Pediatricians from Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters visited virtually with Lower School students on October 14, reminding them about the importance of following safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both doctors, Dr. Paige Frazer '89 and Dr. Dana Ramirez, have spoken with Lower School parents recently in virtual sessions. They provided many of the same lessons during their Zoom with students, though they used age-appropriate language and video.
“We are trying to protect our whole community," Dr. Ramirez said.
Dr. Ramirez emphasized following the three W's: Wear masks, wash hands, and watch your social distance. Norfolk Academy requires everyone on campus to wear masks during the pandemic. The school also is providing time to wash hands regularly, and separated desks following state guidelines - most are at least 6 feet apart.
Masks should be worn over both the mouth and nose, Dr. Ramirez said. She has been impressed by the photos she has seen of Academy students, she added.
“You are doing a fantastic job of wearing your masks the right way," she said.
Dr. Ramirez acknowledged that it can be difficult to keep a positive attitude during these challenging times. She spoke about steps students can take to keep their spirits high.
Stick to a routine, waking up at the same time each day, she said. Soak in the sunshine in the morning and during the day. Exercise. Turn off computer screens before bed.
Don't be afraid to talk concerns out with adults, she continued. Eat well - fruits and vegetables strengthen immune systems, which is particularly important with flu season approaching.
Remember things you're thankful for and write them down, Dr. Ramirez said. That simple step can boost your mood. So can helping others, whether by making a phone call to check in or writing a thank you note.
The doctors closed by again congratulating the students on the job they have done so far.
“Keep up the great work," Dr. Ramirez said.
Academy is planning on having the doctors speak with Middle and Upper School students at a later date.
Please read more about the many steps Academy is taking to protect our community during the pandemic.