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First page of the PDF file: germbuster

follow these hand washing steps

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel and
  6. Use towel to turn off faucet.

Key Times to Wash Hands

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food

  • Before eating food

  • After you have been in public place and touched an item or surface that might have been touched by others: doors, tables, gas pumps, shopping carts

  • Before you touch your eyes, nose, mouth- that is how germs enter the body

  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick 

  • Before and after treating a cut or wound

  • After using the toilet

  • After changing diapers

  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste

  • After handling pet food or pet treats

  • After touching garbage

Cloth mask hints

 Cloth masks should be washed every day after use.  Machine washing using hot water and regular detergent is preferred.

 Masks should not be placed in pockets for later use. To store or transport, carefully fold the mask so the contaminated outside is folded inward and against itself. Place in a clean or new paper bag, and perform hand hygiene.

 When removing a cloth face covering, be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth, and perform hand hygiene immediately after removing.

Do NOT touch your mask while wearing it



April 21, 2020

Dear Families and Students,

We are now into our 6th week of social isolation, on line classes and a new way of living!  Hopefully we have settled into the new routine.  Every day something new is learned about the corona virus, but the total viral picture remains a mystery.  Thanks to the dedicated researchers, scientists, and health care providers we are hopeful that the mystery will soon be solved!  Meanwhile, as individuals we need to educate ourselves and our families about what we can do to stay safe and healthy.  

We will continue updating information to serve that goal.  The use of masks in Connecticut is now required when going into a public setting where social distancing of 6 feet is not easy or guaranteed.  The virus is spread by  respiratory droplets  when the person coughs, sneezes or even talks. The use of the mask is to reduce the possible spread of Covid by the individual wearing the mask.    Many people do not realize they have the virus because their symptoms are very minor.  By wearing the mask, the risk of transmitting the virus to others is reduced.

Directly below are the CDC guidelines for how to make a mask, how to wear it and how to clean it.  

In order to best support all of our families, we ask again  that you please let us know if your child is ill and unable to participate in distance learning.  This helps us to track illness within our community and to be sure we are meeting the academic needs of our students. As always, the information that you share is kept in strict confidence!

You may email us directly at: or at  We will be going into our office intermittently and can answer phone calls/ messages  (860-789-8525 x 2618 and x 2619).

Stay strong!  We will overcome this trial.  Nelson Mandela once said that "courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it". This too shall result in triumph!

Be well!

Patty Severson and Dorothy Mitchell

Contents of this site

  • Be a Bug Buster
  • Proper way to wash hands
  • Cloth Mask hints
  • Coping Calendar
  • What to do if you are sick with Covid 19
  • Six Daily Questions to Ask Yourself in Quarantine
  • Coping with and Managing Stress
  • Directions re: Making Face Masks
  • Vaping and Corona Virus
  • Symptoms of Allergies/ Cold/ Flu and Corona- How to identify Corona Virus
  • How to Talk With Your Kids About Corona
  • Tips for Dealing with Stress During the Corona
  • Can Kids Have In Person Playdates?
  • Links to local Healthcare Resources
  • Plan for your response to Corona from the CDC
  • Symptoms of Allergies/ Cold/ Flu and Corona- How to identify Corona Virus
  • How to Clean by the CDC
  • What to do if you think you have Corona
  • Where to get Corona testing
  • Prevention
  • Making Masks the Safe Way!
  • How to take Care of Yourself

Six Daily Questions to Ask Yourself in Quarantine

If you’re sheltering in place, be sure to check in with  yourself!  Here's a great article to help you!


Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations

Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.  Click below for guidance!

Vaping and the Corona Virus   

We have all heard of the vaping epidemic in our country.  Those who vape are in dire danger if they get the Covid 19 virus and have increased risk of spreading the virus.  Please use this link and read the info on this topic!  Share it with your family and friends!

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March 27, 2020


Dear Families and students,

 We hope that you are doing well and are settling in to a new routine!

The nurses would like to remind you that even though school is closed, we are here to assist our students and families through this challenging time.  We want to help you all to stay healthy! 

