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ENHANCED OFFICE PROTOCOLS AS A RESULT OF COVID-19 separating well and sick visits by sessions increasing our cleaning protocols taking patient and caregiver temperatures upon arrival allowing patients and caregivers to wait in their cars prior to appointment outfitting all office staff and clinicians with proper protective equipment requiring all visitors and patients over the age of two wear a face covering reducing the number of caregivers per patient at each appointment

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Helping Your Kids Stay Safe and Healthy

We’re doing the following in our clinics to help keep you safe: n Prescreening patients based on CDC guidelines n Separating patients with COVID-19 symptoms from patients without these symptoms n Minimizing and/or eliminating time spent in waiting rooms n Limiting and reorganizing the seating in waiting rooms to accommodate for social distancing

n Screening all team members and doctors daily for COVID-19-related symptoms n Cleaning lobbies/waiting rooms, exam rooms and all public spaces throughout the day with EPAapproved, medical-grade cleaning and disinfecting agents

With more than 200 pediatricians, pediatric specialists and family medicine physicians in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties, care for your family is always nearby. n Now accepting new patients. n Most major insurance plans are accepted.

n Offering telehealth appointments when appropriate


n Requiring all doctors, team members, patients and visitors to wear masks

Find a pediatrician and make an appointment online: BMGKids.org

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JULY 2020 CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND EDITORIAL MANAGER Laura Byrne ASSOCIATE EDITOR Anu Varma Panchal EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Sarah Rigby CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Laura Byrne Anu Varma Panchal Maggie Rodriguez Dr. Nekeshia Hammond Carolynn Smith-Jones Sheriss Crosskey Marisa Langford Lauren Gay Emily Nipps Laura Cross Matthew David Kelly Biandudi Rachel Dawkins, M.D. Andrew Warren Kelsy Long Children's Board of Hillsborough County Staff ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Ralf Gonzalez Craig Collins LAYOUT & DESIGN Nicole Barolo of Page Four Creative Sarah Rigby CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Howie Mac Photo

INSIDE 6 / NOTEWORTHY: Cool news from around Tampa Bay.


8 / FAMILY GOALS: A conversation with Matt Gay, the kicker for Tampa Bay Buccaneers and new dad!

18 / TRAVELING DURING A PANDEMIC: What you need to know before you go

10 / WHAT’S NEW AT THE CHILDREN’S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY: How they're prepping for babies at shelters and more!

21 / ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Social distancingfriendly "drivecations" to explore this summer


Raising the Next Greatest Generation 12 / TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT RACISM AND SOCIAL INJUSTICE: Dr. Nekeshia Hammond offers expert advice on how to keep the conversation going 14 / COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS IN TAMPA: How local mom Carolynn Smith-Jones jump-started a town hall on race 15 / HOW PARENTS CAN CREATE A BETTER WORLD FOR OUR KIDS: Sheriss Crosskey of TampaBayMoms.com shows 10 ways you can help your kids make a difference 16 / ONLY LOVE: Local moms talk about their social healing photo project: Only Love

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28 / SAFE TRAVELS: How to stay safe if your family must fly this summer 30 / A SECURE SUMMER: Expert tips on how to keep online predators away from your kids 34 / HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL SCHOOL: A flexible option for local students and families 37 / SUMMER READING WITH THE LIBRARY: Stall the summer slide with these challenges and book options for all ages 39 / SUMMER WITH THE YMCA: Where your little one can just be a kid while staying safe 42 / WELL VISITS AND BACK TO SCHOOL PHYSICALS: Don't skip the doctor visit! Must-read advice from Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital 45 / ER VISITS: The ER is a safe place to be, even during a pandemic, explains St. Joseph's Children's Hospital doctor

We’re featuring the kids of some of our contributors. We firmly believe all of our children will be a part of the next greatest generation, but it will be up to us to help guide them. We’ve turned to local experts and community leaders to get their perspectives on how we can teach our kids to make a difference. To respect social distancing guidelines, we photographed the kids individually by family and created a yearbook grid inspired by the “Class of World Change.”

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium Welcomes New Dolphin! MEET HEMINGWAY!

By Kelsy Long, Clearwater Marine Aquarium

In July 2019, the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin now known as Hemingway was stranded in shallow waters off Fiesta Key, Florida. When he was rescued, the dolphin was weak and was found to have severe pneumonia. After several weeks of treatment, the dolphin’s health improved, but further testing indicated he had hearing loss. Due to his ongoing health issues and hearing loss, NMFS ultimately determined the dolphin was not a candidate for release. On May 27, Clearwater Marine Aquarium became his forever home. CMA asked the public to help in naming its newest resident and received over 12,000 name submissions! Ultimately, the choice was left to Nicholas the dolphin who is famous for his sports predictions and who also shares a habitat with his new buddy. Nick was presented with two volleyballs for the final two names, Finn and Hemingway. Nick chose Hemingway to be the name of his new best friend. Guests are invited to come visit CMA’s newest resident and all the rescued animals by booking your visit at seewinter.com.

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Reel Roaster by Hog Wild Toys: Who doesn’t love ending a day of “camp” with s’mores? The Reel Roaster, designed like a fishing rod, allows you to roast s’mores, hot dogs or any kind of camping treat over a campfire! $15.99 on Amazon.com

If you’ve got a little one in swim diapers, it’s likely they’ve had at least one leakage in the water. Ew. This is where Trusty Trunks comes to the rescue! It’s a leakproof diaper cover made out of elastic, non-allergenic, skin-safe silicone. It can cover swim diapers, disposable diapers and cloth diapers. $34.99 on trustytrunks.com

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By Maggie Rodriguez Photos Provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It’s hard to imagine a more eventful three years than the ones Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay has had. Three years ago, he started playing football (yes, for the first time in his life). Two years ago, he got married. One year ago, he was drafted to the Bucs and became a father. We connected with Gay, his wife, Millie, and their son, Oliver, via Zoom to chat about those major milestones, life under quarantine and his plans to go all the way to the Super Bowl with Tom Brady.

Family "Goals" Maggie: What has the first year of parenting been like for you? MATT: Right now, parenting is just being there for him. Being nurturing, loving him, helping him along his way. The first year is also just being able to make sure that we’re on the same page as far as … what are we going to allow him to do or how we want him to be raised. MILLIE: …figuring out sleep schedules and stuff like that. Just what’s important to both of us. Taking what we both love and making it our own.


Maggie: What has been your biggest challenge during the quarantine? MATT: I’m a routine kind of guy, and I can’t sit still for very long. So it sounds nice to be on the couch and watch TV, but I start going stir crazy. I need to be up and out doing things. MILLIE: We’re lucky that we’re doing this with a baby who most of the time we can spend our time indoors and he’s playing with toys inside. He’s not at an age where he’s walking and just needs to be out doing stuff, so that’s been the good side of it.

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Maggie: Millie, what kind of father is Matt? MILLIE: He was made for this role. Literally. He wanted a baby the second we got married. He’s just always wanted to be a dad. Oliver absolutely adores him. He’s really good about balancing his time. When he’s at work or when he’s training, he’s focused, but when he’s here, he’s 100% present. It’s been amazing to see that.

Maggie: Do you change diapers, Matt? MATT: I do, yeah. MILLIE: He is really hands-on. He has been hands on from the minute he was born. He’ll change all the diapers in a day. He’s so amazing!

Maggie: How has having a son changed your perspective on life? MATT: Everything you do now is for him. I mean, if this little face doesn’t get you up and going in the morning because you gotta provide a life for him, I don’t know what will. In my line of work, that’s what motivates me to get out of bed early, show up every single day, handle the tough situations because I gotta do it so that he can, and she can, have a life and I can provide a good life for them.

Maggie: Have you pictured Oliver growing up and playing sports? Will you encourage him to play sports and to choose football? MATT: Huge encouragement to play sports. I want to get him a ball now and let him develop that love for it. I grew up playing soccer. I only started playing football three years ago. Soccer has been my life’s passion, and so for me, I’m still super involved in soccer. It’s what I watch. So the first sport I’ll encourage him to play is soccer. I think it’s great for little kids. I think it’s a good environment for them to be in. But if he wants to play something else, whether that be football or he wants to play baseball or anything else… we’re going to support whatever he wants to play.

Maggie: You just started playing football three years ago and now you’re in the NFL. How did that happen? MATT: It’s kind of a crazy story and it’s a little bit of an anomaly. I kicked on the side in high school. My senior year the [football] coach would let me show up on Friday nights and just kick in games. But I would play soccer throughout the whole week. I went on to play two years of college soccer. And then soccer wasn’t going the way I hoped … so I said, ‘I’m going to try and kick.’ So I quit soccer and started pursuing that—got a try-out at a few different colleges. I ended up getting a walk-on offer at the University of Utah, then I won the job there, played two years and then ended up in the NFL.

