As you probably know, the State of Michigan has recently come up with some guidelines to help us safely return to our community. It is important to remember that we follow the recommendations in order to stay safe and stay healthy. It has been hard for all of us these last two months with so many challenges and so much change.
We are at Stage 3 which is flattening. That means that COVID cases are slowly decreasing. But, in order to keep it this way and go on to Stage 4, which is improvement, we need to stay at home, still wear masks, stay 6 feet away from others when we have to go out, do not attend socialgatherings, and keep washing our hands.
You may have noticed that your feelings and emotions have been changing throughout these last weeks. It is normal for this to happen. It has been a time of change and routine. As we all continue to try and stay safe, it is helpful to understand our feelings and learn how to deal with them.
It is often difficult to know what to say to your child about our current life events. Children pick up on the anxiety, overhear parents talk, and watch or read the constant media coverage about the coronavirus.
The University of Michigan has created a health blog that is very informative regarding the current health happenings and latest updates.
There is a great article, which includes a short audio recording in case you don’t feel like reading, about five important topics to talk about with your child regarding COVID-19.
A new story book that aims to help children, ages 6 -11 years old, understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been created by organizations such as the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.
This book can be downloaded for free in English, Arabic, Spanish, and several other languages!
These last few weeks have been trying times for all of us. The feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and depression seem to be very common. The constant media coverage and the closure of school for the year have added to the stress of life. You may even know of people who have been exposed to COVID-19 and have even been dealing with the symptoms. All of these things have affected us all in one way or another.
Talk to your friends and family about how you are feeling, maybe call a professional for guidance if needed, and don’t hesitate to call this awesome resource provided by Dearborn Schools.
Nurse Debbie here. I thought I would create a blog to keep in touch with some of the latest health information. Not just information on COVID 19 but, other things that might be helpful for you, our students, and families. This is my first time creating a blog, so be patient. I hope this post finds all of you and your loved ones healthy. Miss all of you and your smiling faces!
I received an email from the Wayne RESA nurses regarding a meeting they recently had. There was discussion about creating specific guidelines for keeping students home from school due to illness in preparation for return to school. “When more is known, guidance from the state level and Michigan Association of School Nurses (MASN) will be looked at to have consistency”.
I will be keeping you updated through contact with Wayne RESA and MASN.
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