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Department of School Health
Columbia County School District
Lisa Whitlock BSN RN NCSN
Director of School Health
lisa.whitlock@ccboe.net
4781 Hereford Farm Road
Evans GA 30809
706.541.4090
 
 National School Nurse Day, May 6 2020 !

Did you know that 19 School Nurses care for the entire school

population, especially the most vulnerable? Celebrate your school nurse.

We honor more than 95,000 school nurses in the United States who make a difference in the lives of children every day! The theme this year is School Nurses: Supporting Students in Times of Crisis. School nurses lead the way to support health and ensure that students are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Let’s celebrate our 19 School Nurses today and every day!

 
Immunization UPDATE:
The Georgia Department of Public Health has delayed the new 11-grade vaccination requirement of a meningococcal booster shot (MCV4) until school year 2021/2022. 
However, please keep you child's vaccinations up to date! Visit the Immunization link more information of the GA Vaccination Schedule for school attendance.
 
 
 

Protect yourself from COVID-19 when picking up a prescription or other medicines:

️ Call in prescription orders ahead of time.

️ Try to make one trip, picking up all medicine at the same time.

️ Use drive-thru windows, curbside services, mail-order, or other delivery services.

️ Check to see if you can get extra doses of your medicines so you do not have to visit the pharmacy as often.

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 Research shows that students with untreated vision, hearing, dental, and/or nutrition problems do not perform well academically in school:
  • Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic disease in children—5 times more frequent than asthma and 7 times more than hay fever.
  • Children with poor oral health are almost 3 times more likely than their counterparts to miss school because of dental pain.
  • Visual functioning significantly predicts academic performance in school-age children.
  • The prevalence rate of visual impairment in children under the age of 18 is 25 per 1,000.
  • 14.9 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 19 have a hearing loss that is significant enough to put them at risk of failing at least one grade level.
  • Studies have found that access to nutrition and exercise can enhance a student’s psycho-social well-being, reduce aggression, decrease discipline problems, and improve academic outcomes.
 
 

Five Ways a School Nurse Benefits the School

  1. Attendance - School nurses improve attendance through health promotion, disease prevention and disease management. Students with a full-time school nurse have about half the student illness- or injury-related early releases from school where no school nurse is present. 
  2. Academics – Improved attendance means the healthy student is in the classroom and ready to learn. School Nurses enable better performance, which also contributes to reducing drop-out rates.
  3. Time – School nurses save time for principals, teachers and staff. A school nurse in the building saves principals, teachers, and clerical staff a considerable amount of time that they would have spent addressing health concerns of students.
    A school nurse in the building saves:
    • Principals almost an hour a day
    • Teachers almost 20 minutes a day
    • Clerical staff over 45 minutes a day
     
  4. Staff Wellness - School nurses improve the general health of staff. According to school reports, principals, teachers, and clerical staff are VERY satisfied with having school nurses in their schools for several reasons:
    • Teachers can focus on teaching
    • Office staff spend less time calling parents and sending students home

    • Healthy staff means increased attendance and productivity

     
     
  5. Accountability - School nurses help schools stay accountable. Promoting compliance with federal and state law mitigates lawsuits
    • Advocating for adequate staffing aligns with Healthy People 2020 recommendations of the ratio of one school nurse per 750 well students
    • Preparing for emergencies saves lives and property
    • Addressing student mental health links to academic achievement
                                         Clinic Statistics for ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLINICS for School Year 2018/2019
2018/2019 TOTALS TOTALS
Enrollment Elementary Only 12,817
Physical / Illness complaint by students 120,268
Medications given to students 48,512
Employees Seen in Clinic by School Nurses 2565
Parent contacts by School Nurses 25,710
% of Parent Contacts 21%
   
Students returned to class after clinic visit 103,738
Sent home from clinic visit findings 61
% of students sent home 7%
Vision Screenings for 3rd & 5th graders 3,976
7th grade Vision Screenings 2029
Hearing Screenings for 3rd graders 1,939
Scoliosis screenings :  
6th grade girls only 999
8th grade girls and boys 2,019
   

Update: March 10, 2020

The Columbia County School District (CCSD) is closely monitoring the emergence of the coronavirus in the U.S. with guidance from state and federal agencies with the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

While several other school districts outside of our immediate area have confirmed some positive coronavirus test results, there are no known cases of coronavirus in the CCSD at this time.