Maggie: Have you been able to train for this coming season yet? MATT: I’ve been training for four months now. I’m kicking three times a week making sure my routine is up, because when this whole thing does end and we do get back together with the team, we’re gonna hit the ground running. So I think I need to be ready, I need to be in shape for really the season to start. It’s gonna be close. We’re not gonna have a lot of time to get prepped and get ready.

Maggie: How did you feel when you heard Tom Brady was joining the team? MATT: It was kind of a constant rise of emotions because it constantly built up in the media. It was like maybe the Bucs and then he narrows it down, and then it’s like, Ok, we’re maybe one of two teams he was gonna choose. And then all of a sudden it was like Tom Brady is signing in Tampa and you’re like, ‘holy cow, this is going to be my teammate!’ Arguably, the greatest of all time is going to be in the locker room with me and I’m going be able to learn from him and learn from his success. I think success is a mindset, and being able to pick his brain on how he did things throughout his career is gonna be important for me. He changes the culture. He changes the whole vibe of the team and also the city of Tampa. So you have to just make sure you’re extra sharp and extra on your game. Not that I wasn’t, but it dials you in a little bit more that he expects a lot.

Maggie: Does it increase the pressure? MATT: Definitely. Tom Brady said it himself: ‘It’s Super Bowl or bust.’

Maggie: Have you pictured it— the Super Bowl in Tampa featuring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? MATT: Oh yeah, I wanna be the first team ever to play in the Super Bowl in their home city. I’ve pictured kicks in that game. I’ve played it in my mind.

Maggie: So what would you say is more pressure— kicking a field goal on a big stage like that or being a father to a baby? MATT: Being a father, definitely. When all is said and done, football is just a game. It’s a privilege to be able to play, but what really matters in life is the relationships we have, your family. You’re responsible for this little human to live, to grow up, to be raised properly, to be a good person and if he grows up and is a good boy and treats people with respect and is nice, that’s more important. Family trumps football every day of the week, even Sundays. JULY 2020 TampaBayParenting.com


The Latest News from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County By The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Staff

Hurricane Season The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County has provided 1,400 Pack n’ Plays to create safe infant sleep environments for infants during hurricane evacuations. This effort is in partnership with Hillsborough County’s Emergency Operations Center to prepare for the 2020 hurricane season. The cribs will be provided at no cost to families with infants accessing Hillsborough County emergency shelters in the event of a natural disaster. “It is critical that parents remember to add a Pack ‘n Play as a part of their hurricane preparedness,” says Kelley Parris, Children’s Board executive director. "Our goal is to keep infants safe and remind caregivers to practice the ABCs of infant safe sleep: Alone, on their Back and in a Crib.” www.preventneedlessdeaths.com

No Small Matters Documentary Film Screening On Aug. 6, the Children’s Board is partnering with Safe & Sound Hillsborough to show a free virtual movie screening of the documentary “No Small Matter.” The movie advocates for early childhood education and shares how critical learning is to the first five years of a child’s life. Children who have a high-quality early education have overall better health and social outcomes. Investing in all children has a lasting impact on the economy and overall well-being of the community. All business community members, parents and stakeholders are invited to watch this film. There are limited spots available; it is first come first serve.

Early Learning The Children’s Board and the Quality Early Education System (QEES) held a special Early Childhood Teacher Appreciation Event May 20. The drive-through event supplied early childhood educators with masks, cleaning supplies and resources. The event was held to express gratitude to early learning providers who are helping ease the stress of parents as they transition back to work.

Learn more about the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County programs and services by visiting www.ChildrensBoard.org.


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relationships, success in school and a healthy adult life. Even for loving caregivers and parents it can be difficult to identify issues concerning the growth and well-being of your child. It is crucial that children have access to developmental screenings.



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Talking to Your Kids About

racism and social injustice

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If we are going to set our kids on the path of being world changers, we need to have honest conversations with them about racism and social injustice that poisons our society today. We turned to Dr. Nekeshia Hammond, founder and CEO of Hammond Psychology and Associates, best-selling author, international speaker and mom, to find out what we can do as parents to help our kids make a difference so no parent has to raise their child in fear.

At what age do we start talking to our kids about race? When are they old enough to understand? Children start to understand that their skin color is perceived differently by others at quite early ages. Early preschool age is a good time to start talking to children about race. Many families may be surprised to think of starting a conversation about race and racism as early as 3, 4 and 5 years old, but much research has shown that young children begin to form ideas (some very false!) about what skin color means. I urge everyone to check out the video of “the doll test” – easily found on YouTube in different variations. The doll test experiment was originally designed in the 1940s by Dr. Mamie Phipps Clark and her husband, Dr. Kenneth Clark, two black psychologists at the time doing research to illustrate young children’s perception of race and how racism already impacts children’s view of themselves and others. The experiment has been replicated in more recent times and in various parts of the world, and it is eye-opening and heart-breaking to see the results of young children’s thoughts about the color of one’s skin.


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What are some ways we can get the conversation started? Do you have favorite toys or books to recommend? One of the best ways to get the conversation started is to have books with diverse characters for young children. Start to ask them questions about the characters in the story. They may surprise you with their level of understanding about how physical features like skin color, hair texture and eye shape are interpreted. Along with books, start to draw pictures with your children and explain racism and social injustice. Many young children learn concepts through drawing and artistic expressions. Crayola has recently developed a “Colors of the World” set which represents different skin tones throughout the world, and children may benefit from coloring a multitude of skin shades in their art projects. Movies and toys are wonderful too. I would highly recommend that every parent make sure that their book collection, movies and toys (think Lego characters, dolls, action figures) have characters of all different backgrounds. Too often, many superheroes or the “good person” in stories are all white characters, and children of diverse cultures do not get to see people that look like them. Children need to see a variety of people in their stories doing incredible things—with people who look like them and people who do not look like them.

FAVORITE BOOKS: “Daddy Why Am I Brown? A healthy conversation about skin color” by Bedford Palmer II, PhD “I Am Enough” by Grace Byers “A Kids Book About Racism” by Jelani Memory “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America” by Jennifer Harvey, PhD “Teach Your Dragon About Diversity” by Steve Herman “This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World” by Matt Lamothe

How do parents of non-white children approach the subject? Many children understand the concept of “fairness.” When you start to talk about an idea like, “It’s not fair that kids like you with a different skin color than white people are treated unfairly, right?” children can begin to understand that idea. It is equally important to have positive affirmations for children from diverse backgrounds. Sadly, some people in the world are going to tell them they are not enough, but of course that is not true. Remind them they are loved. Tell them often they are beautiful for who they are as a person and what they look like. No, it does not erase racism to tell your child how precious they are, but it is one tool in the toolbox for kids to help with their self-esteem. Remind them they can come to you at any time to discuss the subject.

As a parent, what have your conversations been like with your child? When I look at my young son filled with so much joy (he is always smiling) and innocence, it makes it more difficult to have conversations about race, racism and the injustices in the world. Nonetheless, with my son being almost 8 years old, we have had multiple conversations about skin color, racism and the overall treatment of people. It was heartbreaking when at just 4 years old, he came home from school upset and wondering why he did not have “peach skin” because “peach skin is better.” “Peach” was his way of describing white people. We had multiple conversations reminding him that just because he looked different did not mean that he was “less than” in any way. In preschool, he had already observed he had different skin color and hair texture than most of his other classmates. Recently, our family decided to show him some of the protests on TV and explain what happened recently with the death of George Floyd. He asked very innocent questions, which also made the conversation that much sadder but needed. We also watched the recent CNN/Sesame Street townhall on racism (a good watch and would highly recommend to all parents with young children!) with the Sesame Street characters talking with children about racism and racial injustice, and I believe my son learned a lot from that dialogue as well. The reality is, I recognize that having a black son will mean frequent and ongoing conversations about his physical features and racism,

teaching him how to respond when others quickly judge him based on his skin color and how he can respond when he sees injustices in the world. We role play a lot: “If someone calls you a name, what do you do and say?” “If someone says something bad about someone else, how do you help?” The psychologist and mother in me wants him to be as emotionally healthy as possible throughout his life, so I stress how amazing he is (because he is!) and how he can cope with his emotions from different situations he will encounter in life.

racism. I am hopeful to see the education, healthcare and legal systems (just to name a few) begin to have leaps and bounds towards changes for the better. When parents teach children from an early age how to stand up for one another, appreciate diversity, recognize racism and love one another, we can begin to change future generations.

increased irritability, heightened anxiety levels, thoughts or signs of wanting to hurt themselves or someone else or increased aggression. Parents should seek professional help when they have noticed these symptoms are interfering with their child’s social, academic, emotional or mental functioning. Consulting with a mental health professional can answer

How do we move forward as parents to ensure we are raising anti-racist and inclusive children? How do we continue to educate ourselves? Recently with George Floyd’s death, the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests throughout the world, there are many anti-racist resources that are now more visible and shared, like books, podcasts, movies and websites. It is imperative that parents learn about the history of racism and how to help children develop anti-racist attitudes going forward. Children and families should be listening to others as they share their life experiences. Teach children how to appreciate the differences in others and how they can become better individuals by understanding the impact of racism, prejudice and discrimination. If your child is white or white passing, teach them how to be an “ally” to other children who are not in the white majority group. When children hear insensitive racial jokes about others, teach them how to respond and take a stand on what is right.

