BEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Office located in the Administration Building at: 1623 West Sterns Road , Temperance, MI 48182
DISTRICT NURSE: Karen Weis, RN, BSN, Phone: 734-850-6034
DISTRICT NURSE: Mindy Klawonn, RN, ADN, Phone: 734-850-6034
WHEN SHOULD I KEEP MY KIDS HOME FROM SCHOOL?
**Children must be fever-free, without using fever-reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school.**
If your child has a fever on Monday.......can't return to school before Wednesday
If your child has a fever on Tuesday.......can't return to school before Thursday
If your child has a fever on Wednesday.......can't return to school before Friday
If your child has a fever on Thursday.......can't return to school before Monday
If your child has a fever on Friday.......can't return to school before Monday
Example: If your child is sick on monday and DOESN"T have a fever on Tuesday and HASN'T USED MEDICINE ON TUESDAY TO KEEP THE FEVER DOWN, then your child can return to school on Wednesday. If your child still has a fever on Tuesday, then he or she should not return before Thursday. (Avoid using aspirin, or medications with Aspirin in them, since aspirin may cause Reye's Syndrome, a rare, but serious, illness.)
This guideline will help to protect your child from picking up another infection when he or she is rundown and it will help to reduce the spread of illness at school.
This is an important guideline currently provided to schools from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.
Also, remind your children to:
Wash their hands often with soap and water.
Cover their coughs or sneezes with a tissue, or use their elbow, arm, or sleeve to cover their nose or mouth when a tissue is not available.
Not to share personal items, including food and drinks.
Get your family vaccinated for seasonal flu.
Parent/Guardian of a 6th Grade Student:
Schools in Michigan are required to report the immunization status of all 6th grade students by November 1st of each year.
All 6th grade students must have documentation from a health professional of the following immunizations:
Complete series of diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus vaccine (DTP, DTaP, DT, or Td). Additionally, one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) for children 11 – 18 years of age if it’s been 5 years since the last dose of tetanus.
Three (3) doses of polio vaccine
Two (2) doses of measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine after 12 months of age
Three (3) doses of hepatitis B vaccine
Two (2) doses of chickenpox (varicella) vaccine (or approximate date of chickenpox disease)
One (1) dose of meningococcal vaccine for children 11-18 years of age.
Occasionally, immunization requirements are different between states. The current requirements are slightly different between Ohio and Michigan. If your child’s doctor is in Ohio, it will be important to take this letter with you to your child’s next appointment, so your physician can review those differences. The 6th grade immunization assessment will help assure that all school-aged children are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.
If your child needs immunizations, you should contact your physician or the Monroe County Health Department.
If you have any questions regarding school immunization requirements, you may call Bedford Public Schools Health Services at: (734) 850-6034, or the Monroe County Health Department at (734) 240-7812.
Thank you for your assistance in providing the school office with updated immunization information.
Karen Weis, RN, BSN
Mindy Klawonn, RN, ADN
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
End the Stigma and Be In...Informed-Involved-Inspired.
A couple of websites to help with the"Be Informed" part:
Additional informational resources are available on the following topics:
-- Depression- What You Need to Know
-- Eating Disorders-About More Than Food
-- Generalized Anxiety Disorder-When Worry Gets Out of Control
-- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder-When Unwanted Thoughts or Irresistible Actions Take Over
-- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence or Disaster
Contact Community Mental Health at 800-886-7340 if you need additional resources.
IN AN EMERGENCY
Dear Parents and Guardians:
The safety of the school environment where your children spend their day is a top priority. In view of heightened security measures throughout our country, we have met with representatives of Monroe County's local school districts, parochial and independent schools, the Monroe County Intermediate School District, community law enforcement agencies, and the Monroe County Emergency Management Division and have made preparations to respond appropriately to an external threat.The federal government has established the Homeland Security Advisory System to oversee procedures that will protect citizens throughout our nation. When our country is under a high alert (orange), we are asked to be alert, but the business of everyday life should continue as usual. In the case of a severe alert (red), we are asked to increase security measures; however, the schools will not close unless directed to do so by the Emergency Management Division. Likewise, if a severe alert is announced during evening hours when school activities are taking place, these activities will not be cancelled unless the Emergency Management Division requires cancellation.
If a severe alert is declared, do not panic. Stay as calm as possible.We want to let you know how you can help us in the event of an emergency. Please follow these guidelines:
1. First, ensure your own safety.
2. Know that your children are safe and sheltered in place; do not come to school.
3. Do not call school; this will tie up emergency lines that must remain open.
4. Listen to the radio or television for current information and instructions. The media, websites and specific hotlines will be activated for communication.
5. If your child's stay at school is extended beyond the regular time, you will receive information about the place and time you can pick up your child. All school districts throughout Monroe County have current and up-to-date safety plans. Your children are surrounded daily by professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping their students; in the event of an emergency, you can count on these caring individuals to keep your children secure.
Our best preparation for any situation is a well-informed community and a coordinated response by local emergency and school officials. We feel that we have taken every opportunity to make these preparations. You can be assured that your children's safety at school is our foremost priority; our schools will continue to be the safe havens they have always been.
Thank you for your cooperation as we take these precautionary actions on behalf of our children.