Health and Wellness

April - Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex News letter

Aloha Students and Family

Welcome to our Complex health room newsletter! We are so excited to be slowly welcoming students back to campus! Be sure to scroll through the entire newsletter for some of the latest information, including videos and instructions for receiving the Covid-19 vaccination!

We want to make sure you know that we are doing all that we can to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our Complex. We are here to support you and your family as we navigate through the school year, so please reach out to us if needed. Our contact information is below, and we are available through phone, text, and email.

We are hoping this newsletter will be a good tool for you, with some valuable information and resources.


Stress Awareness Month has been recognized every April since 1992, but this year it seems particularly important. Learning to cope with our stress and finding healthy ways to deal with these situations can go a long way in living a healthy and positive life.
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10 Ways to Reduce Stress

1) Meditate for 5+ minutes every day
Adjust your posture to sit with your back (or spine) straight up. You may sit on the floor or on a chair. Try to clear your mind of all problems. Try to overcome any emotions by relaxing your body, muscles, and mind. Count to up to five slowly and then count down to five slowly. Take deep breaths throughout your mediation session. Make sure you mediate in a quite environment.

2) Eat Healthy
Nutritious food fuels your body and mind! Load up on fruits, veggies, and whole grains.
Get your heart pumping! Go for a walk, play basketball, dance!

3) Take a Warm Shower or Bath
You can add essential oils to your bath to relax even more.

4) Drink Herbal Tea
A hot cup of herbal tea is a great way to start or end your day. Try chamomile or mint. Sweeten with honey.

5) Get a Massage
Can’t afford a professional massage therapist? Ask a friend or family member to rub your shoulders and neck for a couple of minutes to release tension.

6) Sleep
Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Take short naps (no longer than 30 minutes) to reenergize yourself during the day.

7) Laugh
A good laugh can actually cool down your stress response. Find a funny friend or watch your favorite comedy to get the laughter going!

8) Talk to a Friend or Family Member.
Just talking with someone else about your worries or struggles can help to relieve stress. Find someone you trust and set up a time to chat, talk to a professional.

9) Talk to a professional.
At the Corner we have therapists who will listen to what you are going through and help you practice strategies to cope with stress. Click here to make an appointment at the Corner.

10) Breathe

taking deep and mindful breaths can help relax the body and clear your thoughts.

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When to keep your Child home from school

Parents, please help to keep our school and community safe from the spread of COVID19. We ask for your kokua in screening your child(ren) every morning before school.

If your child has any of the following symptoms or displays ANY type of illness, please keep them home.

IF your child presents with symptoms of illness in school, you will be contacted and arrangements must be made for your child to be picked up within ONE HOUR.

**Be sure the school has updated contact information (current and working telephone numbers) and have multiple emergency contacts on file in the health room to help facilitate release from campus**

Mahalo for partnering with us

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Return to Campus safe after Covid like symptoms

Did your child get sent home from school for Covid-like symptoms? Are you a teacher or staff who left work for Covid-like symptoms? View the video below to see the steps you need to take to be able to return to campus safely.

HIDOE Daily Wellness Checks
HIDOE: 12 Common Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine
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Hawaii Keiki Advance Nurse Practitioners like myself work in the health room with the School Health Assistant (SHA) in supporting your child's health and education. When your child is sick at school I can treat your child and decide if your child needs to go home or can stay at school. I can: care for your child's allergies, asthma, and other medical conditions, give your child medication when needed, and offer advice about health topics.

The care your child receives doesn't replace the care your child gets from the doctor or clinic. Also, even though you've signed the consent form, we won't treat or give medications to your child without talking to a parent or guardian first.

There is no cost to you, and before a Hawaii Keiki RN can care for your child, we need your permission. You may review the consent form through the link below, fill it out and return it to your child's school.

Hawaii Keiki Consent Form

Emergency Action Plan (EAP): If your child needs and EAP, or you would like to renew your current plan for the 21-22 SY, Please contact me. Or if you would like to find out more about EAPs or if you have any question.

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Maui Community Clinics

Hana Health, (808) 248-7515, 4590 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713

Malama I Ke Ola Health Center, (808) 872-4007

o Lahaina Clinic, 15 Ipu Aumakua Lane, Lahaina, HI 96761

o Wailuku Clinic, 1881 Nani Street, Wailuku, HI 96793

HIDOE and Hawaii Keiki’s Health Hotline and Telehealth Services:

No-cost services for HIDOE parents/guardians, students, teachers/staff. Available Monday - Friday from 8 am to 3 pm, excluding holidays and breaks.

∙ Call (844) 436-3888 to speak with a nurse

Food and Meal Assistance

Mental Health Support

If your child needs mental health support, please reach out to your child’s primary doctor. If your child is in need of immediate help, call 9-1-1. Or contact one of the following.

∙ Hawaii Cares phone line: 1-800-753-6879

∙ Hawaii Cares Text Line: Text ALOHA to 741-741

∙ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273- 8255


Please if you have questoins contact

Janel Branson BS, RN, MSN, APRN-Rx, FNP-C

APRN Nurse Lead

Adjunct Clinical Faculty - UH Manoa School of Nursing

Hawai'i Keiki: Healthy & Ready to Learn

Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui Complex Area APRN