The weather is getting cooler and the temperature is dropping. We wanted to share some tips for keeping safe.
Tips for Keeping Children Safe in Cold Weather
When temperatures drop, children need extra attention to stay warm, safe and healthy. Young children are less likely to recognize when they are cold and more likely to lose body heat quickly due to their smaller size. Here are some tips to protect children when the thermometer dips:
Keep your kids safe with these easy to share tips on staying safe during the cold winter!
Think layers. Put several layers of clothing on your child and make sure their head, neck and hands are covered. Dress babies and young children in one more layer than an adult would wear.
Beware clothing hazards. Scarves and hood strings can strangle smaller children so use other clothing to keep them warm.
Check in on warmth. Tell children to come inside if they get wet or if they’re cold. Then keep watching them and checking in. They may prefer tocontinueplaying outside even if they are wet or cold.
Use sunscreen. Children and adults can still get sunburn in the winter. Sun can reflect off the snow, so apply sunscreen.
Install alarms. More householdfires happen during the winter so make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
Get equipped. Children should always wear helmets when snowboarding, skiing, sledding or playing ice hockey. Any sports equipment should be professionally fitted.
Teach technique. It takes time to master fun winter activities like sledding, so make sure children know how to do the activity safely.
Prevent nosebleeds. If your child suffers from minor winter nosebleeds, use a cold air humidifier in their room. Saline nose drops can help keep their nose moist.
Keep them hydrated. In drier winter air kids lose more water through their breath. Keep them drinking and try giving them warm drinks and soup for extra appeal.
Watch for danger signs. Signs of frostbite are pale, grey or blistered skin on the fingers, ears, nose, and toes. If you think your child has frostbite bring the child indoors and put the affected area in warm (not hot) water. Signs of hypothermia are shivering, slurred speech, and unusual clumsiness. If you think your child has hypothermia call 9-1-1 immediately.
Dry and/or Itchy Scalp. Call your doctor if your child is constantly scratching his or her head or complains of an itchy scalp that won't go away. The doctor should be able to tell you if your child has lice or a bad case of dandruff and provide treatment options. Keep in mind that constant scratching can lead to infection and a host of other problems.
Friday, October 31st is a half-day. Pre-K will be dismissed at 11:45AM. Kindergarten will be dismissed at 11:50AM. 1st - 8th grade will be dismissed at 12PM. There is no after-school tomorrow. Students who are allowed to walk home should go directly home after being dismissed.
Please be safe when you are out and about tomorrow afternoon/night. If you go trick or treating make sure to check the treats your child receives.
Students in 3rd - 8th grade will be taking the TerraNova test this week. Ensure that your child has a good amount of sleep and a healthy breakfast. Each child should have 2 (two) sharpened number 2 pencils. The TerraNova test is a diagnostic tool the teachers use to help plan and guide instruction. The main objective behind the TerraNova is to identify and examine the students strengths and weaknesses.
We have copied this and pasted the document here for everyone to stay informed. The best precaution is to ensure you wash your hands often with soap and water. Try not to touch something and then touch your face or mouth. Remind your son/daughter not to share food or personal items with others.
September 15, 2014
Superintendents of Schools
Superintendents of Public
and Nonpublic Schools
Public, Charter, and Nonpublic Schools
From: Cosimo Tangorra, Jr.
Subject: NYS Department of Health Confirms Cases of Serious Respiratory Virus
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has issued an advisory related to
enterovirus EV-D68; a serious respiratory illness that has been confirmed in
over a dozen children in New York State.
This virus can cause severe respiratory illness in children especially
those with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions, sometimes resulting
in hospitalization. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), school-age children are
most likely to get infected with such enteroviruses and become ill because they
do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) would therefore like to
provide the following guidance.
According to the NYSDOH, the EV-D68 virus is
transmitted through close contact with a person who is already infected, and/or
by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching
one’s mouth, nose, or eyes. There is no specific treatment or anti-viral
medications available, but aligned with the NYSDOH’s guidance, NYSED is
requesting all school employees to enact and follow the prevention efforts
noted below which are essential in minimizing spread of the virus:
·Wash hands often with soap and
water for 20 seconds.
·Avoid touching of eyes, nose and
mouth with unwashed hands.
·Avoid kissing, hugging, and
sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
·Disinfect frequently touched
surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
·Use the same precautions used to
prevent the spread of influenza.
include, but are not limited to: fever, runny
nose, sneezing, coughing and body aches.
Most infected persons have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some
infections can be serious. NYSED recommends that any student or staff reporting
or exhibiting such symptoms is referred to their healthcare provider for
accurate treatment and diagnosis. Staff or students exhibiting more severe
symptoms should be seen immediately by a health care provider in accordance
with school policy.
School health personnel should consider EV-D68
as a possible cause of acute, unexplained severe respiratory illness, even if
the patient does not have a fever.
Additionally, school health personnel should report suspected clusters
of severe respiratory illness to local and state health departments. EV-D68 is
not nationally notifiable; however state and local health departments may have
additional guidance on reporting.
School administrators are strongly
encouraged to share this information with their district medical director and
professional health care personnel (school nurses). Questions should be
directed to the Office of Student Support Services at 518-486-6090.