Welcome to the ADL Health Office

  • Nurse: Jenna Dalla Mura

    Email: jdallamura@ewsd.org

    A message from Nurse Dalla Mura:

    Hi everyone! I miss seeing all of you :)

    I can be reached at (602) 695-2996 during the remainder of this school year.

    It would be great if we could 'meet' 1:1 or in small groups on Google Hangouts (or something similar). 

    I will be posting health information here weekly. Keep in touch!

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  • Not health related, but...

    Posted by Jenna Dalla Mura on 5/20/2020

    ADL will still be having the Memorial Day Assembly!

    Here are the details from Mr. Sawyer:

    We will be holding our annual Memorial Day Assembly this Friday, 5/22 starting at 9:00 am.  The assembly will feature messages and performances by your classmates, as well as a message from a representative of the Vermont National Guard.  
     
    A live stream link for this assembly will be shared with you soon.  You will need to be logged in with your school account to view it.  A recording of the assembly will be made available in case you are unable to attend.  
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  • Virtual Spirit Week!

    Posted by Jenna Dalla Mura on 5/11/2020

     

    Monday-

    Pajama Day


    This one will not be too hard! Wear your pajamas all day and get cozy. Record yourself doing a read aloud (can be a short poem, story, joke, etc) and submit it to the guidance counselors and the nurse.

    OR

    Submit a (school appropriate) tik tok! 

    Tuesday-

    Charger Day

    Wear your ADL gear! Explain what it means to be a Charger - draw a picture, write a poem, record a video/tik tok… 


    Wednesday-

    Be You Day

    Wear something that makes you happy and is an expression of yourself. Explain what it means in any format you would like!

    Thursday-

    Positivity Day

    Spread positive vibes - draw a picture or sign, write a poem, or record a video/tik tok about the power of positivity! 



    Friday-

    Talent Day

    Share a video/tik tok or picture of your talent with the guidance counselors and nurse!

    If you submit a photo or video, make sure you have permission from your parents/guardians. 

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  • Sleep Tips

    Posted by Jenna Dalla Mura on 5/6/2020

    Nurse Dalla Mura discusses tips for sleep routines, falling asleep, and getting back to sleep if you wake up in the night. 

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  • COVID-19 Info and Tips from CDC and Poison Center

    Posted by Jenna Dalla Mura on 5/5/2020

    According to the CDC, there has been an uptick in the number of calls to Poison Centers during the COVID-19 epidemic due to increased cleaning and sanitizing practices in homes. The CDC reminds us to take the following precautions:

    • follow label directions
    • do not mix chemicals
    • wear protective gear 
    • use products in well-ventilated areas
    • store chemicals out of reach of children

    Here is additional information from the Northern New England Poison Center. 

     

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  • More Info from ADAT

    Posted by Jenna Dalla Mura on 4/27/2020

    Hi everyone!

    I hope you enjoyed a break from school work. Another one of the ADAT club members emailed the CDC for information about the dangers of of vaping. Below is their response:

    Preventing tobacco product use among youth is critical to ending the tobacco epidemic in the United States. Most people who use tobacco products start at an early age. Nearly 90% of smokers first try smoking by the time they are 18 years old, 98% first try smoking by age 26. Every day in this country about 1,600 youth under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette and nearly 200 youths become daily cigarette smokers.

     

    Flavoring in tobacco products can make them more appealing to young people. In 2018 a study showed that about two-thirds (67%) of high school students and nearly half (49%) of middle school students who had used tobacco products in the past 30 days said that they had used a flavor tobacco product during that time.

     

    Recent increases in the use of e-cigarettes is driving increases in tobacco product use among youth. The number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes rose from 3.6 million in 2018 to 5.4 million in 2019 a difference of about 1.8 million youth. In 2019 for the sixth year in a row, e cigarettes were among the most commonly used tobacco products among high school and middle school students. More than one in four high school students and one in ten middle school students is currently using  e-cigarettes.

     

    E-cigarettes produce an aerosol by heating liquid that contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive drug that is found naturally in the tobacco plant. cigarettes, cigars,  and other traditional tobacco products contain nicotine and so do most e-cigarettes. Besides being highly addictive, nicotine can harm the developing adolescent brain. The brain keeps developing until a person is about in their mid-twenties. Using nicotine when you are young can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood, and impulse control. It can also increase the risk for addiction to other drugs in your future. Nicotine is also a healthy danger during pregnancy; it is toxic to developing babies.

     

    Scientists are still learning about the health effects of e-cigarettes. Although more research is needed, we do know that the aerosol from cigarettes is not harmless. In addition to nicotine, the aerosol from e-cigarettes also contains other harmful substances including heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead. The aerosols also contain tiny particles that reach deep into lungs, as well as volatile organic compounds and cancer-causing chemicals.

