Adams Update-1/25/19 – Mindfulness, Safety Drill, Influenza

Happy Friday!

Mindful Mornings – Coming Soon

Many of our classrooms have incorporated mindful breaks into the day to increase focus, resiliency, reduce anxiety and help students be present.

We have invested in an application called Headspace for teachers to use for themselves and with classes.

As a way to start the day with a little mindfulness, we are preparing to offer mindful mornings a few days a week before the school day, starting at 8:10 in the gym. 

Please watch for more information about a start date for this.  We are hoping to offer it at least two mornings next week

If you’d like to learn more about Headspace, click HERE

Below are some other articles about practicing mindfulness.

How to Practice Mindfulness

Headspace for Kids — the calming effect

https://www.parents.com/health/healthy-happy-kids/why-and-how-to-teach-kids-mindfulness/

 

School Safety Drill

On Monday, all students at Adams will participate in a lesson about school safety in the event of a dangerous person on campus.  This lesson is part of the ALICE framework for school safety protocols in the event of a school lock-down.  Lesson s are short an focus on the students listening to and following directions of the adult he or she is with at the time, whether it is PE, music, classroom, library or other staff member. 

The student safety training will be age-appropriate, different at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and sensitive to students’ special needs. At elementary schools, students will have age-appropriate class discussions, practice evacuating, and talk about barricading. At our middle and high schools, class
discussions will include more specifics about potential dangers and options, and students will practice evacuating, sheltering or barricading in response to a threat. Although staff have trained with active-shooter drills, students will not participate in such simulations.

Our lessons will take place in the morning and the drill and evacuation will take place in the afternoon.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Influenza Alert

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Your child may have been exposed to influenza (“the flu”). Influenza is a highly contagious, respiratory disease caused by an influenza virus. Influenza season most. commonly starts in December and January and peaks in February and March.

What are the symptoms of influenza?

Symptoms of influenza begin suddenly and include fever, headache, chills, body/muscle aches, extreme tiredness, dry cough, and sore throat. Young children may also have nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Nausea and vomiting alone, often reported as the “stomach flu”, are often caused by other factors and are not influenza.

How is influenza spread?

Influenza is easily spread from person-to-person through the air by coughing or sneezing. Surfaces and hands contaminated with nose, mouth, or throat secretions can also spread influenza viruses. An infected person may spread influenza one day before having symptoms and up to seven days after becoming ill.

How is influenza treated?

Antiviral medications are available by prescription that may reduce the length of illness; consult your health care provider. Measures may be taken to help relieve the symptoms, which may include getting enough rest, drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding tobacco and alcohol. Over-the-counter medications, when used as directed, may lessen fever, headache, and muscles aches.

How do you control the spread?

Annual flu vaccines are recommended for all persons 6 months and older, unless you have contraindication to the vaccine. Make sure adults and children wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Use plenty of plain liquid soap and warm water. Teach children to cover their noses and mouths with a tissue or their arm when coughing or sneezing. When using a tissue, dispose into proper wastebasket and wash hands well afterwards. Avoid touching the eyes, mouth, or nose. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces frequently. Stay home during the first days of illness when symptoms are most severe and the infection is most contagious. Staff and children should remain home until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

 If you need more information you can contact your doctor, the school’s nurse, or the public health department.

Nichoel Fry BSN, RN
Adams: 541-790-5055

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