Grace Abbott Elementary
NEWS FROM DR. CHAUSSEE
As of today, we currently have two students who are positive cases for Covid and both are in the same class. That class is masking until 11/3 and is our only masked classroom. Staff, students, and parents have been great in dealing with this.
We made one change this week which is giving kids a little more freedom at lunch. Until last week they sat at assigned tables and we limited the number of kids at each table. Now they can sit at any of the three tables assigned to their classroom. This doesn’t mean that Covid has gone away, but our numbers are down and I know the kids wanted to sit with other classmates.
Throughout the pandemic we have shared information from our medical community. In partnership with Children’s Hospital, we are passing along information from their physicians regarding the COVID-19 vaccination.
I’m writing you today to help dispel some of the myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. Unfortunately, the misinformation is widespread and causing families to make decisions that are not based on the facts.
One thing I hear often is that parents don’t want to get the vaccine because they don’t want their child to get sick from it. While it is true that they may have some side effects like fever, chills and arm soreness from the injection, these are short-lived. The side effects are an indication that the immune system is responding to the vaccination.
If you are a parent of a teen, you may have heard the rumor about the vaccine affecting fertility. This information is rampant on social media and is one of the biggest and most unfortunate pieces of misinformation out there. In looking at the makeup of the vaccine, there is no biological way that an mRNA vaccine could impact fertility. Think of a vaccine like a messenger: it leaves instructions for your body to fight a foreign invader and then it leaves. The mRNA degrades within 72 hours and the fat bubbles that carry the mRNA degrade within days.
What we don’t know, however, are the long-term side effects of contracting the COVID-19 virus. While vaccines have been tested, the long-term effects of the virus on children down the road remain to be seen. We have seen kids with myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) and multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, where their major organs become inflamed after having COVID-19.
Kids deserve to be kids without worrying about what happens if they get COVID-19. Let’s give them the chance to thrive by getting them vaccinated.
Dr. Kari Simonsen
Pediatrician-in-chief and a pediatric infectious disease specialist
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
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MILLARD FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER - JINGLE 2021
Grace Abbott is looking for donations or volunteers that can help make this MPS Foundation fundraiser a success.
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We are excited to invite our Watch DOGS (Dad of Great Students) back into the building this year! If you would like to volunteer for either a full day, or over our lunch times, please complete the Watch DOG sign up. You can email Debby Powell (email@example.com) or Charlene Hale (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.