Quinton Township School
Ms. Biddle, BSN, RN, NCSN, EMT
Happy April! A colleague of mine created this informative video regarding Covid-19. Please share with your children if they have questions.
If you are looking for health education for your students at home, please see the below website for excellent resources.
Please see the FDA alert regarding malfunctioning Epipens.
COVID-19 continues to spread at an alarming rate in NJ. Fortunately, the cases in Salem County remain at 1. However, our bordering counties of Gloucester and Cumberland continue to show new spread. Remember the purpose of social distancing is to slow the spread to flatten the curve. This allows health care providers to continue to care for those most in need. You can do your part by staying home. This serves two purposes, to help prevent you from getting sick AND to help to prevent you from making someone else sick. As many grandparents serve as primary caregivers, this puts them at greater risk for contracting the virus. Although children arent getting as sick as older adults, it is believed that they are exceptional spreaders. Stay home!
I am writing to you after what feels like an eternity being out of the school. While it has been just a week, please know that we miss and worry about your children. The students in Quinton Township School are why we do what we do. We love to watch them learn and grow. I want to share some of the things that I, as a parent too, have realized over the last week.
Everyone has heard a million times to wash your hands. With the recent flu season just barely behind us, I feel that our staff, students and families have heard this over and over. It is very important to wash your hands with soap and water frequently. Although hand sanitizers can help in killing germs on the hands, there is no true replacement for hand washing. Secondly, it is important to not touch your hands and face. We don’t realize just how often as adults, we rub or scratch our eyes and nose (especially during allergy season). Try to not do this as much as possible. As always, cover your cough and sneeze, and wash your hands immediately after.
Now that we’ve talked about hygiene, let’s talk about rest and routines. Students need a normal bedtime and routine. Getting enough sleep will help keep them focused on work. In addition, students who take medication at school or before school should continue that schedule during this time. Remember, this is not a staycation. This is home instruction. Students are expected to work on assignments during normal school hours. Studies have found that most students do better when they have structure. Of course, students don’t have to adhere to the dress code policy, and schedule by the minute. (Mrs Bacon won’t be issuing any detentions for lateness to home school). That being said, students should make a conscious effort to complete their daily work.
If you are stressing about their assignments, please reach out to their teachers, Mrs. Bacon, Mr. Potter, Ms. VanScoy or myself. We realize that this is uncharted territory for both our staff, students and parents. We want to help you navigate school during this difficult time. I am hoping that everyone is closely following the stay at home order that was issued and practice social distancing. I believe that the sooner we all comply, the sooner we can get better and return to our school. Looking forward to seeing all of our students very soon.
Any student with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, or signs and
symptoms of a possible communicable disease will be sent home. Students sent home with these
symptoms must be kept home until they remain fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of
medication and free of vomiting or diarrhea symptoms for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
If your child becomes ill prior to school with these symptoms, please DO NOT sent them to school. Illness can spread easily in school. We want to prevent the spread of disease in our school.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health, please do not hesitate to
contact me at (856) 935-2379 ext. 128.
I wish you and your family a safe and healthy school year.