News from Oct 22, 2014

  • October 22, 2014

     

    Dear Loma Parents and Guardians:

     

    You may have likely heard of two recent health concerns that are prompting widespread news coverage: The Ebola outbreak in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and Enterovirus-D68. There is no need to be alarmed; this letter is simply precautionary. We want to make sure you are aware of the facts and what proactive steps are being taken by our school district along with our partner, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

     

    Some Important Facts About Enterovirus-D68

    • To date, there has been one confirmed case of Enterovirus-D68 in Santa Clara County and 32 confirmed cases in California. More confirmed cases are likely to appear as the California Department of Public Health state lab continues to test specimens from patients suspected of having this infection.

    •  In most people, Enterovirus-D68 causes mild symptoms similar to the common cold. In some people, the virus can cause wheezing and difficulty breathing, especially in children with asthma and other respiratory illnesses. It is recommenced that children with asthma are up to date with their asthma action plan, and all children should receive their annual influenza vaccine.

    ·      The best prevention for this virus is:

    o   Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds

    o   Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

    o   Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick

    o   Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands

    o   Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick

    o   Stay home if you are sick or have a fever

     

    ·         This Saturday, the Loma HSC is sponsoring a flu vaccine clinic (shot and mist available) during the Boo Bash from 11am to 2pm.  The cost for the vaccine is $30. See you there!

     

    Some Important Facts about Ebola

    • There is no Ebola in Santa Clara County or California and the risk here continues to be very low.
    • The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has shared the latest guidance from federal and state officials and is working with area hospitals and doctors to be prepared for this virus in the unlikely event we have a case of Ebola in our county.
    • The Ebola virus can only be spread by a person who is sick and has symptoms of the disease. The virus is spread by direct contact with a symptomatic Ebola patient’s body fluids. Direct contact means that the body fluid of an Ebola patient touches your eyes, nose, mouth, or through broken skin.
    • Despite the low risk of an Ebola outbreak locally, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health, and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department are all monitoring the situation closely.

     

    Please visit the Santa Clara County Public Health Department website (www.sccphd.org) for extensive Ebola information and information on Enterovirus-D68. We are following their lead to ensure the continued safety of students, staff, and our community.

     

    Talking to Children About these Illnesses

    Regarding your children, sometimes they may feel a sense of anxiety or nervousness based on what is being reported in the news media on the possible spread of these illnesses. The following tips may assist you in talking with your children about their feelings during such times:

    •       Listen to your children. Reassure them that they are safe and try to focus on the facts of the situation at hand.
    •      Allow them to ask questions about these illnesses. Help your children understand how they are spread.
    •      Embrace the teachable moments. Take time to talk to your child about how misinformation can create fear.

     

    The following links are to websites with additional resources to assist parents, guardians and other caring adults as they support children in the coming days and weeks:

     

                Talking with Kids About News

                Five Tips About Talking to Kids About Scary News

    Thank you for your continued partnership.

     

    Corey Kidwell

    Superintendent

     

    Loma Home & School Club News

    Flu Shots by Central Coast Visiting Nurse Association

    Time: 11am – 2pm

    Location: Loma Community Center

    Cost: $30 cash or check

    Type: Standard flu shot and Flu Mist (nasal spray)