support services: HEALTH SERVICES

Department of Public Health

Along with the winter come health concerns regarding the weather.  To help keep your children warm, healthy and safe, the following are recommendations:

Dress in layers. Thermal underwear, a turtle neck, pants and shirt, a jacket, hat, neck warmer and mittens are great for cold days.

  • Choose clothing that is wind- and water-resistant. It can help keep the kids warm and dry.
  • Consider putting younger children in a one-piece head and neck warmer to keep them extra warm.
  • Babies and children who are not yet mobile will get cold faster, so be sure to check their hands and face frequently for coldness.
  • Use sun protection. Even in the winter! Protect your children from the sun by using sunscreen and sunglasses.

What are the symptoms of frostbite?

  • The following are some of the most common symptoms of frostbite:
  • Skin is reddened and then becomes white, hard, and swollen
  • Skin burns, tingles or becomes numb

Severe frostbite can result in blisters or ulcers forming and may involve deeper tissues. As frostbite progresses, tissue death and gangrene may occur. The symptoms of frostbite may look like other conditions and medical problems. Always see your child's doctor for a diagnosis.

First-aid for frostbite
Specific treatment for frostbite will be determined by your child's doctor based on the extent and severity of the injury. In general:

  • Remain calm and reassure your child that you can help. If feet are affected, carry your child; do not allow him or her to walk. 
  • Move your child inside to a warm area and put him or her in dry clothes. Call your child's doctor or take your child to the emergency room immediately. Frostbite can cause serious injury and needs immediate medical attention. 
  • While waiting for medical assistance:
  • Give your child something warm to drink and wrap a blanket around him or her.
  • Warm the skin by immersing the area in warm water (100° to 105° F or 38° to 41° C) until sensation returns. 
  • Do not rub or massage the skin.
  • Do not use direct heat, such as heating pads or fires.
  • Do not place the frostbitten skin in snow to "warm" it.
  • Apply clean cotton or gauze between fingers and toes if they are affected.
  • Do not disturb any blisters.
  • Wrap warmed areas of the skin to prevent further damage.

Further treatment will depend on the extent and severity of injury and may include treatment of skin damage with debridement or surgery.

Welcome to the Banneker Health Services website. Here are some guidelines from the Cambridge Public Health and Massachusetts State Law:

If your child received an immunization during the summer, please contact us so that we can update your child’s record. Student’s that are not up-to-date with their immunizations are not in compliance with the Massachusetts State Law, and may be excluded from school. All students must have on file documentation of immunizations. 

All students must have updated physicals. If your child does not, please take the opportunity to update this. 

Medical Conditions
Some students suffer from Asthma, food allergies, and other conditions. If your child suffers from a medical condition, please make sure you provide the necessary medication to treat your child. For Asthma, students must have a doctor’s order and medication. For food allergies, students must have a doctor’s order and an Epi-Pen. For any other condition, please advise me, so we can work together to provide your child with the best medical care. 

The Benjamin Banneker Charter School is peanut-free. We ask that parents and staff do not bring Peanut Butter to school to keep our environment allergy free. 

Thank you for partnering with us to make this year the best yet. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year, where every child is given the opportunity to grow healthy and be safe.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Mrs. Rosario

School Health Services

Health matters. That's why I am here to help provide care, information and a safe place to learn, study, play and grow. On this page, you will learn about health services offered through BBCPS, important health news/alerts for our community, and other resources to help our school community be a healthy place.

Children are so special, and must be handled with care. It is during these formative years of their lives when they learn the importance of wellness and good hygiene. I have a passion for not only caring for children, but for also being that person they come to for advice. Every student needs an individual they can talk to, or come to when they are not feeling well.

As a School Nurse, I attend to the physical, mental and emotional needs of our students.  I care for health necessities of the children and staff, through administering medical treatment, providing health education, identifying problems in student health development and serving as a resource person to the school in health instruction. In addition, I serve as a liaison between the home and the school, supporting parents in the process of caring for the health of their child.  

Each year BBCPS offers dental, vision and hearing screening. Scoliosis screening is also offered. The school nurse is available for consultation about any health concerns and is able to assist with health referrals. For parents who qualify, vouchers for eyeglasses may also be provided.

Other Health Resources

Preventing the Flu

The flu is a contagious disease that is very serious. It can lead to temporary illness, hospitalization and even death. Every child will come in contact with someone who has the flu so it is important that you are educated about how to help prevent illness. Here is some useful information shared through the Center for Disease Control.

Information from the CDC regarding the flu and schools:

Can my child go to school, day care or camp if he or she is sick?
No. Your child should stay home to rest and to avoid giving the flu to other children or caregivers.
When can my child go back to school after having the flu?
Keep your child home from school, day care or camp for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) A fever is defined as 100°F (37.8°C) or higher.

Get a flu vaccination: All students and staff members should be vaccinated against the flu when vaccine is available. This is usually between November and December, and available at your local clinic.  

If your child is not feeling well, they should not come to school. If your child has a temperature higher than 100 degrees, body aches, and extreme sleepiness or is coughing or vomiting, you need to keep him home until he is free of those symptoms for 24 hours. If he's not really sick, but something seems off, let the school nurse know and ask her to monitor your child. 

Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

For more information about preventing and treating the flu virus, click below:

Preventing the Flu
Frequently Asked Flu Questions