JLCA for more information. Please check with your medical provider to see if your child is current with immunizations and/or check NH Immunization requirements.
State law requires all students to have a complete physical examination within a one-year period before first entry to school. School Board Policy also recommends that a physical examination be performed within 12 months of starting grade 6 and grade 9. Students must have an up-to-date immunization record and a current physical examination signed, dated, and office stamped by a medical practitioner stating that the student is physically fit to participate in school sponsored sport. Students entering grade 6 and grade 9 must have a physical examination within one year (12 months). Students continuing to participate in the athletic program must be re-examined within two years of the previous physical exam on file. Please reference Policy JLCA for more information.
CONCUSSION TESTING- Due to continuing state and national concern regarding sport-related concussions, the school district will require a baseline concussion test for any athlete participating in sports, and a follow up test for any athlete suspected of having a concussion following a contact or collision. Questions may be directed to the District Athletic Director. Please reference Policy JLCJ for more information.
EXCLUSION OF STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL- A student may be excluded from school when he/she exhibits symptoms of a contagious or communicable illness. Please reference Policy JLCC for more information. In the event of an outbreak, students who have been exempted from immunization requirements will be excluded from school if such students are considered to be at risk for the disease that they have not been immunized against. Please reference Policy JLCA for more information.
HEALTH INSURANCE FOR CHILDREN- Per the NH DHHS-Medicaid webpage, "NH Medicaid is a federal and state funded health care program that serves a wide range of needy individuals and families who meet certain eligibility requirements. The program works to ensure that eligible adults and children have access to needed health care services by enrolling and paying providers to deliver covered services to eligible recipients."
ADDITIONAL HEALTH INFORMATION- is also available on the Department of Health and Human Services web site.