Visits to the School Nurse
A full-time nurse is scheduled to be available in each building for medical needs during the school day; however, there may be times when the nurse is detained due to urgent/ emergency matters.
With the concerns for transmission of COVID-19 symptoms, minimizing student travel within the building and unnecessary contact with other individuals are encouraged. Therefore, some minor needs may be managed in the classroom. However, teachers are encouraged to err on the side of caution and send students to the clinic when symptoms are questionable.
The following are examples of how some visits to the clinic may be avoided:
- Minor cuts, abrasions, picked scabs – students should wash their hands with soap and water, and the affected skin, dry the skin and apply a bandaid. If the classroom does not have a sink, the student may be excused to the bathroom, if they are able to wash the affected area themselves.
- Minor nosebleeds – students should use tissues or paper towels to contain the bleed and apply pressure on the soft part of the nose. Once bleeding has subsided – the student should wash their hands with soap and water. If bleeding persists, call the nurse. The nurse will advise whether she will come to the classroom, or if the student should report to the clinic.
- Minor headache or fatigue, with no other symptoms – students should be encouraged to drink water, have a snack and rest at the desk for 10-15 minutes. If there is no relief, contact the nurse. Six feet of social distancing must be practiced when drinking water or eating snacks.
- Mild abdominal discomfort with no other symptoms - allow the student to visit the bathroom, drink water, eat a snack. If discomfort persists, contact the nurse. Six feet of social distancing must be practiced when drinking water or eating snacks.
- Anxiety/Stress/Psychosocial needs – if not affecting breathing or other health issues, encourage fluids, redirection and if necessary contact the office to request a social worker or other collaboration as appropriate. The student should stay in the room if at all possible until further advice is provided.
- Please do not hesitate to contact the nurse with any questions or concerns. If symptoms do not subside, the nurse will travel to the classroom to assess the student in the hallways when possible, otherwise the student should be directed to go immediately to the clinic.
Each classroom will be supplied with basic first aid materials and these will be replenished as necessary.