School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self advocacy, and learning (NASN, 2010)
For Substitute School Nursing in Blount County, Contact Barbara Robertson at 205-625-4102
Controlling the Spread of Viruses
ØAll staff and students should wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
üBefore handling food
üBefore and after meals and snacks
üAfter using the bathroom
üAt any time hands become contaminated
ØUse an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
üUse when soap and water are not available
üHave readily available throughout campus and classrooms
üEncourage students and staff to use in-between restroom breaks
üThis can quickly reduce the number of microbes, but does not eliminate all germs
üIf hands are dirty or greasy, sanitizer may not be as effective
ØThe following are recommended to help avoid transmission and outbreak of the EV D68
üAvoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
üAvoid drinking after others and sharing eating utensils
üAvoid kissing and hugging
üWhen coughing, use your arm to cover your mouth if a tissue is not available
üAnyone with respiratory illness, including fever, should not be at school
üStudents and staff should be fever free (without medication) for 24 hours before returning to school
ØCleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in schools.Below are tips on how to clean and disinfect following recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
üUsing a bleach solution (1/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon water) mixed daily, apply the solution to the surface with a cloth and let stand 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse the surface with clean water.
üDisinfecting usually requires the cleaning solution to remain on a surface for a specific amount of time.
üUse disinfecting wipes (Clorox Wipes) on items that are touched often, such as door knobs, computers, etc. It may be necessary to use more than one wipe to keep the surface wet for the stated length of contact time.
üIf using a product other than Clorox solution, use a high grade disinfectant with an EPA label claim for non-enveloped viruses (norovirus, poliovirus, and rhinovirus).