COVID-19 School Kits aim to keep students safe
The CBHSSJB and the Cree School Board have worked together to create “COVID-19 School Kits” that will help keep students & schools engaged in the battle against COVID.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of life, and schooling is no exception. So it is important for the Cree Health Board, in collaboration with the Cree School Board, to ensure that students and their families have access to information regarding the Covid-19 measures. Enter the COVID School Kits initiative, which will help students understand COVID measures and how to follow them.
Each school kit contains an information package that includes reminders of the measures in place, a magnet with all the essential phone numbers for Covid-19, and two three-ply face-coverings for Grade 5, 6 and high school students wrapped up in a reusable snack bag.
The kits also include handy information like where to find thermometers, and presents “what-if” scenarios so students understand how measures might shift under different circumstances.
The potential for Covid-19 variants to enter Eeyou Istchee makes maintaining protective measures especially important, which can be challenging as people start to experience “pandemic fatigue.” So the material provided in the kits can be a helpful reminder – like a booster shot of information.
The kits were prepared by a collaborative team with representatives from Public Health, clinical workers and the Cree School Board.
“Currently, students in grades 5, 6 and high school are required to wear masks all day at their schools, and having a range of face-covering options is beneficial. The face-coverings are colorful, comfortable and fashionable,” say Public Health PPROs Alexandra Tremblay-Leclerc and Brooklyn Bouvier, the School Kits Co-ordinators. “And the magnet is really useful and accessible when displayed on the fridge.”
“We encourage families and students to keep their morale up. We know it is a very difficult time, but if we keep observing and following the measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we will be proud of our solidarity in this pandemic,” say Tremblay-Leclerc and Bouvier. “Every little gesture counts.”
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