Thank you polar vortex! - page 2

by fetch

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Thanks to holidays, pre-scheduled teacher workdays, and snow days, the only day all last week we had school was last Tuesday. Off yesterday for professional development, back today . . . and now it's predicted we won't have... Read More


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    Only 2 days here in MA so far. Luckily, however, my charter school has 10 additional school days beyond the 180 required days, so we don't worry much about snow days.

    Most public school around here budget 5 per year - last year was a tough one that required schools to hold classes on Good Friday, April vacation, or beyond the original end date in June. My school was fine, though - no make-ups, got out on time because of our built in buffer!
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    this is shaping up to be our first full week since the winter break - but Geeze it is COLD. Spring can't get here quick enough...
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    Quote from fetch
    On the other hand -- I've already had 3 kids who got colds/sniffles from playing in the snow without adequate warm clothes.
    Am I really the only one who read this post and didn't notice this?

    How do you catch a virus from playing in the snow???? Really? Next you'll be saying you gave them antibiotics for their sniffles, right?

    *sigh*

    How can we expect the general public to understand things like viruses and bacteria when even nurses don't?

    *sigh*
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    Quote from brillohead
    How do you catch a virus from playing in the snow???? Really? Next you'll be saying you gave them antibiotics for their sniffles, right?
    First of all, I intentionally didn't say virus, I said "colds/SNIFFLES". You know, as can occur when the cold weather hits sensitive mucous membranes and causes extra snot to start going? Which most kids then swallow, irritating both their throat and stomach? And since I'm in elementary, it doesn't even need to get that far before they'll come to the clinic -- just a runny nose that won't quit is enough for some kids to think they get to go home.

    Additionally, while I am well aware that being cold does not make you get sick, being cold DOES increase the chances that if you come into contact with a virus, it will cause you to get sick. (Research - NIH 2008, NIH 2011 [towards the bottom], NCBI - 2007).

    Finally, I do appreciate nurses keeping each other accurate. And I agree, I could have worded that more clearly. However, you didn't have to come at me with *sighs* and implications that I don't understand how viruses work. It was a humor article about school nursing in unusual snow storms, and not intended to inform the general public about how viruses spread.
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    WOW! Hope you guys don't have to make all those missed days up at the end of the year!
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    3rd snow for me yesterday and another storm is on the horizon this weekend. While the day off is nice, I really hate shoveling my car out. A lot.
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    Today was our 11th day off since January. Supposed to go back tomorrow with a 2 hr delay...
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    Blah. Closed again. 12th cancelled day since we've been back from winter break. I'm going to be in school half the summer at this rate!!!!
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    Quote from schoolRNapril
    Blah. Closed again. 12th cancelled day since we've been back from winter break. I'm going to be in school half the summer at this rate!!!!
    No bueno! We had a full week of school this week, and boy did it drag on FOREVER.
    Luckily, our plan is to make up snow days by cancelling two teacher work days. Unluckily, that means we now go to school for ALL of February and ALL of March without any breaks until spring break in April. In for a long haul now.


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