News from the Nurse
News from the Nurse
It’s that time of year and there is lots of sickness going around campus and the community including flu, COVID, RSV, and other viruses. Here are a few tips for staying healthy this season.
Wash Your Hands Regularly – Keep the bacteria and viruses off your hands and out of your mouth and eyes. Always keep a bottle of hand sanitizer close-by for those instances where you can’t get to soap and water.
Get Your Flu Shot and stay up to date on all vaccines. This is a safe and effective way to be proactive against fighting off illness.
Cover your cough and sneezes- use a tissue or cough into the bend of your elbow.
Avoid Stress – Studies have linked high stress levels to making a person more susceptible to catching colds and flu. Try to minimize your stress by working reasonable hours at your job and use your free time to rest and relax alone or with friends and family. Develop healthy habits and avoid stress!
Eat Healthy – Eat food which is rich with vitamin C. It will help you keep your immune system strong and healthy during the winter. Try to include more fruit and veggies such as lemons, kiwifruit, capsicum and broccoli in your everyday meals.
Sleep Well – The average person needs 6-8 hours of sleep per night. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your body is extremely vulnerable to illness. Sleep is very much like fuel that recharges your batteries!
Exercise – It’s really important to exercise regularly, even if only for 15 minutes a day! Get out and take a short walk and enjoy the cooler weather. Exercise is one of the best healthy habits recommended by many professionals and will keep you strong and healthy during the winter.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to prevent the spread to others.
Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces often.
Please call or email to report a COVID positive test for your student and follow the link below for the new school year protocols.
As always, if your student is sick, please keep them home. Students should be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, have no vomiting or fever for 24 hours, and/or have an improvement of symptoms prior to returning to school.
Medication authorization forms
COVID- 19 protocols
Please reach out with any questions. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your student's health and safety.
Christi Chabarria, RN, BSN
Christi Chabarria, RN
I am a registered nurse with 15+ years of nursing experience. I have been a school nurse here at Barton for 7 years. I am married and we have 2 wonderful children. My husband is a cardiac nurse in Austin. We live in Mountain City and both of our children are students at Hays CISD. I stay busy with family activities, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
School nursing has been very rewarding and challenging and I look forward to many more years. I thank you for the opportunity of caring for your children. I will use each encounter with your children to promote wellness, teach and provide my best care to the children. I am always available for questions, comments, or concerns.
School nursing is a professional registered nursing specialty that involves identification, assessment, prevention, and intervention to remedy or modify students' health needs. The nurse's goal is to promote the optimum health of students and the students' abilities to achieve their individual educational goals.
Nurses monitor required immunizations, perform mandated health screenings, track communicable diseases, plan for emergencies and provide direct care to students. Please use the links to the left to learn more about Hays CISD District Health Services.
We would like to assure you that medical information about your child is treated as confidential by the nurses and all school staff. We do not share information about your child with outside parties nor can we discuss the health concerns of any other student with you.
Tips for health and wellness
*Start off with a healthy breakfast.
*Hydration is key to staying healthy, alert and attentive.
*Stay physically active. 60 minutes of daily moderate activity is recommended to stay fit.
*Maintain energy and focus with healthy snacks.
*Establish a consistent sleep routine.
*WASH HANDS OFTEN!
* Keep hands away from eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
*Wear appropriate clothing choices for temperatures. Wear comfortable and safe shoes for student activity while at school.
*Notify your school nurse of childs health concerns.
*Provide school nurse with needed documentation and medication for health conditions.
* Have regular checkups with a pediatrician and stay current on all vaccines including the annual flu vaccine.
Christi Chabarria, RN, BSN
512-268-1472, EXT. 46430