School Nurse Tips of the Week
BCS Nurse Tips of the Week
9/24/2020: Please remember to follow district guidelines regarding the 3 Ws (Wear, Wait and Wash).
- By wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands helps to protect you and others.
- Masks are required for all staff members while on school grounds unless you are working privately in your classroom, office or designated workspace.
- Let's set a good example for our students and community by following these simple safety guidelines to keep everyone healthy.
- Wearing a mask may seem trivial to some, but for others, it could be a matter of life or death.
9/31/2020: Mask versus Shields. Did you know there is a significant difference between masks and shields? Face shields are not a substitute for face masks/cloth face coverings.
- Masks/Cloth Coverings--Masks/cloth coverings are recommended and used as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the masks coughs, sneezes or talks. This is called source control. Clinical and laboratory studies show that masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose, mouth and chin with little to no gap. Therefore masks are effective in stopping the spread of COVID 19.
- Shields--Shields are recommended and used primarily for eye protection for the person wearing it. They do not serve as a barrier to prevent respiratory droplets from escaping from the mouth and nose into the air and onto other people. There is currently no known evidence nor studies to support the effectiveness of face shields for source control. Therefore face shields are not effective in stopping the spread of COVID 19. They cannot replace face masks/cloth face coverings. They can be used in addition to masks/face coverings for added protection, including eyes.
- According to the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit cloth face coverings must be worn by all students from kindergarten through 12th grade, and all teachers, staff and adult visitors on buses or other school transportation vehicles, inside school buildings, and anywhere on school grounds, including outside.
9/7/2020: What is True Exposure to COVID-19?
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines exposure as the following: an individual who has had close contact (less than 6 feet) for 15 cumulative minutes or longer. This is why the 3 Ws are so important! So remember, whether at work or in public, always…
W-Wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth
W-Wait at least 6 feet apart to avoid close contact
W-Wash your hands with soap and water, if available. If not available use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Remember to especially wash your hands before removing or applying your face covering.
- If we do these 3 things our likelihood of being exposed to COVID 19 are drastically decreased!
- The FDA and CDC recommend wearing face masks/cloth coverings to help stop the spread of COVID 19.
9/14/2020: Free COVID-19 Testing. Did you know that FREE COVID-19 testing is being offered in Brunswick County?
- If you think that you have been exposed (within 6 ft. or less for 15 cumulative minutes or more) to someone who is positive for COVID-19, go and get a test.
- If you and/or a family do not have insurance or money to pay for a test, no worries. Just call one of the following locations for FREE testing in Brunswick County:
- Use words and concepts that the child can understand.
- Remain calm. Children will react to what you say AND how you say it.
- Remember to answer their questions clearly and honestly as possible.
- Encourage them to ask questions whenever they feel the need. Pay attention to what children might hear on TV, the radio, or online that will increase their curiosity.
- Avoid giving too much information as it can be overwhelming.
- If you don’t know the answer, be honest. Remember, it’s ok to say let me find out for you and I will let you know.
- Be a good example. Children are very observant. If we want them to wear a mask, wait 6 ft. and wash their hands, we have to talk to them and model this behavior.
- Teach them the 3 Ws---Wear, Wait & Wash.
- All students (virtual and face to face) must submit required records, complete immunizations, health assessments, certified birth certificates, etc by October 31st.
- To avoid exclusion, make sure the information is submitted as soon as possible and before the 10/31/2020 deadline!
- If you have any questions, reach out to your child's school nurse and they can assist you."