Coronavirus Information for Families
Back to School Resources
Back-to-school preparations are never easy, but with COVID still circulating and most schools returning to full-time instruction, many parents and children may be anxious. Thankfully, due to vaccines for faculty, staff, and students above the age of 12, and mitigations likes masks for younger kids, schools have the ability to re-open safely this fall.
The following resources include information on pediatric vaccines, masking, and potential mental health concerns to be aware of as children re-enter the classroom:
- GCH Statement on Masking and Schools - Golisano Children’s Hospital, physician-in-chief, professors and doctors in population and behavioral health, emergency medicine, and infectious diseases recommend universal masking as a critical part of bringing children back to school safely.
- AAP Mask Recommendation - American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Recommendations for Opening Schools in Fall 2021
- Face Coverings in a Pandemic - Guidance from the American Thoracic Society
- A Toolkit for Helping Your Child Wear a Mask - Written by Brenna Cavanaugh, PsyD, BCBA-D, Courtney Aponte, PhD, & Kenneth Shamlian, PsyD, BCBA-D (Download a Spanish Version)
Anxiety and Mental Health
There are a number of options to obtain the vaccine through UR Medicine.
GCH Pediatric Practice (AC6)
For the families whose pediatricians’ office is the GCH Pediatric Practice on AC6:
- Use MyChart to send a message to request an appointment for COVID vaccine
- Call the Pediatric Practice at 275-2821, option 2, to speak with a nurse to schedule a COVID vaccine appointment.
Pediatric Specialists (AC6 and AC1)
For the families that see a Pediatric Specialist at GCH:
- Use MyChart to send a message to the GCH specialist to discuss COVID vaccine options
- Call their GCH Specialist's office to discuss COVID vaccination options
Your child’s pediatrician or family physician may also contact you if his/her practice is administering the Pfizer vaccine to patients.
For information on other vaccine sites visit the Finger Lakes Vaccine Hub: https://flvaccinehub.org/. Patients should also watch for announcement on the New York state site: https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ which will have large scale capability to vaccinate this age cohort.
Covid-19 Testing for Families of Pediatric Patients
Some pediatric patients will need to be tested for the Covid-19 virus even if they do not have any symptoms of infection. It's important to know if a patient has active virus before starting some procedures. We've gathered answers to some frequently asked questions about testing.
Read more about testing for Covid-19 »
Returning to Sports
The Golisano Children’s Hospital and Accountable Health Partners give the community a protocol for children returning to sports activities.
Return to Exercise after COVID-19 (K-12) Patients, 3/8/21 »
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