Beansprout Pediatrics has been deligently following steps to keep families coming into our offices happy and healthy. To ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff we are:
DISINFECTING: Beansprout thoroughly cleans and disinfects all surfaces with CDC recommended disinfectants/cleaners with increased frequency providing our families with a clean and safe environment.
VISITOR RESTRICTIONS: Only one parent/caregiver may accompany patient(s) in office.
SCREENING: 1-2 days prior to an appointment, our admin team will contact you to review our new protocols, as well as provide a number to call or text once you’ve arrived for your appointment. Each caregiver and patient are thoroughly screened upon arrival for thier appointment, before entering the office.
MASKING: Everyone over the age of 3 years must wear a mask at all times while in our offices.
SOCIAL DISTANCING: A Beansprout Team member with a mask on meets patient and parent/caregiver at the front door, provides hand sanitizer, and then immediately escorts them to an exam room.
Dear Beansprout Families,
We are now 4 months into the most challenging public health crisis of our careers. This summer is Beansprout’s 10 year anniversary, and nothing like a novel virus pandemic as an anniversary gift!
COVID-19 is still here, and although challenging, we have adapted to continue to provide excellence of care to all of our families. We feel it is our duty as your healthcare provider to share our evidence and practice-based suggestions so that you can make the best choices to protect and care for your family.
We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our community very closely, and are adapting to new conditions and concerns on a daily basis.
We have maintained a separation of well and sick appointments, and we feel that this has been well received by our patients and their families.
We will continue to do this for as long as it is necessary.
We appreciate your flexibility with scheduling, in-car and curbside testing and visits, to make this possible.
With fall and winter on the horizon, we plan to have a clear process on what to do if your child gets sick. This will include accurate, rapid testing at Beansprout locations for COVID, Flu, RSV, and Strep.
We feel that by having access to accurate, same-day testing is important, especially if students are returning to the classroom.
We will continue to offer virtual visits for acute illness. Any concern for COVID must start with a virtual visit. We will expand upon in-office visits for wellness checks and low COVID risk complaints (musculoskeletal injuries, concussion, behavioral health etc.).
We encourage you to meet with our providers, either in office for well visits, or through our virtual platform, to address any questions or concerns. We are here to help!
Overall, as we see increased community spread of COVID-19, our patients and their families have done well. However, COVID-19 has proven to be scary, unpredictable, and widespread.
Please read our newsletter for information regarding school, office safety procedures, and other news.
Enjoy the rest of summer, albeit one for the record books, and stay well!
Drs. Grant and Temple
RETURNING TO SCHOOL
By Michelle Murphy, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
The decision to have your child return to school in the fall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is a complex decision based on a variety of factors. There are no formal guidelines, but there are things to consider. In-person learning does have proven benefits, including better learning environments, less social isolation, increased physical activity, food security, and improved mental health. When schools shut down in the spring semester, consider how your child fared in these areas when deciding to go back to school in the fall or continue with distance-learning.
Distance-learning should be encouraged for certain children and adolescents. A child that lives in a home with elderly or other high-risk family members may be putting them at risk by attending school in-person. If your child has an underlying health condition, they can be at higher risk of developing COVID-19 as well as more serious complications. These health conditions include:
- Chronic lung disease (aka bronchopulmonary dysplasia)
- Pulmonary insufficiency
- Moderate to severe asthma
- Congenital heart disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Sickle cell disease
- Primary immunodeficiencies
- Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Stem cell transplant
- Solid organ transplant
- Autoimmune disorders
It should be noted that healthy siblings of children with these underlying health conditions may be fine to attend school if they are strictly adhering to safety protocols.
Aside from these points, there are unique situations for every household that may limit available options. There are questions that all families can ask of schools. If you ask for the school’s preparedness plan, they should be able to tell you the plan for enforcing social distancing, facial coverings, and disinfecting as well as other proposed safety measures. Will there be staggered drop-off times? Will the number of people in the hallways between periods be limited? Will desks be spaced out? Will adult interaction be limited (i.e. virtual meetings for school staff and limited lounge access)? How often will surfaces be cleaned? Facial coverings should likely be expected in middle school and high school-aged students. For elementary-aged children, try having them get used to wearing a mask over the summer so it will be less of an adjustment if they do need to wear one at school.
Parents, this is a scary and stressful time. Know that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach for making the decision to attend school in-person or not. Please note that for families whose parents and/or caregivers are differing in their decision to return to school, Beansprout Pediatrics will not be able to make any judgments about what is right for your family. If your child will likely be attending school in-person in the fall, here are a few ideas to make that transition easier and as safe as possible for your family. As mentioned above, practice wearing masks now. Ensure your child knows how to practice proper hand hygiene by washing your hands together while singing part of a song for 20 seconds. Additionally, encouraging all family members to receive flu shots in the fall will be important now more than ever to reduce strain on young immune systems while also reducing strain on hospitals.