The Calcasieu Parish School Board is closely monitoring developments regarding COVID-19, Coronavirus. The safety of our faculty, staff, and students remains a top priority, and we will provide updates as necessary. Communication regarding the virus has been sent home with all Calcasieu Parish School Board students, and all of our school staff have been provided additional guidance regarding the situation.
What to do if you feel sick?
Stay home except to get medical care
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
Wear a facemask
Cover your coughs and sneezes
Avoid sharing personal household items
Clean your hands often
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day
Monitor your symptoms
Only discontinuing home isolation in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
A new type of coronavirus, abbreviated COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory (lung) disease. It was first detected in China and has now been detected internationally. While the immediate health risk in the United States is low, it is important to plan for any possible outbreaks if the risk level increases in the future.
Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. While we don’t know where and to what extent the disease may spread here in the United States, we do know that it is contagious, that the severity of illness can vary from individual to individual, and that there are steps we can take to prevent the spread of infection. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking actions that reduce the risk of illness. Helping children cope with anxiety requires providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm.
It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.
Click HERE for full details from the National Association of School Nurses.