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  • Health Corner


    One of the first people any student will meet is Johnson. She handles the everyday medical needs that arise for our students, like distributing medication for unique emergencies that may come up.  Also, please make sure that Nurse Johnson has updated immunization and physical records. If you are not sure, or if you have any other medically-related questions, please feel free to contact her,

    In-school testing: BPS is currently only conducting in-school tests for symptomatic students whose parents or guardians have consented to the in-school testing program

    At Home Tests: Please note that all iHealth COVID tests will be distributed every other week to all BPS students.

    Expiration Date Extension: On Jul 8, 2022, the FDA granted another three-month shelf-life extension for the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test, which extended the shelf-life of all iHealth tests from 6 months to 12 months.


    COVID POLICIES

    Please refer to the BPS website  for updated protocol changes and information. If you need a COVID test, visit the nurses' office. If you  are experiencing symptoms, please follow the BPS at home daily health checklist.
     
    If you test positive, the instructions are as follows.  Contact the nurse to let her know you have tested positive for COVID-19.
     

    Return to school on day 6 wearing a mask thru day 10:

    -  Symptoms improve
    -  Fever-free without fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours

    Please Note:

    - Isolate for 5 days and return to school on Day 6.
    - Mask through Day 10.
    - a negative rapid test is suggested  on Day 5
        If the test is positive, continue to isolate until Day 10. 
        If a negative test is obtained on or after Day 5, return to school  on the following day.

    - The 5-day period starts with onset of symptoms or after a positive PCR or antigen test if the individual is asymptomatic.

    -  Return to school should be based on isolation protocol and symptoms resolution and NEVER sooner than 6 days. 
     
    If you have been exposed to COVID 19
     
    -No quarantine necessary as long as you can mask
    -Wear a mask for 10 days after last exposure
    -Test on or after Day 5
          If the test is positive, follow Isolation protocol
          If the test is negative, continue to mask through day 11.
     
    - feel free to reach out if we may be of further help.

  • Vision Van

    On January 10th, the 20/20 Vision Van came to the Hyde Park campus. Unfortunately, due to low staffing, they were only able to see a small number of students who were signed up.

    We requested another date for a visit, and are waiting to hear back. Will keep families posted if we can add more students to the list.

Contact the Nurse

  • Jonell  Johnson
    BS, BSN, MED, RN
      - aka Nurse J
    She / Hers / Her
    315 Mount Vernon Street    
    Dorchester, MA 02125          
    Office:  (617) 635-9000 ext 20714    E-Fax: (617) 635-9788
    School Hours:  7:50 am - 2:30 pm

Q & A - VAPING

  • Nicotine is addictive

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    One of the most common misconceptions surrounding vaping is that e-cigarettes are not real cigarettes and therefore do not contain harmful nicotine, a substance known to cause countless health conditions, one of the most common of which is cancer.

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  • Vapes Contain Other Harmful Chemicals

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    While not every chemical within e-cigarettes has been identified, studies done on vaping products have already identified several worrisome chemicals.

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  • E-cigarettes are not Safe Just Because They are a Water Vapor

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    Another misconception about e-cigarettes is that because they produce a water vapor rather than smoke, the dangerous chemicals within them are neutralized. This has no truth to it, for even as a water vapor the chemicals within vaping products remain hazardous to a person’s health.

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  • Vaping is Addictive

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    Since vaping is sometimes advertised as a means to help people quit traditional cigarettes and break their addiction, there is a false understanding that vaping itself is not addictive. In reality, vaping is very much addictive, with evidence showing the possibility that it is more addictive than cigarettes.  

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  • Vaping Causes Heart and Lung Issues

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    n 2019, research through multiple studies by Johns Hopkins Medicine reported a link between e-cigarettes and increased odds for developing asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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  • Young Adults are More Likely to Vape

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    There has been a steady decline in traditional cigarette use among teens, but in its place, vaping has found a new home. According to a Gallup poll conducted in 2018, 20% of Americans in the 18-29 age range reported regular vaping.

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