Welcome to the Health Office
Hello to the students, families, staff and community of Midland School.
I hope everyone is well and safe. When we left school on March 13th, we had no idea what was going to happen in the weeks ahead. We still do no not have any guarantees about what is ahead but we are adjusting to our "new normal." This pandemic, caused by Covid-19 has caused everyday life to change for us all.
My website is a way for me to share information with you regarding the coronavirus and ways to stay safe and healthy both physically and mentally.
PLEASE CHECK BACK REGULARLY FOR UPDATED INFORMATION
The Bergen County Department of Health Services has come out with a
Tick Borne Diseases Resource Tool Kit
Bergen Bites Back is an educational resource to raise awareness about tick born diseases and how to protect oneself.
Click on the link below to access the toolkit
CNN is partnering with "Sesame Street" for a special town hall
about racism for kids and parents.
Click on link below for how to watch this:
If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you may have heard about a new illness called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) that’s affecting children. Doctors and researchers are still trying to learn about this new disease. While MIS-C is a serious condition, with proper medical care most children are able to recover. If you have concerns your child is suffering from MIS-C, please call your primary care provider.
Click on the 2 links below for more information on MIS-C
Navigating the Covid-19 pandemic with young children is challenging. Parents struggling to discuss the pandemic with children can find help with the 2 links below. One is a storybook written for young children to help them understand the new reality we are living in and the other is a video narrated by a child and provides information on ways to stay protected from the virus.
Click on the link for a nice Covid-19 infographic to explain to children about the virus. It was created by the Covid-19 Health Literacy Project in collaboration with Harvard Health Publishing
Sharing another hand washing video. Watch the latest video by the Henry the Hand Foundation.
Now that we won't be returning back to school this year, I know many of you are so disappointed and sad and really miss your friends. I wanted to share a video with you that was made by another school nurse on the reason why we can't see our friends and ways to stay connected during all of this. With technology and a little bit of creativity, our friends are closer than we think.
Please click the link below for another Mrs. Meyers video (this one is about wearing masks)
Mental Health Monday
Have you had a feeling of your thoughts spinning and being unable to focus? No matter how hard you try you can't keep your thoughts in one place. It may be time to try a "centering" activity. Help your mind return to the here and now, bring yourself into the present moment and regroup. Click below to try this activity:
Below are some videos demonstating how germs travel and how to avoid them.
Take a look at this "Mythbuster" video demonstrating how easy it is to spread germs:
Wonder how droplets from a sneeze or cough spread germs and cause disease?
Check out these 2 videos to find out:
Click below for another video on handwashing
courtesy of Hip Hop Public Health
Click on the link below for a video made by a school nurse in Massachusettes to help empower students when they are feeling a little anxious
Click below for another video from Mrs. Meyers
Click below for a great video on Handwashing
Helping Children Cope
Click on the link below for information from The National Association of School Psychologists
and the National Association of School Nurses
Click on the link below for a video message from Mrs. Meyers
Also, check out this information about masks
Click on the link below on types of masks
and see below on tips on wearing masks
Click on link for
Please click on the link below for a wonderful video created by a school nurse in Waupaca, Wisconsin that helps to explain to kids about the Covid-19 virus
From the Allergy and Asthma Network
Helpful Information in Distinguishing the Difference of
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Video Message from Mrs. Meyers
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March 17, 2020
Dear Midland School Families,
We are living in truly unprecedented times. What is of utmost importance is to keep ourselves and our families safe and healthy. Please continue to take the necessary precautions that have
been directed by our local and state governments. Also, while is important to keep informed of CoVid-19, please be wary of where you are getting your information. Reliable updates and
information can be found on the CDC website, the NJ Department of Health website and the World Health Organization website:
NJ Department of Health: https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen
The CDC website also has a section on how to talk to your children about CoVid-19:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
While this may be a challenging time for everyone, we will all get through this.
And please remember GOOD HANDWASHING!