HOW YOU CAN HELP. DONATE MONEY. JOIN THE NEW CALIFORNIA HEALTH CORPS

Dear PAUSD Parent,

The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) highlights two ways you can help.

First, you can donate money to financially support your school PTAs now working with school principals to provide financial assistance. You may also donate to a charitable organization that has already been serving your son’s or daughter’s school community. Or, you may choose to donate to COVID-19 Relief Funds launched in our local community (see above banner). Give generously if you can.

Second, you or someone you know can now join the new California Health Corps. This is the new fast track to bring more health care workers to care for the anticipated surge of COVID-19 patients. It is a 5-step process. We need all the health care workers in these categories who help increase our CA health care system’s capacity. Help spread the word. 

“You will be paid and will be given malpractice insurance coverage. Locations will vary, but we will try to match your geographical preferences.”Apply now at: https://covid19.ca.gov/healthcorps/

  • Physicians (MD, DO), including medical students
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurses (RN, LVN, CNA), including nursing students
  • Behavioral health professionals (psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, LCSW, LMFT, LPCC)
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Paramedics
  • Medical assistants
  • Emergency medical technicians

    Thank you for continuing to practice social distancing and staying at home. Keep on. We are all in this together.

    This information was uploaded Wednesday, March 31st, at approximately 10 am.

    Health & Wellness Webinar Series: Family Closening in a Time of Social Distancing

    Thursday April 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm PST

    Is your family trying to navigate the new normal and feeling a bit lost or overwhelmed? Are your children and teens asking you questions about the pandemic that leaves you without clear answers?

    The Palo Alto PTA Council Health & Wellness Committee invites you to hear our expert panelist:

    Jeanie Chang, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, offer her insights on how we can engage in ‘family closening’ during this time of social distancing of a pandemic situation. Jeanie’s specialty is working with children, adolescents, and families.


    This time of navigating the unknown understandably leaves parents stressed, worried and even scared. And there is nothing more difficult than seeing our own children and teens trying to make sense of the current state of affairs when we have never experienced a pandemic before in our lifetime. 

    Come attend this webinar to learn how to gain strength from our resilience (which we all have).

    To Join the Webinar (please click on the following link):

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/14O6jLe-F14wLELkcNTpuXEg_lxKZ33Zo3xbcs0bGVHQ/edit?usp=sharing

    Webinar ID: 271 194 795

    This webinar is limited to 100 participants. If you are unable to join us live, you may listen at a later date as it will be recorded and posted online on Palo Alto Council Website. (link: https://ptac.paloaltopta.org/)

    HELP ENFORCE SOCIAL DISTANCING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE. PROMOTING WELLNESS AT HOME

    Dear PAUSD Parent,

    The Palo Alto Council of Parent Teacher Association (PTAC) reminds you to help enforce social distancing with young people in your household. The CDC has provided new guidelines to promote children’s health and wellness. Check out our webinars. Meals for students can be accessed county wide. See the list of meal pick up locations here. Thank you to all of you who have stepped up to help a neighbor, a friend, and others. Bravo! We want to hear your stories. Email stories and one photo to president@paloaltopta.org

    This information was uploaded Wednesday, March 25th, at approximately 8 am.

    CDC: Children and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/children.html

    Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out

    Based on the available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date. You can learn more about who is most at risk for health problems if they have COVID-19 infection on Are you at higher risk for severe illness.

    Steps to protect children from getting sick

    • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
    • Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

    Remember, if children meet outside of school in bigger groups, it can put everyone at risk.

    Information about COVID-19 in children is somewhat limited, but current data suggest children with COVID-19 may only have mild symptoms. However, they can still pass the virus onto others who may be at higher risk, including older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions.

    Help children continue learning

    Create a schedule and routine for learning at home, but remain flexible.

    • Have consistent bedtimes and get up at the same time, Monday through Friday.
    • Structure the day for learning, free time, healthy meals and snacks, and physical activity.
    • Allow flexibility in the schedule—it’s okay to adapt based on your day.

    School meal services

    Check with your school on plans to continue meal services during the school dismissal. Many schools are keeping school facilities open to allow families to pick up meals or are providing grab-and-go meals at a central location. Click the download button below to see the list of meal pick up locations county wide.