The Virtual Health Office
A Great Start!
For more information on CUSD's sick protocol, and how we are handling positive cases, please visit the COVID-19 Resource Page: http://www.chicousd.org/News/Emergency-Info/COVID-19-Information/Protocols/index.html
COVID-19 news and information can be overwhelming! Here are some new, valuable resources to help you during these uncertain times. Check out this virtual padlet, created by Chico State nursing students:
- In Spanish: https://padlet.com/Thelmamaya/anlhi71bhp42y2hz
- For grades K-5: https://padlet.com/Thelmamaya/3nfm3p3odhmfdljd
- For grades 6-12: https://padlet.com/Thelmamaya/zd8umxpagit5tq77
-For other COVID-19 questions and resources please visit Butte County Public Health's website: http://www.buttecounty.net/ph/COVID19. Or visit their Facebook page for frequent daily updates: https://www.facebook.com/buttecountypublichealth
-For COVID-19 testing sites see below:
American Diabetes Month
There are three types:
- Type 1- the body does not produce insulin. The body breaks down the carbohydrates you eat into blood sugar that it uses for energy—and insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. Type one diabetes is the most common among our students. These students rely on insulin through injections or their insulin pumps.
- Type 2- Previously called Adult Onset, but that has changed as this condition is being seen in increasing rates in children. The body doesn’t use insulin properly. And while some people can control their blood sugar levels with healthy eating and exercise, others may need medication or insulin to help manage it.
- Gestational Diabetes
Many Chico Unified students have diabetes, and work with nurses, parents, and staff to gain independence and knowledge in their diabetes care. This can be challenging, especially with growing bodies, and active children! Students may use the health office to count carbs, administer medications, and for treatment of high or low blood sugars.
To learn more about diabetes, treatment, resources, and ways you can support students with diabetes visit:
- Summer Camp may have been cancelled this year, but participate virtually: https://www.diabetes.org/community/camp
If you are a parent or student looking for more resources, contact your school to get connected with families in our community!
National Epilepsy Awareness Month
There are many different types of seizures. Students symptoms may range from absent stares to full convulsions. Staff at school work hard to ensure safety of students with diagnosed epilepsy using training, care plans, and medications if needed.
- To gain more awareness about this condition visit: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/epilepsy/seizures-and-epilepsy-in-children and https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/seizures/Pages/Epilepsy-in-Children-Diagnosis-and-Treatment.aspx
- Common triggers: https://www.dellchildrens.net/services-and-programs/neuroscience-epilepsy/latest-news/5-common-triggers-cause-seizures-children/
National Healthy Skin Month
- Skin care advice for the most common childhood dermatological issues, from acne to eczema-https://www.aad.org/public/parents-kids/childhood-conditions
- Skipping sunscreen in the winter? Don't do it! Protecting your skin is just as important, and it may be even more vulnerable during the colder months. Find out more-https://www.beaumont.org/health-wellness/blogs/why-sunscreen-is-just-as-important-in-the-winter#:~:text=Winter's%20Thin%20Ozone%20Layer&text=The%20freezing%20temperatures%20and%20vicious,protected%20from%20these%20damaging%20rays.
- Skin safety in schools: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/sun-safety-tips-schools.htm
- One of the most common and challenging conditions we see at school, head lice. Here are some tips for treatment:https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/from-insects-animals/Pages/Signs-of-Lice.aspx
If we had a nickel for every time we were asked to look at a rash, we could buy a whole lot of band-aids. If your student has a skin condition you are unsure of, please notify your health office. Skin conditions can vary from minor to extremely contagious, and your school nurse can help get with the medical referral or advice you may need!
Did your student come home with a FREE TOOTHBRUSH KITS? Nurses and Butte County public health distributed these fun kits at various school sites during lunch meals. Kits included toothbrushes, toothpaste, timers, and more. If you missed out, and would like a kit please contact your school nurse!
Thank you Nurse Julie!
CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL NURSE!
Melanie Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org: Marsh Junior High , Parkview Elementary, Bidwell Junior High
Tina Collins: email@example.com: Emma Wilson Elementary, Little Chico Creek Elementary, Hooker Oak Elementary, Neal Dow Elementary
Michelle Neves Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org: Chico Senior High, McManus Elementary, Wildflower Elementary
Julie Scalet, email@example.com: Pleasant Valley High, Fairview, Sierra View Elementary
Julie Parker, firstname.lastname@example.org: Loma Vista, Marigold Elementary, Oakdale Elementary and Oakbridge
Cindy Steffen, email@example.com: Citrus Elementary, Rosedale Elementary, Chapman Elementary
Sherry Atkin, firstname.lastname@example.org: Shasta Elementary, Chico Junior High, Forest Ranch