Tdap Booster Required
In 2006, the Virginia Assembly passed a law requiring all sixth-grade students to have had a tetanus, diptheria, pertussis (Tdap) booster shot within the past five years in order to enroll in school this fall. Some physicians will not give this shot to your child until age 11. Without proof of this immunization or physician documentation of why your child can not get the shot, your child will not be able to enroll in school for the 2015-2016 school year.
Please review your child's shot record. If the last shot was administered more than five years from the beginning of the upcoming school year, please have this immunization done now . If waiting until summer, please be aware that many doctor offices may be full and you might not be able to get an appointment in time. Call your local health department or school nurse if you have questions.
Shots may be obtained from your doctor, military clinics, or health department. You can send in the documentation to the school nurse NOW. If you choose to wait, you will need to take the documentation to your child's middle school over the summer.
9-5-2-1-0 FOR HEALTH
Here at BMES we are encouraging healthy lifestyles by promoting the core message from the Tipping the Scales for Better Health Campaign
which is 9-5-2-1-0 for Health
. This message communicates five key behaviors which promote healthy weight and overall good health for children. Please ask your child what they know about 9-5-2-1-0. For more information please go to www.tippingthescales.net.
Click here 9-5-2-1-0 for Health-School Poster/ Handout
Handwashing- Key to keeping germs away!
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. It is best to wash your hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds.
Some tips to stay healthy include:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Clean hands with an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your sleeve or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
- Avoid close contact with those who have symptoms of flu.
- Seek care for you or your child if needed, and please call ahead to your health care provider's office to tell them what symptoms you have, so they can see you quickly and prevent exposing other people in the waiting room.
Stay Ahead of Head Lice
Head lice is common among children under age twelve. Lice don't discriminate based on income, social status, or hair type. Nor are they a sign that a child has poor hygiene or is neglected. If you suspect that your child has head lice or has been in contact with someone with head lice, please let the school nurse know. County policy regarding head lice is Regulation 753-2