Health Corner

Hi GNC Parents/Guardians,

Hope you had a reasonable summer in the midst of this pandemic, and September is right around the corner.

GNCUFSD will reopen our Fall program in September. We recognize that nothing could have prepared us for this current situation and the abrupt way we ended in-person education. We agree that students need to be in the classroom, but we must do our best to limit the introduction of COVID-19 into our buildings. We would like to partner with you to prepare your child for school. The protective actions you have been practicing for many months are the same ones that will be reinforced at school.  Hand washing, face coverings and social distancing are the new norms. 

A mask is not mandatory, but we strongly encourage every child to use one to help protect them from contracting and transmitting the virus.

If your child has any health concerns with using a face mask please let us know. We will rearrange our work accordingly for every ones safety.

With that in mind, below are some suggestions you can reinforce with them for the next few weeks that will adequately prepare them for in school learning.

  • Practice hand washing for a FULL twenty seconds.  Sing the 'Happy Birthday' song twice or 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star...' so student will be familiar with the time it takes and remind them to wash between fingers, palm and top of hand to the wrist.
  • Demonstrate how to use hand sanitizer - a small amount and good friction, (just like washing hands!) until dry.
  • Help them understand what six feet really is! Draw a chalk line on your driveway or place two chairs six feet apart. Let them know they will be sitting that far apart in class.
  •  Face coverings are probably the most challenging for students, even with "mask breaks". It is understandable that children may be afraid of cloth face coverings at first. Here are a few ideas to help make them less scary for our younger children. For older children; parents please reinforce them all the time when you are using it.
  • Look in the mirror with the face coverings on and talk about it.
  • Put the face covering on a favorite stuffed animal.
  • Draw one of their favorite book characters.
  • Practice wearing the face covering at home to help your child get used to it.
  • When children know that you support these behaviors, they may be less frightened and are more likely to follow the teacher's instructions.

Most importantly, we must work together to keep the entire school community, students and staff, safe and well.

As you make any "get away" plans this month, please remember to consult the New York State travel list to avoid having to quarantine for 14 days when you return.

You can call the hot-line at: 1-888-364-3064.

Or visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory 

Thank you, any concerns/questions you are welcome to call us at: 
1-
914–798–7200 Ext: 2770

Asha Nesamony, School Nurse