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HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES AT ASFM

To better help you understand the CoronaVirus and know how to speak with your children about this delicate topic and worldwide health crisis, we share with you the following information from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Please be sure to read this entire notice. 

NASP Information and Recommendations: A new type of coronavirus, abbreviated COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory (lung) disease. It was first detected in China and has now been detected internationally. While the immediate health risk in the United States is low, it is important to plan for any possible outbreaks if the risk level increases in the future.   

Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. While we don’t know where and to what extent the disease may spread here in the United States, we do know that it is contagious, that the severity of illness can vary from individual to individual, and that there are steps we can take to prevent the spread of infection. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking actions that reduce the risk of illness. Helping children cope with anxiety requires providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm.

It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need factual, age-appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.

Specific Guidelines

  • Remain calm and reassuring.
  • Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
  • What you say and do about COVID-19, current prevention efforts, and related events can either increase or decrease your children’s anxiety.
  • If true, emphasize to your children that they and your family are fine.
  • Remind them that you and the adults at their school are there to keep them safe and healthy.
  • Let your children talk about their feelings and help reframe their concerns into the appropriate perspective.

Make yourself available.

  • Children may need extra attention from you and may want to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions.
  • It is important that they know they have someone who will listen to them; make time for them.
  • Tell them you love them and give them plenty of affection. 

Avoid excessive blaming.

  • When tensions are high, sometimes we try to blame someone.
  • It is important to avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus. 
  • Bullying or negative comments made toward others should be stopped and reported to the school.
  • Be aware of any comments that other adults are having around your family. You may have to explain what comments mean if they are different than the values that you have at home.

Monitor television viewing and social media.

  • Limit television viewing or access to information on the Internet and through social media. Try to avoid watching or listening to information that might be upsetting when your children are present.
  • Speak to your child about how many stories about COVID-19 on the Internet may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.
  • Talk to your child about factual information of this disease—this can help reduce anxiety.
  • Constantly watching updates on the status of COVID-19 can increase anxiety—avoid this.
  • Be aware that developmentally inappropriate information (i.e., information designed for adults) can cause anxiety or confusion, particularly in young
  • Engage your child in games or other interesting activities instead.

Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible.

  • Keep to a regular schedule, as this can be reassuring and promotes physical health.
  • Encourage your children to keep up with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but don’t push them if they seem overwhelmed. 

Be honest and accurate.

  • In the absence of factual information, children often imagine situations far worse than reality.
  • Don’t ignore their concerns, but rather explain that at the present moment very few people in this country are sick with COVID-19.
  • Children can be told this disease is thought to be spread between people who are in close contact with one another—when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  
  • It is also thought it can be spread when you touch an infected surface or object, which is why it is so important to protect yourself.
  • For additional factual information contact your school doctor, ask your personal doctor, and/or check the https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html website.

Communicate with your school.

  • Let your school know if your child is sick and keep them home. Your school may ask if your child has a fever or not. This information will help the school to know why your child was kept home. If your child is diagnosed with COVID-19, let the school know so they can communicate with and get guidance from local health authorities.
  • Talk to your school nurse, school psychologist, school counselor, or school social worker if your child is having difficulties as a result of anxiety or stress related to COVID-19. They can give guidance and support to your child at school.
  • Make sure to follow all instructions from your school. 

In addition to this valuable information from the NASP, we would also like to share with you specific health information and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC): 
 
As with any other transmissible disease, hygiene is the top priority and prevention should be strengthened as a common practice on a daily basis. To avoid being exposed to viral diseases, please observe the following preventive measures: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with ANY virus
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if sick and do not send children to school if they are unwell or with fever. Siblings of sick children should also remain home for precaution. 
  • Symptoms: If you develop a dry cough, shortness of breath, fever and general pain, please contact your doctor
  • Cover mouth and nose for coughing and/or sneezing
  • Throw used tissues in a closed waste basket. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • CDC (Center for Disease Control in the USA) does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face Masks should be used by people who show symptoms of viral diseases to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
    • The use of facemasks is crucial for people who are taking care of a sick person at home or hospital
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the time you use to sing “happy birthday”) after coughing, sneezing, using the toilet, shaking hands
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Try to avoid kissing and hugging for greeting.
  • If you think you might have been exposed to COVID-19 ( by a recent travel or family member returning from a trip to places in high risk) please contact your doctor immediately and inform ASFM so stronger preventive measures can be set in place.
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EVENTS UPDATES

All school activities have been canceled until further notice, including the following:

  • Co-curricular activities, and extra-curricular activities (Athletics, Ballet, etc.). 
  • Elementary Eagle Academy
  • Eagle Parent University Events held on campus
    • Marketplace
    • Open and Caring Night
  • Ciclica Cleanup   
  • The ASOMEX association has announced that all ASOMEX student tournaments, festivals, and activities are canceled as of immediately and for the rest of the semester.
  • Community Services outings
  • All school related national and international trips for staff and students.
  • SAT Exams
  • Career day
  • Miles for smiles race
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DISTANCE LEARNING

ASFM strives to create a meaningful continuous learning experience regardless of time and place. Learning activities allow students to engage with new learning, practice, discuss or apply learning, and demonstrate knowledge and skills.

 

 

TRAVEL AND SOCIAL DISTANCING

With the health and wellbeing of our community as our guiding principle, we would like to share the following suggestions, points and requirements for all students and ASFM community members: 

WE DISCOURAGE ALL NONESSENTIAL TRAVEL BY PLANE OR BY CAR. If you do decide to travel, please be aware of available health resources, and recognize that you may be subject to new governmental travel restrictions with little or no notice. Airlines may adjust or cancel flights and borders might be closed without notice. Be aware that you will be subject to any local or governmental restrictions in place at the time of your return, not only at the time of departure. 

The prevalence of COVID-19 in many parts of the world, including Texas and the entire United States, is changing rapidly. If you choose to or have to travel, please use caution and good judgment in planning your international travel. Please make all personal decisions about your future travels taking into account your entire family, our entire community, and the city of Monterrey. This virus is highly contagious, unpredictable, and still not well understood by the medical community, so please help us to contain this situation as much as possible by making healthy and wise decisions for all. 
Please consider that because of the day to day changes in the official COVID-19 status worldwide of particular countries, states and regions, the location you are planning to visit may be added to the “high risk” list at any moment. Please use the World Health Organization (WHO) resources to keep up with the regions considered high risk. 

If your family or your children do travel over the next few months to a high risk location that is currently on or eventually added to the list of high risk regions, the school reserves the right to require your child to “self-quarantine” and continue their learning via the distance learning plan for at least 14 days following the return to Monterrey.

We kindly ask you to not only refrain from coming to school during the distance learning period of time, but you should also refrain as much as possible from doing other public activities that would put others at risk (ie. shopping, going to the club, going to the gym, other sports leagues, etc.). The idea is to use general, overall “social distancing” as your day-to-day routine. 

For those ASFM staff members, students, and parents who do choose to travel, we ask you to please register your upcoming travel with the school so we are aware of where you are traveling and so we can follow up after the trip to ensure community health, safety, and government requirements. Please also register any guests who visit over the breaks. Staff should use this link. Families (parents and/or students) should use this link.


 

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CONTACT US

For all non-essential or non-emergency communication please use the general CONTACT FORM.

For medical questions only, please contact the DOCTOR'S OFFICE here.


 

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