    I am so proud of the members of ADAT. Email me if you would like to join!

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  • Anti-Drug and Tobacco Club (ADAT)

    Posted by Jenna Dalla Mura on 4/14/2020

    Did you know that ADL has an anti-drug and tobacco club? Here are the details:

    • Name of club: ADAT
    • Goal/mission: We want to work towards solutions to make a drug, tobacco, and smoke free environment.
    • When do we meet and how to join: We meet every Friday (virtual) at 12:30. If you would like to join contact Nurse Jenna and we will add you to the group!

    Here is a great article written by one of our AWESOME club members:

      Coronavirus and vaping/ smoking go hand, in hand.

    As most people know coronavirus is the crisis that has struck our earth out of nowhere. It has taken countless lives. And for most people, it is not pleasant. What if I told you that vaping and smoking could make it more likely for you or anyone you know to catch coronavirus. While many studies have shown that the risk of you getting sick or even dying from smoking or vaping are very high, In these circumstances vapers and smokers create a whole other category of risk and danger. 

    There are countless ways a smoker can contract the virus. One way is that the a person who is smoking touches their fingers to their lips. In case the person already has contracted  the virus , this is a key way to make sure that you end up in a hospital bed. Another way is directed to especially today’s youth. According to the CDC: “ Nearly 90 percent of smokers/ vapers  first try smoking when they are 18 years old”. In society today many youth vapors or smokers cannot afford to buy expensive flavored vaping devices for only themselves to use. Because of this, many people split up money with their friends to buy expensive products, and then share them. The problem with this is that putting your mouth where someone else has been can very easily be a one way ticket for the virus to infect you. ( Also that’s just Nasty!) The most serious way COVID- 19 can affect you is by plainly smoking. Cilia are tiny hairlike structures that sweep out viruses and infection from your airways. Research shows that  by using tobacco products you damage the cilia in your lungs and therefore cannot function to take out coronavirus. A Chinese study shows that people who were in the hospital because of coronavirus would be 14 times more likely to die with a history of smoking.  

    The only way to stop this is to quit smoking or vaping. There are many quitting programs in place to help people who are addicted to any tobacco use 

    The bottom line is you need to ask yourself  What do I need more? Do I need my cigarettes back, or my health back. Stay safe.

    References available upon request. 

     

     

     

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  • How to Cope with Headaches, Treatments, and Prevention

    Posted by Jenna Dalla Mura on 4/10/2020 10:30:00 AM

    Nurse Dalla Mura explains how to deal with headaches, important steps to take, and ways to prevent them from happening.

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  • Gratitude Project

    Posted by Jenna Dalla Mura on 4/8/2020

    During this time of adversity, help share gratitude and kindness by taking part in EWSD Project Gratitude! Learn more about the project and how to submit your ideas here. #EWSD #vted

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  • Basic Wound Care

    Posted by Jenna Dalla Mura on 3/31/2020

    Ms. Dalla Mura shares some steps for basic wound care. 

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  • Why Do We Sneeze?

    Posted by Jenna Dalla Mura on 3/31/2020

    Did you know that the scientific name for sneeze is sternutation?

    Watch this video to find out more about sternutations!

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  • Washing hands COVID-19 and Our Schools

    Your EWSD nurses are here to support the health and wellness of our entire school community. We are all aware of the prolonged flu season and the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  The District continues to follow preventative and response guidelines offered by the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and Vermont Agency of Education (AOE).

    Your building nurse is available for any questions or concerns you may have regarding any illness or symptoms. 

    For District updates related to COVID-19, and helpful tips on staying healthy, please visit our EWSD page on the novel coronavirus. (Opens in a new window.)


Healthy Children, Healthy School

  • When to Stay Home

    As the ADL community, we are all responsible for the health and safety of our students. Please reference the following list of symptoms that will help determine whether your child needs to be kept out of school:

    • Fever, over 100 degrees, currently or within previous 24 hours
    • Diarrhea or vomiting, currently or within the previous 24 hours
    • Persistent sore throat with fever or enlarged tonsils/glands
    • Undetermined rash
    • Red, itchy eyes with drainage

    Please do not send your child back to school until they've been symptom-free for at least 24 hours. 

    Adhering to these guidelines will help to keep our students and staff members healthy throughout the school year! 

    Immunizations 

    All students are required to have an up-to-date immunization record or a signed exemption form (required annually) for school entry.

    Physicals

    Students are encouraged to have a physical with their pediatrician and a check up with their dentist every year.

    Students who would like to participate in sports activities are required to have a sports physical every two years.