COVID-19 has caused so much damage as it moves through our communities, from sickness and death to economic disruptions, isolation, and confusion. In Santa Cruz County, a local group of pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, public health staff, and County Office of Education representatives has been meeting regularly to share ideas about how to respond to the specific issues that COVID-19 raises for children and their families.
Convened by the Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County, the group’s members work to align messages and guidance to pediatric patients and their families, drawing from state and national guidelines and developing materials when needed so that everyone can provide more consistent information in this constantly changing pandemic.
A standard return-to-school note template that pediatricians can give to their patients, or parents can download and ask their pediatricians to sign if needed
A calendar handout that helps explain the overlapping — and often confusing — timelines for isolation and quarantine for different people in the same household, as well as links to resources that help families find the extra help they may need
A self-care guide with reminders for caregivers to be kind to yourself so that you can continue being kind and caring to others
Pediatric Health Workgroup
Santa Cruz County of Education
Triple P (Positive Parenting Programs)