In an effort to inform our stakeholders, this document includes information for the following items:

  • Illness Prevention
  • Student and Staff Attendance
  • School District Travel
  • Student Travel to and from Identified High-Risk Areas
  • Staff Travel to and from Identified High-Risk Areas
  • Enrollment of New Students from Identified High-Risk Areas

Illness Prevention

A top priority of the CCSD is the safety and wellness of our students, staff, and community. Prevention is key to stopping the spread of germs that cause illness. Here's how you can help:

  • Parents should monitor their children's health, and if they suspect a fever, conduct a screening at home with a simple home thermometer. If a child has a fever, he or she should not return to school until fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
  • Wash hands frequently, preferably using soap and water. Hand sanitizer is a second choice.
  • Due to the quick spread of coronavirus, parents should contact their local healthcare provider to establish a course of action should their child come down with illness. 

As we are already in flu season, housekeeping staff in all school buildings are being asked to take extended measures with sanitizing high-touch areas like doorknobs and desktops, in addition to daily, routine cleaning and sanitizing measures already in place.

The CCSD encourages parents, students, and staff to be aware of the symptoms of illness and not to report to school if they experience fever, along with any of the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Body Aches
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Sometimes Diarrhea and Vomiting

Students or staff who experience any fever will be sent home and not allowed to return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. Students and staff should not report to school when running a fever.

We will continue to follow the direction of the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Student and Staff Attendance

It is of utmost importance for students and faculty experiencing illness to remain at home until symptoms have subsided. If experiencing symptoms related to flu or the coronavirus, please contact your healthcare provider.

The school district is monitoring both student and staff attendance, as large numbers of absences can be a sign of illness in a school building. Currently, CCSD attendance rates remain exceptionally high.

If a student is unable to attend school due to illness, upon return to school, the student should bring a parent or doctor's note. Student absences related to illness beyond the allowable number will be considered on a case by case basis because children who are ill need to stay home.

School District Travel

The CCSD is monitoring all travel outside of the school district and decisions regarding out of district travel will be considered on a case by case basis. There are no plans to cancel the travel of students to events outside of our area at this time. However, schools will work with parents to make decisions regarding travel. The CCSD will work at the direction of the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Parents will be notified immediately should the need to restrict travel arise.

Student Travel to and from Identified High-Risk Areas

Parents should inform the CCSD via telephone at 706-541-0650 or via email at contactus@ccboe.net if their children have traveled to areas with a Level 3 or 4 Travel Health Notice advisory for the coronavirus as identified by the Centers for Disease Control, or from areas within the U.S. with a higher number of confirmed coronavirus cases. To date, level 3 and 4 destinations with ongoing widespread sustained transmission and restrictions on entry into the U.S. include *China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.

 The district office will work with the parents to determine the appropriate action regarding re-entry of their children into school.  

*Areas with ongoing travel restrictions as identified by the Centers for Disease Control are subject to change. Stay up to date with the latest travel restriction information here: (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html)

Staff Travel to and from Identified High-Risk Areas

Employees should inform their supervisor via telephone and/or email, prior to returning to work if they have traveled to areas with a Level 3 or 4 Travel Health Notice advisory for the coronavirus as identified by the Centers for Disease Control, which includes *China, Iran, South Korea or Italy, or from areas within the U.S. with a higher number of confirmed coronavirus cases. The supervisor should immediately contact the school district office for further instructions on the employee’s return to work.

The CCSD will continue to follow the guidance from the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and will communicate updates to our employees and stakeholders.

Enrollment of New Students from Identified High-Risk Areas

Due to the ongoing concerns for the spread of coronavirus, the CCSD will temporarily adjust procedures for children attempting to enroll from outside the U.S. and from areas within the U.S. with a higher number of confirmed coronavirus cases. Out of an abundance of precaution, new student enrollment will be monitored and approved on a case by case basis until further notice.

