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IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION

Hello Riverton Community!  During these uncertain and sometimes scary times, I wanted to take a moment to reach out.  First and foremost, I hope you are taking time to ensure your family's health. Avoiding places with large crowds, washing your hands, exercising, eating a well balanced diet, and doing something you enjoy every day to relieve the stress of our current daily lives.   Below is information directly from the Maine CDC website on COVID-19. Be informed and stay safe.  

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a novel (new) coronavirus which was first detected in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has now been detected in other countries, including the United States.

For some, the respiratory virus causes mild symptoms like the common cold or influenza (flu), for others it can cause severe pneumonia that requires medical care or hospitalization.

The virus is named "SARS-CoV-2" and the disease it causes is named "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated "COVID-19").

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat (in some patients)

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Most patients experience mild symptoms and can recuperate at home, but others, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.

How does it spread?

The virus appears to spread in similar ways to influenza (flu) and the common cold. This may include spreading through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes

The virus can spread from person-to-person and in some locations there is apparent community spread, meaning some people are infected and are not sure how or where they became infected.

How can I help to prevent the spread?

There are simple steps you can take to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses such as influenza and the common cold:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  4. Stay home while you're sick and avoid close contact with other

Currently there is no vaccine available to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What should I do if I have symptoms?

Call ahead to a health care professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing. Tell your health care professional about any recent travel or contact with other COVID-19 cases. Your healthcare professional will work with Maine CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. 

For more information please visit the Maine CDC’s website on COVID-19 at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml


Or the US CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html


As always I am available via email for any questions or concerns you may have at pellely@portlandschools.org.  Please reach out with any question or concern you may have.  


Stay safe,


Lynn Pelletier RN

Riverton School Nurse







Hello!  My name is Lynn Pelletier and I am the new school nurse at Riverton. I've been working as an elementary school nurse for the past 7 years and I am really looking forward to getting to know the children and families of Riverton.
  
Some upcoming dates to look forward to:

* On October 28th and 29th, we will be completing our annual screening of vision and hearing in grades K, 1, 3 and 5. If any issues are found, you will be notified in writing. 

* Our flu clinic will be November 7th. Forms will be coming home soon, so be on the lookout for that.

If you are calling your child out ill, please let the secretaries know what the symptoms are as we track those in case of any outbreaks of illness. Please keep your child home if they have a fever of over 100 degrees or if they are vomiting. A severe cough that would be distracting in class should also be kept home.

If you have any questions about whether your child should attend school, please feel free to contact me and we can discuss it. We want your children here at school every day, but we also want them to be healthy! 

Nurse Lynn