Health Updates and Notices

As a reminder to reach out to your Healthcare providers if your child has missed routine preventive care or follow-up appointments during the COVID-19 public health emergency, ensuring students receive doses of recommended/required immunizations and physicals they may have otherwise missed. 

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources

CDC - Coronavirus/COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html  
NY Department of Health - What you need to know.
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
NYS Department of Health - Protect Yourself and Your Family
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/protect-yourself-and-your-family-coronavirus-covid-19#symptoms
Westchester County - Coronavirus Update
https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus

Information about Type 1 Diabetes and Coronavirus:  https://www.jdrf.org/coronavirus/

OMH Guidance for Managing Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19
https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/guidance/covid-19-managing-stress-anxiety.pdf


Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Guidance and Resources
A new coronavirus called 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first found in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This virus had not been found in humans before. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and trouble breathing or shortness of breath. There are thousands of diagnosed cases in China and new cases being diagnosed in a number of countries including the United States.

What do we know?
Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working hard to learn as much as possible about this new virus, so that we can better understand how it spreads and causes illness. The CDC considers this virus to be a serious public health concern. Based on current information the CDC recommends avoiding travel to China. Updated travel information related to 2019-nCoV can be found at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china

How Does 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus Spread?
Health experts believe the virus probably spreads from animals to humans and from person to person. It’s not clear yet how easily the virus spreads from person-to-person. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) is not currently a concern for the general public and is not actively circulating among New Yorkers at this time. Therefore, there is no need to cancel school or social events, and there is no need for students or school staff to wear surgical masks at school.

Prevention
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this virus. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all travel to China.
Symptoms
Information to date suggests that 2019-nCoV causes mild-to-moderate illness and symptoms like the flu, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Are visitors from China being screened?
Yes, as of February 2nd new screening protocols are conducted for individuals entering the US from China at designated airports. PreK-12 schools may have students who attend school and have traveled to various areas in Asia, including China. Students should not be excluded from school or any school activities based on race, country of origin, or recent travel (or a family member’s recent travel), including to any part of China. Schools may only exclude a student if a local health department informs the school that a student must comply with a quarantine order or the student is symptomatic of a communicable or infectious disease pursuant to Education Law §906.

Important Health Information for Those Who Have Recently Traveled to Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and Experience Symptoms
If you recently traveled to Wuhan, China and feel sick with fever, cough or trouble breathing; OR you develop symptoms within 14 days of traveling there, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Stay home, except for seeking medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Contact your local health department.
This is an emerging, rapidly changing situation. For questions please contact your local department of health or the NYS DOH Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

We encourage you to keep up to date about 2019-nCoV, its treatment and prevention by visiting the following websites:

Additional Resources

NASP Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

CDC’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website at https://www.cdc.gov/nCoV

NYSDOH’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website at https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

NYSDOH directory of local health departments  https://www.health.ny.gov/contact/contact_information/

Influenza Season

The NYS Department of Health would like you to know that information regarding influenza and the benefits of influenza immunizations is free and accessible on their website http://www.nyhealth.gov.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot.

What are the symptoms of the flu?
The flu usually starts suddenly and may include these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

If your child shows any symptoms of illness:  temperature over 100° and flu-like symptoms (see above), please keep him/her home.  Notify your health care provider if there is no improvement. 

Children may not return to school unless:  

  • They are fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication for fever 
  • They have not vomited for 24 hours

During school, if your child is ill and/or found to have flu like symptoms, parents/guardians will be called to pick up student.  Please have updated contact numbers on file.  Emergency contacts should be local and available to pick up students promptly.  When parents call to report an absence, please identify the illness your child is experiencing including symptoms.  Absences should be called in daily by parent/guardian.   

Below are links to websites and guides containing information about the flu and flu shot:
NYS Department of Health - Fight the Flu at Home and School
NYS Department of Health Seasonal Flu Guide
CDC Everyday Prevention Guide
NYS Department of Health Flu Fact Sheet
NYS Influenza (Flu) Fact Sheet


Measles

Westchester County Health  Department  Offering  Free  Vaccination  Clinics

Measles
New York State Health Department: Measles Vaccination Remains Vital to Protecting Against Highly Contagious Disease. Measles case confirmed in Ulster County. Additional information on Measles 


Winter Health and Safety Tips
Due to the recent extreme cold weather, Lakeland's school health professionals would like to share some winter health and safety tips with our Lakeland families. Children need extra attention to stay warm, safe and healthy when temperatures drop. Please review the tips provided.

Guidelines for Cold Weather Safety
Winter Safety Tips - Westchester.gov http://health.westchestergov.com/winter-safety-tips  
Winter Safety Tips - NY.gov http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/publicsafety/winter.cfm   
Cold Weather Tips - NY.gov (NYS Department of Health) http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/cold/cold_weather_tips.htm 
Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips - CDC.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/  

Frostbite and Hypothermia https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/documents/hypothermia-frostbite_508.pdf


Chickenpox (varicella zoster)
NYS Department of Health Chickpox Fact Sheet


Pertussis

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a contagious bacterial infection that can begin like a common cold, but progresses to severe bouts of coughing followed by a high whoop or crowing sound that can last for weeks or months. It is primarily spread from person to person by direct contact with mucus or droplets from the nose and throat of infected individuals. For the NYS Department of Health Fact sheet on Pertussis please visit:

The Westchester County Department of Health has advised us that the best way to prevent pertussis or whooping cough in your child and others is to be up to date with your vaccinations. We are thus advising that you contact your family physician to check your or your child‘s pertussis vaccine history. The CDC, New York State and Westchester County Departments of Health recommend that all children receive 5 doses of a pertussis-containing vaccine by kindergarten entry and that all individuals 10 years of age and older, including teachers and staff, receive another booster with a different pertussis-containing vaccine.

NYSDOH has a fact sheet on Pertussis and encourages all adults over 19 years of age who have or who anticipate having close contact with an infant should receive a single dose of Tdap to protect against pertussis and reduce the likelihood of transmission.

Pertussis Fact Sheet (English)
Pertussis Fact Sheet (Spanish)


Head Lice
Children should be checked periodically at home and the school nurse should be called if head lice are found. Call your health care provider for best treatment. Please inform the parents of your child’s playmates so that they can check their children’s head. As a precaution the student’s class will be checked. A note will go home to inform parents of that class.

Lice (Pediculosis) - NYSDOH Fact Sheet  
Head Lice Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Lice)