Health Services Newsletter

Southwest ISD

Stress Relieving Fun


Stay Home, Stay Safe


SWISD community families are having to stay home and stay safe. Parents, here are some suggestions to keep you and your family safe:


  • Avoid crowds of 10 or more people (except for your own family members). Currently, gatherings of 10 or more people is prohibited.
  • Only go out for necessary reasons, such as, grocery shopping, picking up medications, and work.
  • The CDC now recommends that everyone should wear a cloth face cover when it is necessary to go out in public. Continue to keep 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.



During this time of work from home, there comes a time when the work has to be put aside and families come together for some family fun through games. Parents here are some games you can play with the family using items you have at home. Take time for family fun and remember to encourage good hand washing, cough and cover, and avoid crowds of 10 or more people.


Word Categories


Guess a word for each category (school-aged children):

  1. First as a family group, come up with some categories such as States, birds, television shows, animals, games that use a ball, things with wheels, food items, colors, etc. Each player should get a paper with the categories listed and a pencil. Younger children may need help with spelling and writing.

  2. The first player picks a letter from the alphabet and tells the other players. Then each player will have one minute to come up with a word or item for each of the categories on your paper.

  3. At the end of one minute, count all the words in each category and give yourselves one point. The game ends when all the players have had a turn to pick a letter. The winner is the person with the most points.

  4. Have fun!


TREASURE HOUSE HUNT


Find the treasures in the house (all ages):

  1. With the players out of the house, hide different treasures around the house. Items can be healthy snacks, fake money, toys, anything that can be hidden for the players to find.

  2. Once items are hidden, have the players come into the house and let them know they have 1 minute to find the items you have hidden.

  3. Players may work in teams or by themselves.

  4. At the end of one minute, the team or players with the most items wins the game.

  5. Option: Parent makes a list of items around the house. Each player or team is given a list and then told to find the items on the list. For younger players, team them up with an older player for help. After one minute the team of players who found most items will win.

  6. Have fun!



SWISD Health Word Search


  1. Click the link below to enjoy a word search puzzle!

COVID-19 and Asthma

Great Information from Dr. Joseph Diaz, Allergist-Immunologist


1. The CDC has placed asthma on the list of high risk as related to COVID-19.

2. There are a difference in symptoms between Asthma and COVID-19:

  • Fever usually accompanies COVID-19 and not with an Asthma exacerbation
  • Cough with Asthma may be wet, but most people with COVID-19 will start with dry cough
  • Flu-like symptoms may accompany COVID-19, but not Asthma
  • Night sweats may occur with COVID-19 not with Asthma

3. Controlled Asthmatics have less risk than uncontrolled Asthmatics, therefore, it is very important to use your maintenance steroid MDI and other medications as indicated on the Asthma Action Plan. If your student does not have an Asthma Action Plan, please call your doctor.

4. Practice social distancing and frequent hand washing.

5. Avoid routine doctor office visits.

6. Call your doctor if you or family members are showing signs of fever, dry cough, or symptoms listed above. Please seek help by calling the doctor for further instructions.

7. Because of high pollen counts during this time of year, use maintenance medications and allergy medications as instructed by your doctor.


When in doubt, call your doctor for further questions or concerns. Most doctors are using TeleHealth (video chat on computers or phones) to respond to concerns to encourage you to stay home and be safe.


Here are some websites with further information:

SA Kids B.R.E.A.T.H.E: https://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/HealthServices/Asthma

https://acaai.org/news/important-covid-19-information-those-asthma-andor-allergies

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/asthma.html

Know The Symptoms of COVID-19:

COVID-19 Self-screening Tool

Are you or someone you know feeling sick and experiencing the above symptoms? The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District launched a self-screening tool to help a person understand if they should seek COVID-19 testing from their health care provider, depending on the symptoms they report. Click the link below to answer nine questions about symptoms and risk factors you may be experiencing. You will be provided instructions on how to proceed once you have completed the screening.


If you need additional information or have questions about the virus, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 210-207-5779 or email COVID-19@sanantonio.gov.