In just a few days we will have completed the first half of our school year. Our schools are busy with instruction and learning and are continually assessing for each student’s level of understanding. One important factor also being monitored is the attendance rates of each school building. Student success is greatly improved when a child has good attendance and comes to school rested and ready to learn.
It is important that children attend school and we need everyone’s help to make school a happy and healthy place to be. All students need to feel safe in the school buildings and we can promote this need by making good communication between parents and teachers a priority. Communicating can be easily accomplished through emails, scheduled meetings, phone calls and in the younger grades, communication notebooks. Our district website also has a reporting link “See Something, Say Something” that enables our parents and students to report bullying, suspicious or unusual activity, and unsafe or harmful behavior. This website link provides insightful information in addition to the online reporting feature.
Keeping our schools healthy requires everyone. Germs are hard to see but encountering them, especially when we are tired and run down, can make us sick and unable to do our work. If we are not careful, stomach bugs and viruses can quickly spread to classmates, family members and friends. When we or someone we love has a cold, the flu virus, stomach bug or any type of virus that makes us run a fever, vomit, or have diarrhea, they should not be at school. Fevers are a warning that something is not right with the body. A child with a fever greater than 100 degrees should NOT be sent to school. If a child is given medication to reduce their fever, they may feel better, but they will still spread the virus. Students should be fever-free for at least 24 hours (without fever-reducing medication) before they can return to school.
Because we believe in the importance of children attending school, our district takes precautions and preventative measures to discourage the spreading of germs and infections with measures utilized by our staff and teachers. Teachers frequently remind students and help to oversee that we all remember to wash our hands. Washing our hands is the number one defense against germs and infection; however, correctly wash our hands is much more than a quick soaping and rinse. Soap must be worked into a lather for at least 15 seconds. The friction caused by rubbing hands together with the soapy water, helps remove the germs found on everyone’s hands. Thoroughly rinsing the lathered soap, under a steady stream of water will help to then rinse the germs from your hands.
Each year our school nurses and other trained personnel from our community help to teach proper hand washing techniques, while also stressing the importance of not sharing drinks, washing our hands before each meal, keeping hands away from faces, and washing our hands after each restroom visit. The custodians in our buildings are also working to sanitize door handles, water fountains and areas that frequently encounter a lot of hand traffic.
To help keep students from catching the flu, we recently collaborated with PassPort Health to provide flu vaccinations to our students and employees. Nurses at each school site monitor immunization records to ensure every child is compliant with state immunization requirements. If you are notified your child is ready to receive or possibly needs a vaccination, please contact the local Health Department or your family physician to receive the necessary immunizations.
Together we make our schools the best place for our children to learn and grow in a healthy, stable environment.