Miller News and Announcements

Communication email

Charleston County Schools

Friday, January 27, 2023

Dear Miller Families,

Wednesday, February 1st - Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day - Safe Routes to School (please see below for more information)

  • Wednesday, February 8th - Early Release, Professional Development Day (10:30AM dismissal)
  • February 20th - February 24th - No School (February Vacation)

Important! Morning Arrival (Please do not drop off before 7:10)
When dropping off your child in the morning, please make sure to pull up to the very end of the sidewalk at the Placentino School loop where the crosswalk is. We try to fit in as many cars as possible each morning so that we can get students into school safely and on time. Students should be ready with their backpacks and belongings to exit the vehicle. You do not need to wait for a grownup to open the door of your car in order to exit the vehicle. Please do not pass cars when they are unloading.

Reminder! Afternoon Dismissal
When picking up your child in the afternoon, please make sure to enter the Miller School loop. Students should not be picked up in front of Placentino at dismissal. 

Safe Routes To School - Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day
Mark your calendars if you would like to participate in our next Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day! Students should arrive at Blair Square 10-15 minutes ahead of time. The 'Walking Bus' will leave Blair Square at 7:10am and arrive at Miller Elementary School at 7:25am. Families are welcome to walk along! We highly encourage all to wear bright/reflective gear (clothing or backpack) as you walk to school in the morning. Please click here for more information!

Reminder! Math Club
Click here to learn more about joining a grade 4 and 5 math club! All permission slips, for session 2, are due by Wednesday, March 1st!

Reminder! Electronic Devices: Smart Watches and Cell Phones
Please review the smartwatch and cell phone reminder that was sent to families yesterday.

Reminder! Accessing Clever at Home
Please click here to learn how to Access Clever from a Home Device!

The Read-A-Thon is Back!
Please click here to learn more about the upcoming Read-A-Thon! 

Library Lunch
We’ve had a successful start to our Laps at Lunch and Library Lunch! For the next two months, due to the unpredictable weather, we are going to shift to having only library lunch available for our students. We plan to resume Laps at Lunch in March. All volunteers must have an active CORI on file. Click the links below to sign up:

Library Lunch Sign Up - JANUARY

Social Media
Find and follow us on FacebookInstagram and/or Twitter @FredMillerHPS

Sincerely,
Mr. Keim, Mrs. Linares, and Mrs. French

Fred W. Miller Elementary School
235 Woodland Street
Holliston, MA 01746

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FLU MESSAGING AND RESOURCES

 

With influenza (flu) activity increasing nationally, and troubling early data showing drops in flu vaccine uptake this season, CDC has issued an urgent reminder about the importance of vaccinating for flu. Hospitalization rates in kids are among the highest seen at this time in about a decade so far this season.

 

Remember, your strong recommendation is a key factor in whether people get vaccinated.

 

Getting a flu shot is the most important action a person can take to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as possible. Encourage flu vaccination by sharing the following messages and resources with patients, especially those at higher risk, and those with parents of young children.

 

The flu vaccine:

  • Reduces the risk of flu illness
  • Can make illness less severe among people who get vaccinated, but still get sick with flu, reducing the risk of serious flu complications, such as hospitalization
  • Can be given at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine, for people who are due for both
  • Protects against four different flu viruses - even if a patient has already gotten flu, other flu viruses are circulating and it’s possible to get flu more than once a season

 

Groups at higher risk of serious illness from flu include:

Adults 65 Years and Older

Children under 5

  • Flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children, and healthy children 5 years and older can spread flu to vulnerable family members like infants younger than 6 months and adults over 65

During Pregnancy

  • Due to changes to the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make people more susceptible to potentially serious flu complications. Flu may also be harmful for a developing baby.

 

 Resources

 

Questions? 

  • For questions about influenza please call the DPH Immunization Division at 617-983-6800 or your local board of health.  
  • For questions about state-supplied influenza vaccine, please call the DPH Vaccine Unit at 617-983-6828.

 

 

 

Have questions about immunizations? Contact us!

Immunization Division | 617-983-6800

Vaccine Unit | 617-983-6828

MIIS Help Desk | 617-983-4335

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Holliston Public Schools will be following the state's COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure Guidance for Children and Staff for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year.

You can view this guidance on the state website by clicking the following link: Mass.gov - COVID-19 Isolation and Exposure Guidance for Children and Staff in Child Care, K-12, Out-of-School Time (OST) and Recreational Camp/Program Settings

OR you can read the guidance policy below:


Overview

Effective August 15, 2022, children and staff in child care, K-12, out-of-school time (OST) and recreational camp settings should follow the below guidance.

  • rapid antigen test, such as a self-test, is preferred to a PCR test in most situations.
  • To count days for isolation, Day 0 is the first day of symptoms OR the day the day positive test was taken, whichever is earlier.  
  • Contact tracing is no longer recommended or required in these settings, but schools or programs must continue to work with their Local Board of Health in the case of outbreaks.
  • The Commonwealth is not recommending universal mask requirements, surveillance testing of asymptomatic individuals, contact tracing, or test-to-stay testing in schools. While masks are not required or recommended in these settings except for in school health offices, any individual who wishes to continue to mask, including those who face higher risk from COVID-19, should be supported in that choice.  For those who need or choose to mask, masking is never required in these settings while the individual is eating, drinking, sleeping or outside.
  • All individuals are encouraged to stay up-to-date with vaccination as vaccines remain the best way to help protect yourself and others.

Isolation and exposure guidance and protocols

Guidance for Children and Staff in Child Care, K-12, OST, and Recreational Camp Settings:

  • Quarantine is no longer required nor recommended for children or staff in these settings, regardless of vaccination status or where the exposure occurred. All exposed individuals may continue to attend programming as long as they remain asymptomatic. Those who can mask should do so until Day 10, and it is recommended that they test on Day 6 of exposure. If symptoms develop, follow the guidance for symptomatic individuals, below.
  • Children and staff who test positive must isolate for at least 5 days. If they are asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving and they have been fever free without the use of fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours, they may return to programming after Day 5 and should wear a high-quality mask through Day 10:
    • If the individual is able to mask, they must do so through Day 10.
      • If the child has a negative test on Day 5 or later, they do not need to mask.
      • If the individual is unable to mask, they may return to programming with a negative test on Day 5 or later.
  • Symptomatic individuals can remain in their school or program if they have mild symptoms, are tested immediately onsite, and that test is negative. Best practice would also include wearing a mask, if possible, until symptoms are fully resolved. For symptomatic individuals, DPH recommends a second test within 48 hours if the initial test is negative.
    • If the symptomatic individual cannot be tested immediately, they should be sent home and allowed to return to their program or school if symptoms remain mild and they test negative, or they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and their symptoms are resolving, or if a medical professional makes an alternative diagnosis. A negative test is strongly recommended for return.  

Note: At this time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved or authorized any at-home rapid antigen test for use in children under 2 years of age. However, at-home rapid antigen tests may be used off-label in children under 2 years of age for purposes of post-exposure, isolation, and symptomatic testing. It is recommended that parents or guardians deciding to test children under 2 years of age administer the at-home rapid antigen test themselves.

COVID-19 symptoms

COVID-19 Symptoms for Child Care, K-12, OST, and Recreational Camps
  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nausea, vomiting, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Headache, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies), when in combination with other symptoms