COUGH DROPS PARENT LETTER
January 3, 2018
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Effective Monday, January 8, 2018, it will be necessary to complete a “Medication Administration Form” (including physician’s signature) in order to dispense cough drops or lozenges to students during the school day.
In accordance with the Michigan Department of Education, all over the counter medications, as well as prescription medications must have a physician’s signature in order to be given to students at school. Due to the fact that there is a “Drug Label” on the packaging of most cough drops, they are considered an over the counter medication. The risk of choking from a cough drop is greater than the benefit they provide.
Please remember that if you wish to have cough drops or lozenges dispensed to your child while at school, they must be brought into the Health Room by a parent, along with the completed “Medication Administration Form”, which is available on the BPS website under the Health & Safety Department. Please DO NOT allow your student to carry cough drops or keep them in their possession during the school day.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Karen Weis and Mindy Klawonn
District Nurses, Bedford Public Schools
WHEN SHOULD I KEEP MY KIDS HOME FROM SCHOOL?
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.
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
FORMS & APPLICATIONS
Asthma Action Plan
Bee Sting Action Plan
Diabetes Medical Management
Food Allergy Action Plan
Kindergarten Health Appraisal Form
Medication Authorization Form
Required Immunizations for Childhood Michigan School Settings
Required Immunizations for pre-Teens & Teenagers Michigan School Settings
Seizure Action Plan
HEALTH PLANS FOR FAMILIES
The School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan has been striving to make all parents aware of their health insurance options.
The #1 reason families do not access health care is because they do not have insurance.
The Healthy Michigan Plan is available to anyone below 133% of the federal poverty level. The Health Insurance Marketplace serves those above 133% of the federal poverty level.
The following website provides families with help in locating an unbiased Navigator or assister: www.enrollmichigan.com
The websites also have easy-to-understand brochures with more information.
BE A LIFESAVER!
Learn how to save a life using an AED and Hands-Only CPR
WATCH A CPR/AED VIDEO HERE:
Bedford Public Schools 1623 W. Sterns Road, Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: 734-850-6000 Fax: 734-850-6099