District administration is monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak in China and has been in contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health to identify any preventative measures we can put in place to protect our students and staff.
- The Illinois Department of Public Health has published this Frequently Asked Questions to explain what the virus is, how it is spread, who is at risk, and how to protect yourself from the virus. It explains the risk to the general public for contracting this virus is low, while travelers to and from certain areas of the world may be at an increased risk.
- There is also a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Frequently Asked Questions document that specifically addresses concerns about children and the virus. It explains that so far there is no evidence that children are more susceptible to the virus than the general population.
- The National Association of School Nurses and National Association of Psychologists have published this Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) resource for parents. It provides some talking points and guidance to use when talking to children about the outbreak.
Currently IDPH does not have additional recommendations for this virus above and beyond the measures we have in place to prevent the spread of influenza, but we will continue to work closely with them as they learn more about the virus and potentially have additional recommendations.
As always, we continue to follow CDC recommendations to prevent any infection of a respiratory virus, including:
* Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
* Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
* Stay home when sick.
* Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
* Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Laozi
This classic Chinese quote, taken from Tao Te Ching, effectively highlights the significance that one seemingly small step can have on a long-term, complicated journey. As educators and parents, we often attempt to make this point with the young adults with whom we interact. We emphasize that even the most complex problems involve a series of small steps. By narrowing the focus, complex problems become less overwhelming and allows teenagers to develop confidence to concentrate on the smaller steps which will ultimately lead them to their longer-term, more complex goals.
Each year since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month in April to highlight the dangers of alcohol abuse, bring awareness to local and regional prevention efforts, and remove the stigma often associated with alcohol addiction. The theme of this year’s event, Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow, speaks to the complexity and pervasiveness of issues caused by alcohol addiction, and also to the idea that one small step can lead to hope and recovery.
At Lyons Township High School, we are committed to continuing the dialogue regarding the dangers of substance abuse, supporting local and regional prevention efforts, and educating our students on the short-term and long-term negative effects of substance abuse. We continually emphasize to our students the importance of leading a healthy and substance-free life. This message is important year-round, but even timelier in April as our students prepare for the upcoming celebration season of prom, commencement, and summer break. It is in this spirit of caring that we celebrate and support the efforts of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in sponsoring Alcohol Awareness Month.
The journey toward developing healthy, productive adults is complex, and the small steps that are taken early will provide the help necessary today, and also hope for tomorrow!
Dr. Brian P. Waterman, Principal
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Dr. James Harazin
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