HEALTH & SAFETY NEWS...
Medication Pick up Information for Parents
As school closes for the year, medications provided to the school clinic for a student must be picked up by the student’s parent. All medications must be available for your student’s use as needed through the last day of school, June 14. From June 14-24, all student medications including over the counter medications must be picked up at the school between 8 am and 4 pm daily. Please note the school will be closed on Friday, June 21.
To pick up your student’s medications, come to the school office and ask a staff member for assistance. Please be patient to assure all medications belonging to your student are returned to you. After June 24, all left-over medications will be packed and turned over to the Chesterfield County Police for proper disposal. Once medications are packed for police collection, they can not be retrieved so it is important you pick up your medications on time. There can be no “late” pick-ups permitted and no medications can be stored at the school over the summer.
Please note: all medications must be picked up even if your student will be attending summer school. Parents of summer school students will have to provide medication for your student to the summer school coordinator at the beginning of the summer session. Additionally, student medication must be provided to the clinic at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. Information about prescription drop off for next school year will be shared in the fall.
Thank you to the volunteers, parents and students who joined us for the Health & Safety Committee meeting February 6th. Along with our meeting, a FREE 1 hour training course was offered on allergic reactions and how to administer epinephrine. This was open to all Winterpock volunteers and PTA Members. Attendees learned what anaphylaxis is, how it affects the body, how to spot possible signs that a child might be suffering from anaphylaxis, the different dosages available, adverse issues and how to actually administer the medication using a placebo epi-pen. A certified trainer was on –site for hands on learning.
Thank you to all of the students, teachers and families who joined us for the PTA's 3rd annual Family Fitness, Health & Safety Night on January 24th. Participants enjoyed games, family fitness competitions, delicious healthy snacks, won GREAT prizes, received giveaways, had opportunities to learn about student safety, health, nutrition and fitness and much more.
Some of our participants included Edible Education, Chesterfield Fire & EMS, McGruff the Crime Dog, Children's Museum, Swift Creek YMCA, Lee's Dynamic Taekwondo, Child Safety Officers, Chesterfield Police and others. We appreciate their community partnerships with our school and PTA.
Visit the Chesterfield County Council of PTAs/PTSAs Health & Safety Committee resource blog to stay up-to-date on new policies, news, events, resources and information affecting Chesterfield County School students. The blog is hosted by your very own Health & Safety Committee Chair here at Winterpock, Maria Cox, who also is a member of the County Council Board.
Volunteer Safety Training was offered on November 10th to All PTA Volunteers, Room Parents and Classroom Volunteers. Those who participated learned CPR, First Aid, how to use an AED machine and how to administer an Epi-pen. This was a FREE service provided by the Chesterfield County Council of PTAs. We commend those who participated and thank you for your commitment to keeping our students safe.
You may have noticed that school lunches have a whole new look this year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) updated nutrition standards for school meals. As parents, it can be difficult to navigate what these changes mean and how you can support your kids and your school in making healthy choices. For more information, visit:
Winterpock Elementary School PTA will recognize National Food Allergy Awareness Week in May. Informational brochures will be sent home from our Health & Safety Committee with your child. Nearly 6,000,000 children in the United States have food allergies. Your child may not be one of them, but your child can help Protect A Life by being aware of what it means to have food allergies. Our Committee also had posters made during the 2011-2012 school year and placed them around the school reminding students what to do if they think one of their friends is having an allergic reaction to a food. Posters were prominently placed in the cafeteria and in the common areas of the school.
On April 26th Governor Bob McDonnell signed House Bill 1107 (Greason) and Senate Bill 656 (McEachin), which require local school boards to adopt and implement policies for the possession and administration of epinephrine in Virginia's public schools.
Speaking about the legislation, Governor McDonnell said, "Virginia must do everything it can to ensure the safety of our young people while they are in school. This legislation and the money in the recently passed budget will help prevent another tragedy like Amarria Johnson's from occurring in a public school in the Commonwealth. Having a plan in place and access to epinephrine in schools, where children spend half their day, is critical. I want to thank Amarria's mother, Laura Pendleton for her strong advocacy for this measure as well as the bi-partisan efforts of Senator McEachin and Delegate Greason and others to guide it through the legislative process."
The biennial budget passed last week includes $200,000 to support the purchase of epinephrine injectors for public schools in Virginia during the 2012-2013 school year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported an 18% increase in food allergy among school-aged children from 1997 to 2007. According to a clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, 16% to 18% of children with a food allergy have experienced a reaction in school and approximately 25% of allergic reactions or treatments for anaphylaxis occur in children whose allergy was previously undiagnosed.
State-level guidelines were developed on July 1, 2012 and school boards will adopt and implement the new policy at the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
Winterpock PTA Student Health & Safety Initiative
Winterpock PTA will work to educate parents and provide programs for our school community with a focus on health and safety. The goals of this initiative are to insure the health and safety of Winterpock students through communication with our school leaders, parents, PTA volunteers and students. This will be accomplished by:
Implementing a standing Health & Safety Committee within our local unit with a focus on:
o Health Issues such as Allergies and Special Needs, Physical Fitness, Childhood Obesity, Environment, School Nursing
o Safety Issues such as Bullying, Violence in Schools (teaching kids that it is okay to stick up for others and how to handle these situations), Bus Safety, Childhood Accident Prevention, Child Safety/Abduction Prevention
Providing Literature on Food allergies to student population/families
Sponsoring a Family Fitness, Health & Safety Awareness Night in January with local vendors and community resources.
Sponsoring programs and events with a focus on Healthy Lifestyles in Education and Family Engagement to promote physical fitness as well as physical and mental health.
Making families aware of County resources focusing on the same initiatives.
Creating awareness within our Room Parent Program about Food Allergies and special needs of students in the classroom during PTA sponsored activities.
Requiring vendors to sign liability waivers and informing them of their rights and responsibilities.
Informing PTA volunteers about their role and responsibilities regarding student safety during PTA sponsored events.
Informing parents about what PTA volunteers are capable of handling should an incident occur during after school PTA sponsored events.
Providing two standard First Aid Kits and gloves for Volunteer use during after school events.
Creating a Parent Resource page on our PTA website with links to resources on Allergies, Special Education, Internet Safety, School Lunch menus, and organizations like the Autism Society of America and more.
Taking special needs into consideration when planning PTA sponsored events that involve fitness activities or refreshments.
Continuing to organize fundraisers that do not require students to solicit door to door sales to ensure their continued safety. We pride ourselves on putting the FUN in fundraising for our school but safety is our utmost concern. We do not ask students to sell cookie dough, wrapping paper or other typical fundraiser items.