The Virtual Health Office

May 2020

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Hope everyone is staying healthy, and busy at home. We have made it through one month of distance learning! Although we will not be seeing everyone in person we will reach out monthly with health updates, information, and offer help from the virtual health office! This month is Better Hearing and Speech Month and Healthy Vision Month. It is also National Mental Health Month, National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. If you have any questions or health concerns contact the school nurse at your site (contact information at the bottom of this newsletter).

Immunizations

Even with current school closures, immunization requirements for admission to school or child care in California for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school year remain in place. Any updates will be posted here: https://www.shotsforschool.org/

CDC has just released guidance on maintaining immunization during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/schedule-changes.html.

If your student is not current on immunizations you may receive a letter or phone call from the health office. Most clinician's offices and Public Health are still administering immunizations, but many pharmacies have restricted or limited their hours. For an updated list of providers and their current immunization schedule please contact your school nurse.

Vision and Hearing

The CUSD School Nurses conduct vision and hearing screenings with all students in TK, K, 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 10th grade. We finished these screenings at every school within Chico Unified in January, 2020. Our goal right now is to follow up on students who had difficulty with the vision or hearing screenings. We sent home letters to parents or guardians of students who had difficulty with screenings, and followed up with a phone call or message. Because difficulty can affect learning, it is important for students who had issues with screenings to follow up with an eye doctor or Pediatrician.We realize that many Doctors are not seeing patients during the “Shelter in Place” period of time. Some Doctors are scheduling appointments months in advance. If possible, call and make an appointment for a later date if needed. If you need another copy of the vision or hearing letter that was sent home, a list of vision practitioners, or help getting new glasses if your student's were lost/broken, please contact your school nurse.

National Mental Health Month

Health expands beyond just physical well being. This month is dedicated to also focusing on student's mental health, which may be especially impacted during this unpredictable time.

Did you know?

  • 9.4% of children aged 2-17 years (approximately 6.1 million) have received an ADHD diagnosis.
  • 7.4% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.5 million) have a diagnosed behavior problem.
  • 7.1% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety.
  • 3.2% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 1.9 million) have diagnosed depression.


If you think you or your student could benefit from school services please contact your student's counselor directly or check out your school's website for the various distance counseling support options, such as these awesome resources from Shasta and Chapman Elementary:

https://sites.google.com/chicousd.net/chapmancounselingcorner/home

https://sites.google.com/chicousd.net/shastastudentandfamilycenter/home


Or online/ phone support:


  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): Call 1-800-273-8255.


Source: https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/data.html

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Spring has sprung in Chico, and if you are feeling the symptoms you are not alone!


  • About 25 million Americans have asthma (19 million adults and 6.2 million children)
  • About 32 million Americans have food allergies (26 million adults and 6 million children)
  • About 21 million Americans have hay fever, rhinitis or nasal allergies (20 million adults and 5.6 million children)


There are many resources to keep your student with allergies safe at school and home, such as having emergency or as needed medications in the health office, and working with your school nurse/ nutrition services to have the appropriate allergy free meals at your site.


We invite you to use our resources and tools below to spread awareness throughout May. Here are just a few ways you can be a part of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month at home:

Participate in AAFA’s photo contests: More Than Asthma (hosted on our asthma support community) or More Than Food Allergies (hosted on our Kids With Food Allergies support community)

Use social media to tell your story and share information about asthma and allergies.

Attend and invite others to attend our virtual awareness events.

Participate in research and clinical trials to expand treatments.


Source:

https://www.aafa.org/asthma-and-allergy-awareness-month/

Feeding your Student

Nutrition Services will be providing FREE lunch to children 18 years and younger (they must be present to receive lunch). Lunch will be served starting 4/20 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at:

Bidwell Junior

Chico Junior

Chapman Elementary

Citrus Elementary Schools.

Contact your School Nurse!

Melanie Evans, mgevans@chicousd.org: Shasta Elementary, Parkview Elementary, Bidwell Junior High

Bonnie Erickson, berickso@chicousd.org: Chico Junior High, Oakdale Elementary and Oakbridge

Julie Graber, jgraber@chicousd.org: Emma Wilson Elementary, Little Chico Creek Elementary, Hooker Oak Elementary

Michelle Neves Dean, mnevesdean@chicousd.org: Chico Senior High, McManus Elementary, Wildflower Elementary

Julie Scalet, jscalet@chicousd.org: Pleasant Valley High, Fairview, Sierra View Elementary

Julie Parker, jlparker@chicousd.org: Loma Vista, Marigold Elementary, Shasta Elementary

Cindy Steffen, csteffen@chicousd.org: Citrus Elementary, Rosedale Elementary, Chapman Elementary

Ann Scott, ascott@chicousd.org: Marsh Junior High, Neal Dow Elementary, Forest Ranch

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