Parents attempting to enroll children from areas within the U.S. with a higher number of confirmed coronavirus cases, or from outside the U.S. with a Level 3 or 4 Travel Health Notice advisory for the coronavirus, as identified by the Centers for Disease Control, should contact the school district office via telephone at 706-541-0650 and/or via email contactus@ccboe.net.

Children who register from outside the U.S., or a high-risk area with a higher number of confirmed coronavirus cases, are asked to wait 14 days to enroll in CCSD schools.

Please routinely monitor our websites and social media for updates as this document is subject to change.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Georgia Department of Health

Flu prevention information

Para Publicación Inmediata – 10 de marzo, 2020

El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Columbia (CCSD por sus siglas en inglés) está siguiendo cercanamente el surgimiento del coronavirus en los Estados Unidos con la orientación de las agencias estatales y federales con el Departamento de Educación de Georgia, el Departamento de Salud Pública de Georgia y los Centro de Control de Enfermedades.
 
Aunque varios de los distritos escolares fuera del área inmediata han confirmado algunos resultados positivos del examen del coronavirus, en estos momentos no hay casos conocidos de coronavirus en CCSD.

En un esfuerzo para informar a nuestras partes interesadas, éste documento incluye información para los siguientes puntos:

  • Prevención de Enfermedad
  • Asistencia de Estudiantes y Personal
  • Viajes del Distrito Escolar
  • Viajes de los Estudiantes de y para Áreas Identificadas de Alto Riesgo
  • Viajes del Personal de y para Áreas Identificadas de Alto Riesgo
  • Inscripción de Nuevos Estudiantes de Áreas Identificadas de Alto Riesgo

Prevención de Enfermedades

Una alta prioridad de CCSD es la seguridad y bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, personal, y comunidad. La prevención es la clave para detener la propagación de gérmenes que causan enfermedad. Aquí va como usted puede ayudar:

  • Los padres deben de observar la salud de sus niños, y si sospechan una fiebre, realice una evaluación en casa con un simple termómetro casero. Si su niño tiene una fiebre, él/ella no debe de regresar a la escuela hasta que esté libre de fiebre por lo menos 24 horas sin medicamento para reducir fiebre.
  • Lavarse las manos frecuentemente, preferiblemente usando jabón y agua. El desinfectante de manos es una segunda opción.
  • Debido a la propagación rápida del coronavirus, los padres deben de contactar a su proveedor de atención medica local para establecer un plan de acción en caso que su niño se enferme.

Como nosotros ya estamos en la temporada de influenza (Flu en inglés), se le pide al personal de limpieza en todos los edificios escolares que tomen medidas extensas para desinfectar áreas más propensas a contacto como los llavines y escritorios, al igual que las medidas que ya están en marcha diarias, rutina de limpieza y desinfección.

CCSD les aconseja a los padres, estudiantes, y personal que tengan en cuenta los síntomas de enfermedad y que no se reporten a la escuela si tienen fiebre, al igual que cualquiera de los siguientes síntomas:

  • Tos
  • Dolor de Garganta
  • Dificultad para Respirar
  • Dolores del Cuerpo
  • Dolores de Cabeza
  • Escalofríos
  • Fatiga
  • Algunas Veces Diarrea y Vómito Diarrea

Los estudiantes o personal que tengan fiebre serán enviados a casa y no se les permitirá regresar a la escuela hasta que no tengan fiebre por 24 horas sin el uso de medicamentos para reducir fiebre. Los estudiantes y personal no deben de reportarse a la escuela cuando tienen fiebre.

Continuaremos siguiendo la dirección del Departamento de Educación de Georgia, del Departamento de Salud Pública de Georgia y los Centros de Control de Enfermedades.

Asistencia de los Estudiantes y Personal

Es de máxima importancia para los estudiantes y personal que esté enfermo que permanezcan en casa hasta que los síntomas disminuyan. Si tienen síntomas relacionados con la influenza o el coronavirus, por favor contacte a su proveedor de atención médica.

El distrito escolar está observando la asistencia de los estudiantes y personal, ya que altas cantidades de ausencias puede ser una señal de enfermedad en el edificio escolar. Actualmente, el índice de asistencia de CCSD permanece excepcionalmente alto.

