Clinic Forms during Virtual Learning

It is still important for the clinic to have medical forms on file regarding specific needs and/or treatments during virtual learning. 

Please refer to the CCSD School Health Services website for forms that will help the clinic provide the best treatment plan and intervention for your student even while learning virtually. All forms can be found at:

Many common questions can also be answered from this same site. 

The clinic is always happy to answer questions, assist with forms, and help provide resources! Please do not hesitate to call or email!

Leslie

 


Virtual Clinic Hours

The clinic will continue to offer and provide services to students and staff during virtual learning. 

Virtual Clinic Hours

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Monday - Friday

Students can call the clinic during these hours for questions regarding:

  • medical questions
  • accommodation questions
  • generalized medical issues
  • medical resources
  • forms needed for return for face-to-face learning
  • to update clinic on current medical issues

I plan to be working at the school during the virtual session. Please leave a message or email me if I am not in the clinic, and I will get back to you as quickly as possible. 

Leslie.Kitchen@cobbk12.org

678-594-8190 ext 087

 


 


When Do I Stay Home?

Making the decision to come to school or work versus staying at home is an important one, and making an informed decision impacts everyone around you! 

The "Student Decision Tree - Daily Wellbeing Checklist" was developed as guidelines to help each student and parent make an informed decision BEFORE leaving the house.  

Download Student COVID Decision Tree (1)

The "Staff Decision Tree - Daily Wellbeing Checklist" was developed as guidelines to help every employee of CCSD make an informed decision about coming to work BEFORE leaving the house.

Download Staff COVID Decision Tree (1)

Use these guidelines to make the best decision for you as well as those around you in school and/or in the community.  Remember masks, social distancing, and good handwashing are imperative to control the spread of COVID-19 as well as following quarantine and isolation guidelines as recommended by CDC and the PHD. 

 

 

 

 


Prevention is key to staying safe and healthy. Social distancing and use of masks are key in preventing spread! This blog addresses the use and care of mask.

Mask Recommendations per CDC:

Considerations for Wearing Masks
Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Updated July 16, 2020

CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Wear your Mask Correctly:
Wash your hands before putting on your mask
Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
Make sure you can breathe easily
fitting a cloth facemask to your face. The mask should cover from below your chin to above your nose, and be pinched to fit the bridge of your nose snugly.

How to clean your Mask:
Washing machine:
You can include your mask with your regular laundry.
Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask.
illustration, washing machine
Washing by hand:
Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or
4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water
Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection. Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
Soak the mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.
illustration, bleach and bucket
Make sure to completely dry mask after washing.
How to dry
Dryer:
Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.
Illustration clothes in dryer
Air dry:
Lay flat and allow to completely dry. If possible, place the mask in direct sunlight.

Welcome Back to 2020-2021

With the start of the school year looking very different this year, the clinic will continue to work at providing as much health, wellness and medical support to students and staff as possible! Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions and/or concerns. With the environment and community changing daily, I may not have the answer but will work to find you one!

Attached are the latest CDC, DPH and CCSD guidelines as currently established for COVID-19. Please be aware these recommendations and guidelines are very fluid and constantly changing, and the CDC and DPH websites are always the most current and your best resource!

CCSD has released Safety Guidelines for Employees. It is imperative all employees self-monitor for illness daily prior to coming to work and remain at home if ill. The recommendations for maintaining a healthy work environment are excellent and should be followed closely. Employees should self-report any diagnosed COVID case, symptoms of COVID, or direct contact of known COVID case to your principal, and via the INTRANET link on the CCSD website to School Health Services. 

Download Safety Guidance CCSD Employees COVID-19 rev.7-24-2020

DPH has provided two documents with guidelines for COVID exposures:

Quarantine Guidance: What to do if you were exposed to someone with COVID-19

Download COVID-19 Contact Guidance 7_22_2020COVID-19 Contact Guidance 7_22_2020

Isolation Guidance; What to do if you are sick with COVID-19

Download COVID-19 Isolation Guidance 7_22_2020

Prevention is the best practice! Wearing masks, social distancing, covering coughs and/or sneezes (do not remove your mask, but still cough or sneeze into your elbow), and good hand washing frequently is essential in staying healthy. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. If you use a cloth mask it is important to wash your mask routinely. 

Stay tuned for proper technique for removing of masks, and proper care and washing of your cloth masks!

Contact the clinic (ext 087) for any questions, and have a great start to your school year!

 


All Georgia Residents can be tested for COVID-19:
Please see the information below from DPH

Georgia DPH Exceeds 100,000 COVID-19 Tests in 10 Days
Testing Now Available to all Georgians

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has reached it’s goal of
testing 100,000 individuals in 10 days. More than 108,000 tests were processed since
Commissioner Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H, set the DPH goal last week.
“This is an important benchmark for Georgia as we work to stop the spread of COVID19 in the state,” said Toomey. “Increased testing is critical to understanding where there
are hotspots of infection and how best to mitigate them.”
Effective immediately, testing is available to all Georgians who request it, whether
they have symptoms or not. There are more than 65 specimen point of collection sites
(SPOC) throughout the state, with an additional 30 mobile SPOCs - locations and
hours vary daily.
Individuals wanting to be tested can contact any Georgia public health department to
schedule an appointment at a SPOC location convenient to them. Contact information
for local health departments can be found on the DPH homepage at
https://dph.georgia.gov/ .
For more information about COVID-19 visit https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus o

May is Asthma Awareness Month, and May 5th is World Asthma Day. KMHS Clinic would like to remind the community that even with our busy schedules, it’s important to take time to remember the symptoms and risks of asthma.

Proper control and management of asthma triggers is the first step in controlling asthma symptoms. We ask that you help us spread the message on World Asthma Day that asthma control is vital in keeping the community healthy.

In Georgia, there were 24,271 emergency room visits for children 0-17 years old in 2017, which cost Georgia more than $55.7 million in emergency department charges. The Georgia Asthma Control Program aims to keep children healthier by encouraging asthma trigger management, adherence to long-term asthma control medication and updated asthma action plans. These strategies result in lower associated social and financial costs for families, including time lost from school and work.

For more information on World Asthma Day, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/world_asthma_day.htm .

According to the CDC, people with moderate to severe asthma are at high risk for severe illness. For information regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and asthma, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/asthma.html . This website discusses risks, treatment, and how to prepare. It encourages those with asthma to follow their Asthma Action Plan. For more information on what is happening in Georgia, please visit: https://dph.georgia.gov/preparing-and-responding-covid-19 .


Help Slow the Spread - CDC Recommendations on Face Coverings

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering

Side view of an individual wearing a cloth face covering, which conceals their mouth and nose areas and has a string looped behind the visible ear to hold the covering in place. The top of the covering is positioned just below the eyes and the bottom extends down to cover the chin. The visible side of the covering extends to cover approximately half of the individual’s cheek.

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Frontal view of an individual wearing a cloth face covering. Individual is using two fingers to point to either side of the top of the nose, indicating that the covering fits well in this area.

Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?

Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.

How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?

A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?

Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

How To Make Your Own Face Covering Video

 


New COVID-19 testing options

New testing options are now available if you have symptoms. Appointments are required which can be obtained from the DPH or from your healthcare provider. 

Cobb and Douglas Public Health received a directive last night with changes to the COVID-19 testing logistics. The drive through testing center at Jim Miller Park will be open Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and 9 am - 12 Noon on Saturdays.
 
Testing is available for the general public if they have symptoms. The new process is to schedule an appointment by completing the form on DPH's website: http://www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com/services/epidemiology-infectious-disease/novelcoronavirus/
 
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