January 19, 2018
Please read the attached memo below from the Florida Department of Health, concerning the flu.
January 19, 2018
The Florida Department of Health (the Department) reports that influenza, or “flu,” activity levels have increased sharply over the last several weeks. Flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as young children, the elderly, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious complications from flu. The Department is encouraging families to get vaccinated for flu now.
Vaccination is the best way to protect against the flu and severe complications from the flu. Vaccination is most crucial for children with underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions. The flu vaccine is offered in many locations including pharmacies, clinics, employers, and schools. Contact your health care provider, county health department, or visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/findaflushot to find a flu vaccine center near you.
The flu vaccine is safe. The national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all individuals six months of age and older receive the flu vaccine each year. Since infants under six months of age are too young to get vaccinated against influenza, it is important that family members (including pregnant or breastfeeding mothers) and other caregivers for these children be vaccinated to help protect them from the disease.
It is especially important that parents keep sick children at home to prevent spreading the flu virus to others. Additional flu prevention steps include staying away from people who are sick, covering sneezes or coughs with a tissue or your elbow, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and frequent handwashing.
If your child becomes sick with flu-like illness, contact your health care provider as soon after symptoms begin as possible. Symptoms of the flu often include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, or fatigue. Antiviral medication for flu has been shown to reduce severity and length of disease, decrease the risk of complications from influenza, and reduce the risk of death among hospitalized patients, particularly in those that start treatment early in their illness. Health care providers can prescribe antiviral treatment if appropriate. Treatment is most effective when started within 48 hours, so contacting your health care provider as soon as your child becomes ill is important, especially if your child has underlying health conditions.
The best way to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy during flu season is to:
· Get vaccinated;
· Keep sick family members home;
· Contact your health care provider if you or your child are experiencing flu-like symptoms; and
· Follow your doctor’s guidance on treatment.
For more information, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/parents/index.htm.
2nd Quarter Report Card Night
Early Pick-up: It should be avoided whenever possible, but if you have to pick up your child early, it should not be in the last hour of the school day UNLESS you have notified the teacher or called the office well in advance. Please respect the fact that there is a lot going on at the end of the day and teachers cannot drop everything to get a child ready to go home early at the last minute.
- Please keep children home if they are sick and lessen the spread of illness at school. It is also not fair to a child to be sent to school if truly ill. If they come to school sick, we have no choice but to send them home and while they are waiting to be picked up, they are miserable sitting in the office.
- If your child is out sick, you must call or send an email to the office and please send a note back to school upon return for your child's records. If your child is out more than 2 days, we request a note from the Dr.
- If your child is out sick and you want a teacher to put together a school work packet, you must request this in the morning. Please do not call in the afternoon and request this because it will be impossible.
Chipolte Reading Program
Right Now Media
I am sending this a second time, just in case you overlooked it the first time. I very happy to be able to extend access to RightNow Media to all of our school families. This is a Christian video site that has been described as the Netflix of Christian Media. Setting up an account is very simple. You will have access to children, youth, teen and adult videos, bible studies and documentaries. Please take the few minutes to set up your FREE account. Click on the link below and again at the bottom of this newsletter.
Now through February 9th: MAP testing. Please see schedule sent home previously if you have questions about when your child is taking the tests.
Thursday, January 25th: Report card night.
Thursday, January 25th: All-school chapel and monthly awards
Tuesday, January 30: Elementary Spelling Bees
1st thru 3rd 9AM 4th-5th 10:30AM
Monday, February 5: Middle school spelling bee
Tuesday, February 6th: PTL meeting 6PM
Wednesday, February 14th: Ash Wednesday, All School Chapel. If you do not want your child to receive ashes, NOTIFY THE TEACHER.
Wednesday, February 14th: Valentines Day Ice Cream Party sponsored by the PTL
Friday, February 16th: Early Release
Monday, February 19th: President's Day, NO SCHOOL OR OOS
Friday, February 23rd: 4th through 8th Grade Dance