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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
We have been notified by the Indiana State Department of Health that sporadic cases of Varicella (chickenpox) have been reported in the state. At this time, Wawasee does not have any reported cases.
Although school requirements for varicella vaccination vary by grade, the CDC recommends that in outbreak situations, all school students must have either history of disease, or two valid doses of varicella vaccine, regardless of grade, to interrupt disease transmission. Those who do not have adequate proof of immunity (history of disease or 2 valid varicella vaccine doses) will be excluded from classes and extracurricular activities for 21 days after the date of the last known exposure, regardless of objector status.
Many students in grades 2 through 5 have not been vaccinated with the second varicella vaccination. We are encouraging parents to check your students' vaccination record and take them for the second vaccination as soon as possible.
Students presently in 5th grade will be required to have a Tdap, meningitis, and second varicella vaccines prior to entering 6th grade.
Beginning January 1, 2012, immunization clinics in the state of Indiana will no longer be free clinics. We strongly encourage you to have your child vaccinated with the second varicella and if entering 6th grade in 2012 (or 10 years old), the meningitis, and Tdap prior to January 1.
We will NOT be conducting a school based vaccination clinic in the spring for 5th grade students due to the changes in the state's immunization program.
Please provide your child's school nurse with the date (month/year) of chickenpox disease and dates of additional vaccinations received.
December dates and times for the Free Immunization Clinic in Warsaw are as follows:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:15 pm to 3:00 pm
December 5, 2011: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
The clinic will be closed Friday, December 23, Monday, December 26, and Monday January 2, 2012. There will be no clinic at the Syracuse Lakeland Youth Center in December.
The Immunization Clinic is located int he K21 Health Service Building, 1515 Provident Dr., Warsaw, (574) 267-7028.
Thank you for your cooperation in keeping Wawasee students healthy!
Allene Dewart, LPN Milford School
Jane Vendrely, RN Syracuse Elementary
Myra Alexander, RN Wawasee High School
Robin Huffman, RN Wawawasee Middle School
Pam Rensberger, RN North Webster Elementary
Posted by Superintendent, Dr. Thomas Edington at 6:40 AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Since we are entering the winter season with the possibility of delays and/or closings, we wanted to post some reminders.
- You can receive notifications regarding information on delays and closings by signing up at weareclosedtoday.com. Click on the Community Members link, the Register Free Account link, and then follow the instructions.
- If we would need to delay on a Wednesday, there would be no SMART Start. The two-hour delay would follow the two-hour delay schedule of any other day of the week.
Posted by Joy Goshert, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at 12:04 PM
UPDATED December 1, 2011: The air quality tests results were received on November 29, 2011. The testing shows that the air in the WMS pool area is well within acceptable ranges for carbon dioxide, chlorine, and other items tested.
There have been breathing problems experienced by competitive swimmers using the WMS swimming pool. We have had an outside firm test the water three times in the past two weeks. Results are OK. An air testing company came on Wednesday, November 16, and ran a five-hour test. Results will be available soon after Thanksgiving. We have planned pool work for the middle school pool, beginning in May. Depending on the air test results, we may have to move up the timeline of that work. We want things safe and will continue to work for that purpose.
Posted by Superintendent, Dr. Thomas Edington at 9:01 AM