Franklin County Technical School   82 Industrial Blvd.   Turners Falls, MA 413 . 863 . 9561

School Nurse Page

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Access this page throughout the year for any of your student health needs. You can also contact our school nurse, Kelly Doyle, with any questions. She will be happy to help!

Warmer Weather = Tick Prevention

Spring is in the air! The sun is shining and the days are longer! Not only are we all getting outdoors and enjoying the warmer weather, so aren’t ticks! Be sure to protect yourself and your pets against them.

Know where to expect ticks. You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through vegetation such as leaf litter, shrubs, or the woods. To avoid ticks, walk in the center of trails.

Use a repellent with DEET (on skin or clothing) or permethrin (on clothing and gear).

  • Products containing permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear which can remain protective through several washings.
  • Repellents containing 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) can be applied to the skin, and they can protect up to several hours. Be sure to follow product instructions! Parents should apply repellents to their children, taking care to avoid application to hands, eyes, and mouth.

Check your body for ticks after being outdoors, even in your own yard. Conduct a body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas by searching your entire body for ticks. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body.

Check your clothing and pets for ticks. Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing and pets.

How to Remove a Tick


Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.


Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with
                 clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.


After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with soap and water.


Dispose of a live tick by placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.

Kelly Doyle, MBA, MSN, RN - FCTS School Nurse

Kelly Doyle is the FCTS School Nurse. Click to email Kelly. Phone: 413-863-9561, extension 126. Kelly is often very busy with students and not near her phone. If you call and do not get an answer, please leave a message with your name, contact number, reason for your call and the student you are calling about. She will return your call.

Maintained by IdeamechaniX