On April 24, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper announced that school would be closed through the end of the school year (June 10, 2020).Our district continues to regular 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.
Grief and Loss with COVID-19
Unwanted Emotional Responses to the COVID-19 Closure
Grief and Loss are very complicated forces for all of us to attempt to understand. Most of us are aware of the sense of grief that we feel when we experience the death of a loved one or cherished pet. But there are other forms of grief that result from a variety of loss situations. During the COVID-19 quarantine we have seen many of these for students and families. Our students have missed out on the chance to be together and share experiences in our classrooms and halls. Athletes in spring sports have effectively seen their seasons ended suddenly and unexpectedly. Students expecting to go to prom this week, or college visits last month, or any number of “rite of passage” activities know that these will not occur in any format that they and their families had hoped for or anticipated.
These are all forms of loss. In addition, the new experience of having a lack of predictable routines can also create a sense of loss. Most of us-- students, parents, school staff-- depend on having a sense of certainty and predictability in our lives. This could be as simple as sitting with a group of friends for lunch or leaving early for school once a week so you can get a coffee on your way in.
However, we are not helpless as we encounter a sense of grief for the things we did not get to experience this spring and for the loss of certainty in our lives we need.
Here are a few things you can do starting now:
- Be honest about your feelings. Whatever your sense of loss might be it is important to remember it is valid. It doesn’t need to be qualified and compared to the suffering of someone else. If you have a sense of sadness about any loss you experience that is okay. Likewise, if you are not greatly impacted emotionally, that is okay as well.
- Seek supportive connections. Despite the requirement that we engage in social distancing, our current cohort has more remote access to people who love and care about us than any generation before in circumstances like this. Face time, phone calls, texting are all forms of interactions which may not be ideal but do offer an opportunity to connect with our friends and families. It is also important to be sure to connect with people who can help build you up and encourage you to thrive.
- Build healthy routines. Engage in some form of physical activity. This almost always helps people release their stress. Also, limit your consumption of news and social media. Be sure to get enough sleep as this will help your mood. Stay on point with your schoolwork and do things you find meaningful.
- Get help if you need it. If you are in great distress, talk with a caring adult about options for community-based counseling and emotional supportive services. Many providers are engaging in tele-health practices to support people who are finding the COVID-19 closures to be highly distressing.
Most importantly, remember You Are Not Alone. Whoever you are reading this, there are people who love and care for you. We will get through these difficult times. We are in this situation together.
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