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Attention 6th Grade Parents!
Attention 6th Grade Parents!

Attention 6th grade parents… By California law all incoming 7th graders are required to show definitive proof of immunization (TDAP) before they can enroll in 7th grade.  This shot must have been given after age 7.  Your incoming 7th grader will not allowed to start the 2015-16 school without proof.  Some students may have already got the shot, but have not shown the proof to the Health Office.  Please have your 6th grader present their updated immunization record to the Health Office before the end of this school year. If your student has not received the TDAP yet, please make an appointment NOW to get it.  This way you will prevent your student from being excluded from school in August.  Please call the Health Office if you have any questions…760-966-4921.   

Health News!

Just a few reminders from the Health Office:

In accordance with Board Policy 5142 all ace bandages, braces, splints, casts and crutches must have a note from a medical provider to return to school.  Students with casts and crutches will not be allowed to actively participate in PE activities because of potential danger to the student and others.  Doctor note MUST state:

  1. Date student may return to school
  2. With: brace, crutches, cast, splint or ace bandage
  3. PE restrictions

Students will NOT be allowed to return to school until the Health Office has received this note.  

All incoming 7th-12th grade students must have a Tdap shot on or before their 7th birthday documented on their immunization record.   If your student has not met this requirement they will not be permitted to register or attend next school year. Please check your child's shot record now to determine if they need this booster. 

Many students receive immunizations throughout the year, but do not present the record to the health office.  Please make sure you bring in the record every time your child gets an immunization.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Cindi Donaldson in the Health Office at 760-966-4921.

To prevent the spread of the Flu the CDC recommends:

 

  • Hand Hygiene: Wash your hands thoroughly and often.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose and practice other good health habits: A person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or nose.
  • Clean and disinfect:  Disinfect countertops, sinks, doorknobs, tables and telephones on a regular basis.
  • Respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands after.
  • Use Droplet precautions: Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Encourage coughing persons to sit at least three feet away from others in common waiting areas.
  • Infected people should stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. Sick people should limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Teens and Sleep

Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly. Sleepiness can make it hard to get along with your family and friends and hurt your scores on school exams, on the court or on the field. Remember: A brain that is hungry for sleep will get it, even when you don’t expect it such as falling asleep in class.  When you do not get enough sleep, you are more likely to have an accident, injury and/or illness.

 

FACTS:

Sleep is vital to your well-being, as important as the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat. It can even help you to eat better and manage the stress of being a teen

· Teens need about 9 1/4 hours of sleep each night to function best (for some, 8 1/2 hours is enough). Most teens do not get            enough sleep — one study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights.

· Teens tend to have irregular sleep patterns across the week — they typically stay up late and sleep in late on the              weekends, which can affect their biological clocks and hurt the quality of their sleep.

· Many teens suffer from treatable sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, insomnia, or sleep apnea.

 

CONSEQUENCES:

Not getting enough sleep or having sleep difficulties can:

- Limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. You may even forget important information like names,                 numbers, your homework or a date with a special person in your life;

- Make you more prone to pimples. Lack of sleep can contribute to acne and other skin problems;

- Lead to aggressive or inappropriate behavior

  • Such as yelling at your friends or being impatient with your teachers or family members;
  • Cause you to eat too much or eat unhealthy foods like sweets and fried foods that lead to weight gain;
  • Contribute to illness

 

SOLUTION:

- Make sleep a priority. Have a set bedtime and supervise your teen to stick to it. 

- Avoid caffeine, exercise and media devices before bedtime

- Supervise use of media devices during scheduled bedtime…many teens stay up late using their device.

 

End of the Year Procedure

Summer is fast approaching and school will be out of session soon.  Just a few reminders from the Health Office:

If your student has medication here at school, please make arrangements to pick up his/her medication before the last day of school.  All medications left after school is out will be DISPOSED

If you have an incoming 7th grader don’t forget to get the TDAP immunization.  A letter was sent to all parents of students who still needed to show proof.  Your student will NOT be allowed to start 7th grade without it.  Make your appointment NOW, since clinics get very busy the week before school starts.

Summer is a prime time for accidents. Be aware of your child’s activities and make sure they have a fun and safe break. 

If you have any questions please call Mrs. Donaldson at 760-966-4921.  

Contact: Health Clerk

Cindi Donaldson

760-966-4921

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Measles Information for Parents
Measles Information for Parents

The San Diego County Office of Health and Human Services has verified several reported cases of measles throughout the county.  Please know that NO cases of this highly contagious viral infection have been reported in the Oceanside Unified School District. 

Click Measles Information to learn more about what you can to help prevent the spread of this condition, and what to do should you suspect your child or some other person in your family or household may have symptoms of measles.  In the event of any reported cases in our district, you will be informed.  Visit Centers for Disease Control for further information.

Flu Information

Just a reminder to parents in reference to the Oceanside Unified School District’s Health and Safety Guidelines.  Please do not send your child to school if they have a fever, vomiting, diarrhea or have frequent coughing and/or nasal discharge which could interfere with classroom instruction.  Please remember that your child should be vomit and/or fever free for 24 hours without medication.   If you have any questions please feel free to call the Health Office. We are in middle of a severe flu season and we all need to do our best to stay healthy. Thank you!