What is your hope for the future? My strongest hope for the future is for a world with true equality, justice, respect and more love. My hope is that with all the momentum from the recent events of racial injustice, communities begin and continue work to erase systemic

different cultures? Have difficult conversations with your own friends and family about racism? Are you talking about solutions with others? Kids learn by seeing. Self-care is also vital right now for parents. As a parent dealing with raising children during a global pandemic, global protests related to racial injustices and numerous changes over the past couple of months, it is critical to find the time to take care of your mind, body and spirit. You can only bring the best version of you when you are making sure to practice self-care in the way that works for you.

If I have already had the conversation with my child, why is it so important to keep the conversation going and how can we continue to grow and learn as a family? Having “the talk” about racism and social justice is not just a one-time conversation. While the conversation should start the first couple of years of life, this conversation should be often and adjusted with age. Continue to promote the positive values in your family through different means. Let your child know that you are there for them always, even with the difficult topics. Dr. Hammond and family on a trip to Paris.

Our kids have a lot on their plates right now with the coronavirus pandemic ongoing. At what point should a parent seek professional help to help their child deal with the stress and anxiety of current events? Children have indeed been through so much uncertainty, confusion and emotional pain over the past couple of months with the coronavirus pandemic. Parents should seek professional help for their children when they see red f lags for mental health distress: problems with eating and/or sleeping, significant behavioral changes,

many questions for parents, including: “Is this just normal behavior because of the coronavirus or a much more serious concern?”

Is there anything we did not ask that you think is important for parents to know? Parents should continue to have hope to raise anti-racist children and remember that children learn by watching behaviors. Parents should also model who they want their children to be. Look at your own life and the movies you choose, the people you associate with, and the foods you choose to eat, for example. Do you also show children how to experience

Should we be talking more about these issues in the classroom? Yes! Right now, all schools, starting with preschool, should have curriculum in place that specifically addresses racism, racial trauma and social justice. While it is a start to have kindness and empathy as a part of the conversation, we need to teach all children about racism, prejudice and discrimination in a language they understand. For the tweens and teens, we need to continue to have “difficult dialogues” in the classroom, with ground rules put into place (being respectful of others, listening to one another). Ideally, there should be anti-racism education for preschool and K-12 classes.

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Courageous Conversations in Tampa. By Carolynn Smith-Jones


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Seven days later, the doors opened. Community leaders, business owners, whites, blacks, Hispanics, civil rights advocates and community supporters filled the room. Hundreds logged in virtually to listen and join the conversation. We were educated on “Unconscious Bias” by TEDx Speaker, employment lawyer and author Kelly Charles-Collins. Radio personalities and community leaders Ian Beckles and Orlando Davis spoke openly on their views of social inequality, racial injustice, discrimination and what our community needs to take action against racism. I only had one rule: Come with an open heart, open mind and respect. At the end of the day, there are three kinds of people in life: people that make things happen, people that watch things happen and people that ask, “What happened?” I want to make things happen. I want change. I want racial justice and racial equality. I learned after my first community conversation that these conversations are challenging. They are uncomfortable. But, most importantly, they are crucial

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Everyone has gifts, talents and capacities. My calling in life has always been to help guide, mentor and educate our inner-city youth. I have never been one to sit on the sidelines and watch things happen. I have always been led to lead, to give back and to take action where action is needed, even if it means in small steps. On Tuesday, June 2, I tossed and turned in bed, replaying the death of George Floyd, a kind black man who died at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer on May 25. Replaying all the local and national protests, both peaceful and violent, that were erupting across the United States in all 50 states and multiple countries. I knew I couldn’t sleep without putting action into place in my community, the community I love and for which I will fight for racial equality for as long as it takes. By the morning of Wednesday, June 3, I had a plan: an event to hold open conversations on race, racism and change; a town hall setting to discuss how to come together as a community and have uncomfortable conversations educating the white community on how to have racial conversations with their children, colleagues, family and friends.

to moving our community and nation forward. I listened to the voices filled with emotion and anger, requesting us to “Stop talking” and “Take action.” This lit a fire. It made it crystal clear what my next steps need to be. Yes, educational conversations are needed, but more importantly, it’s time to listen and gather research, statistics and data on what our black community has been voicing for years with no results and no change. I will continue to walk in my purpose and use my white privilege and resources to fulfil my responsibility that is owed to our black community.

From Left: Carolynn Smith-Jones, Kelly CharlesCollins, Orlando Davis and Ian Beckles talk about racism and change at the Rialto Theater

By Sheriss Crosskey, founder of TampaBayMoms.com

As parents, you are at the heart of your child’s development. And while your role in raising your child is unique, you are not alone. In the span of five months, we have had to navigate conversations in our homes on everything from germs, viruses and quarantines to racial equality and systemic equity. Together we are asking ourselves, what can we do to guide our children in creating a better world? How can we help our kids create a better tomorrow?

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Just as children do better growing up in strong families, families do better in safe, healthy and strong communities. Part of the important job of empowering our children to make a better tomorrow is not only being intentional on the community we create for our families to live in but being intentional on the values and skills we impart to our children.

Crosskey's husband Johnny and daughter Harper.

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How parents can help Their kids create a better world. WE CAN START BUILDING THESE CHANGE MAKERS AND GUARDIANS OF PEACE BY: TEACHING SOCIAL SKILLS to help children build positive relationships with peers, which in turn leads our children to be better at sharing, listening and cooperating FOSTERING HEALTHY INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS that reduce stress, resolve conf lict and improve communication DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR CHILDREN because children who have a healthy relationship with their parents are more likely to develop positive relationships with other people around them ENCOURAGING GROWTH mindset that equips children with the knowledge that they can overcome any challenge BEING INTENTIONAL ABOUT OUR PARENTING STYLE and understanding that while it's OK to have high expectations for your children, we need to listen to our kids and provide love and warmth in addition to limits and fair discipline TEACHING THEM TO IMAGINE because this is how children begin to develop problem-solving skills and come up with new possibilities and new ways of seeing and being, which develop important faculties in critical thinking that will help them throughout life SETTING BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS so children will know and understand what's expected of them, which gives them confidence MODELING EFFECTIVE WAYS TO RESOLVE CONFLICT to help children accomplish goals and strengthen relationships TEACHING EMOTIONAL REGULATION AND SELFREGULATION because our children will need coping skills to do the work that lies ahead CONTROLLING THE NARRATIVE because we make sense of how the world works through stories. They shape our world view. By controlling the narrative, we have the power to help our children create a better tomorrow. You have heard this before, but it's true: We are in this together. I believe together we can intentionally lay the ground work where all children have a shot at making a positive difference in this world.

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ONLY LOVE WHAT IS ONLY LOVE? Tina Cardoso: Only Love is a photo project to inspire a way forward, heal racial divides and show the world what is possible when we learn to see with our hearts. This collection of photographs is curated through a collaborative journey with the subjects, based on their reflections and hopes for our community. WHAT INSPIRED THE NAME OF THE PROJECT?

Jomil Bell: Anyone who wants to dig deeper, love harder and courageously fight for justice and equality is invited to be a part of this project. Only Love is a grassroots field journalist project designed to capture the visual stories of what racial healing might look like when love is reflected in our families, conversations, policies and collective systems. The Only Love Photo Project is a collection of photographs that show different ideas, aspirations and stories of love. So, members will seek to have conversations with volunteers to understand meaningful moments they’ve had with love and how race has influenced their experience. The photographer, Tina Cardoso, will donate a 15-minute photoshoot where she collaborates with the participant to capture their creative expression. The photos will be shared with them as a gift and also added to the total compilation of photos. With this project, we hope to demonstrate that love is an action word. Love is not a passive sentiment, but one that requires us to engage in hard conversations and unprecedented movement toward a more unified and equal society that celebrates and protects black life. These photos will be a visual expression of what can be possible when a community comes together in solidarity and connectedness. Dr. King said, “All life is interrelated. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Only Love knows that when all lives can say collectively, with courage and confidence, that black lives do indeed matter, that we will be that much closer to the type of world we want our children to inherit.

