May 2018 - Important Information for Parents of 6th Grade Students

All students entering 7th Grade in school year 2018 - 2019 are required to have documentation of having had a TDaP (Tetanus, Diptheria,and Pertussis) and Meningococcal immunizations or an exemption on file before the start of the school year.

Please contact your child's health care provider to be sure they are up to date with these immunizations. Please submit proof of immunization to the school. If you have any questions please contact Joan Holmes RN, School Nurse at jholmes@sacoschools.org or 207-282-4181 ext. 2400

Parent/Guardian Memo

FAQ's Meningococcal immunization

FAQ's Tdap immunization

2/16/18 With the tragic events taking place in schools in America, it can be difficult to help your child work through what they might be feeling. Here are a couple of resources to help you help your child:

Talking to children about traumatic events

Guidelines for talking with Children about tragic events

1/29/18 Influenza is wide spread in Maine

Influenza activity is wide spread in Maine in all Counties. As we strive to keep everyone healthy this school year, it is most important that students and adults who are sick stay home. If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or greater and a cough or sore throat, do not go to work, school, or social activities until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.

Prevention is the best approach so the following steps are important to adhere to:

  • Frequent Hand washing
  • Cover your cough/sneezes with a tissue or elbow
  • Stay home when ill (Fever of 100 or greater with cough or sore throat)
  • Get a Flu shot - It's not too late to get your flu shot. The flu shot this year is a good match to 3 strains of flu that are circulating (A/H1, B/Yamagata, B/Victoria) It is not a good match to A/H3 strain but may offer cross protection and decrease the severity of the illness.
  • Frequently clean high touch surfaces, like door knobs, desks, keyboards, and light switches.

Treatment - Prescription Antiviral medication is available through your health care provider if started within 48 hours of onset of symptoms. Contact your health care provider right away if you or your child becomes sick with a fever and cough or sore throat.

For more information please click on the following links:

www.maineflu.gov or the CDC website on influenza

Flu vs. Cold

2017 School Year - 7th Graders

*** Effective the start of the 2017 school year the State of Maine passed a law requiring 1 dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) for all students entering 7th Grade.

Students must have documentation of Tdap immunization or an exemption on file before the start of 7th grade in order to attend school. Please contact the School Nurse if you have any questions.

Tdap Frequently asked questions