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Meet your School Nurse

Rebecca Hancock

Becca Hancock, MSN, RN

Credentialed School Nurse

Email: rhancock@bhuhsd.k12.ca.us

Phone # 209-736-8381

Cell# 209-770-6833

Confidential Fax # 209-736-6077

The school nurse's office is located in the main office on the Bret Harte High School Main Campus

About Me

I believe that a students health is the foundation for their ability to reach their full potential. 

It is my passion to work with students in achieving holistic health habits that will carry them through life. 

Creating a healthy culture in the campus community is also very important in supporting our students. Healthy staff are a key ingredient in student success.

Educational Background

Bret Harte High School alumni

Attended:

Columbia College - AS in Allied Health

San Joaquin Delta College - AS in Nursing

Grand Canyon University - BS in Nursing

CSU Sacramento - MS in Nursing

Additional Certifications:

Registered Nurse in the State of California

Certified School Audiometrist

Credentialed School Nurse in the State of California

K-12 Health Teaching Authorization in the State of California

The Bret Harte Union High School District shall ensure equal opportunities for all students in admission and access to the educational program, guidance and counseling programs, athletic programs, testing procedures, and other activities.
This school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, political affiliation, gender, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, parental or marital status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, ordinance or regulation, in its educational program(s) or employment.  

Health and Nursing

Always use Caution when seeking health information on the Internet

It can be challenging to locate credible information and resources in today's world. My hope is that this website will serve as a hub for Bret Harte staff, students, and their families in locating resources, both within the community as well as online. Beware of sites that do not provide expert evidence to support their claims.

Nursing is both a science and an art. While there is no cut and dry solution to each person's individual health needs, the best place to start is in the science. That is why all resources provided on this website have been vetted for the accuracy. Because there really are a lot of resources available, suggestions are welcome and will be reviewed for accuracy and safety prior to inclusion on this page.

 schoolhouse with wrapped stethoscope and heart at center


 

State Monitoring System

California has implemented a 4 tier monitoring system that uses the following factors to determine the level of restrictions needed in a county to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

  •  New Cases per day per 100,000 people
  • Testing positivity rate

These restrictions can impact our school reopening plans if our county gets moved into the purple tier. At this time we are in the red tier. 

Please visit Blueprint for a Safer Economy for additional information. 

COVID-19

The novel coronavirus has drastically changed our way of life. Currently, it is having significant impacts on how we are able to deliver educational opportunities. There are many considerations related to the health and safety of our students and staff as well as guidelines from the national, state, and local level that must be accounted for as we look to phasing back into into in-person instruction.  Currently, Bret Hart is beginning the 2020-21 school year in a virtual instruction model. For additional information on current school schedules, please click here.

It is understandable that there is a lot of frustration surrounding the continually changing circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. As this virus is better understood, there will continue to be changes. The information and resources provided below are meant to help families navigate through these unique times and understand why certain precautions are being put into place. 

COVID-19 Basics

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that began spreading in people in December 2019. It has caused severe illness and death in some populations. In the spring of 2020, COVID-19 was classified as a pandemic - meaning there was widespread disease outbreak across multiple continents. It became necessary to implement precautions aimed at minimizing the risk of catching and/or spreading this illness. 

As we look to creating a plan to safely bring all students back in-person instruction, it continues to be important to take precautions that are aimed at minimizing the risk of catching and/or spreading this illness. 

hand hygiene collageHand Hygiene

Wash hands often using soap and water-this is the single best way to reduce the spread of germs.

Use soap and water (warm if available) to scrub all surfaces of your hands for at least 20 seconds. Video-hand washing technique

If soap and water is not available, hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) may be used until hands can be washed. Video-sanitizer technique Wash with soap and water as soon as you can.

For more information on when and how to wash your hands, click here.

 

sick emojiStay Home if you are sick

Since the symptoms of COVID-19 can look like many other illnesses, it is important to stay home when you are sick and discuss with a medical provider if testing is needed. 

When your student returns to any form of on campus learning, a parent (or responsible adult) will need to screen the student before arriving on campus using this home screening checklist.  

 

stay 6 feet apart caution signPractice Social Distancing

COVID-19 is mainly spread through person-to-person contact that occurs when people are in close proximity to one another. If someone has the virus, the virus may travel to another person through respiratory droplets that are produced when the infected person coughs, sneezes, or even talks. 

 

Face covering blocking germsWear a face covering

While keeping your distance is a good  start, there are many situations when more protection is necessary. Wearing a face covering provides and additional level of protection to keep the virus from entering or leaving your body. While most face covering do not eliminate all risk, they do greatly reduce the risk of the virus freely moving between people. 

Current regulations require all persons to wear a face covering when on campus. Please click here for more information on acceptable face coverings. 

disease or health road sign

Using all of these precautions together is the best way to reduce the spread of this virus.  Each is an added layer of protection that can greatly reduce your chance of getting this virus. 

It is important to dispel rumors and take proven steps to reduce the impact of this illness in our community. 

Emergency symptoms 

Most cases of COVID-19 present with only mild symptoms of illness at first. Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure. Some people never experience any symptoms, but can still spread illness to others. While many people will only develop mild illness, some people experience more severe illness and in some cases death. 

Because many symptoms of this illness can be that same as other common illness and some chronic health conditions, it can be difficult to know what illness you or your family member may be experiencing. It is important that you discuss symptoms of illness with a medical provider to determine if further testing is warranted. Many providers and insurance plans have added virtual appointment options to help with this need. Click here for information and resources available through the CDC regarding symptoms. 

Symptoms of severe illness require immediate attention. Call 911 or your local emergency facility and let them know you are seeking care for someone who may have COVID-19. There are specific precautions that these emergency response systems have in place to prevent further spread of this illness while providing the care that the sick individual needs. 

  • Bluish lips or face
  • Severe and constant pain or pressure in the chest
  • Extreme difficulty breathing (such as gasping for air or being unable to talk without catching your breath)
  • Severe and constant dizziness or light-headedness
  • New Serious disorientation (acting confused)
  • Unconscious or very difficult to wake up
  • Slurred speech or difficulty speaking (new or worsening)
  • Seizures
  • Signs of low blood pressure (too weak to stand, light headed, feeling cold, pale, clammy skin)

COVID-19 Resources

Calaveras County Public Health Department  For the latest county specific information, press releases, and resources.

California Public Health Department for statewide information including the state school guidance

California Department of Education for resources related to school reopening guidance

CDC COVID-19 National information and guidance for a variety of situations and circumstances including the school guidance.

California Government COVID-19 Resources for statewide data, resources and assistance programs, and testing site information.