Information from DVSD School Nurses
There have been many miscommunications and rumors concerning the Coronavirus, especially on social media. Students are hearing rumors about COVID-19 which can cause anxiety. Here are some facts and tips you can share with your children in regards to the virus.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common throughout the world. Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold—through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the viruses on it; and occasionally, through fecal contamination.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), based on what we know about this virus, we do not expect most people to develop serious illness. Reports out of China that looked at more than 70,000 COVID-19 patients found that about 80% of illnesses were mild and people recovered.
Let’s talk about who those people are. So far it seems like it’s not children. Only about 2% of those diagnosed were in people younger than 19. This seems to be a disease that affects adults, and most seriously, older adults.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
- Shortness of Breath
If your child has these symptoms call your health care provider for guidance.
What can you do to minimize your chances of getting the Coronavirus?
You can practice healthy habits at home and at play to help protect against the spread of Coronavirus:
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you sneeze or cough into a tissue, throw it in the trash right away.
- Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose, and eyes. This will help keep germs out of your body.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Follow these five steps—wet, lather (make bubbles), scrub (rub together), rinse and dry (If you can sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice, that’s about the right amount of time).
- If you don’t have soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer until you can get to soap and water.
- Keep things clean. Older children can help adults at home and school clean the things we touch the most, like furniture, doorknobs, light switches, electronic devices and remote controls. (Note for adults: you can find more information about cleaning and disinfecting on CDC’s website.)
What to do to keep your children safe now that they are home from school
- Continue to emphasize good hygiene by washing hands before eating, after using the bathroom and after playing outside or with others.
- Make a game out of keeping their hands away from their face. Start the day with everyone having 20 tokens. Each person has to pay a token to the person who catches them with their hands in their mouth, nose or rubbing their face. At the designated time, whoever has the most tokens gets a small treat! Parents get in the game too. You’d be surprised at how often we touch our faces and don’t even realize it!
- Keep a routine! School children are used to schedules! Make a simple schedule that works for your household. Include rising and bedtimes, time for chores, schoolwork (with and without screens), active playtime, outside time, down time for naps and/or reading and family time. Make weekends schedule free like they’ve always been.
- Include the kids in cleaning. Wipe their toys and books, counters and doorknobs, keyboards, phones and light switches, toilet and faucet handles. Don’t forget the car!
- Limit exposure to others as much as possible! Remember, the whole purpose of closing schools is to encourage ‘social distancing’. That means avoiding places where large numbers of people are together. This is the key to preventing COVID-19 from rapidly spreading!
What if my child or a family member is diagnosed with COVID-19?
If your child or someone living in your home has been diagnosed with COVID-19 / Coronavirus, please leave a message on your child’s School Nurse’s confidential voicemail. School Nurses will be checking their voicemails daily.
Shohola Elementary School – Mrs. McKnight - 296-3605
Delaware Valley Elementary School – Mrs. Polanis - 296-1828
Dingman Delaware Primary School – Mrs. Reich – 296-3135
Dingman Delaware Elementary School – Mrs. Como – 296-3125
Delaware Valley Middle School – Mrs. Topa – 296-1838
Dingman Delaware Middle School – Mrs. McKinney – 296-3148
Delaware Valley High School (9-10) – Mrs. Woodley – 409-2012
Delaware Valley High School (11-12) – Mrs. Tidridge – 296-1860
We understand these are challenging times but we are all in this together. If everyone does their part, we can look forward to getting back to normal sooner.
The Delaware Valley School District Nurses