ANNOUNCEMENTS/REMINDERS




https://fs12.formsite.com/vcstory1/BBTS2017/index.html


7/9/19-kg



 Medication Retrieval - All Schools

Please remember to pick up your child's unused medicine by next Wednesday, May 31st. This includes daily routine medications, as needed over-the-counter medications, and emergency medicines such as: epi-pens, inhalers, etc. We are not able to store medication over the summer. All remaining medication will be discarded after that date, if you have not contacted me regarding an alternate plan.


Thank you!

kg 5/24/17


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2017 SUMMER CAMP LIST

For ALL students: with, and without disabilities!

http://askresource.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Summer-Camp-List-2017.pdf




 Minnesota Measles Outbreak/ Proactive information

2 MMR vaccines: 1 at age one, and 1 at age 4 or 5yrs, is the standard immunization schedule. There are parents which choose to refuse the MMR vaccine for their children, OR the child may be immunocompromised or otherwise, and are not able to receive the vaccine on the appropriate schedule.  The following link contains a news cast on the recent, increasing measles outbreak in Minnesota. I have also included the Iowa Department of Public Health's literature regarding the measles disease. It is important to make factual informed choices. Due to the recent outbreak, this is an attempt to spread the knowledge, so we can prevent disease in our children. Those that are fully immunized (2 MMR or MMRV vaccines), are excluded from the following concern. To those that are not at the age for the second dose of immunization, the 1 yr MMR is currently considered sufficient. Public Health will update us if there would be immediate risk in our area.

News link

http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/minnesota-experiencing-worst-measles-outbreak-in-nearly-30-years-940026948000

Public Health Link

https://idph.iowa.gov/cade/disease-information/measles


05/12/17 kg




DIRECT FROM MCFARLAND PEDIATRICIANS


Yearly Physicals and Changes to Vaccine Requirements

A yearly physical is an important part of your child's health & well-being.

Physicals are valid for 13 months and cover the sports physical requirements,

as well as ensures you are informed of all vaccine requirements and

recommendations. This is an excellent time to call your McFarland provider

for a check up.   


New for the 2017-2018 school year is a state requirement to have 1 dose of the

meningitis ACWY vaccine for incoming 7th graders, and 2 doses for incoming

12th graders. This vaccine is routinely encouraged at your child's 11 year and 16

year well visits, but if your child has not received theirs yet please contact your

McFarland Clinic provider to schedule a visit. There is no grace period allowed after the start of school this fall.



3/3/17 kg


--ATTENTION 6TH GRADE PARENTS--


Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Iowa Department of Public Health has made changes to the Iowa Immunization law for the start of the 2017/18 school year.  This change requires that all students entering 7th grade have both a Meningococcal vaccine and a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis/whooping cough) booster before school starts this fall.  

The Tdap requirement has been put in place since the 2013/14 school year and requires a booster dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and acellular Pertussis containing vaccine for students entering 7th grade, regardless of the interval since the last Tetanus/Diphtheria containing vaccine.  Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious disease that causes violent coughing fits that make it hard to breathe.  

Meningococcal disease is a life threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord.  It easily spreads in crowded settings.   The vaccine will be required prior to both the 7th and 12th grades.

All students entering 7th grade must have proof of having both the Meningococcal and the Tdap vaccines before school starts in August, unless the student has a Certificate of Immunization Exemption.  

There will be no grace/extension period for the implementation of this requirement.  

Now is a great time for your child to receive these immunization requirements and beat the back-to-school rush by making an appointment for your incoming 7th grader.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your time and attention to this requirement.



Kristin Greenfield, RN
Roland-Story School Nurse



--ATTENTION JUNIOR PARENTS--


Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Iowa Department of Public Health has made changes to the Iowa Immunization law for the start of the 2017/18 school year.  This change requires that all students entering 12th grade have the Meningococcal vaccine before school starts this fall.  

Meningococcal disease is a life threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord.  It easily spreads in crowded settings and typically affects older teens and young adults.   

All students entering 12th grade must have proof of having the Meningococcal vaccine before school starts in August, unless the student has a Certificate of Immunization Exemption.  

There will be no grace/extension period for the implementation of this requirement.  

Now is a great time for your child to receive these immunization requirements and beat the back-to-school rush by making an appointment for your incoming 12th grader.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me, M/W/F 515-733-4386, or T/TH 515-388-4348.

Thank you for your time and attention to this requirement.


