Dear Parents/Guardians of Rising 6th Grade Students:
This is a reminder that effective July 1, 2014, a booster dose tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is required for all children entering the 6th grade. The Tdap booster is recommended by health experts to give adolescents added protection against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (better known as whooping cough). These potentially serious ailments are largely preventable with proper vaccination. Children must meet all Virginia school immunization requirements. If you have not already done so, please arrange for the Tdap booster for your child as soon as possible.
Tdap boosters may be obtained from your doctor, military clinics, or the health department. Written documentation must be provided to your child’s school upon completion of this requirement.
Please send the documentation of this vaccine to the school nurse. She will notify your child’s middle school that he/she has received the vaccine. This will insure there will be no delay in beginning middle school. Your child will not be admitted to 6th grade on the first day of school without proof of the Tdap booster.
Dosis de refuerzo de la vacuna Tdap
Estimados padres/tutores de estudiantes que van a entrar al 6o grado:
Queremos recordarles que efectivo el 1 de julio de 2014, es obligatoria, para todos los estudiantes que entran al 6o grado, una dosis de refuerzo de la vacuna contra el tétanos, la difteria, y la tos ferina (Tdap, por sus siglas en inglés). La dosis de refuerzo de Tdap es recomendada por los expertos en salud para dar a los adolescentes una protección adicional contra el tétanos, la difteria y la tos ferina. Estas enfermedades potencialmente graves son en gran parte prevenibles con la vacunación adecuada. Los niños deben cumplir con todos los requisitos de vacunación escolar de Virginia. Si aún no lo ha hecho, por favor lleve a su hijo/a a poner la vacuna de refuerzo de Tdap tan pronto como sea posible.
Las vacuna de refuerzo de Tdap se pueden obtener en su médico, clínica militar, o el departamento de salud. Debe proporcionar documentación escrita a la escuela de su hijo/a, una vez que haya completado este requisito.
Por favor, envíe la documentación de esta vacuna a la enfermera de la escuela. Ella notificará a la escuela intermedia de su hijo/a de que él/ella ha recibido la vacuna. Esto asegurará que no haya ningún retraso en el inicio de la escuela media. Su hijo no será admitido al sexto grado en el primer día de clases sin prueba de la vacuna de refuerzo Tdap.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, "the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash you hands." Judicious hand washing can prevent not only common diseases like colds, but also more serious diseases like hepatitis A, meningitis, and infectious diarrhea.
Why hand washing is important
- Children have weaker immune systems than adults and can become sick quicker.
- 1 in 3 E.coli outbreaks is caused by poor hand washing by food preparers.
- Germs that cause disease live in meat, vegetables, and more.
- Germs are spread from unclean hands to food, usually when the food handler doesn’t wash after going to the bathroom. Germs are then passed on to those who eat the food.
- Germs spread from uncooked foods like hamburger to the hands, then from the hands to other foods like salads. The germs can remain in the salads and eventually affect those who eat the food.
- Putting cooked meat back into its original container re-contaminates the cooked food. - Cutting vegetables on the same board used to cut meat contaminates the vegetables.
6 Main Rules of Hand Washing
- Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, cleaning up after your pets, or handling money.
- Wash your hands when they’re dirty.
- Always wash you hands before eating.
- Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands.
- Refrain from putting your fingers in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Avoid touching people and surfaces with unclean hands.
Correct way of washing hands
- Wet hands with warm water (not hot) and use soap.
- Rub you hands together, making sure to scrub all areas.
- Rub for a minimum of 15 seconds or sing “Happy Birthday.”
- Rince thoroughly, then dry hands on a clean towel.
- Turn faucet off with the towel, not hands, to keep away from recontamination.
- 2/3 of adults in the US wash hands after using the bathroom.
- 1 in 4 adults don’t wash hands after changing diapers.
- Less than 1/2 of Americans wash hands after cleaning up after pets.
- 1 in 3 wash hands after sneezing/coughing.
- Less than 1 in 5 wash hands after touching money.
- 1 in 3 E.coli occurrences is caused from not washing hands before handling food.
By frequently washing your hands, you wash away germs that you have picked up from other people, or from contaminated surfaces, or from animals and animal waste. The simple act of consistently performing this basic task properly will make a big difference in your own household as well as in work, school and public settings.
If you know that your child is going to be absent, please contact the school through our attendance hotline. This phone line is dedicated solely for attendance and can be reached 24 hours a day and 7 days a week:
Illness or Injury Exclusion Criteria
Reasons for which a child may be sent home from school or for a parent to keep the child home from school.
1. FEVER of 100ºF and over – exclude until student has been fever-free for at least 24 hours.
2. Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep infections, ringworm, and impetigo are all infections and must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. Please do not allow affected students back before this time so that other students are not infected unnecessarily.
3. RASH of unknown origin (especially if accompanied by a fever).
4. HEAD INJURY—Should be monitored at home for the first 24-48 hours
5. Severe coughing or difficulty breathing.
6. Colds – a child with thick or constant nasal discharge should remain home.
* Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours.
* A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 24
hours, before being considered non-contagious and able to return to school.
7.VOMITING or DIARRHEA–Even if it only happened once. When the child eats breakfast or lunch, it is very likely they will do it again! They need to be in a low stimulus environment, take in clear low sugared drinks and eat a bland diet. They should return to school after they have NOT had vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours. Remember to wash hands after using bathroom and before eating anything! The stomach Bug is very contagious!
8. STIFF NECK associated with a fever and/or a recent injury.
9. INADEQUATE IMMUNIZATIONS with known disease outbreak in school.
Please remember it is an extremely long day for a child who is sent to school ill. Remaining at home will help minimize the spread of the infections and viruses in the classroom and will allow your child a speedier recovery!