Information from your School Nurses re: COVID 19

  •   Information From Your School Nurses re:  COVID 19

     

    Students and families should know that during this time away from school, your school nurses are available to you via email--to answer your questions and to respond to your concerns.  Please stay in touch as we weather these most unusual times.

    WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER IS SICK: 

    As always, should you have concerns about your own health or the health of a family member, you should be in direct contact with your family health care provider to seek medical advice.  If you or a family member are exhibing symptoms of illness, call your doctor. Here is a link from Johns Hopkins Medical Center for more information.  

    WHERE TO SEEK INFORMATION:

    We all know the benefits of staying informed.  We are faced wtih additional challenges in the age of social media in knowing which sources we can actually trust. 

    Information about COVID19--the symptoms, the spread of the disease, the rules of social isolation, travel restrictions, etc. can be found via these trusted sources:  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC),  the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the World Health Organization (WHO).  We encourage you to seek information here.  All of these agencies update their sites daily with new information.  (Additionally, the WHO has developed a "Mythbusters" page which is meant to serve as an antidote to misinformation.)

    HOW TO MANAGE MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS:

    Living through a pandemic is nothing that any of us expected to face in our lifetime.  And we know that health is a concept that extends well beyond the physical.  Our district counselors are working to provide a multitude of mental health resources for parents and students.  Please visit this page on our district website for a wealth of information to guide you and your family toward coping emotionally, with these difficult times. 

    HOW TO CARE FOR EACH OTHER

    We have always known that the heatlh of our community depends on us all.  These words, which we speak in times of more typical illnesses (seasonal flu, for example), are even more important now. When we protect ourselves, we protect our community.  Here is some helpful information from the NJ Department of Health.  

    In the meantime, thank you for caring for yourself and others by:

    • Washing your hands with soap and water
    • Using hand sanitizer when soap is not avaialble
    • Refraining from touching your face
    • Practicing Social Distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from others)
    • Staying home (and requiring this of your family members as well)  Social isolation is the key to slowing the spread of this virus so our health system has the resources needed to respond.

    For more information on how these practices work and why they are recommended, look here.

     

    Karen Leister, M.Ed, RN

    Supervisor of Student Health and Wellbeing