School Nurse

How Can I Avoid Getting Coronavirus and Other Respiratory Infections?

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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From Your School Nurse

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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From Your School Nurse

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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Week of 11/17 Update

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

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Help Your Kid Be A Quitter 

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:



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October is Breast Health Week

Most of us have either friends or relatives that have had a diagnosis of breast cancer, or even have had our own personal experience with this.  Screening is crucial to early diagnosis and effective treatment. This is a good time to remind most moms to calendar their mammogram. But what about our students? For many different reasons, it is less common for teenage girls to be learning and practicing BSE (Breast Self Exam).  BSE is an essential skill young women need to learn and integrate into their regular self-care routine. Daisy Wheel is an app that’s easy to use and very instructive on how to regularly perform this important self-care function.  I encourage you to use this tool or others you may find useful to review this important self-screening with your daughters.  For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s website.  Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback.



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Apps For Your Health!

UCLA Center for Mindful Awareness has a new version of their app, now called UCLA Mindful. It’s basic, very accessible, and FREE.


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Nutrition and Healthy Eating

This week I attended an excellent nutrition conference for healthcare providers on plant-based nutrition.  Including more (or any!) fruits and vegetables in our students’ day (and ours!) is healthy for everyone. DailyDozen is an app that helps keep track of healthy foods to eat during the day, and also includes resourceful videos with nutrition information.



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Let’s Talk About Vaping

I want to share a valuable resource from the American Lung Association that parents can use to begin a dialogue about vaping. The website is very informative and you can download The Conversation Guide HERE

I am also including more resources on my Google School Nurse Website.

Please call me to discuss concerns you have if you think or know your student is vaping.

Dvora Citron, RN, MS
Acalanes School Nurse


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