Health Corner

Good day GNC Parents/Guardians

 

Our GNC community is practicing all CDC and DOH safety measures to prevent the transmission of the COVID 19 virus. We have been able to provide five-days-a-week of ‘live’ instruction to all students who choose to attend and, to date, our data shows no evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in any of our four schools. We are confident that this is the result of strict adherence to safety guidelines by our students and staff.

 

It is very important that adolescents are vaccinated against vaccine-preventable diseases in order to protect them and our community from communicable diseases such as: Hepatitis, Polio, Chickenpox, Measles etc. Parents, please continue to protect your children from these diseases during the pandemic. Remember to keep up well-child visits and if your child has missed a vaccine, now is a good time to catch up to prevent these communicable diseases. Exposure to disease compromises one’s immune system leaving them more vulnerable to complications from COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 has negatively impacted many of our students’ and family members’ physical and social emotional well-being.  The World Health Organization defines health “as a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Due to the uncertainty of this ongoing pandemic some of our GNC parents have selected remote learning. While at GNC we have a strong virtual program that affords our students access to all their classes and related services, remote learning can enhance social isolation and it leaves our students in front of screens for a large part of the day. In today’s world ‘tech addiction’, though not clinically classified as an addiction, has become a serious problem. Increased screen time shows shocking increase in symptoms associated with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and the rise in the suicide rate among teens. As Dr. Matthew Cruger, a neuropsychologist and the Director of the Child Mind Institute explained, “With addiction, you have a chemical that changes the way we respond that leads us to be reliant on it for our level of functioning.”  Building some technology-free diversions into the day can help.

1.     Encourage your children to participate in creative activities like art, sewing, knitting, music, dance, exercise, etc.(Anything that occupies their time in a constructive way. )

2.     When your teen wakes up, have them get a glass of water, open their windows, stretch, look at the sun and sky (corny as it sounds), all before checking their phone.

3.     When they return home from school or work, have them engage in activities of daily living, such as making a snack, helping around the house, walking the dog, etc. Have them do a few tasks before logging into their gaming, social media or other tech accounts.

4.     You can set limits through the Screen Time app or whatever app/tool you choose to use. You can also set alarms and notifications to remind them when to take a break and to keep them honest.

 

Once your child is aware of their average daily technology use, they can start thinking about how to reduce it. Plan to start small, such as having them take a break during mealtimes or reducing their tech use by one hour per day. The CDC has developed a nice parental resource kit that can help support parents, caregivers, and other adults serving children and young people in recognizing children and young people’s social, emotional, and mental challenges and helping to ensure their well-being.

 

COVID-19 Parental Resource Kit: Ensuring Children and Young People’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Well-being 

 

Stay safe.

 

GNC Nursing Team.

 

 

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/parental-resource-kit/index.html