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Perkins K-8 Health Office
As schools are practicing Distance Learning, please know that the nurse assigned to your child’s school is available via email. Please contact the nurse to communicate health concerns impacting education. If you do not have access to email or are unable to reach the assigned nurse, please call the Nursing and Wellness Department.
Perkins K-8 Staff:

Nurse: Claire Ferguson, RCSN, cthornhill@sandi.net

Health Tech: Jessica Pearson, jpearson@sandi.net 

Cluster Coordinator: Catherine Serrano, cserrano@sandi.net, 858-204-0825
Nursing & Wellness Department

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

Email: sdusdnursing@sandi.net  List of school nurses by school

Resources and Additional Information

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:

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

● 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/healthalerts/ 

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/foodservices?authus...

● 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 1858-527-1419.

● 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...


● 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/immunizatio... mmunizations_free_for_children_under_age_two.html 

Family Resources

● 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-health2/programs/beha...

● This can be a very stressful time. The following websites offer resources for locating therapists: ○ https://www.communitypsychiatry.com/https://www.psychologytoday.com/us 


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

● When and How to Wash Your Hands

Student Medications at School

● If you have any questions about your student’s medications at school, please email your school nurse (see list above).

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-podc...

● Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 (available in English and Spanish):  https://www.nasponline.org/resources-andpublications/resources-and-podca...

Health Information

● General:

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

● Elementary School:

     ○ Children & Sleep: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/children-and-sleep 

     ○ Teaching Kids about Brushing their Teeth:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voZuS09kczg 

     ○ How to Explain Social Distancing to Kids:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HTA3ql6uWY 

     ○ Flu Teaching Story: https://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/flu_teaching_story_fina... 1%29.pdf

● Secondary School:

     ○ A Teenager’s Nutritional Needs:  https://www.healthychildren.org/English/agesstages/teen/nutrition/Pages/...

     ○ 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/community_epi demiology/dc/EVALI.html 

     ○ Social Media Safety: https://www.safesearchkids.com/a-teens-guide-to-socialmedia-safety/#.Xp9...

     ○ Sexual Health: https://www.sandiegounified.org/support-page/sexual-healthclinics-and-se...

Wellness Resources Family Wellness Resources:


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