Getting to know the local moms who are banding together to create a new social healing photo project called ONLY LOVE. Facebook and Instagram: @onlylovephotoproject

EVERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY AS WE WORK TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY TO END RACISM AND SOCIAL INJUSTICE. WHAT IS YOUR ROLE IN THIS? Geneva Maresma: We each have a part to play in making a brighter tomorrow a reality. I see it this way- we’re all in the same fight together, but each of us must fight with the weapons of our giftings. I believe when we do what we do well towards the common good, we respectfully give space for everyone to play their roles and serve most impactfully. For me, my words are my sword against racism and my circles of influence within the community are my battleground. As a writer and a visionary, I must use my words to help people see what can become when we face what is. I want to encourage others that society possesses the power to make social injustice a transient period of our history. It’s my role in the fight against racism, through the power of words, to keep people pressing towards the light even when some days are dark. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED OVER THE LAST MONTH AND HOW HAS IT CHANGED YOU? Bria Sullivan: I’ve learned a lot, but there are three specific lessons that I’ve learned that will have lasting change in my life. First, I’ve learned that my voice has power and impact. Moving forward, I intend to use my voice to educate, uplift, encourage, empower and support others. Next, I’ve learned the impact of unity and how a diverse group of people can come together to collectively influence the change we want to see. And finally, I’ve learned the necessity of self-care. Especially in times like these, it can feel as if we’ve got the weight of the world on our shoulders. I’m learning that it’s important to consistently take time to do things that truly nourish my soul and bring me joy. Clockwise from upper left: Julie Tingley, Geneva Maresma, Bria Sullivan, Tina Cardoso, Jomil Bell

ABOUT THE MOMS: Bria Sullivan is a native Floridian who has lived in almost every quadrant of the United States, Bria Sullivan feels blessed to experience firsthand how diverse and yet how similar people are across the country. She is an experienced human resources professional with a background in coaching who believes her gift is to help people to be who God designed them to be. Her hope for the future is that everyone operates in love and from love; self-love, love for each other and love for our world.


Geneva Maresma is a small business strategist and copywriter who lives in and loves the Tampa Bay community. She helps everyday women achieve their extraordinary dreams through creating intelligent, creative, yet simple messaging and business strategies. While her heart is broken for citizens who haven’t felt like whole citizens or that they could even dream, her hope is that everyone everywhere lives the dream of a brighter tomorrow. “To get where we need to be, we must make strides towards equality today.”

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Jomil Bell is the “creatress” of Hive Over Matter LLC. and a certified life and relationship coach for women who over-give to others but underserve themselves. She uses coaching to help women transform their relationships with self, love, money, career and spirituality. Bell hopes that the Only Love project will capture conversations that ignite change, both in paradigm and policy, that dismantle systemic racism and make it abundantly clear that black lives matter, are protected and are celebrated.

Julie Tingley is a community leader, women-empowerment advocate, girl mom and devout animal lover. After 15 successful years in the medical sales industry, Tingley decided to stay home and focus on being a mom to her two little girls. As a Girl Scout leader, dance mom and volunteer for multiple non-profit committees and organizations, Tingley also contributes monthly to Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, where she highlights local mothers and the inspiring things they do through their businesses in the community.

Tina Cardoso is the owner of Howie Mac Photo. As a branding and family photographer for the Tampa Bay area, Cardoso built Howie Mac Photo to focus on the heart, the art and the community. Capturing the perfect moment, not just the perfect pose, Cardoso helps entrepreneurs share the heart of their brand, as well as families documenting their story, with a little fun and a lot of love.

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Julie Tingley: “Only Love” comes from a quote in a sermon delivered in 1957 by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” While it may seem that we reference Dr. King solely for his pursuit to raise public consciousness of racism and divide, his significance is actually very personal for me. Everything he stood for—in life and death—was the single lesson in school this past year that I found my 6-year-old completely focused on and was inspired by. I discovered her love of history, advocacy and non-fiction when I watched her learn about this great civil leader. And I believe my daughter is the way forward as she represents all that love truly is.



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Traveling During a Pandemic: What You Need to Know Before You Go By Laura Byrne

There’s no doubt that most of us have pondered…should we venture out this summer? Is it safe to plan a summer vacation? Know that you’re not alone. Most of us are feeling the urge to get out and go somewhere. But, here’s the real deal and something we all need to understand before we pack the bags: Traveling WILL increase your chances of getting sick or spreading COVID-19. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s reality. However, many families are still cautiously choosing to travel. Their plans just look a little different. If this is you, there ARE steps the CDC says you can take to help minimize the risk.


STEP ONE: QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU GO Before you even pack that suitcase, make sure NO ONE who is traveling with you is sick. Not even a little sniffle. While this is obvious, it still needs to be said. Also consider whether COVID-19 is spreading in the area where you will be visiting. If cases are sharply increasing, it’s best to change your plans. Finally, if anyone in your traveling group is high risk or around those who are high risk, they should not travel.



You may even want to pack your own cleaning supplies and disinfectant to clean the hotel room or rental property where you will be staying. Also consider picking up food in drive-throughs or opt for curbside pick-up at restaurants and stores. Again, the goal is to minimize your exposure to others.











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How and what you pack is going to change. Make sure you have enough medicine. Pack plenty of alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and bring enough face coverings for everyone in your group to wear when out and about. It’s also a good idea to pack enough water, food and even utensils to minimize stops along the way.

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Stay up to date on travel restrictions on the state and local level. As you know, things change fast. Check with the local health departments of the area where you will be visiting. It’s possible you will have to quarantine when you arrive.












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on the road again:

Florida "drivecations" that will have you wanting to travel again soon! By Marisa Langford of TampaMama.com

As we began exploring the possibility of taking a family vacation this summer, I noticed that my criteria had certainly changed from a year ago when I was planning a surprise European vacation. I was hesitant to f ly, yet I still desperately wanted to get away to make summer memories with the kids. I began searching for places we could drive to that wouldn’t be too crowded. I wanted private beaches and spacious villas with kitchens so I could cook in and not have to eat out for every meal. Outdoor activities and wide-open spaces were a high priority on my new list. Having the entire state of Florida as our backyard and Georgia and South Carolina as neighbors, I soon realized that everything I was looking for a perfect summer vacation was right here. Tampa happens to be the perfect location for a “drivecation.” Sneak away on a summer Friday, hit the road with your little roadies and make a b-line for any one of these adventures that will make you so glad you took the trip.



CATEGORY: Water Adventure, Peaceful, Eco-Florida

CATEGORY: Relaxation, Outdoor Adventure, Eco-Florida

July 1 to mid-September is prime Gulf Coast scallop season; hunt for your own succulent treasure when you head out onto Kings Bay from the Plantation on Crystal River with your very own boat and captain. A mask, fins, snorkel and bag are all you need for this activity. Once you've found your limit, take them back to the Adventure Center where they will help shuck them and the chef at West 82º will cook them for you! Wind down by watching the sunset over the Bay and relaxing in your spacious villa. Pro Tip: Your guides can lend you a mask, fins and snorkel, but consider bringing kids their own. Bring an underwater camera or GoPro to capture the fun too!

ANNA MARIA ISLAND: 64 MILES SOUTH CATEGORY: Beach Adventure, Peaceful, Eco-Florida Book a 2-bedroom suite plus kitchen at the Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, just a block from Holmes Beach, which you’ll have pretty much to yourself as the public beaches are much further away. Take the free trolley to downtown Anna Maria Island for dinner at the Sandbar, where you can eat on the beach and watch the sunset right from your table. Guess the sunset time right and you win a bottle of champagne! The next morning, have Kayak Jack deliver a paddle board to you for the day and later, walk to The Feast for lunch and to Small Town Creamery for a sweet treat. Pro Tip: Get up early, pick up doughnuts from the Donut Experiment and drive to Anna Maria Island Pier to catch the sunrise. The pier is closed right now for renovations, but there is plenty of parking in the morning to park and enjoy this view!

Almost all theme parks will open in limited capacity by early to mid-July. Some require tickets and reservations, but there are so many other things to do if you head an hour east. At Wild Florida, you can experience the Everglades via an airboat without the long drive south. Orlando Balloon Rides will take your family on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride over Central Florida. Book an entire home or villa for your family at Reunion Resort that comes with more amenities than a Disney vacation. Spend the day playing golf, foot golf (think golf but with a soccer ball), relaxing by the pools or playing in the water park, all without leaving your resort. If you must leave, Cocoa Beach and Kennedy Space Center are only an hour away for a day excursion. Pro Tip: Save a day to explore one or more of the seven state parks in a 50-mile radius of downtown Orlando. We enjoyed the refreshing crystal-clear waters of Blue Springs State Park. Bring a pool noodle!

