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Diane Jakobowski                                                Tanya Okamura         

School Nurse                                                                        Health Tech

djakobowski@sandi.net                                                                   tokamura@sandi.net


iMiddle Nurse Website

As Innovation Middle School is practicing Distance Learning, please know that we are thinking about you and available via email to offer you any health related assistance. On this page you will find links to support living healthy at home, community resources and school health resources.


We hope everyone is safe at home and healthy. This is a very challenging time for all of us but we are here for you so, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions, comments or concerns.


Best regards,

Nurse Diane and Tanya




Image of a woman washing hands in a bathroom and a reminder to make handwashing a healthy habit.LIVING HEALTHY AT HOME:


Family Wellness Resources

·        https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/familywellness/home

      Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting Information from Dr. Taras, District Physician


      Handwashing Instructions:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gMQCQRgjO0

      When and How to Wash Your Hands


Health Information


      Food and Nutrition:  https://www.nutrition.gov/topics/audience/children/food-and-nutrition

      Kids and Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ocjJEdJkl8

      Being A Kid Stuck At Home During COVID-19:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44e12ZVh4Go

      Kids Traveling Between Homes of Separated Parents During COVID-19:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96_2jK6S7aA

      Global COVID-19 Prevention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAj38E7vrS8

      How to Turn a Bandana Into a Face Mask for Coronavirus:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hcSCgAD8f8

Cloth Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19












      Healthy Food for Kids and TeensSecondary School:

      A Teenager’s Nutritional Needs:  https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/teen/nutrition/Pages/A-Teenagers-Nutritional-Needs.aspx

      Sleep for Teenagers:https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/teens-and-sleep 

      E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use:  https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/communi ty_epidemiology/dc/EVALI.html

      Social Media Safety: https://www.safesearchkids.com/a-teens-guide-to-social-media-safety/#.Xp9gI8hKiUl

      Sexual Health:https://www.sandiegounified.org/support-page/sexual-health-clinics-and-services


Exercises for Dealing with Stress and Anxiety:

Sometimes you’ll need a quick way to help your child calm down and you don’t have much with you. Maybe it’s when you’re out at Target or stuck in traffic. These tips will come in handy at those times:

      Imagine your favorite place - it’s like taking a mini vacation wherever you are

      Think of your favorite things

      Name animals alphabetically (alligator, bear, cow, dog, etc…)

      Squeeze Something (play dough, clay, silly putty, your fists, a stress ball)

      Get a Cold Drink of Water

      54321 Grounding - go through each of your 5 senses

      Take a deep belly breath to begin

      5 - LOOK:  Look around for 5 things that you can see, and say them out loud. For example, you could say, I see the computer, I see the cup, I see the picture frame.

 4 - FEEL:  Pay attention to your body and think of 4 things that you can feel, and say them out loud. For example, you could say, I feel my feet warm in my socks, I feel the hair on the back of my neck, or I feel the pillow I am sitting on.

      3 - LISTEN:  Listen for 3 sounds. It could be the sound of traffic outside, the sound of typing or the sound of your tummy rumbling. Say the three things out loud.

      2 - SMELL:  Say two things you can smell. If you’re allowed to, it’s okay to move to another spot and sniff something. If you can’t smell anything at the moment or you can’t move, then name your 2 favorite smells.

      1 - TASTE:  Say one thing you can taste. It may be the toothpaste from brushing your teeth, or a mint from after lunch. If you can’t taste anything, then say your favorite thing to taste.

      Take another deep belly breath to end


      50 ways to take a break


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San Diego County

      Receive text messages from the County of San Diego regarding COVID 19 by texting “COSD COVID19” to 468-311.

      County Community Resources

Online resources:

      Home - 2-1-1 San Diego

      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

      World Health Organization: WHO

      San Diego County COVID-19 Information

      California Dept of Public Health COVID-19

      CDC COVID-19 Share the Facts

Resources from Rady Children’s Hospital

      Rady has a dedicated coronavirus pediatric nurse advice line which is available to the community to support and answer questions regarding children and coronavirus.  The line (858-966-8399) will be open from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., seven days a week.

      Rady also has a COVID 19 updates page: https://www.rchsd.org/health-safety/health-alerts/

Childcare Resources During COVID 19

      San Diego Regional Center: for respite care for students who are clients of San Diego Regional Center

      Call 858-576-2996 (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm). 

      Childcare for healthcare professionals: YMCA of San Diego County is offering enhanced child care referrals for health care professionals.

      Call (619) 952-0242 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm).

Food and Nutrition

      SDUSD is distributing meals Monday to Friday for all students.  More information is available at https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/covid19/resources/food-services?authu...

      The Salvation Army is providing free meals for kids at the Salvation Army KROC Center.  Children MUST be present to receive a meal. 

      Hours of Operation are Weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

      Salvation Army KROC Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92115

      The San Diego Food Bank is providing food to persons of all ages.  Visit https://sandiegofoodbank.org/gethelp/ for most current schedules and locations or call 1-858-527-1419.

      The San Diego Food Bank is also offering a diaper bank program.  Details are available at  https://sandiegofoodbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-Diaper-Bank-Program-Distribution-List-English-updated-March-31-2020.pdf

      211 San Diego works closely with our County and other local resources to connect you, your family, and other residents to community-wide service organizations that focus on health, food, housing, disaster, veterans, and other specialized needs.  The organization also provides a free, 24-hour, confidential phone service in 200+ languages and a searchable online database.  Additional information is available here:  https://211sandiego.org/ 


 Mental Health Resources

      Rady Children’s Hospital has a Behavioral Health Urgent Care.  Additional information is available here:  https://www.rchsd.org/programs-services/behavioral-health-2/programs/behavioral-health-urgent-care/

      This can be a very stressful time. The following websites offer resources for locating therapists:



Other Helpful Resources

      Child Mind Institute - Supporting Families During COVID-19:  https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/

      Calm (meditation app):https://app.www.calm.com/meditate

      Care for Caregivers - Tips for Families and Educators:  https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/mental-health-resources/care-for-caregivers-tips-for-families-and-educators

      Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 (available in English and Spanish):  https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/helping-children-cope-with-changes-resulting-from-covid-19




Student Medications at School

      If you have any questions about your student’s medications at school or want to obtain your medications, please email the school nurse.



      Immunization requirements remain in full effect. Contact your school nurse for questions about requirements for your child. Please contact your child’s primary care provider as needed.

The County Immunization Clinics remain open; their locations and hours are available here: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/immunization_branch/immunizations_free_for_children_under_age_two.html


Health Exchange forms – required at the beginning of each school year

      English https://sdusd.sharepoint.com/:b:/r/sites/Nursing/Shared%20Documents/Form/Health%20Office%20Forms/Health%20Information%20Exchange%20Binder/PS%23%202059%20-%20Health%20Info%20Exchange%20rev%206-17.pdf?csf=1&web=1&e=d3YL5K





Nursing & Wellness Department Contact Information:

Phone: 619-725-5501 (Please leave a voicemail and we will get back to you)

Email sdusdnursing@sandi.net