School Health Note: March 28, 2020
Our district continues to have daily discussions with Cabarrus Health Alliance officials, and we are continuing to adhere to updates and guidance provided by the State Health and Human Services Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).Here are a few reminders of things you can to do help:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
- If your child is sick please keep them home until they are fever-free for 24 hours or more without medicine.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- If a tissue is not available we encourage sneezing into a sleeve or elbow.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Our partner, Cabarrus Health Alliance, is updating information on their website also (www.cabarrushealth.org) and can be reached through the Health Information phone line (704.920.1213) or email HealthInfo@CabarrusHealth.orgIf you are looking for resources on talking with your kids about COVID-19 please review this joint guidance document from the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Nurses.Finally, the National Disaster Direstress Helpline offers crisis cousneling and emotional support during the COVID-19 outbreak at 1-800-985-5990 or through this link.Thank you for your patience as we work through this evolving situation.
Cabarrus Health Alliance School Health Program
The school nurses are registered, public health school nurses employed by the Cabarrus Health Alliance. Through a contractual agreement, a school nurse is assigned to each traditional, public elementary, middle, and high school in Cabarrus County for 7.5 hours per day following the teacher calendar. Nurses are also assigned to provide nursing oversight and consultation at the alternative school settings.
The Cabarrus Health Alliance School Health Program began a "nurse in every school" in 1999. Since that time the School Nurse program in this county has become what school administrators want, teachers expect, students need, parents demand, and the community is accustomed to.
Benefits of the Program
- Fewer children leave school before the end of the day due to medical reasons when a nurse is on campus
- Parents can worry less about their children who have chronic illness when a school nurse is there
- School nurses work to ensure that students are happy, healthy, in class, on task, and ready to learn
- Schools with full-time nurses can help students with chronic illnesses better manage their disease and decrease time out of school
- The work school nurses do contributes to healthier students and a safer school environment
- When students manage their chronic illness it can have a positive impact on their success at school
Achieving the highest level of well-being, academic success and lifelong learning of students