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Whole Child Initiative

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What is the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model?

The Whole Child Initiative was designed by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and adopted by PGCS in September of 2016. This initiative seeks to create school and community partnerships to ensure that students and staff are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged in their school, home and community environments.

Whole Child Model

The emphasis on health encompasses physical and emotional well-being and acknowledges the relationship between health and safety and learning.

Common FAQs

Flu season usually brings many questions:

Since I have had the Flu vaccine, is there a possibility I can still catch the flu?
The vaccine is not a 100% guarantee because the flu virus can mutate very quickly. In that case, the vaccine will lessen the severity of the flu.

How contagious is the flu?
The flu is extremely contagious. A person is contagious 24 hours prior to symptoms appearing. It is spread through droplets from coughing and sneezing.

How can I tell the difference between the flu and a cold?
A cold tends to start slowly and gradually gets worse over a few days. A cold will make you feel under the weather but will not disrupt your life. The flu tends to be a very sudden onset of fever, headache, body aches, extreme fatigue, and coughing.

What preventative measures can I take?
The best defense is handwashing, avoid touching your “T zone” (eyes, nose, and mouth); get plenty of rest, and stay hydrated! Stay home at the first sign of illness and seek treatment.

Meet Nurse Janet

Nurse JanetJanet Michalowski has received an RN from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in Manhattan, NY, a BSN from Jersey City State College (presently called New Jersey City University), and a CSN from Caldwell College. Janet was also the director of Pleasant Day Nursery School for fourteen years prior to her career at P.G. Chambers School. Janet is now the director of Nursing at P.G. Chambers School, celebrating her tenth year!

To learn more about Healthy Food Standards, please click here.

To read more on School Health Guidelines, please click here.

How is this initiative funded?
Building a Culture of Health within P.G. Chambers School is generously provided by New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

For more information, please contact Janet Michalowski, Director of Nursing at michalowskij@chambersschool.org or call (973) 829 – 8484.

Additional Links and Resources…

Community Resource Book

Community Resource Links to Promote Health and Wellness

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