RIVER RANCH: 100 MILES WEST CATEGORY: Outdoor Adventure, Peaceful, Eco-Florida, Old Florida Escape from city life in this vast Central Florida backcountry and wear your kids out on fresh air and good clean fun before bedtime. Spend the day adventuring on the 1,700-acre Westgate River Ranch, reminiscent of when ranchers and cattle controlled the rich Florida land. For younger kids, try touring the property on horseback, fishing at the catch and release pond, skeet shooting or mini golfing. Pro Tip: Make sure you book a stay over a Saturday night so you can attend the Saturday night rodeo! JULY 2020 TampaBayParenting.com


COCOA BEACH & CAPE CANAVERAL: 145 MILES EAST CATEGORY: Water Adventure, Outdoor Adventure, Eco-Florida Hop across Florida to Cape Canaveral to see real rocket ships, tour launch pads and learn about space from the experts at NASA. Take a private surfing lesson when you stay at the Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort in Cocoa Beach or hit the waves and boogie board all day. Ride the 335-foot lazy river at Wakulla Falls Water Park or pick up a game of volleyball at the world-famous Cocoa Beach Pier. We loved eating at SeaDogs, but there are many places at the Pier to grab something to eat and drink. Pro Tip: Bring boogie boards for the beach and plan a day trip to Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. Pick up a map from the visitor center and drive up Black Point Drive or walk the trails to see all the amazing wildlife on the island.

CAPTIVA ISLAND: 176 MILES SOUTH CATEGORY: Water Adventure, Beach Adventure “Florida’s Tahiti” is the jewel in the crown of Gulf coast barrier islands. Enjoy it from the South Seas Island Resort that sits amidst 330-acres of wildlife preserve. Rent a golf cart to take full advantage of the resorts’ 2.5 miles of private beaches, pools, water slides and of course, the majestic Gulf sunsets! For a full day of peace and quiet, pack your beach chair, a good book and cooler and have Captiva Cruises take you to Cayo Costa State Park. Pro Tip: Pack bikes, helmets and fishing rods to save a few bucks on the trip!

ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA: 176 MILES NORTHEAST CATEGORY: Beach Adventure, History The oldest city in the United States is only hours away, making this an easy “field trip” that everyone in the family will enjoy! Dive into history at 300-yearold Spanish-built forts like the Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas. Climb to the top of St. Augustine Lighthouse, a 165foot tower with spectacular views of the coast. Walk through historic St. George Street and grab a cool treat at Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops before checking out the Lightner Museum, formerly the Alcazar Hotel built by Henry Flagler in 1888. Pro Tip: Stay at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, about 40 miles north on AIA from St. Augustine, or at the Peyton House, which is one step from the Atlantic Ocean beach and close to the resorts’ Surf Club.


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FORT LAUDERDALE: 275 MILES SOUTHEAST CATEGORY: Outdoor Adventure, Exploration, Water Adventure Start your vacation before you even arrive by driving across Alligator Alley and taking an Airboat Adventure out of Sawgrass Recreation Park to glimpse the Everglades—a unique habitat of 1.5 million acres of subtropical wetlands. The Lago Mar Beach Resort and Club boasts one of the largest private beaches in Broward County, and the sunrise from this coast are spectacular. Rent a canoe or kayak from Whiskey Creek Hideout at Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park and grab a quick bite from the Waterfront Bar and Eatery. With plenty of 2-for-1 LauderDeals happening in Fort Lauderdale now through September (including the Sawgrass Recreation Park Airboat Adventure), you can paddle-board, fish and scuba dive for half the price! Pro Tip: Visit Sunny.org for all the details on their 2-for-1 activities and download the pass book!

MIAMI: 294 MILES SOUTH CATEGORY: Water Adventure, Outdoor Adventure, Exploration, Eco-Florida While soaking up the rays on Miami Beach, take in a few sights that might make you rethink Miami as a family-friendly destination rather than a party scene. Check into The Palms Hotel & Spa and relax with direct access to Miami Beach or rent a private tiki cabana poolside—very Miami style! Take in the murals of Wynwood Walls or panoramic views of Biscayne National Park from the 65foot lighthouse at Key Biscayne and stop in Coconut Grove for dinner at Glass and Vine. After your kids have worked off some energy at Peacock Park, grab a brew from Panther Coffee for the ride back to Miami Beach. Pro Tip: On your way down, take advantage of day trips to see the Everglades or visit Fort Lauderdale.

SOUTH WALTON: 420 MILES NORTHWEST CATEGORY: Beach Adventure, Eco-Florida Take scenic Route 30A west along the emerald coast of Florida’s Panhandle and feel the softest sugar sand beaches beneath your feet. The 16 coastal towns that make up South Walton are each unique in design, each with a different vibe, and some are more budget friendly than others. Rosemary Beach is our family’s favorite costal destination. Bring bikes to explore the farmer’s markets, playgrounds, boardwalks and four state parks in the area. Book a junior suite with a Gulf view at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa and enjoy bunk beds for the kids and sunsets from your private balcony. Pro Tip: If you can, explore the 16 eclectic communities that make up South Walton. Each is unique and you might just find your next idyllic vacation spot. Definitely enjoy lunch at Airstream Row in Seaside, the town where “The Truman Show” was filmed.

PHOTO CREDITS: Blue Ridge Mountains, St. Augustine, Cocoa Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Anna Maria Island: Marisa Langford - Beaufort, SC: Beaufort-Port Royal CVB - Captiva Island: South Seas Island Resort - Westgate River Ranch: Westgate River Ranch - Miami: The Palms Resort and Spa - Reunion Resort: Reunion Resort - Crystal River: Plantation at Crystal River - Rosemary Beach: Visit South Walton Florida - Key West: Cheeca Lodge and Spa - GA Glamping Company: The Wanderpreneurs - Smokey Mountains: Sommer Stiles - Hilton Head: Laura Byrne.

KEY WEST: 422 MILES SOUTH CATEGORY: Beach Adventure, Water Adventure, History, Eco-Florida Begin your stay in paradise when you check in at the Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, home to the largest private beach on Key West. Build sand castles and relax in a hammock by the water or enjoy a Barefoot Billy’s dolphin excursion that leaves right from the resort. Take the Old Town Trolley to the Key West Lighthouse and don’t forget to take your picture by the Southernmost Point Buoy. Enjoy dinner on the beach at Salute! On The Beach at Higgs Beach. Break up your drive home with a few nights at the Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada. Here, you can enjoy a complimentary paddleboard or book a 2-hour snorkeling trip right from the resort to see the second-largest coral reef in the world. Pro Tip: Build in one full day to check off a day excursion to the Dry Tortugas National Park, accessible by charter sea plane or ferry. Spend the day exploring Fort Jefferson and the surrounding natural habitats.

Worth The Drive BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS: 611 MILES NORTHEAST The mountains are calling. VRBO a picturesque mountain cabin on the outskirts of Asheville close to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Pick up a trail guide and choose a few trails that younger kids can do (we hiked Flat Rock and Craggy Gardens). Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop to take pictures or just soak up the view from above. Stroll along Main Street in downtown Hendersonville and enjoy dinner outside at Never Blue. Fresh air and walking are good for the soul! Pro Tip: The Biltmore Estate will never disappoint so add that to your list of things to do before you leave the area.

SMOKY MOUNTAINS: 610 MILES NORTH Drive north for just about a full day to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina. Stay off the beaten path by renting a cabin in Bryson City, North Carolina and access the park via Deep Creek. Hike to see the waterfall at Juney Whank Falls, go gem mining in Bryson City, canoe in calm parts of the Nantahala River or level up your adventure by whitewater rafting with the Nantahala Outdoor Adventure Center. Disconnect for a while as you explore one of America’s greatest treasures: our National Parks and all their majestic glory. Pro Tip: Book your cabins early as they get very full in summer months!


HILTON HEAD, SOUTH CAROLINA: 374 MILES NORTHEAST Head for the Lowcountry of South Carolina and settle in at Hilton Head Island. There are several resorts, but a staff favorite is the Sea Pines Resort which features everything from hotel rooms, townhomes and single-family homes with your own pool. This is a great option for families looking to distance themselves from others. Go for a bike ride along the many trails throughout the entire island. There are more than 80 miles of intertwining trails. You can even ride your bikes on the beaches of hard packed sand. Tennis and golf are other popular activities as is a leisurely stroll through Harbour Town in Sea Pines Resort. Pro Tip: Rather than bringing your own bikes, consider renting them from one of the numerous bike rental companies!

LAKE LANIER, CUMMINGS, GEORGIA: 491 MILES NORTH For those who want to camp but haven’t taken the plunge to purchase all the gear, head to Cummings, Georgia, and stay with the Georgia Glamping Company. They have blended all the elements of a family camping trip with the amenities of a luxury hotel to create the perfect mix of an outdoor luxe vacation that will leave your family with all the memories of camp life. Add on extras like a propane grill, fire pit, paddle boards or kayaks to make it easier to just show up and enjoy the time you have together. Pro Tip: Visit GaGlamping.com to book this Glamping destination with gorgeous Lake Lanier views. Spots won’t be available for long!

