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New care boxes allow nurses to stay focused on COVID-19

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QUINCY, IL (WGEM) -- According to Illinois Department of Public Health, there are 206 schools experiencing covid-19 outbreaks right now.

To limit trips to the nurses office, Quincy Public Schools has put new kits in the classroom.

They are called Classroom Care Boxes.

30 of them are now in classrooms around Baldwin Elementary.

They were given to the district from Quincy Medical Group and contain everything from band-aids, cotton balls and ointment.

The goal of these boxes is to allow teachers to treat kids in the classroom for minor cuts and scrapes, so school nurses can focus on COVID-19 related duties.

"It gives us more time and attention to the students that are sick," Andi Clark said. "Plus, we are doing rapid COVID-19 testing now and it gives us a little more time to spend more attention on COVID-19."

The nurses office normally sees a quarter of the students in Baldwin come to the nurses office for minor issues each day.

Teachers said this will also be a valuable lesson for kids in the classroom.

Kindergarten Teacher's Aid Jessi Terry said her classroom alone has at least five to six cases a day where a student has a paper cut, scrape, hang nails, or other minor concern.

Instead of sending them to the nurse's office, they can help them in the classroom.

"It literally has everything you can possibly need for a minor scrape or bruise," Terry said. "We have Vaseline, band-aids, everything is in there that we could need so teaching kids what everything is for, will be very important."

Nurses say the boxes cost about $12.

Right now, they are only used at Baldwin Elementary.

The nurses say while it may add a little more work on the teachers and be an adjustment for the kids, it will help them with social distancing and limiting the amount of kids in the nurses office, which also limits their exposure to all types of illnesses.

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