Kristin Greenfield, RN
Roland-Story School Nurse

kgreenfield@roland-story.k12.ia.us






2/13/17-kg

IDPH INFLUENZA WEEKLY REPORT MAP





REPORTS OF INFLUENZA IN SCHOOL

4 reports of Influenza A in R-S ES/ kg (0 current)
1 report of Influenza A in R-S MS/kg (0 current)
14 reports of Influenza A in R-S HS/kg (1 current)


Cleaning schools per CDC guidelines, for Influenza and Norovirus

Wt room and athletic team water bottles sanitized, and will continue to sanitize frequently



Updated 2/22/17 @ 9:58am kg




Lice Advice

It's hat/coat winter season, which increases the risk of head lice and transmission. Lice like clean or dirty hair. Sometimes one family member has, but the others don't get. It is difficult to pinpoint where and how your child got it. The common worry is school, but there are also other possible situations such as church, play groups, family members, cloth theater and airplane seats, and friend sleep-overs. If a case of head lice is found, a note will be sent home with each student in that classroom. At school, we work quickly and thoroughly to ensure there is not risk of further spread. At home, please remind your children no sharing of hats, brushes/combs, headbands. Washing your child's hat/mittens and coats (if able) on the weekends is a good defense system against lice. We definitely don't want to constantly focus on this subject, but it is important to be aware, address it if occurs, and communicate it to those that may have been exposed.  Feel confident that except with teachers that child interacts with, names are kept confidential.  Thank you in advance for your help!

For more information, see the Iowa Department of Public Health website for basics and treatment calendar.


1/7/17-kg





Still need to schedule your flu shot? 
(online scheduling link below)

When deciding yes or no to a flu shot, please remember those that need the flu vaccine protection, but aren't able to receive one. 
You receiving the vaccine, could be their best defense!




Here is the link to McFarland Clinic's new online scheduling!! 




11/18/16-kg







K DENTAL FORMS:

I do not have dental forms for several K students.  If you have not turned this into the office, please do so ASAP. The form can be completed from a dental exam at age 3, or older, by a dentist, dental hygienist, MD, ARNP/PA. These forms can be dropped off at the ES office, scanned and emailed to me at kgreenfield@roland-story.k12.ia.us, or the dental office can fax it to me at 515-733-5357. 
I am sending home a reminder in backpacks today, if I don't have a form on file for your child.

Thank you!

Mrs. Greenfield, RN
11/10/16-kg



            NOVEMBER 1ST!               

10/31/16 kg


Medication Pick Up or Disposal:

Parents:
Just a reminder to you about end of year medication pick-up...
At the beginning of the school year, the med permission form that you signed and returned, has either "pick up" or "dispose" selected, by you.  Please follow-up with either myself, or the secretary, with the end of year plan to take care of medication return/disposal.  If there are any expired medications at the end of the school year, I will properly dispose of them (unless otherwise informed).

Thank you! It has been a GREAT year!!!

05/31/16-Kg


8th Grade parents (next year's freshmen):

The dental form required for freshman year will be mailed with the end of year report cards.  Please have these turned in to the HS office by the first day of the 2016-17 school year. Thank you!

5/16/16-Kg


Influenza : March 2016

Upper respiratory infections AKA "colds" are the hot topic this week.  Influenza remains widespread across the state. 
Influenza mimics a "cold" but symptoms are likely more severe.

SYMPTOMS include: (from CDC-  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm )
  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

It can be spread 1 day BEFORE symptoms and 5-7 days AFTER the onset of symptoms. 
Route of transmission is typically droplet, through cough/sneeze/talking.

Remember to wash hands well, cover coughs and sneezes, and if you or someone you know is diagnosed with Influenza, please follow the Dr's recommendations regarding isolation to avoid further spread.

BE HEALTHY! (and think Spring;)



Poor sleep in your household?

This is a great toolkit targeted for ASD children, but also great advice for any youth that are difficult sleepers.
There are also printable Bedtime Passes for the child who always needs "one more" of this or that!  Good luck!





ALL STUDENTS AND FAMILIES: 2015-16 flu season

If you are an established patient at McFarland Clinic Pediatrics in Ames, their flu vaccine clinics BY APPOINTMENT are as follows:
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays AM @ 7:30 am
  • Wednesdays PM from 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Saturdays AM from 8:30-10:30 am located in Adult Medicine Department
If you are a McFarland Clinic patient at any of the locations, Story City McFarland is offering flu vaccine clinics BY APPOINTMENT thru January 2016:
  • Wednesdays 8:30am-11:30 am, and 1:30pm-4:00pm
  • Thursdays 8:30am-11:00am
You can also receive Monday-Friday, by appointment, during regular clinic business hours. Please call ahead to reduce your wait time.


9TH GRADE PARENTS:

Reminder to turn in your 9th grade dental form to Mrs. Origer at the HS office.  There are blank forms available in the office if you need.  Please let me know if you need assistance with dental care or have form questions.  Thank you!

ALL PARENTS: 

If you child requires as needed/emergency medicine such as Epi-Pen/Auvi-Q injectables, inhalers, seizure medication, please contact me (if you haven't done so), as soon as possible by email: 
This does not include Tylenol, ibuprofen, or Tums.


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