Parents, Staff and the Versailles Community,
Covid-19, mandatory closure of all Ohio Schools, these are uncharted waters for all of us, causing non-stop media coverage, "water cooler to dinner table" discussions, frustration among some and anxiety among others. All the while, our children are soaking up how the adults in their world , those physically in their lives and those they see in the media, are reacting. Some children are oblivious and are simply excited to get out of the building, others are waiting, like the rest of us, to see what happens next, and others are very anxious and scared about the entire situation. As the adults in their lives, we need to provide support for our children and help them understand how we get through this. In years to come, this will be a "remember when...." moment.
I encourage you to ask your children how they are feeling about all of this; you might be surprised by their response. If you have a child that is anxious, keeping open the lines of communication between you and them is one of the most important things you can do. This will help them navigate through the infomation they are hearing and the feelings they might be having. Attatched is information from the National Assoc. of School Nurses on how to talk with children about the Covid-19 situation. It gives suggestions, factual information and shares resources.
As if you haven't heard it enough, the most important things you can do for yourself, your family and our community are to:
- Wash your hands OFTEN with soap & water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, & mouth with your hands.
- Cover your cough/sneeze: use a tissue, discard it immediately, or use your sleeve. Then, wash your hands.
- Avoid contact with those that are ill.
- STAY HOME if YOU are SICK!
- Clean/Disinfect frequently touched surfaces: light switch, knobs, remotes, sink handles, phones
Over the next few weeks, months, whatever it might be, please remember I am a resource to you and the community. Feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns. The best way to contact me will be via email: firstname.lastname@example.org I will email or call you back.
Thank you and stay healthy!
Tracy Cordonnier, MS, RN, LSN ~ Versailles School Nurse
Talking to Kids about Covid-19