South Carolina’s second-oldest city is conveniently located between Charleston and Savannah along the Intracoastal Waterway. Check into your room at the Beaufort Inn and head to Blackstone’s Café to enjoy a traditional Southern breakfast. Explore the waters with Beaufort Kayak Tours, then cool off at Hunting Island State Park, which boasts five miles of uncrowded beaches and nature trails as well as the state’s only publicly accessible lighthouse. Use the complimentary bikes from the inn to ride to the 10-mile Spanish Moss Trail, built over an old railroad line. Satisfy your sweet tooth at famed The Chocolate Tree, as seen in “Forrest Gump.” Pro Tip: Jump in your car to find one of Beaufort’s quintessential road-side spots like the Shrimp Shack. The family-owned business has been frying up the best shrimp burgers around for more than 37 years. Chow down on made-to-order fried shrimp, shrimp burgers, crab cakes, f lounder, clams, scallops and even fried chicken. JULY 2020 TampaBayParenting.com


8 Must-Do Outdoor Adventures By Lauren Gay of OutdoorsyDiva.com

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This unique watercraft is part surfboard and part bicycle. Enjoy amazing views of downtown Tampa when you rent water bikes and kayaks from the Tampa Bay Water Bike Company near the Tampa Convention Center.

HIKE AT HILLSBOROUGH RIVER STATE PARK Hillsborough River State Park is a scenic park in Thonotosassa with the only natural class II rapids in the state of Florida. There are fun suspension bridges, places to fish and kayaks and canoes to rent.

WALK IN A TREETOP CANOPY AT MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK Myakka River State Park is 58 square miles of gorgeous scenery, known for its lakes, wetlands and meandering waterways. Its true claim to fame is the 25-foot-high Myakka Canopy Walkway, the first public treetop trail in North America. The park also offers camping and kayaking rentals.

VISIT THREE SISTERS SPRINGS Three Sisters Springs is a paradise in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge system and only an hour and half drive north of Tampa. The amazing turquoise lagoon can be explored from above via the boardwalk or by kayak via the King’s Bay inlet.

Myakka River State Park Three Sisters Springs

EXPLORE EGMONT KEY STATE PARK Egmont Key is an island just off the coast from Fort DeSoto State Park that can be accessed by ferry or private boat. The beautiful and pristine turquoise waters off the western shore of the island will have you thinking you have run away to a Caribbean Island! Aside from the amazing beach, there are old forts to explore, a lighthouse and nature trails.

HUNT FOR SHELLS AT SHELL KEY NATURE PRESERVE Shell Key is a small barrier island just off Tierra Verde. It is only accessible by private boat or ferry from the Fort DeSoto boat ramp. This small island is a shell lover’s dream. It is kid-friendly too, with clear water and countless whole unbroken shells to collect.

Shell Key

ZIP LINE THROUGH THE TREES TreeHoppers Aerial Adventure park is the largest zip line aerial adventure park in Central Florida. It’s a great place for views from the trees and fresh air.

VISIT WEEDON ISLAND PRESERVE Take a guided hike or a stroll on your own through preserve trails and boardwalks to see shorebirds and aquatic life of Tampa Bay. Kayaks may be rented to explore the mangrove tunnels and see dolphins and manatees.

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Temperature checks, social distancing and in many cases, face masks and required reservations, are now part of the normal routine of visiting theme parks and attractions. This is all to help keep capacity at a level where you and the family can practice social distancing. If everyone in your party is healthy and low risk, pack your masks, hand sanitizer and cautiously explore!

FLORIDA AQUARIUM: The Florida Aquarium was one of the first attractions to reopen to guests after undergoing a thorough review with an infectious disease prevention team. Online reservations and face masks for guests 2 and older are required. Most of the aquarium is indoors; however, there is plenty of space to keep your distance from other families.

GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: If you need somewhere indoors for the kids to run around and explore, this is a good option. You will need to book an online reservation and all guests 12 and older must wear a face mask. Kids are encouraged to wear one. The museum has upped the frequency of cleaning and reduced the number of things your kids touch—that is because they are rotating out items four times a day for cleaning. Exhibits will be temporarily closed throughout the day for cleaning, but they reopen pretty quickly.

ZOOTAMPA: ZooTampa is another attraction that’s basically all outside, but with plenty of opportunity to seek some shade under the trees. Masks are encouraged, but not required. Online reservations are also encouraged to ensure you can gain entry due to limited capacity. Don’t forget to check out the Dinos Alive! exhibit which features 30+ animatronic dinosaurs.

MOSI: MOSI was one of the first science centers in the country to reopen. Reservations are not required. A handful of exhibts are temporarily closed as they don’t allow for easy social distancing, but almost everything is open for you to explore. You will notice a lot more hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes at the exhibits. For an awe-inspiring experience, go wander through the new Space for Art exbibit during your visit!

WALT DISNEY WORLD: The happiest place on earth is reopening this month with some big changes in place including a new reservation system and a face mask requirement for guests ages 2 and older. If you get a chance to go, be sure to check out one of the newest rides at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. We got a peek and it is such a unique immersive experience! Rise of the Resistance at Galaxy’s Edge is also a fairly new addition that debuted in December. This is another immersive ride that is like no other ride you have been on.

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS: Face masks are required for everyone ages 2 and older. The Mueller family of Tampa recently went with their three children. They tell us despite the heat and humidity, the kids managed to keep their masks on throughout the day! You can take the masks off to drink and eat for obvious reasons.

LEGOLAND: Legoland Florida reopened last month at reduced capacity. Make sure to bring a mask for everyone 2 and older. Consider staying the night at the NEW Pirate Island Hotel right on property! It is one of the coolest hotels we’ve seen and the kids are guaranteed to love it. They even have their own bunk bed nook in the room. If you haven’t been in a while, be sure to check out the Lego Movie World area of the park. There is plenty of space here to socially distance and most of the rides are outside. The water park is also a family-favorite!

BUSCH GARDENS: Like the other parks and attractions, Busch Gardens has enhanced health and safety protocols, which means face masks are required for guests ages 2 and older and you’ll need to book your reservation online before you go. There are some designated areas of the park where you can take a mask break. You’ll also notice the queues for rides are marked to enforce physical distancing. Tours and animal interactions have been modified and might even allow for one party at a time. Park hours and days have also been reduced.

ADVENTURE ISLAND: Keep your cool at Tampa Bay’s favorite water park! Make sure you and the kids take a ride on the NEW Solar Vortex water slide. It’s North America’s first dual tailspin waterslide featuring super cool AquaLucent effects that fills the slide with the most amazing colors! Masks are required in some areas of the park, but not while you are in the water, for obvious reasons. You will also need to book an online reservation to attend. Park hours and days have been reduced. JULY 2020 TampaBayParenting.com


SAFE TRAVELS: TPA Tackles COVID-19 By Emily Nipps, Photos Provided by Tampa Interational Airport

While 2020 may be the year of the summer staycation, some families are opting to cautiously travel by air, whether by necessity or a desire to see out-of-state relatives after months of quarantine. Tampa International Airport is reporting a slow and steady rise in passengers after a steep plunge in late March, though traffic is not nearly what it was pre-pandemic. In June, the airport saw an average of approximately 15,000 daily passengers, compared to the 70,000 to 80,000 daily passengers that went through TPA this time last year. Families that do f ly can expect a different experience at airports and aboard aircraft, thanks to several health and safety measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

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this summer :

● FACE MASKS: All passengers and guests over the age of 2 should wear face masks while at the airport and on the plane. Many of the airport newsstand shops now sell masks in case you forget yours. ● HAND SANITIZER: While hand sanitizer dispensers are more readily available throughout the airport, passengers are now allowed to bring up to 12-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer in their carry-on luggage instead of the usual 3.4-ounce limit. ● ARRIVE EARLY: Passengers should plan to arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure to help prevent crowding caused by last-minute rushing before scheduled f lights. Social distance markers help guide passengers on where to stand but it can sometimes slow down lines. ● LIMIT TOUCHPOINTS: Travelers should use carry-on luggage and mobile boarding passes to limit touchpoints. At the TSA checkpoints, passengers are asked to scan their own boarding passes. ● TRAVELERS ONLY: Those picking up or dropping off passengers should not enter the Main Terminal; instead they should use the Cell Phone Lot or stay in their vehicles in the Short Term Garage unless they are assisting unaccompanied minors, passengers with disabilities or others who need assistance. ● LIMITED AMENITIES: Some of the airport’s facilities and amenities may not be available or may have reduced capacity and will reopen in phases when it is safe to do so. Travelers should check on the availability of parking, dining, shopping and amenities before coming to the airport. Some of the more popular family-friendly options, such as Wendy’s and Chick-Fil-A, are open. ● AIRLINE REQUIREMENTS: Requirements such as the mandatory use of face coverings may vary by airline. Check with your airline for additional guidelines before coming to the airport.



