Adams Update 1/24/19 -Traffic, School Choice, Radon Testing

 

Traffic Before and After School

There was a small traffic accident at 22nd Ave and Jefferson this morning, which is a route that many of our families travel by foot, car and bike on their way to and from school.  It did not appear that anyone was seriously injured and did not involve any Adams kids, but both driver and one passenger were very shaken up.  I am grateful to the Adams community members who witnessed the incident and stayed on site until police arrived, caring for people, directing traffic and looking out for our kids.

Please take some time tonight to check in with your kiddos about their routes to school and remind them about using the crosswalks, making eye-contact with drivers before crossing and not assuming that that drivers will stop, but waiting for them to do so.

If you drive your child to or from school, thank you for planning ahead, taking your time and being super alert for our pedestrian and and bicycle commuters.

 

Strep Throat and Scarlet Fever Alert

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Your child may have recently been exposed to strep throat or scarlet fever. Strep throat and scarlet fever (strep throat with a rash) are caused by streptococcus bacteria.

What are the symptoms of strep throat and scarlet fever?

Symptoms may include sore throat, fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes in neck and decreased appetite. Scarlet fever is a sandpaper-like rash that sometimes occurs in people that have strep throat. The rash is usually more prominent in the armpits and groin area. Children younger than three years with strep throat rarely have a sore throat. Most commonly, these children have a persistent nasal discharge, fever, irritability, and loss of appetite.

How is strep throat and scarlet fever spread?

Streptococcus bacteria are spread through direct contact with respiratory secretions from the nose or throat of person who are infected. This could be person-to-person through coughing or sneezing or by sharing drinking glasses or eating utensils with someone who is infected.

How is strep throat and scarlet fever diagnosed and treated?

A health care provider makes a diagnosis of strep throat with a throat swab and test. Both illnesses are treated with antibiotics.

How do you control the spread?

  • Washing hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after touching nose or throat secretions.
  • Avoid sharing personal items that may be contaminated with saliva, such as drinking cups and eating utensils.
  • Use a sanitizing solution on shared toys and other potentially contaminated items.
  • Cover mouth with tissue or arm when coughing or sneezing.
  • Properly dispose of tissues containing nose and throat secretions.

Children with strep throat or scarlet fever should not return to school or childcare until at least 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment and the fever is gone.

How do I get more information?

For more information about strep throat or scarlet fever, contact your healthcare provider or the school nurse.

 

Results of Radon Testing at Adams

To continue to provide safe, healthy school facilities where students learn, grow and play, the district has tested for radon in our school. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. Breathing high levels of radon over a long period of time can cause lung cancer. A new state law requires that all districts in Oregon test school buildings for radon before January 1, 2021.

 

We’re pleased to report that the results of the test show no elevated levels of radon in our building. For detailed results, please visit 4j.lane.edu/radon-testing-results.

 

For more information about radon and the district’s testing plan, please visit: 4j.lane.edu/healthyschools/radon.

 

The health and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Kindergarten Enrollment is Coming Soon!

We are busy in the office preparing enrollment paperwork for kindergarten.  School choice applications for in-district transfers must be completed before the end of January. 

If you are in the Adams neighborhood and have a kindergarten student headed our way, please come in and pick up an enrollment packet next week.

Click below to learn more about school choice.

https://www.4j.lane.edu/2019/01/its-school-choice-time/

 

Thank you for all you do to support our kids.

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