Note from the Nurse's Office
Dear Parents and Students,
I hope you all are doing well. We have certainly had a unique and crazy year! The NM Department of Health is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine for those is phase 1A and 1B. You can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine at: https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/. If you are not in the group approved to receive the vaccine at this time, you can still register and they will contact you when you are able to receive the vaccine.
During times of remote learning I am available via phone call, email, or my google classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/MTIzNDY2ODEzNDk5?cjc=jb7nhmd
Once in my google classroom you can visit my virtual office, there are links attached to items in the room that can be accessed by clicking on the item and then the link. I have also set up a scheduling program that is available by clicking on the laptop on the desk, I have 15 or 30 min. time slots available if you would like to meet via google meet or a phone call to address health questions or concerns. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call my work at 505-384-2071, if you will leave me a message with a call back number I can check it from my email and call you back. During times of in person learning I am available in my nurse's office during the school day.
Remember to take care of yourself during this time, get plenty of rest, eat well, get outside for fresh air, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick!
Chariti Sanchez RN
A note from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
“Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.
Follow these five steps every time:
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.”
Talking to kids about COVID-19
It can be difficult talking to kids about what is happening and what COVID-19 is. The following is a link to a great resource for talking to children about COVID-19: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/
The best way to help our children is to talk with them. Reassure them of what you are doing to keep them safe!
NM Department of Health
The New Mexico Department of Health has a dedicated web page for updated information regarding COVID-19. It can be found at: https://cv.nmhealth.org/
Up-to-date information and resources are available. Please ensure you are utilizing information provided from a creditable resource when talking to your children about COVID-19.
Below is a list of resources provided by the National Association of School Nurses:
- Video from State of Kentucky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdd3FAlNQf8&feature=youtu.be/
- Video from Child Mind Institute: https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/
- Video from Canada Broadcasting Corporation (CBC): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyL5wOodCyI
- Video from Global News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uA--hPr1aA
- Website from Kids Health from Nemours: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-how-talk-child.html
- Website from Public Broadcasting System (PBS): https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/10-tips-for-talking-about-covid-19-with-your-kids
- Website from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/children-faq.html
- Website from Mayo Clinic: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/helping-kids-cope-with-the-covid-19-pandemic/
- Website blog from Michigan Health: https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/wellness-prevention/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-covid-19
Chariti Sanchez MSN-Ed, RN
Lori Ortiz MA