Clinic Communications

Influenza is Circulating
The clinic was alerted to a case of the flu in one of our students over Thanksgiving break. Though there is not a reason to suspect any classmates were exposed, it is good for families to be aware that we may experience more flu spread this year after last year's record low numbers of flu in the United States (we also had record high levels of people getting their flu vaccines in the US). When your child is out of school for upper respiratory symptoms, expect more providers to be testing for flu and strep alongside covid testing.
 
Covid Update
The end of Thanksgiving break has brought along a marked increase in Covid cases and exposures among our school community. As a reminder, if a member of your household tests positive and you have a student at STM who is not fully vaccinated, they should be kept out of school and await guidance from the school clinic, which can be reached 24/7 at nurse@stmschool.org or 703-528-6781x228. If test results are returned on a positive household member while your unvaccinated or partially vaccinated student is at school, please make arrangements to pick your student up from school as soon as possible.
 
I know we are all dreadfully tired of thinking, talking, reading, writing, paying attention to all things Covid, and that the news of the omicron variant may be bringing more frustration and fear. Please keep in mind that STM's steadfast adherence to masking and distancing protocols have seen us make it to December without a single closed class, while we continue to add back so many of the things that make school special from CYO basketball to parent volunteers, to an in person Christmas pageant! We have a lot to be proud of in our community as the hard work continues to pay off with the majority of our student body able to access in person learning every single school day.
 
Covid vaccines for children 5 and up are available by walk-in now at a number of vaccine sites including Walter Reed and Arlington Mills. Vaccinated students who have had both vaccines and have completed a two week period after their second dose currently have no need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic following an exposure. If you were waiting out of concern for how other children would feel, I wish I could show you how many excited faces and "strong arms" I am seeing daily from the many students receiving their second doses this week!
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Mrs. Chandra Burnside, MSN, RN, CNL, IBCLC
Mrs. Tracie Crawford, BSN, RN
St. Thomas More Cathedral School
School Nurses
703-528-6781 ext 228
nurse@stmschool.org