NIXON-SMILEY SCHOOL SAFETY NEWSLETTER
SAFETY ALERT - VAPING
E-cigarettes contain less chemicals than traditional cigarettes, but they can contain higher levels of nicotine(what makes them addictive). The agency is particularly concerned about the Juul device. This device looks like a flash drive, offers potent nicotine hits, and comes with eight flavored "pods." Juul is the dominant e-cigarette seller and has recently become a trend among students.
The FDA is trying to reduce smoking rates among teenagers and stop companies from marketing nicotine products to minors.
DIABITIES AWARNESS IN SCHOOL
Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in school-aged children and is considered a disability under federal law. Any school that receives federal funds must accommodate special healthcare needs for a student with diabetes and document those accommodations in a Section 504 plan. Children with diabetes must have full access to all activities, services, or benefits provided by public schools. Additionally, a student with diabetes should also have an individualized health care plan prepared by a school nurse. School staff who work directly with a student with diabetes should receive additional training about their individualized health care plan and any emergency actions that may be necessary.
Here are more important points to keep in mind regarding students with diabetes:
- Know your students' specific health concerns.
- Review and familiarize yourself with a student's individualized health care plan for diabetes.
- Recognize the symptoms of low blood sugar and be prepared to provide appropriate treatment.
- Know where a student's diabetic supplies and snacks are stored in the school.
- Students with diabetes must be monitored throughout the school day, as well as during school-sponsored events or activities.
- Field trips, extracurricular activities, or special events involving food require planning and coordination with the student's parent/guardian.
- Many students with diabetes are very open about their illness and willing to share information with others, but some wish to keep the diagnosis private. Respect the wishes of each student and maintain appropriate confidentiality.
- Don't hesitate to contact your school nurse with questions about diabetes.
- Always act in accordance with your school or district policy for health care and health emergencies.
GRAB, DROP, STRIKE
If you encounter an armed attacker who is so close that running or hiding is not an option, then you might want to grab, drop and strike.
Grab, Drop, Strike
The idea of having to fight an attacker who is armed is a scary thought. Stephen Lopez, Chief of Police at New Mexico State University, says if you encounter an armed attacker who is so close that running or hiding is not an option, you might want to use this method of defense.
Grab the weapon (firearm, knife, etc.) around the user end with both hands, and pull it rapidly toward your chest while twisting. Grabbing here can reduce most firearms to a single shot, and twisting it as you pull reduces the chance of a critical wound.
Drop to the ground quickly while holding on tight to the weapon. Let gravity work in your favor to tire out the attacker.
Strike the suspect in the head and neck area, but don’t let go of the weapon. If you can’t use an elbow or your head, call for others in the area to help.
SAFE FOOD HANDLING
* Before handling food, always wash hands and underneath fingernails with warm soapy water for 20-30 seconds.
* Keep raw foods away from cooked foods.
* Avoid cross-contamination by washing hands and immediately cleaning any plates, bowls, utensils, cutting boards or countertops that have come into contact with raw meat, poultry or seafood.
* Thaw foods in the refrigerator, never on the kitchen counter.
* Keep hot foods hot (above 140°) and cold foods cold (below 40°), by using chafing dishes or coolers or by setting out small portions of food at a time.
* Transport food in a covered, dust-proof container.
* Refrigerate leftovers as soon as possible.
* Discard any food that has been left at room temperature longer than two (2) hours.