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Meet your School Nurse

Becca Hancock, MSN, RN

Credentialed School Nurse

Phone # 209-736-8381

Cell# 209-770-6833

Confidential Fax # 209-425-4647

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

*During the school closure, the nurse is working out of the County Office of Education-209-736-6077

Common Forms

Authorization for Administration of Medication During School Hours

  • This form must be on file with the school for any student to use medication, even over-the-counter medications, while at school. This includes medications, such as inhalers, that the student will carry with them. This policy if for the protection of all students on campus. 
  • If your child has a more complex medical condition, such as diabetes, anaphylaxis, or seizures, please contact the school nurse before getting orders from your doctor as additional information may be needed. The school nurse will help with coordination of health needs between the school and the doctor. 

Common condition resources

Nutrition and Obesity

Vaccinations

Asthma

Drug and Alcohol

Health and Nursing

novel Coronavirus

COVID-19

We are dedicated to the health and safety of our students and staff. Effective March 16, 2020, Calaveras County Public Health Department has closed all schools in the county. The school has put systems in place for distance learning through spring break. Additionally, Governor Newsom has issued a statewide shelter in place order. At this time it is not known when that order will be lifted. These are attempts to slow the progression COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to high risk populations.  You will be notified as soon as decisions are made regarding the rest of school year. 

Your school nurse is available during the closure to help you navigate resources and services. 

The Situation in Calaveras County

As of 3/18/2020, there are only 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Calaveras County. 

Other members of the community have been tested and either those results are still pending or they have come back as negative.

For the latest information on what is happening in Calaveras County, included recent press releases as well as additional resources and information, please visit the Calaveras County Public Health website.

What does it mean to be on home Quarantine Pending Testing?

Just because someone is being tested does not mean that they have COVID-19. However, until it is known that the do not have it, precautions are taken to reduce the chance that they spread illness to others. It currently can take as little as 3 days to as many as 10 days to get test results back. A longer wait time does not mean that the person is more likely to be positive. It simply has to do with what lab the test went to and how many tests they are processing.

There are a number of reasons why a provider may choose to test someone for COVID-19 which can include any of the following: 

  • presentation of symptoms
  • close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19
  • recent travel to highly affected areas

Even if someones meets the screening criteria for testing, this does not mean that they have COVID-19

It is important that we spread awareness to reduce the risk of stigma's that result from public health emergencies such as COVID-19.

CDC-Reducing Stigma

Why are some people placed on Home Quarantine who have COVID-19 instead of Being in the Hospital?

Many people do not need to be in the hospital to recover from this illness. It is important that hospital beds be available for the severely ill. 

If someone receives a positive test, they will be provided instructions on when to seek emergency care as well as when it is safe to discontinue home quarantine. 

What do we Know about COVID-19

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. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. 

Coronaviruses are zoonotic meaning they can be transmitted between animals and people. While there are no documented cases of COVID-19 being spread to animals from sick people, because of the limited information currently known about this virus, similar precautions to those used to protect other people should be used around your pets if you are sick. See additional information here:

COVID-19 and animals

How it Spreads

Current information indicates that it is primarily spread through person-to person contact with someone who has the virus such as:

  • Between people who have close contact with each other.
  • Through droplets that remain in the air shortly after someone who has the virus coughs or sneezes
    • These droplets can land in the mouth, nose or be inhaled by others nearby

Transmission of COVID-19 to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented. Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces. Cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, and desk/tabletops is encouraged to help reduce the spread of illness.

What can you do to reduce the Spread of illness

  • Wash your hands often – 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.

Proper hand washing technique video

  • If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at lease 60% alcohol until you can get to soap and water. Wash with soap and water as soon at you can.

Proper hand sanitizer technique video

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough, or sneeze into your elbow (or inside your shirt).
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects using an approved cleaner. Additional cleaning instructions can be found here.
  • Keep your child home if they are sick (and stay home if you are sick)
    • When reporting absence to the school office, please provide symptoms
    • Keep your child home for 24 hours after their fever (100.4F (38C) or higher) stops without the use of medications.
    • Seek medical attention if symptoms become more severe (e.g. high fever or difficulty breathing).
  • Keep social distance of at lease 6 feet. Avoid gatherings. 

What are the Symptoms?

Most cases of COVID-19 present with only mild symptoms of illness at first. Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure. While many people will only develop mild illness, some people experience more severe illness and in some cases death. 

  Fever           Cough

                          Shortness of breath

Signs of more severe illness can include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent Pain or Pressure in the chest
  • New onset of confusion
  • Difficulty to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Any symptoms that appear severe or concerning

Seeking Medical Attention

If you think you have been exposed and are developing any symptoms, call your doctor and follow their directions. 

It is very important to call ahead before presenting for testing. Hospital systems have precautions in place to prevent the spread of this illness. 

Additional guidance on what to do when you are sick can be found here:

CDC-What to do when your are sick

High Risk Populations

Some populations appear to be at higher risk for developing severe illness.

CDC-Are you at higher risk for severe illness?

Extra precautions should be taken to protect yourself if you fall into these populations.

CDC-Get Ready for COVID-19 

As more is learned about this virus, more specific information about specific population risk will be made available. 

Resources for COVID-19

It can be difficult to know where to go for reliable information. This section contains links to resources that are evidence-based regarding what we know about COVID-19. As always, beware of sites that do not provide expert evidence to support their claims. It is important to dispel rumors and take proven steps to reduce the impact of this illness in our community. 

Cleaning and Disinfecting

World Health Organization (WHO) - COVID-19

Pan America Health Organizations - COVID-19

CDC - COVID-19

California Department of Public Health - COVID-19

California Department of Education - COVID-19

California State Government -COVID-19

Calaveras County Public Health -COVID-19

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.