I hope you all are safe and I commend you all for practicing good infection control measures while at home and in the community. We are watching the numbers rise in area towns and now more than ever we must all continue to do these things to keep our children and families safe.
Governor Lamont and the Department of Public Health have commended the School System and currently believe it's one of the safest places for the students and staff to be at this time. We will continue to monitor for compliance and plan to keep it that way. Your children have all continued to put in the effort and I am so proud of them all. I thank you all for making my job easier! Currently contact tracing from the DPH has found that the majority of COVID cases are occurring from small gatherings and family events. Please be safe and make sure you are following the guidelines if you do choose to do this. We all are craving human contact and it's easy to let your guard down when among family and friends, but please keep your mask on, keep your hands sanitized and keep your distance.
Here are a few points for this week:
● Continue to call or email me if your child is ill.
● If your child is quarantining and your child develops symptoms, please let me know for tracking purposes.
● If your child must go into quarantine; it must be for the full 14 days per DPH, no COVID tests will be accepted for an earlier return to school. If your child was tested also, let me know as well for documentation. ***If a family member tests positive for COVID and then an additional family member tests positive, the clock stops and your child will have to quarantine an additional 14 days to make sure he doesn’t develop symptoms from that family member. So say he was quarantined for 5 days and another family member becomes positive, he will have to start back to day 1 per DPH guidelines.
● If your child is having symptoms and gets tested for COVID, please keep your child home until the results are back.
● Please make sure your child’s mask fits properly and does not slip off your child’s nose. If the nose is exposed, your child is not fully protected. The Paper Store and Kohls have a wide range of children’s masks for reasonable prices.
● New DPH Guidelines now list a close contact as someone exposed to a positive case for a cumulative of 15 minutes not just 15 minutes all at once. So if you were in contact with another person on and off over a 24 hour period that adds up to a total of 15 minutes, you are to quarantine for 14 days.
● Thank you to all who continue to send in their children’s Flu shot documentation.
● Watch the Area States for Travel Advisories if you plan to travel in the coming weeks. If you do go to a high risk State, you must either quarantine for 14 days on return or acquire a PCR COVID test on your return. Ct.gov/covid is up to date on the latest travel advisories.
I have included a flyer from Yale New Haven for a free clinical trial if your child is currently suffering from the effects of anxiety. This is a great resource and can do wonders if you suspect your child is having symptoms. Symptoms include:
● Difficulty concentrating
● Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
● Change in appetite-eating too much or too little
● Lack of enthusiasm
● Difficulty paying attention or completing tasks
● Feeling down, or sad.
● Poor memory
Please call the Center if you think your child may benefit from this trial. Current studies have shown up to 80% of people have been suffering from some form of anxiety since the pandemic began. Seeking help will give your child the tools to cope and feel better through this crisis.
If you have any questions, thoughts or concerns please contact me.
Thank you for all that you do both for your families and for the School.
Be safe, Be healthy!
Sue Cowan RN BS
Corpus Christi School Nurse