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Theresa Muesel, MSN, RN
Please feel free to call or email me with any health concerns regarding your student.
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Hello Keenan Lion Family,
I hope this note finds you and your family healthy and safe. I sincerely miss seeing my little lions and taking care of them at school. For now as we adjust to this new "norm" I will be sending out an update weekly regarding health and wellness. I will not only try to cover information regarding COVID-19, but also provide some health and wellness education, activities and resources. I have launched my personal website, http://schools.misd.org/page/theresamuesel-home, which has a tab with reliable resources to consult regarding COVID-19.
Please refer to misd.org and your email with district wide updates regarding COVID-19 and its effect on the school district. Here are some friendly health reminders to prevent the spread of the virus:
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC, as well as government officials, are strongly suggesting that we all practice social distancing. So tempting as it is to go visit friends or hang out with others at parks, we all need to resist the urge and stay home.
If you must go out (to get groceries for example), do your best to maintain 6 feet distance from others. Wash or sanitize your hands immediately after going out in public. Also, it is probably best to leave your student(s) at home as to minimize contact.
There are everyday steps that can also help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including:
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you or someone is sick at your home, stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if possible. If not, clean with disinfectant objects and surfaces when touched.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
· Stay home when you are sick.
· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the
trash. If a tissue is not available cough into your elbow
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. The type of soap is not important; it is the motion of washing that cleanses your hands. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
While at home here are some general tips to keep your little Lion healthy!
• Try to eat healthy - Eating a healthy and varied diet will give our bodies the best vitamins and nutrients which in turn builds our immune system to fight diseases like COVID-19. Extra Vitamin C is especially good to keep our immune systems strong. Fun fact: the human body cannot produce or store vitamin C so it’s essential to consume it
regularly. Foods high in vitamin C include oranges, lemons, broccoli,
cantaloupe, bell peppers, and strawberries.
Try to get 60 minutes of family exercise daily. This can be as simple
as playing outside in the backyard or going for a walk around your neighborhood. This will get our hearts pumping and give us a boost of endorphins. The 60 minutes does not all have to be together. It
can even be split up in 10 minute segments.
Try to get enough sleep - Make an effort to get 8-10 hours of sleep a
night. Adequate sleep refreshes and regenerates our cells in ways that science is just now beginning to understand. It also helps improve your immune system.
Limit screen time - too much screen time is not healthy. I am acutely aware of how challenging this proves to be in this unusual time, especially with three young children of my own. Encourage your little lion to engage in activities throughout the day that does not involve screens such as puzzles, build things with blocks, set up forts, play tag, make an obstacle course, etc. In particular, the 2 hours before bed are crucial to reducing screen time for healthy sleep. Shut off media to help relax and unwind before bed. There is data suggesting that too much "blue light" from screens inhibits melatonin production which reduces the quantity and quality of sleep.
Try to maintain a routine - this is easier said than done but children thrive on routine. Since changes in routine can be stressful, it will be helpful to talk with your kids about why they are staying home and what your daily structure will be during this time. Let them help create a daily schedule that can hang on the refrigerator or somewhere they can see it each day. Be sure to include breaks from tele-work or schoolwork to relax and connect with each other. Maintaining some a routine at home will make it easier to regain their schedule when back at school.
Please refer to the following reliable resources to learn about more information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
At this time social distancing and basic preventive hygiene is key to remaining healthy and slowing the spread.
Please click on the following link on How to Protect Yourself
HealthyChildren.org - This website is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is updated regularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. It has a lot of great information concerning the virus and children and families.
Working and Learning from Home During the COVID 19 Outbreak
Coronavirus Government Website
CDC - COVID 19 Homepage
Johns Hopkins Real Time COVID-19 Case Map - This is a reliable and interesting real time tracking website of cases across the world.
Texas Department of State Health Services - for information about the COVID-19 pandemic from the state of Texas
COVID-19 Dashboard - Texas - Similar to the Johns Hopkins Dashboard but specifically for Texas
Montgomery County COVID19 Hub - Not only provides information on cases in Montgomery County, but also school and government closures
Montgomery County Health Department - for information regarding closures, precautions and cases in Montgomery County.
If you have any questions or concerns during the school closure please feel free to email me.
If you believe you may have coronavirus you may use the Montgomery County screening tool to determine your next steps.
This screening tool is not a substitute for professional medical advice and is not designed to diagnose or treat any condition. Always consult a medical professional or your primary healthcare provider for symptoms or emergencies
If you’re experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
COVID-19 Screening - Montgomery County
The following are medication forms that must be completed for the school year. If you have any questions regarding these forms please feel free to call or email me.
Medication Administration Form
MISD Student Asthma Action and Medication Form
MISD Allergy and Anaphylaxsis/Epi-Pen Form
Cafe Food Allergy Substitution Request Form
Texas school and child-care facility immunization requirements are
determined by the state legislature and set by the Texas Department of
State Health Services, in conjunction with the Texas Education Agency.
Maintaining adequate immunization rates in schools is critical to
preventing disease outbreaks and ensuring the health of Texas children.
All immunizations must be up-to-date before
State of Texas Immunization Page
Conscience Exemption of Immunizations
* DTaP combines protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.
** MMR combines protection against measles, mumps, and rubella.
Express Family Clinic:
936-463-8104 or 281-742-0624
No appointment necessary, Immunizations/Flu Vaccines $10, School Physicals $30
Montgomery ISD Medication Policy
All medications must be brought to the clinic by an adult. This includes cough drops, over the counter creams, etc.
Prescription drugs and Non-prescription drugs:
receive an authorization to administer
medication form before a medication can be given. The form
is available in the
clinic or on our website. This form must be
signed by the
parent/guardian. Any medication being taken for >14 consecutive days, must also have the physician’s signature. In addition, the following must occur:
Students with the following conditions shall be excluded from school:
will be re-admitted after being vomiting, diarrhea or fever-free for 24
hours without the help of medications. Students with some conditions
may return to school after being treated for 24 hours with an
antibiotic. Call the school nurse for specific readmission guidelines.
** Please send a doctor's note or parent note upon returning to school when your student is out due to illness**
* Underwear and socks sizes 3T to 16 boys and girls
*Gently worn shoes sizes 9-adult boys and girls
*New or gently worn shorts, pants, bottoms sizes 3T-16 boys and girls
Montgomery Police Department 936-597-6866
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