April 7, 2020 - Update from School Nurse


Hi Summit Bears! Another week is here of learning to adjust to life in the virtual world and looking out the window to see beautiful springtime blooming all around us. In a world of uncertainty right now, I'm thankful we can lean on each other and our little community here in the mountains. Here's a few updates I thought would be helpful to send out this week:

1. Virtual "Call When Sick" Visits: If you haven't already done so, please take some time to check out the "Call When Sick" telemedicine service, courtesy of Vision Cashiers. For a $100 yearly subscription, families receive virtual medical support through telephone and online services with no co-pays, no deductibles, and no needing to wait in a physical clinic to be seen. To sign up for this subscription, go to www.callwhensick.com, follow the prompts, and download the Healthiest You App. All information is confidential and there are informative FAQs on the website as well.

2. Office Hours for School Nurse: As a friendly reminder, please keep in mind that I am available between 9 am and 3 pm every weekday and would be happy to talk with you over the phone, via a scheduled Facetime appointment, or through email. Please do not hesitate to reach out. I miss all of our students and would love to be of service to your families in any way I can, if even just to be a familiar face or to talk through symptoms!

3. Tips on Student Well-Being During Quarantine: This was a FANTASTIC article published by Forbes on some tips/advice on working from home with your children. Some of my favorite points included creating or refreshing vision boards with your children to help them focus on personal or family goals, using daily positive affirmations, finding new healthy recipes to make together that will boost the immune system, involving your children in your daily workouts, etc. I enjoyed reading this article as a parent myself :) The link can be found here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/biancamillercole/2020/03/20/18-tips-on-how-to-cope-with-children-on-quarantine/#34693a01e6e8

4. Proposed Health Newsletter - Requesting Recipes!: I am in the beginning stages of planning a monthly health newsletter that will be fun, creative, and engaging for our students. This will include topics on physical & mental and emotional health, nutrition, etc. It was also suggested by one of our awesome teachers to add a column featuring healthy meal recipes from our Summit families :) If you would like to participate and send in a recipe to be featured, please send them to me at your earliest convenience! I will compile them for future use and look forward to sharing your recipes with all of our families.

5. Reminders on Health and Wellness During Quarantine: Now more than ever, it is so important for us to keep open conversations with our kids that encourage healthy habits and nutrition. A few things we can continue to incorporate into our daily learning with our children include proper hand washing, sneezing or coughing into elbows, boosting our immune systems through healthy, nutritious foods and probiotics, staying active and spending some time outside enjoying the fresh air and sunlight every day, etc. If you would like extra, age-appropriate resources to share with your kids on these topics, please let me know! My hope for all of our Summit families is this - stay well, stay healthy, and know that you are so appreciated for the hard work you put in for our students. Take some personal time to enjoy the sunshine this week for yourself too :)

Blessings,

Zandra Wingfield

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