Differentiating Between COVID, Cold and Flu Symptoms: A Message from Stevenson Nursing Staff
With the start of cold and flu season coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic it can be confusing to determine what symptoms relate to which illness.
Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone; testing will be needed to confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.
The Illinois Department of Public Health prepared this chart showing differences between COIVD, cold and flu symptoms.
The Stevenson nursing staff and PediaTrust physician evaluations are available to students who begin to feel ill while on campus through the Stevenson COVID Clinic located just inside the Circle Drive entrance. All students are urged to contact the COVID Clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org if they are experiencing any COVID-related symptoms, have tested positive, have undergone testing and are awaiting results or have had contact with a COVID-19 positive individual. Services provided through the Stevenson Student COVID Clinic are posted on the COVID-19 Updates webpage.
The Stevenson nursing staff share that it is very important, especially this year, to receive your flu vaccine and when it is available to you, to get the COVID-19 vaccine to prevent serious illness or complications from the coronavirus.
Semester One Honor Rolls Posted
Congratulations to the Stevenson students who were named to the first semester Gold Honor Roll and Green Honor Roll!
All letter grades are considered for honor roll designation. See the Honor Roll webpage for the grade requirements for each honor roll.
PPA Senior Treat Dates Extended
The date to enjoy his month’s Patriot Parent Association treat for the Class of 2021 has been extended. Seniors now have until tomorrow, Jan. 28, to pick up their free donut at Dunkin Donuts.
Seniors should view the email they received from the PPA on Jan. 21 to print out and redeem their free treat!
PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS
Resumption of Winter Sports Practices
Under current state guidelines, practices for boys bowling, girls bowling, boys swimming and diving, girls gymnastics, and girls badminton have resumed. While spectators won’t be allowed, the Athletic Department is still working toward having at least 1,000 followers on their YouTube Channel so that they can stream some competitions live. Subscribe to help them achieve that goal!
In the meantime, you can follow these sports on Instagram and Twitter for updates. This screenshot is from a Patriettes practice that was posted on their Instagram page.
IHSA Board Meeting Today
The Illinois High School Association’s board of directors is scheduled to meet today and significant decisions are on the agenda including sports calendars, equity and planning for interruptions.
Changing Role of School Nurses
Early detection, isolation procedures and increased communication are new roles for many school nurses. A school nurse in Colorado shared that the training public health nurses have prepared them well for the pandemic.
Navigating Remote Learning for English Language Learners
It is estimated that 5 million students in the U.S. are learning to speak English as a second or even third language. One Maryland teacher raised funds and took on new roles to connect with her students remotely. She raised money to buy tablets, set up applications, delivered devices and connected with parents to help them log in. This is one of many stories of teachers going the extra mile to help their students succeed.