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Happy 2022 Acalanes! What a busy start! Thank you to Acalanes families for reporting COVID+ cases to us (especially Attendance), keeping your students home when they are ill, making sure they have well-fitting masks that they wear correctly. It’s traditional to start off the new year with resolutions for good health but it’s possible the current COVID surge has already thrown a wrench in your plans and you know someone close who had covid or even yourself. It’s still important for us to set an intention to maximize our health practices- healthy eating, optimal sleep, exercise, calming meditation and yoga practices and connection.

COVID VACCINE - Most students are now eligible to get boosters - PLEASE DO!!!   Despite the burden of COVID virus, our community is working hard to stay healthy and the high vaccination rate and observance of health department guidelines makes a significant difference and helps keep students in school learning. If  you haven’t yet, please submit your students’ COVID vaccine records. 

COVID isolation, quarantines and test kits: The current guidelines for return to school after COVID illness require a negative COVID test (if returning before 10 days). School sites do NOT have more test kits to distribute. Please see Principal Shawn’s COVID FAQs and Dr. Nickerson’s COVID Update for more details.  More updates are on the way…stay tuned!

Make sure you always have your proof of vaccination- Try this site- https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/ iPhone users- you can now put your vaccinationrecord in your Apple Health app (and Apple Wallet).

This week’s recipe- Red Lentil Cacciatore. Serve with a salad and/or side vegetable, and a whole grain or healthy starch vegetable (my husband made a killer vegan mashed potatoes). We doubled the recipe and had a little for leftovers.

Please be in touch with me to discuss any medical, health, or wellness concerns.

Dvora Citron, RN, MS
dcitron@auhsdschools.org
925-280-2970 x7128
Acalanes School Nurse Google Site
IG:  acalanesschoolnurse

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Returning to School Information Tuesday, March 30 - TUPE FACE Webinar: Alcohol, Cannabis, & Prescription Drug Expert Panel See the Wellness section for additional details.  Thursday, April 8 at 7pm - Pandemic Parenting: Supporting Teen Mental Health Join Families for Depression Awareness for this free webinar.  Smile With Your Eyes! I am resharing face mask resources: one from our District and one from the CDC. It's really important that we're all consistent for health and safety reasons, and to build a culture of trust. 
  • Please note the types of masks that are NOT acceptable.
  • Make sure to wear a CLEAN mask every day.
  • Please wear your mask so that the top covers the bridge of your nose and the bottom goes under your chin. If you are constantly readjusting, it does not fit properly.
Parents! Please report any COVID-related absences to the Attendance Recorder as soon as possible so I can do appropriate follow-up. COVID Resources and Protocols Available on the District website and on my site. Stay healthy and be well, Dvora Citron, RN, MS Acalanes School Nurse Google Site dcitron@auhsdschools.org IG:  acalanesschoolnurse
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I encourage all families to continue submitting all medical forms for the school year, including medication forms and immunization updates. All forms are posted on my Google Site (link below).

Please get in touch with me with any questions, concerns, and/or requests. I look forward to being in touch and connected!

Dvora Citron, RN, MS

Acalanes School Nurse Google Site




 

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I want to wish a warm virtual welcome to all new and returning students and families.

While more information will be coming, I want to encourage all families to continue with submitting all medical forms for the school year, including medication forms and immunization updates. All forms are posted on my Google Site (link below).

Please get in touch with me for any questions, concerns, and/or requests.

I look forward to being in touch and connected!

Dvora Citron, RN, MS

Acalanes School Nurse Google Site



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Take the same steps you would take to stay healthy during cold and flu season.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, particularly after coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have access to running water, use an alcohol-based hand cleanser.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Don’t share makeup, food, dishes or eating utensils.
  • Wearing a surgical mask will not protect you from getting sick. 

When to keep your student home from school? HERE

CDC Information on Coronavirus

 

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February is American Heart Month. 

Wednesday, Feb 5 at 3:15pm
Please join Dvora Citron, RN MS, Acalanes School Nurse in the Acalanes Collaboration Center for A Dialogue on Moving Towards Plant-Based Eating for Heart Health. This is appropriate for anyone with a heart – students, staff and parents! Please respond here to attend.

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Sleep: The Most Important Variable in Our Health
Periodically it’s important to remind families about the importance of sleep and what parents can do to help support healthy sleep for their children. Research is continually showing that sleep is the most important part of keepinging ourselves healthy on a daily basis and for long term health and wellness. Here are reminders for you to keep in mind:

  • Your student needs 8-10 hours of sleep per night.  Your most important role as a parent is to HELP them with protecting those sleep hours in their daily schedule.*
  • Keep technology out of the bedroom during sleep time.  This is a really hard one that requires discipline and adjustment for many.  But honestly, sleeping with technology is not going to result in restful, nourishing sleep.

*Even if you think that there is not enough time in the schedule for your student to get the sleep they need, take a hard look at how much they are doing and consider prioritizing their schedule, putting sleep at the top.

Adults may want to watch this TedEx talk Sleep Is Your Super Power by Matthew Walker.

Sick Students?  Read this article to see the difference between a cold and the flu.

 

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Here’s what to do if your student has mononucleosis.

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Think or know your student is vaping?  How can you help? Become An Ex is a free digital resource to help tobacco users quit.

Need some help or feedback?  Get in touch: dcitron@auhsdschools.org

 

 

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