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Health Updates

From Your MS/HS School Nurse

I hope that this finds your family safe and healthy! Although I missed seeing our students’ faces, I am thankful that we are able to find ways to communicate and stay in touch with each other.

As our school continues with online learning through the end of the school year and keeping the campus closed, we are in the process of organizing and mailing directly to your homes students’ medications /supplies that were stored here at school.

In addition, we want to share a few reminders on staying healthy during this pandemic – the main way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19.

  • Clean hands frequently - wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially if you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose/coughing/sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) to clean hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your unwashed hands.
  • Use a tissue when coughing/sneezing.  If tissue is not available, use the inside of your elbow.
  • Avoid people who are sick, the elderly, those with compromised immune systems.
  • Stay home as much as possible.  If you must travel outside your home, put distance (at least 6 feet) between you and other people.
  • As CDC has determined that a person may spread the virus before he/she has symptoms, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing practices (like grocery stores) are difficult to do.  This will protect other people in case you may be infected.  The CDC website has easy directions on how to make a sewn or no sewn cloth face mask.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Lastly, we want to say thank you to our fellow health care providers and first responders for their selfless service/long hours in providing needed care to our community.  Please take the time to show these local servants how much they are appreciated by--

  • Writing “thank you” cards to your local hospitals;
  • Surprising your fire department down the road with baked goods/donuts or a supply of disinfectant wipes; with parent’s permission,
  • Sharing encouraging words, artwork on social media. 

If you personally know a frontline servant, reach out to them and offer help.  The best way to help – Stay Home! Let us keep these workers and their families in our prayers.

Annabelle Townsend, RN, BSN
School Nurse 

Encouragement from Nurse Annabelle Townsend

From Your Lower School Nurse

We miss all you students so much! This has been a strange and difficult time for all of us and I look forward to the day when we can all be together again on campus. What a wonderful day that will be!  Here are a few reminders to keep you and your family healthy during this pandemic:

  • Make sure you are washing your hands with soap and water before and after eating, using the restroom or touching your face. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Continue to be mindful of social distancing (6 feet apart)
  • STAY HOME, but if you have go to out make sure you put on a mask
  • Wipe down surfaces that are touched frequently

Please be in prayer for both those affected directly by the virus and the doctors and nurses who are bravely caring for those in need. I know some of you have sent encouraging notes and cards to family members you can’t see as well as your teachers. Please consider doing so for the doctors and nurses you know as well as it is an important time for us to encourage each other any way that we can. Know that we are praying for you and your family and can’t wait to see you again soon!

Here are a few other ideas and ways to serve:

  • Find rocks that you can paint an encouraging message or picture on and place them outside or in a well-traveled area.
  • If you have someone in your neighborhood who is a community caregiver decorate their driveway or sidewalk with colorful chalk pictures and kind words.
  • Consider writing encouraging post cards for senior citizens. 

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Spartan Strong,
Kristen Wilson, RN BSN

Contact

Jimmy Chupp
Director of School Life

Annabelle Townsend, RN
MS & HS School Nurse

Kristen Wilson, RN
LS School Nurse

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