As Allergy Season quickly approaches, it is important to remember to stock up on physician recommended allergy medications and to start them NOW. Many allergy symptoms can be the same as COVID-19 symptoms, and will be especially hard to manage when mask wearing is involved. It will be important to recognize when symptoms are allergy related so that we can avoid dismissing students and referring for Covid testing unnecessarily.
Symptoms include itchy eyes and skin, sneezing, nasal congestion, wheezing, and rash. Seasonal allergies can result from grass, weed, tree pollen, or molds. Cat and dog dander allergies are also common. There are many options for over the counter medications (both oral and eye drops) that if administered daily can help manage uncomfortable allergy symptoms.
If you anticipate that your child will be experiencing seasonal allergy symptoms this spring, please ask their pediatrician for a note so that we have record of their diagnosis and any medications they may be taking.
Schools are required by Massachusetts General Law to provide health screenings for students (M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 57 and 105 CMR 200.000) and follow up with the results of these screenings with families and referrals to primary health care providers as necessary. Any parent may opt out of specific screenings by submitting a written request to the school nurse. Please use the link below for more details on grade level health screening information.