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“While we know there’s an eagerness among our travelers and employees to resume our normal lives again, that new normal may look very different than what we were accustomed to pre-COVID-19,” Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano said. “Keeping people safe is always our top priority at TPA, and as people plan to come back, we want to ensure we are offering an environment that is clean, healthy and ready for business.”

In late April, TPA put into action a plan it calls “TPA Ready,” made up of a number of changes designed to reduce the spread of germs, and several airlines also have new protocols in place, as well as new TSA procedures at checkpoints.


This Summer at the Cade


Skate at The Cade JULY 3 – AUGUST 23 Learn more at CadeMuseum.org/Skate

Space: Moon to Mars JULY 3 – OCTOBER 31 Learn more at CadeMuseum.org/Moon-to-Mars

Brain: The World Inside Your Head SEPTEMBER 19 – JANUARY 2 Learn more at CadeMuseum.org/Brain The Cade is a museum for all ages, and is currently open on a modified schedule. Please call or visit CadeMuseum.org/plan-your-visit to confirm the days and times the museum is open.


811 South Main St. | Gainesville, Florida www.cademuseum.org | (352) 371-8001

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tips for a

keeping online predators away from your kids

By Andrew Warren, Hillsborough State Attorney

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of our lives—from how we work, to how our children learn, to where we can and can’t go. Parents are stretched thin by work and stress, and a lack of childcare may leave the virtual door open for online predators to contact their children. At our house, we’ve been scrambling to balance family time, eLearning, work and fun, and it has definitely meant more time online than usual for our daughters. As your State Attorney for Hillsborough County, and especially as a father to two young girls, I understand how vital it is to keep our children safe online.

As a parent or guardian, here are three key steps you can take for a Secure Summer: 1. Talk about it Make sure your child knows that the online world has people who may try to take advantage of them. Explain how they may be approached and that strangers sometimes pretend to be a kid their age. That dialogue will help your kids understand that they should come to you if someone tries to exploit them or bully them online. For videos and articles to help you start the conversation, visit consumer.ftc.gov/topics/protecting -kids-online.

2. Review what they’re sharing

Know their social media and messenger passwords and log in from time to time to see what they’re sending and receiving. Make sure they’re using strong privacy settings on services like Instagram, Facebook, Twitch and Discord.

3. Use parental controls

Many devices and apps let you choose what your child can access and for how long. Set up those controls and use them. Parental controls are not perfect, and no app can replace the number one tip: Talk to your children about how to react if they’re approached online. The prosecutors in your State Attorney’s Office work handin-hand with law enforcement to aggressively prosecute predators who target children. Our office’s Victim Assistance Program offers support to thousands of victims of crime each year, including human trafficking and child exploitation victims. As parents, we’re the first line of defense for our children. Following these tips for a “Secure Summer” will help keep all our kids safe. Andrew Warren and family.


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. GCM s Camp Imagination: June 8-July 31 This summer, kids will stretch their legs and their imaginations at the Glazer Children’s Museum! At Camp Imagination, your child will meet new friends, learn from GCM educators, climb and play in GCM exhibits, and make lifelong memories! To learn about our enhanced health and safety measures and to register, visit GlazerMuseum.org/camps

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Hillsborough Virtual Flexibility and Access for Families!

By Laura Cross, Hillsborough County Public Schools

A lot of our families really loved eLearning. The f lexibility worked for them and their kids responded well to the more f luid way of work. These families may be a great candidate for Hillsborough Virtual School. Hillsborough Virtual is a school choice option that uses a web-based curriculum and highly-qualified teachers from Hillsborough County to provide our students with a world-class education. Clara Murrugarra is a mother of three students in Hillsborough County. She says Hillsborough Virtual works perfectly for them. She likes having her children learn in a warm, family environment. Her oldest daughter Franchesca is going into ninth grade. Franchesca says learning virtually has helped her improve her grades. “It’s right for me because I can work at home at my own pace and the teachers slow down so I can pay attention more and take the notes down to learn more.” But Hillsborough Virtual may not be for every learner. Virtual learning is a “f lipped classroom” environment. That means the student has access to the entire curriculum up front

and receives a weekly set of assignments. Students interact with the curriculum, complete the assignment, and the Hillsborough Virtual teacher provides individual feedback with any necessary follow-up instruction. Parents are considered the learning coach and will be there to facilitate the daily schedule. According to Matt Hoff, Director of Virtual Programs for Hillsborough County Public Schools, students who will be successful in a virtual learning environment need to be self-motivated, have good time management and be able to advocate for themselves for teacher assistance. They must also have a reliable learning coach at home to support them in these tasks. On average, elementary students require daily guidance from their parent or guardian, while middle and high school students need guidance on a weekly basis. What most families love about Hillsborough Virtual is the f lexibility. There’s no scheduled time that students must be learning during the day. They have a deadline on turning in assignments and tests, but how they get that work done is up to them and their family.

HERE ARE FIVE FAST FACTS ABOUT HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL: 1. Students have full access to their teachers for each subject and can talk to them via email, phone, instant message or virtual classroom. 2. Students are required to participate in all state/district mandated assessments. 3. Students still get to experience field trips for Hillsborough Virtual School, especially at the elementary level. Parents must provide transport to these field trips as no buses are available. 4. Students can take part in athletics at their zoned school. 5. Students can earn a Hillsborough County High School diploma and participate in a graduation ceremony with Hillsborough Virtual School. The application window for full-time enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is open through July 24, 2020.


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Keep learning during the summer! WEDU PBS is offering an At-Home Learning Summer Boost that includes educational TV programming on WEDU and free digital learning resources for students, educators and families in West Central Florida.

Visit wedu.org/edconnect to explore WEDU’s At-Home Learning resources.

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Time to

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“We read to know that we are not alone.” ~William Nicholson

By Matthew David, All photos provided by Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library

In public libraries, Summer Reading is a highly anticipated annual tradition. Here in the Sunshine State, an indoor reprieve from the heat for an hour or two is most welcome, especially one that is both educational and entertaining. Summer Reading has a unique theme each year, and the one for 2020 comes at a perfect time: Imagine Your Story. A form of escape is so often just what we need in challenging times, and escape is what books do best! Whether a plot is fantastical or just plain fantastic, reading and listening to stories carries us away in journeys across time, universes and realities. And while we often embark upon this journey individually, connections are made between the author, the illustrator, other readers and even with the characters – and we know we are not alone. Imagine your own story this summer. HCPLC.org/summer



According to the Northwest Evaluation Association, summer learning loss (aka “summer slide”) is no joke, especially for elementary and middle school students. School-year gains in reading and math may decrease as much as 20% to 50%. Hillsborough County public libraries and our partners are here to help. Kids and their parents have 24/7 access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines and other avenues for online learning and research. Take an entire bookshelf of titles with you everywhere you go!

Readers of all ages can join the public library this summer to track reading and earn rewards. Get the credit you deserve for each and every page by tracking your reading on HCPLC.beanstack.org. This website captures your personal reading progress, and the Beanstack app is available to download from app stores. Once enrolled in the summer challenge, you can track the time spent reading and be eligible for big prizes from our Summer Reading partners, plus digital badges – and bragging rights!

HCPLC.org/books/ebooks Reads and reading recommendations via myON, hoopla, and OverDrive/Libby, just to name a few.

THE SUMMER START Hillsborough County public libraries look forward to another year of discovery, engagement and transformation together. Here are a few titles for inspiration as we all get ready to imagine our summer stories: PreK: “La Princesa and the Pea” by Susan Middleton Elya (2018) Kids: “Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy” by Karen Foxlee (2014)

HCPLC.org/research Education for all ages with Lynda.com, Mango Languages, Tutor.com, and more.

Tweens: “Reflection” [Twisted tale, Book 4] by Elizabeth Lim (2019) Teens: “The Storm Runner” [Storm Runner, Book 1] by Jennifer Cervantes (2018)

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Adults: “Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes” [75th anniversary illustrated edition] by Edith Hamilton (2017)

TIP FOR For a truly immersive FAMILIES: reading experience, mirror the eBook from your smart phone or tablet to your TV using a streaming device such as Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Google Chromecast or Roku.

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ABOUT OUR CAMPS With only 50 days to experience camp this summer, you don’t want to miss a single week at the Y! From canoeing and zip lining to splashing in the pool EVERY DAY, the Y is your camper’s ULTIMATE summer camp destination! Summer Camp starts June 1st!




