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School Health Services 
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 205-775-1950 

Controlling the Spread of Viruses

Hand Washing

  • All staff and students should wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Before handling food
  • Before and after meals and snacks
  • After using the bathroom
  • At any time hands become contaminated

Hand Sanitizer

  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Use when soap and water are not available
  • Have readily available throughout campus and classrooms
  • Encourage students and staff to use in-between restroom breaks
  • This can quickly reduce the number of microbes, but does not eliminate all germs
  • If hands are dirty or greasy, sanitizer may not be as effective

Control Measures

The following are recommended to help avoid transmission and outbreak of the EV D68

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid drinking after others and sharing eating utensils
  • Avoid kissing and hugging
  • When coughing, use your arm to cover your mouth if a tissue is not available
  • Anyone with respiratory illness, including fever, should not be at school
  • Students and staff should be fever free (without medication) for 24 hours before returning to school

Cleaning Surfaces

  • Cleaning 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)
  • Using a bleach solution (1/2 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.
  • Disinfecting usually requires the cleaning solution to remain on a surface for a specific amount of time.
  • Use 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.
  • If 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).

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