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    It is that time of year where we are seeing more cases of strep throat. It can take 2-5 days for your child to display symptoms of strep throat after they are exposed to the bacteria. Please carefully assess your child before sending them to school. It is recommended that students carry water and "non-menthol" throat lozenges for sore throats and coughs. Students may only carry throat lozenges/cough drops if symptomatic and must be sitting at their desk while a lozenge/drop is in their mouth. Please keep your child home from school if they are not well enough to complete a full day at school to avoid transmitting illness and to allow your child to get extra rest. Frequent hand washing is essential. Please see a Dr. promptly for any concerns. Students must be on antibiotics for at least 24 hours (and feeling well enough) if diagnosed with strep throat before returning to school. Click here for information regarding strep throat

    The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting an increase in lab confirmed flu cases for the month of October. Please remember to carefully assess your child before sending them off to school. Refer to the health protocol- https://www.cusd80.com/Page/30846 as needed for when it is necessary to keep your child home. If you feel your child is too ill to concentrate at school or to make it thru a complete school day, it would be best to keep him/her home for the extra rest and to avoid spreading illness to other staff, volunteers and students. A reminder that medicated cough drops (those with any additives such as menthol, vitamins, cough suppressants, etc.) are discouraged at school. As long as a cough is not persistent or severe, I suggest instead that parents/guardians dispense cough medication at home in the morning and send their child to school with a water bottle to sip on throughout the day. Students may carry non-medicated cough drops with written parent/guardian permission such as Luden’s cough drops, honey drops, Halls Fruit Breezers or hard candy that has pectin as their main ingredient as long as it is ok with their teacher(s) and it is a current ailment that affects their child. Students will be required to stay seated in class while sucking on the drop/candy to avoid a choking hazard. Student’s should only bring 4 or 5 drops to school with them and are not allowed to share them. Student’s will be sent home if their cough is disruptive to the classroom.

    The health office is seeing many students on a weekly basis for dress code issues. Please refer to the CTA Elementary Schools Procedure Manual pages 20-21 for dress code rules. You can also visit the CTA Independence website at https://www.cusd80.com/domain/1287 for the dress code rules. Friday dress is school sponsored shirts (available through PTO) and uniform bottoms or Monday-Thursday dress. Sandals/open-toed shoes must have a strap at the heel. Flip-flops are not acceptable.

    A reminder to kindergarten parents to please keep a complete change of uniform clothes (including underwear and socks) in your child’s backpack. Periodically assess the clothes to make sure they will still fit your growing child or are appropriate for the season. The health office has received very few donations of underwear and socks so parents will be called to the school, if needed, to supply a change of clothes for their child. Thank you for your cooperation.

    In an effort to continue to move forward with our transition to a paperless district, you will need to log into your parent portal on Infinite Campus to fill out your emergency information. Please log in and update all emergency information including phone numbers, addresses and medical/condition information. Your cooperation is appreciated. If you have any questions, please call the front office at (480)224-2700 for information.

    The health office is in need of new underwear donations- especially boys and girls sizes small and mediums. Any donation is appreciated.
     
    Reminder to students that will be in 6th grade for the 2017/2018 school year- if your child is 11 years old by July 24, 2017, they will need proof of a Tdap and Meningococcal immunization in order to attend school. Sixth-grade students that are 10 years old will need proof of the immmunizations within 10 days after turning 11 years old. (Please note that the Meningococcal vaccine formula can not be administered until your child is 11 years old). Click here for the immunization policy
     
    Head lice in school-aged children is a continuous concern. One must assume that lice are always present in the community and school. It is recommended that parents screen their child for head lice on a weekly basis in a well-lit room. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a great website with illustrations and information to help assist in identifying lice. Click here for the CDC link for head lice  Also visit the health office link for head lice information- Click here for CUSD Health Office Lice Link
     
     
    Please call the health office for any questions or concerns.
    Maureen Briggs, HA
    (480)224-2702
Last Modified on November 7, 2017