Welcome to the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  It will look very different from previous years.  Please check back regularly for updated information to prepare for the start of the school year. If your student needs any medication administered while attending school in person, they must have a new treatment plan turned in to the clinic before the medication will be accepted.  Now is a good time to get any necessary paperwork so it will be ready for return to learning in person.  Please contact me via email Hudakae@pwcs.edu if you have questions or concerns about your student's medical needs.  - Nurse Amy, August 18,2020

Please remember that ALL incoming Kindergarten students or students new to PWCS are required to have a physical completed (on the Virginia Health Form) and up to date immunizations or a plan from a provider/health department for immunization catch up.

Check back shortly for links for forms you may require for health needs.

Welcome to the Potomac View Clinic with Nurse Amy! 
¡Bienvenido a la Clínica Potomac View con la enfermera Amy! (vea la foto a continuación para obtener instrucciones sobre cómo cambiar la página a español)

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Hello, my name is Nurse Amy! This is my first year at Potomac View Elementary, and I am excited to assist the students with their health needs and concerns. 

While we are on this extended break from school, I will include information on this page that may be helpful to understanding and maintaining your health at home during this time.  I will also be working with the admin staff to begin preparing for the upcoming school year so keep checking back for more information.
¡Bienvenido a la Clínica Potomac View con la enfermera Amy!

Special Information for Health and Wellness During the Closure

What you do at home has the greatest impact on how healthy you stay during the current COVID-19 crisis. It is important that we do our best to keep ourselves healthy which will help keep others around us healthy as well.  The most important thing you can do is wash your hands often and do your best not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth - especially with dirty hands!  Check out the videos below for some great information about the importance of good hand washing and preventing the spread of germs (which is important all the time - not just during an outbreak!!!)

Further down the page I am including some resources that may be helpful when talking to your children about the current health crisis and different actions that are occurring because of it.  Scroll down for more information.

Wash Your Hands With Baby Shark

Weird Science Hand Washing - Children's Museum of Indianapolis 

How Germs Spread - Cincinnati Children's Hospital 

KidQuest Home Hand Washing Experiment

Wash Tunes - Wash Your Hands 

How to Talk to Your Children About Coronavirus (ChildMind Institute)

Setting Up for Success While At Home Together
Other than frequently and empathetically checking in with your kids, what else can you do to support their well-being and maintain a sense of normalcy while they’re out of school (and while you’re attempting to work from home)? Here is a list of ideas to consider for your family:

  • Stick to a consistent routine daily. Set expectations about getting up, getting dressed, and eating breakfast. (Many schools are finding ways to set up food programs during closures.)
  • Limit endless snacking. (We know this will be a tricky one for some of us who have stockpiled granola bars!)
  • Create a schedule for each day with your children to break up the time. Include “class time” when they complete school work, dedicated time for play, physical exercise, and emotional and mental health activities (see “Coping Kit“ below for ideas). Though there’s no need for a rigid agenda, all family members can be soothed by a  predictable structure.
  • Put a limit on social media. Encourage staying connected to friends but not obsessively reading news or discussing the virus online. 
  • Don’t have the TV on in the background all day. The worry for children will escalate if they repeatedly hear and view adults panicking or reports of deaths.
  • For children without their own phones, set up a FaceTime playdate with a friend and let them chat using your phone.
  • Dedicate time every afternoon to organizing and cleaning up to keep chaos and germs at bay.
  • Talk about and plan for ways in which you’ll deal with family arguments or sibling rivalry. Check out the Family Peace Rose for more.
  • Make dinner together.
  • Go old school! Have story time, play a board game, or try to learn a new language together during evening family time.

Talking to Your Children about COVID-19 - Your kids are hearing about coronavirus (COVID-19). You want to make sure they get reliable information — and you want them to hear it from you. Here's how to talk about it.

What to Do If Your Child Gets Sick - Experts are still learning about COVID-19, so we don't have all the information yet. Still, parents wonder what to do if their child gets sick.

Helping Children Cope with the COVID-19 Crisis - It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. This is also a tremendous opportunity for adults to model for children problem-solving, flexibility, and compassion as we all work through adjusting daily schedules, balancing work and other activities, getting creative about how we spend time, processing new information from authorities, and connecting and supporting friends and family members in new ways. 

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.

Create a Family “Coping Kit” To Deal with Anxiety
It is expected that we will experience anxiety during times of uncertainty and stress. One way you can help your child address their anxiety is through building a simple “Coping Kit.” A “Coping Kit” includes practical strategies that empower children to manage difficult feelings productively. Depending on your child’s age and needs, their “Coping Kit” could include:

  • This simple feelings wheel to accurately name and acknowledge emotions they may be experiencing. Remember, there are no “bad” emotions–it’s ok for them to feel whatever they feel and your job is to help them use strategies to cope.
  • Calming breathing techniques and mindfulness activities to reduce stress;
  •  Yoga or other movement and stretching activities;
  • Relaxation techniques like guided imagery or progressive muscle relaxation;
  • Fun indoor physical activities and games;
  • A private journal or sketchbook where they can express their emotions through writing or drawing;
  • For older children, find a social cause to learn more about together and support remotely. Or cultivate compassion by encouraging them to reach out via phone or text to potentially isolated elderly family members, neighbors, or their peers who are home unsupervised; and 
  • Practical strategies to help maintain their physical health including: 1. Picking out a fidget bracelet, button, or other small wearable item (that can be disinfected daily) to redirect the urge to touch their face. 2. Choosing part of a song they love that is at least 20 seconds long to sing while washing their hands

If you have additional questions or would like further information regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the following websites are the best and most reliable sources of information:

Prince William County Schools COVID-19 FAQs

World Health Organization (WHO) Public Advice

Healthy Parenting During the COVID-19 Crisis (WHO)

COVID-19 Mythbusters (WHO) 

Virginia Department of Health Covid-19 

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Covid-19

Please remember that in the time of social media, misinformation and myths can spread quickly. Just because it is widely shared on Facebook or other social media/internet sources doesn't make it true.  The most reliable information regarding the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic will be from reputable, science/fact base sources such as the ones listed above.  Think twice and check your facts before clicking "share"!!!

Department Links
Low Cost Healhcare Resources in Northern Virginia - resources across NoVa for obtaining health care
Allergy and Asthma Network
A good source of Allergy and Asthma information for parents.
Bedbug Information
Helpful Information on Bedbugs from the Virginia Department of Agriculture
Healthy Communities, Healthy Youth Initiative
What Kids Need: 40 Developmental Assets
Virginia Department of Health