As your kiddos prepare to head back to school from spring break, beware of those pesky illnesses that come with being around their peers again. The rise in pollen and seasonal allergies aren’t helping either! And let’s not forget the flu, while on it’s downhill slide, is still out there.
We sat down with Courtney Szudarski, a 5th and 6th grade teacher at Fairview Elementary, for tips on staying healthy during the school year. After all, your little one only needs to take home their homework and not the playground germs.
UCK: Tell me a little about yourself.
CS: I love working with children and have had the honor to work with children for the past several years in various job positions. I have worked at schools, YMCA camps and after school programs all of which take extra measures to secure safety and health for the children and staff. Keeping your health in good shape is important while working with children.
UCK: What’s the most common illness you see your students coming down with recently?
CS: The most common illness I’ve seen in this school year is the flu. Students and teachers have come down with a nasty, strong flu that takes them out for days or even a week.
UCK: With flu and strep still in season, what do you recommend families do if they suspect their child is sick?
CS: I recommend that families and students take precautions if they feel a little under the weather. If students or teachers feel the slightest bit of a cold coming on they should take a day or two to recover and rest. Resting and staying hydrated is the most important precaution and defense against a cold or flu.
UCK: What are some ways kids can prevent germs from spreading in the classroom?
CS: A key tip to remember in the classroom to prevent germs from spreading is to constantly wash or sanitize your hands. If a child sneezes or blows their nose they should wash their hands. Also wiping down desks, door knobs and other frequently used objects in the classrooms is key to prevent germs from spreading.
UCK: In your opinion, how important do you think it is for your students and their families to have an urgent care in their neighborhood that’s specifically for kids?
CS: I believe that having an urgent care for children in the neighborhood for students and families is very important. Sometimes having a place to quickly get evaluated and diagnosed is more important and convenient then rushing to a hospital where doctors are helping patients that are in more of a serious condition.
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