School Nurse Highlights
Virtual Health Office
As schools are practicing Dista nce Learning, please know that the nurse assigned to your child’s school is available via email. Below is a list of school sites, assigned nurse and email. Please contact the appropriate nurse to communicate health concerns impacting education. If you do not have access to email or are unable to reach the assigned nurse, please call the Nursing and Wellness Department at 619-725-5501.
IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS AND SCHOOL ENTRY
There have been no changes to California State immunization laws.
All students enrolling for school need to have up-to-date immunizations prior to enrollment. California State law of “No shots, No school” still applies. Students cannot enroll and attend online learning or in person learning without immunizations under SB 277.
This means that all students must be up to date on all required vaccines, or have a valid medical exemption, or an active IEP to enroll and be granted access to online or virtual learning.** Please note that there may be exceptions for students with current IEPs and those with approved medical exemption letters.
Military and Homeless students still get a 30 day grace period on immunizations when enrolling.
Site Health Office Staff:
Shiryn Rivo, MSN, RN, RCSN: email@example.com Friday
Virtual Office Hours (10:00am-12:00noon)
Lesbia Arellano, Health Technician : firstname.lastname@example.org Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
Virtual Office Hours (10:00am-12:00noon)
Google voice # (260) 201-1739
Jazo-Bajet Martha: email@example.com
Cell: 619-400-9035 (no texting available)
Nursing & Wellness Department Contact Information:
Phone: 619-725-5501 (Please leave a voicemail and we will get back to you)
Family Wellness Resources: https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/familywellness/home
Resources and Additional Information
San Diego County
Receive text messages from the County of San Diego regarding COVID 19 by texting “COSD COVID19” to 468-311.
Resources from Rady Children’s Hospital
Rady has a dedicated coronavirus pediatric nurse advice line which is available to the community to support and answer questions regarding children and coronavirus. The line (858-966-8399) will be open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week.
Rady also has a COVID 19 updates page: https://www.rchsd.org/health-safety/health-alerts/
Childcare Resources During COVID 19
San Diego Regional Center: for respite care for students who are clients of San Diego Regional Center
Call 858-576-2996 (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm).
Childcare for healthcare professionals: YMCA of San Diego County is offering enhanced child care referrals for health care professionals.
Call (619) 952-0242 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm).
Food and Nutrition
SDUSD is distributing meals Monday to Friday for all students. More information is available at https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/covid19/resources/food-services?authuser=0
The Salvation Army is providing free meals for kids at the Salvation Army KROC Center. Children MUST be present to receive a meal.
Hours of Operation are Weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Salvation Army KROC Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92115
The San Diego Food Bank is providing food to persons of all ages. Visit https://sandiegofoodbank.org/gethelp/ for most current schedules and locations or call 1-858-527-1419.
The San Diego Food Bank is also offering a diaper bank program. Details are available at https://sandiegofoodbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-Diaper-Bank-Program-Distribution-List-English-updated-March-31-2020.pdf
Immunization requirements remain in full effect. Contact your school nurse for questions about requirements for your child. Please contact your child’s primary care provider as needed.
The County Immunization Clinics remain open; their locations and hours are available here: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/immunization_branch/immunizations_free_for_children_under_age_two.html
211 San Diego works closely with our County and other local resources to connect you, your family, and other residents to community-wide service organizations that focus on health, food, housing, disaster, veterans, and other specialized needs. The organization also provides a free, 24-hour, confidential phone service in 200+ languages and a searchable online database. Additional information is available here: https://211sandiego.org/
Mental Health Resources
Rady Children’s Hospital has a Behavioral Health Urgent Care. Additional information is available here: https://www.rchsd.org/programs-services/behavioral-health-2/programs/behavioral-health-urgent-care/
This can be a very stressful time. The following websites offer resources for locating therapists:
Handwashing Instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gMQCQRgjO0
Student Medications at School
If you have any questions about your student’s medications at school, please email your school nurse (see list above).
Other Helpful Resources
Child Mind Institute - Supporting Families During COVID-19: https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/
Calm (meditation app): https://app.www.calm.com/meditate
Care for Caregivers - Tips for Families and Educators: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/mental-health-resources/care-for-caregivers-tips-for-families-and-educators
Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 (available in English and Spanish): https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19
Food and Nutrition: https://www.nutrition.gov/topics/audience/children/food-and-nutrition
Kids and Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ocjJEdJkl8
Being A Kid Stuck At Home During COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44e12ZVh4Go
Kids Traveling Between Homes of Separated Parents During COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96_2jK6S7aA
Global COVID-19 Prevention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAj38E7vrS8
How to Turn a Bandana Into a Face Mask for Coronavirus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hcSCgAD8f8
Children & Sleep: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/children-and-sleep
Teaching Kids about Brushing their Teeth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voZuS09kczg
How to Explain Social Distancing to Kids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HTA3ql6uWY
A Teenager’s Nutritional Needs: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/nutrition/Pages/A-Teenagers-Nutritional-Needs.aspx
Sleep for Teenagers: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/teens-and-sleep
E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/EVALI.html
Social Media Safety: https://www.safesearchkids.com/a-teens-guide-to-social-media-safety/#.Xp9gI8hKiUl
Exercises for Dealing with Stress and Anxiety
Sometimes you’ll need a quick way to help your child calm down and you don’t have much with you. Maybe it’s when you’re out at Target or stuck in traffic. These tips will come in handy at those times:
Imagine your favorite place - it’s like taking a mini vacation wherever you are
Think of your favorite things
Name animals alphabetically (alligator, bear, cow, dog, etc…)
Squeeze Something (play dough, clay, silly putty, your fists, a stress ball)
Get a Cold Drink of Water
54321 Grounding - go through each of your 5 senses
Take a deep belly breath to begin
5 - LOOK: Look around for 5 things that you can see, and say them out loud. For example, you could say, I see the computer, I see the cup, I see the picture frame.
4 - FEEL: Pay attention to your body and think of 4 things that you can feel, and say them out loud. For example, you could say, I feel my feet warm in my socks, I feel the hair on the back of my neck, or I feel the pillow I am sitting on.
3 - LISTEN: Listen for 3 sounds. It could be the sound of traffic outside, the sound of typing or the sound of your tummy rumbling. Say the three things out loud.
2 - SMELL: Say two things you can smell. If you’re allowed to, it’s okay to move to another spot and sniff something. If you can’t smell anything at the moment or you can’t move, then name your 2 favorite smells.
1 - TASTE: Say one thing you can taste. It may be the toothpaste from brushing your teeth, or a mint from after lunch. If you can’t taste anything, then say your favorite thing to taste.
Take another deep belly breath to end