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A Place to ‘Be a Kid’ Again By Kelli Biandudi, communications manager for the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA and YMCA of the Suncoast.

Camp at the Y may feel and look a little different due to COVID-19, but Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA Vice President of Operations Bart Cape assures parents that “at the end of the summer and at the end of the week when your child comes home, we definitely know that they have had a great experience and it will be certainly something they will never forget.” As a parent himself, Cape is always thinking about safety. “We’re always thinking about our children to make sure they’re in a positive, safe environment. We are prepared for that at the Y. We’ve got a lot of safety protocols we’ve put in place.” The extra precautions, which Y camp leaders and counselors have been trained on, follow the recommendations of the American Camp

YMCA camps and staff are experienced and ready for a safe , fun - filled summer adventure . Parents can register at www.tampaymca . org/letscamp

Association (ACA), Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) and other medical professionals. They include temperature checks, staggered curbside check-in, low camp ratios and spaced-apart activities to practice social distancing. “We’ve got thousands of campers who’ve come to us in the summer. We have a lot of trust there and we’ve really been able to do that even more in the last 10 weeks with our Youth Relief Care for essential workers, which has really prepared us well,” Cape says. Kathleen Rocamora, grandparent to Maliyah, 8, and Da’Khye, 6, sends the siblings to YMCA Camp Cristina, where she sent her own kids growing up. “At the time I was a single parent, and I just remembered how much fun they had and they always wanted to go back. That was huge for me because I did not have to worry if they were being properly cared for or not. Their excitement to go back every day let me know it was the right place for them,” she recalls. Rocamora had no hesitation sending her grandchildren back to camp again this summer. “They are super excited they are going to get to see all of their

friends. Maliyah gets to work with the horses, so she is over-the-top excited. As far as the precautions in place, I am confident they will be at the safest place possible, besides home of course. The small groups, temperature taking, cleaning protocols and just being outside make it very comfortable to leave them there. They also need to go somewhere they can be kids again and just play and have fun with no worries.” Maliyah and Da’Khye’s favorite activities at camp include swimming, zip lining, rock wall climbing and canoeing. “They love every experience they have there. When they are there, they get to just focus on the next fun adventure,” Rocamora says. Cape says while extra precautions are being put in place, some things never change. “We have kids who come on the very first day of camp and they are so apprehensive. They’re nervous. They’re not sure who they’re going to meet. Some of them don’t want to get out of the car. Some of them are crying because they don’t want to come, but, at the end of that week, we might have that child crying because he or she doesn’t want to go home. It happens every summer.”

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Is it Safe to Schedule My Child’s Annual Well Check or Back-to-School Sports Physical?

By Rachel Dawkins, M.D.

Summer may be here, but the new school year will be starting up, whether it’s in-person, virtual learning or a combination. Rachel Dawkins, M.D., medical director of the pediatric and adolescent medicine clinic at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, says no matter the format of school this fall, it’s important to schedule those annual well checks and back-to-school physicals and measures medical offices are taking to keep your family safe.

Why is it important to schedule a visit to your pediatrician now? In August, pediatrician offices are typically busy seeing kids who need an annual physical, sports physical or vaccines in time for the start of school. While the format of school and sports could change this year, it’s still important your child has an annual exam to do an overall health check for new or recurring issues and make sure they are up to date on vaccines. Vaccines are especially vital to keep up with so that we don’t see an outbreak of other diseases, such as whooping cough or measles, during this pandemic.

What are doctor’s offices doing to ensure it’s safe to come in? Doctor’s offices are taking every precaution to make sure families are safe in our clinics. For example, at Johns Hopkins All Children’s facilities, we’ve implemented the following safety measures: • •

Can I choose a telemedicine visit instead of in-person for my child’s visit?

In general, we can discuss behavioral concerns, look at simple rashes and do follow-ups for stable problems like asthma or AD/HD via telemedicine. However, back-to-school physicals and sports physicals must be done in person. Children and teens need a complete head-to-toe physical exam at least once a year, particularly in order to be cleared to play sports. Physicians must also see patients in person to sign off on school forms. It’s not only important to check overall development during this in-person visit, but families should be prepared to discuss learning, behavior, puberty, nutrition, exercise, vision and hearing. With that said, if you’ve scheduled an annual visit but your child is feeling ill, it’s preferred to discuss those symptoms via telemedicine first or visit the pediatric emergency center and reschedule the in-person visit when your child is well.

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Screening all persons entering our buildings Masking for everyone, except children under 2 years old (employees interacting with patients also have additional personal protective equipment) Social distancing throughout the building, especially in waiting rooms, and separating those with COVID-19 symptoms Streamlining check-in so most patients can go directly to a room without waiting Frequently cleaning surfaces and equipment throughout the day, and before and after each child’s visit Maintaining hand hygiene and making hand sanitizer available to all on campus Limiting one caregiver to each patient so there are fewer people on campus

BOTTOM LINE – don’t delay your child’s care. If you have questions, your child needs care, a well-exam or vaccinations, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s physician and care team.

For more pediatric healthcare topics and information, visit HopkinsAllChildrens.org/Newsroom 42

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SAFETY SOLUTIONS Here are some measures that St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is following to ensure the safety of all patients, families and staff. ● Visitors as well as patients are required to wear masks, which will be provided to them if necessary. All team members also wear PPE.

Why you should NOT avoid the ER By Anu Varma Panchal

Parents struggle daily with questions that can have a lifelong impact on our children. During these unprecedented times of COVID-19, a new question that has arisen is whether it is safe to take our sick or hurt child to the pediatric emergency room. We worry that rather than be healed, our children will contract COVID-19. In this instance, our worries are unfounded. Dr. Maximo Luque, medical director of the Steinbrenner Emergency and Trauma Center at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, says it is in families’ best interests that parents bring in their children as soon as possible when they feel that they need care. “All around the country, pediatric emergency departments and pediatric medical practices have seen a significant decrease in people seeking their services despite undergoing a medical emergency,” Dr. Luque says. “The fear, seeing hospital as a place their child could contract COVID-19, is making them delay visits. However, the thought of our hospitals as a focus of infection is misguided.” Dr. Luque assures parents that not only is St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s emergency center, along with BayCare’s pediatric ERs at St. Joseph’s Hospital-South and Mease Countryside Hospital, prepared with training, PPE and many other safety precautions, but not one frontline person in his department has contracted COVID-19, and not one single patient has contracted the disease from his department. Most children who have contracted COVID-19 (already a tiny fraction of total affected cases) have done so in the community, from a family member. In fact, bringing a child in later rather than earlier could have dire consequences, Dr. Luque says. For example, if a child is experiencing symptoms of acute appendicitis and is treated right when the tummy pains begin, they can probably be operated upon and discharged home that same day. If there is a delay in seeking medical attention and that same child is brought in after the appendix has perforated, they might face up to a week’s stay in the hospital, as well as antibiotics and possibly additional surgeries. Head injuries are another concern that are best tended to immediately. Dr. Luque has noticed that some parents are waiting out falls, fractures and even seizures. Some injuries, such as lacerations, are more prone to infections the longer a family waits, and seizures without evaluation and proper care may have a negative impact in a child’s future neurological health and development. How can you tell if a situation warrants a visit to an emergency room? Dr. Luque’s answer is simple: Trust your gut. “If you feel as a parent that an illness or a sudden medical situation your child is experiencing can’t wait and it’s an emergency for you, it is an emergency for us as well,” he says. "That is the purpose of us being here. Our team of highly specialized pediatric emergency clinicians are here to serve the children and families in our community.”

● Everyone entering BayCare hospitals or surgery centers will have their temperature taken and be screened for symptoms of COVID-19. ● All spaces, including treatment rooms and waiting areas, are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a consistent basis. ● All patients will be tested for COVID-19 before having any surgical or other invasive procedure. ● All hospital patients being treated for or suspected of having COVID-19 are cared for in separate areas.

MEET TRUDY! When it comes to cleaning, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital has some high-tech help. Meet Trudy. Tru-D SmartUVC (Total Room Ultraviolet Disinfection) is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, a mobile, automated UV disinfection system that works by generating UV light energy that modifies the DNA structure of an infectious cell so that it cannot reproduce. Tru-D does its job after a hospital team member cleans the room using traditional methods. It’s rolled in, and an operator turns on the machine from outside using a handheld remote. Tru-D analyzes the contents, shape and size of the room, then floods the targeted space with the proper amount of germicidal energy from the UVC lamps that run up and down its shaft. Once activated, Tru-D takes about 30 minutes to disinfect a patient room. BayCare has 31 Tru-D units to clean its hospitals’ ICUs, patient rooms, surgery suites and emergency rooms. As well as COVID-19, the robot destroys pathogens such as influenza, norovirus, C-diff, Ebola and other bacteria.

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