The Virtual Health Office

April 2021

Springing into the Final Semester

Huge shoutout to staff and families who have worked hard to keep our students connected and safe this school year. Our county, and district COVID numbers have decreased dramatically this month! Check out the dashboard: http://www.chicousd.org/News/District-Wide-Safety-Info/COVID-19-Information/2021-Community-Dashboard/index.html. In April we celebrate Autism Awareness Month, and World Health Day, and Earth Day.
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COVID Updates

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AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

Autism affects the way a student thinks, problem solves, and is often accompanied by sensory sensitivities and medical issues such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures or sleep disorders, as well as mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and attention issues.

-According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today

-4 x more likely to effect boys.

-Autism affects 70 million people worldwide.

-Early intervention is key, autism can be reliably diagnosed around age 2, but the average age of diagnosis is 4.


How can you and your students participate in increasing autism awareness?

-Friday April 2 is Autism Awareness Day, but you can celebrate all month!

-Wear blue!

-Shop local and support a business that provides autism services: https://www.littleredhen.org/pages/boutique. They have 5 locations in town, and their online store!

-Check out all the resources Chico state has to offer through their Autism Clinic: https://www.csuchico.edu/kine/community-service-programs/families.shtml

-Educate, and practice inclusion. Check it out, Disney’s Fancy Nancy episode for April featuring a character with autism:https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2020/03/31/fancy-nancy-sesame-street-autism-episodes/28080/

-Take the kindness challenge through https://www.autismspeaks.org/kindness/spreadkindness.

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WORLD HEALTH DAY - April 7th

World Health Day 2020. World Health Day's message is simple: giving people access to healthcare without the prospect of financial hardship. CUSD believes in this message for our students and families. Our community has many resources for providers if needed that are free for most students:

Earth Day is Thursday April 22!

Earth Day is about raising awareness about the importance of protecting our planet and taking action. This year's theme is Restore Our Earth. Help spread the awareness of the importance of the Earth and all it provides for our health:

Allergies in Full Bloom

Spring in Chico means allergies. Be sure to keep your students health concerns up to date to avoid them being sent home for allergy symptoms. Contact your school's health office for medication forms for school if needed as well.

CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL NURSE!


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

Tina Collins: tcollins@chicousd.org: Emma Wilson Elementary, Little Chico Creek Elementary, Hooker Oak Elementary, Neal Dow 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, Oakdale Elementary and Oakbridge

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

Sherry Atkin, satkin@chicousd.org: Shasta Elementary, Chico Junior High, Forest Ranch