Si un estudiante no puede asistir a la escuela debido a una enfermedad, al regreso a clases, el estudiante debe de llevar una nota médica o escrita por los padres. Las enfermedades de los estudiantes relacionadas a enfermedades más allá de la cantidad permitida serán considerados en cada caso por separado porque los niños que están enfermos deben de permanecer en casa.

Viajes del Distrito Escolar

CCSD le está dando seguimiento a todos los viajes fuera del distrito escolar y las decisiones con respecto a los viajes fuera del distrito seran considerados en cada caso por separado. No hay planes de cancelar los viajes de los estudiantes a eventos fuera del área en estos momentos. Sin embargo, las escuelas trabajarán con los padres para tomar decisiones con respecto a los viajes. CCSD trabajará bajo la dirección del Departamento de Educación de Georgia, del Departamento de Salud Pública de Georgia y los Centros de Control de Enfermedades. Se les notificará a los padres inmediatamente si surge la necesidad de restringir los viajes.

Viajes de los Estudiantes de y para Áreas Identificadas de Alto Riesgo

Los padres deben de infórmale a CCSD por teléfono al 706-541-0650 o por medio de correo electrónico a contactus@ccboe.net si su niño ha viajado a las áreas con Aviso de Seguridad de Viaje por Salud de Nivel 3 o 4 para el coronavirus como se identifica por los Centros de Control de Enfermedades, o de áreas dentro de los Estados Unidos con cantidades altas confirmadas de casos del coronavirus. Hasta la fecha, destinaciones de nivel 3 y 4 con propagación continua de transmisión y restricciones de entra a los Estados Unidos incluyen *China, Irán, Corea del Sur e Italia.

Las oficinas del distrito trabajarán con los padres para determinar la acción apropiada con respecto al reingreso de sus niños a la escuela.

*Las áreas con restricciones de viaje identificadas por los Centros de Control de Enfermedades están sujetas a cambiar. Para mantenerse informado con las información más reciente sobre las restricciones de viajes visite:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Viajes del Personal de y para Áreas Identificadas de Alto Riesgo

Los empleados deben de informarle a su supervisor por medio de teléfono y/o correo electrónico, antes de regresar a trabajar si han viajado a áreas con
áreas con Aviso de Seguridad de Viaje por Salud de Nivel 3 o 4 para el coronavirus como se identifica por los Centros de Control de Enfermedades, que incluyen a *China, Irán, Corea del Sur o Italia, o de áreas dentro de los Estados Unidos con una cantidad alta de casos confirmados del coronavirus. El supervisor debe de contactar inmediatamente a las oficinas del distrito escolar para más instrucciones sobre el regreso al trabajo del empleado.

CCSD continuará siguiendo la dirección del Departamento de Educación de Georgia, del Departamento de Salud Pública de Georgia y los Centros de Control de Enfermedades y les comunicará actualizaciones a nuestros empleados y partes interesadas.

Inscripción de Nuevos Estudiantes de Áreas Identificadas de Alto Riesgo

Debido a las constantes preocupaciones de la propagación del coronavirus, CCSD temporalmente regulará los procedimientos para los niños tratando de inscribirse en una escuela que venga fuera de los Estados Unidos o de áreas dentro de los Estados Unidos con una cantidad alta de casos confirmados del coronavirus. En un exceso de cautela, se observará y aprobará la inscripción de nuevos estudiantes en cada caso separado hasta nuevo aviso.

Los padres tratando de inscribir a estudiantes de áreas dentro de los Estados Unidos con altas cantidades de casos confirmados de coronavirus, o fuera de los Estados Unidos con áreas con Aviso de Seguridad de Viaje por Salud de Nivel 3 o 4 para el coronavirus como se identifica por los Centros de Control de Enfermedades, deben de contactar a las oficinas del distrito escolar por teléfono al 706-541-0650 y/o por correo electrónico a contactus@ccboe.net.

Se les pide a los que deseen inscribir a sus niños que vengan fuera de los Estados Unidos, o de un área  de alto riesgo con altas cantidades de casos confirmados del coronavirus, que esperen 14 días para inscribir en las escuelas de CCSD.

Por favor visite rutinariamente nuestros sitios de la red y medios sociales para actualizaciones de éste documento ya que éste documento está sujeto a cambiar.