In order to best support all of our families, we ask that you please let us know if your child is ill and unable to participate in distance learning.  This helps us to track illness within our community and to be sure we are meeting the academic needs of our students. As always, the information that you share is kept in strict confidence!

You may email us directly at: or at  We will be going into our office intermittently and can answer phone calls/ messages  (860-789-8525 x 2618 and 2619).

Meanwhile remember that the answer to this health crisis is working together, following CDC guidelines, keeping up to date with those health guidelines and supporting one another.  We are posting updates on the new district web site called "RN: Real news from the nurses".  You will find the site under the District website menu.  It contains updates on measures to protect yourselves, signs and symptoms of the Covid 19, and a lot more pertinent info re: this crazy time in which we live!

Be well!  Together we will get through this!


Patty Severson and Dorothy Mitchell

While School is Out, Can My Kids Play With Their  Friends?

  • Kids Playing
  • The key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing. While school is out, children should not have in-person play dates with children from other households. If children are playing outside their own homes, it is essential that they remain 6 feet from anyone who is not in their own household.
  • To help children maintain social connections while social distancing, help your children have supervised phone calls or video chats with their friends.

General principles for talking to children

Talking to Kids


Remain calm and reassuring.

  • Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.

Make yourself available to listen and to talk.

  • Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.

Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.

  • Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.

Provide information that is honest and accurate.

  • Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
  • Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.

Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.

  • Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
  • Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
  • Discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff.
    (e.g., increased handwashing, cancellation of events or activities)
  • Get children into a handwashing habit.
    • Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
    • If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and child care facilities.

Facts about COVID-19 for discussions with children

Try to keep information simple and remind them that health and school officials are working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy.

What is COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 is the short name for “coronavirus disease 2019.” It is a new virus. Doctors and scientists are still learning about it.
  • Recently, this virus has made a lot of people sick. Scientists and doctors think that most people will be ok, especially kids, but some people might get pretty sick.
  • Doctors and health experts are working hard to help people stay healthy.

What happens if you get sick with COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 can look different in different people. For many people, being sick with COVID-19 would be a little bit like having the flu. People can get a fever, cough, or have a hard time taking deep breaths. Most people who have gotten COVID-19 have not gotten very sick. Only a small group of people who get it have had more serious problems. From what doctors have seen so far, most children don’t seem to get very sick. While a lot of adults get sick, most adults get better.
  • If you do get sick, it doesn’t mean you have COVID-19. People can get sick from all kinds of germs. What’s important to remember is that if you do get sick, the adults at home and school will help get you any help that you need.
  • If you suspect your child may have COVID-19, call the healthcare facility to let them know before you bring your child in to see them.


Links to Local Health Care Resources:

Charlotte Hungerford   wellness/coronavirus

How to set up a virtual health care appointment: Hartford Health Care


Health Insurance Provider Resources:

Please check with your provider for information. 


Access  Health Care Coverage

Access Health CT

New special enrollment period for uninsured individuals

Access Health CT (ACHCT) has announced a new special enrollment period so uninsured Connecticut residents can sign up for health insurance during this public health emergency.*

The special enrollment period runs through Thursday, April 2, 2020. Coverage begins April 1, 2020.

Individuals must enroll by phone. Call 1-855-805-4325 (TTY: 1-855-365-2428), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Learn more at


Anthem Resource Advisor

For those with  Anthem Life


Connecticut Husky Health 

March 25,2020

From the CDC:

Before a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community: 


A COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time in your community. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend community actions designed to help keep people healthy, reduce exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease. Local public health officials may make recommendations appropriate to your local situation. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. You should base the details of your household plan on the needs and daily routine of your household members.

 Create a household plan of action

 Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. Meet with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what to do if a covid outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.

 Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications.  Older adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions may be at risk for more serious complications.   Early data suggest older people are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. If you or your household members are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications, please consult with your health care provider for more information.   

 Get to know your neighbors

Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbors, information, and resources.

 Identify aid organizations in your community. Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources. Consider including organizations that provide mental health or counseling services, food, and other supplies.


Create an emergency contact list

Ensure your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.


