AHS Nurse Lydia Bartlett

Beware, Tick & Mosquito Season is here!

Ahhh, warm sunny days. Boo! That means ticks and mosquitoes. Keep yourself protected, take a look at the video below. There are more great videos available at: www.mass.gov, click on Health & Safety, type the word ticks in the search bar, choose “Mosquitoes and Ticks-They’re out in Mass!” and enjoy.


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Grade 9 Posture Screening

Normal Spine

According to Massachusetts state law c. 71 s. 57 high school students in grade 9 are to have their posture screened.  During the school year students in grade 9 have the opportunity to have their posture checked by the school physician.  A letter is sent home with the student in the fall allowing the choice of being screened at school or by your own physician. Should you choose to have your own physician screen your child’s posture, please have him/her complete the form that is attached to the letter and then submit the completed form to the school nurse.

scoliosis spineThe screening allows for problems with the spinal column to be detected. The physician determines if the spine is normally curved or abnormally curved such as in scoliosis or kyphosis.

For more information about scoliosis go to www.childrenshospital.org, click on Conditions + Treatment, click on Scoliosis

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Grade 10 Health Screenings


During the school year grade 10 students are given the opportunity to have a physical examination conducted by the school physician. A letter is sent home with the student near the beginning of the school year every fall describing what is necessary. Tenth grade students are required by state mandate to have a current physical examination (M.G.L. c.71, s.57, 105 CMR 200.00).  If you prefer to have your own family physician perform the physical exam, there is a form included with the letter that your physician may complete and you or your child can deliver to the school nurse.  Please note that if your child is transferring/enrolling/re-entering into AHS, s/he must have a current physical exam (within the past 12 months of enrollment date) submitted to the nurse within 30 days.

Please be sure to obtain a copy of your child’s physical at the time of the exam, and remember to submit it to the school nurse.

In the meantime health screenings for tenth graders will be taking place during the school year.  If not noted on the current physical, your child’s hearing and vision will be tested. Should any deficiencies be detected the parent/guardian will be notified by a letter from the school nurse.

Also, height and weight measurements may be taken if they were omitted from the physical exam. From these measurements the BMI (Body Mass Index) can be determined. The BMI does not tell the whole story of your child’s health. BMI does not distinguish between fat and muscle. For example, if a child is very athletic and has a lot of muscle, their BMI result may be very high even though they are not overweight. You may contact the school nurse for the BMI results. If you prefer to opt out of this screening please send in a written note stating this.

For any questions, please contact the school nurse at 978-249-2435.



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These devices are not a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, nor aid in quitting the habit. Instead, they are addicting and can lengthen or stop the progress of smoking cessation.

For more information go to youthservicesslc.wordpress.com, webmd.com, www.cdc.gov/tobacco, health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/smoking-cessation/10-facts-about-e-cigarettes.htm

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Tanning Your Hide


Good news, summer is around the corner! A lot of people like to visit the tanning salon to get a jump start on their summer glow. Bad idea. Both indoor and outside tanning can cause permanent damage to your skin (wrinkles, age spots, cancer) and your eyes (cataracts, ocular melanoma).  The strength of indoor tanning’s ultra violet rays (UV rays) vary according to the age and type of light bulbs used, potentially exposing you to more UV radiation than you realize, plus they are designed to emit high levels of UV radiation in a short time. You can still get a burn from indoor tanning.

For younger (teens) sun worshipers/tanning salon users, tanning increases the risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. In Massachusetts people aged 14 years – 17 years old must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian to the tanning salon and sign for consent.

Play it safe and use sun block, your skin & eyes will thank you for it.

For more information go to www.cdc.gov


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