Make sure you have at least 2 weeks of your prescription medications available!




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How to clean and disinfect by The CDC



  • Clean surfaces using soap and water. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.

High touch surfaces include:
Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

Illustratio: hand cleaning a counter using spray bottle



  • Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
  • Recommend use of EPA-registered household disinfectant external icon.
    Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
    Many products recommend:
    • Keeping surface wet for a period of time (see product label)
    • Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
  • Diluted household bleach solutions may also be used if appropriate for the surface. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against corona viruses when properly diluted.
    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
    Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.


Illustration: soft surfaces - drapes, couch, pillows


Soft surfaces

For soft surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes

  • Clean the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.
  • Launder items (if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions.Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.


  • Disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant. These disinfectants external icon meet EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19.

Follow manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and dinfecting



For electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, and remote controls.

  • Consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics
  • Follow manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and disinfecting
    • If no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry surface thoroughly.

Illustration: washing machine displaying 'hot'



For clothing, towels, linens and other items

  • Wear disposable gloves.
  • Wash hands with soap and water as soon as you remove the gloves.
  • Do not shake dirty laundry.
  • Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
  • Dirty laundry from a sick person can be washed with other people’s items.
  • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance above for surfaces.

Illustration: washing hands


Clean hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
    • Always wash immediately after removing gloves and after contact with a sick person.
  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily available and hands are not visibly dirty, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
  • Additional key times to clean hands include:
    • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After using the restroom
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • After contact with animals or pets
    • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

When Someone is Sick

Keep separate bedroom and bathroom for sick person


Bedroom and Bathroom

Keep separate bedroom and bathroom for sick person (if possible)

  • The sick person should stay separated from other people in the home (as much as possible).
  • If you have a separate bedroom and bathroom: Reduce cleaning to as-needed (e.g. soiled items and surfaces) to minimize the amount of contact with the sick person.
  • If shared bathroom: Clean and disinfect after each use by the sick person. If this is not possible, the caregiver should wait as long as possible before cleaning and disinfecting.
  • See precautions for household members and caregivers for more information.

Illustration: sick woman in bed with serving tray full of food



  • Stay separated: The sick person should eat (or be fed) in their room if possible.
  • Wash dishes and utensils using gloves and hot water: Handle any non-disposable used food service items with gloves and wash with hot water or in a dishwasher.

    Clean hands after handling used food service items.

Illustration: gloved hand disposing trash into garbage pale



  • Dedicated, lined trash can: If possible, dedicate a lined trash can for the sick person. Use gloves when removing garbage bags, and handling and disposing of trash. Wash hands afterwards.






Corona Advice:

If you or a family member has any of the symptoms above of corona, please CALL your doctor.  Many doctors are using facetime or Telemedicine services to communicate with their patients.  It is better to avoid the doctors' offices whenever possible.  If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or healthcare facility before visiting.

Drive-Through COVID-19 Test Sites in CT

You MUST have an order from a physician BEFORE you can be tested for corona.  Call your physician BEFORE you go to a drive up!

The latest list of drive-through testing locations includes:

Sewing Masks for Health Care Workers Important infection prevention for mask production

Before starting this project, please ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have you been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

  • Do you have fever, cough or shortness of breath?

  • If you are able to answer “NO” to both questions, then proceed with making masks.                                   

  • If you answer “YES” to either or both questions, please do not make masks. If you are experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath and have a concern that you may have COVID-19 please call your primary care provider for a risk assessment. Masks can be dropped off in re-sealable plastic bag.



Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
  • Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

washing hands

Clean your hands often

  • Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

  • Call ahead: Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.
  • If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Stay home if you’re sick

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. 

Steps to Care for Yourself Take Care of Your Body 

Try to eat healthy, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and other drugs.


Share your feelings with a friend or family member. Maintain relationships and rely on your support system.

Take Breaks

Make time to unwind. Try to return to activities that you enjoy.

 Stay Informed

Watch for news updates from reliable officials.


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Ask for Help

» Talk to a clergy member, counselor, or doctor or contact the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Distress helpline at 1-800- 985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746