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2020-2021 Talking Health

 

Truancy vs. Chronic Absence; what is the difference?

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few   weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

 

What families can do!
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots. Build regular routines for bed time and the morning.
  • Talk about the importance of regular attendance and about how your child feels about school. Don’t permit missing school unless your child is truly sick.
  • Use a thermometer to check for a fever.
  • Remember that stomach aches and headaches may be signs of anxiety.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Keep a chart recording your child’s attendance at home.
  • At the end of the week, talk with your child about what you see.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Ask a family member, neighbor or another parent for help.
  • Seek support from school staff or community groups to help with transportation, health problems, or no safe path to school.

DON’T WAIT -----------VACCINATE NOW
FOR ATTENDANCE IN ALL GRADES

Child
  • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis* 
    (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
  • 4 doses of polio
    (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)**
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella ***
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) Vaccine or history of diseas
    Usually given as DTP or DTaP or if medically advisable DT or Td
     ** A fourth dose is not necessary if the third dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months after the previous dose.
    *** Usually given as MMR

FOR ATTENDANCE IN 7th GRADE:

  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)
  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

 FOR ATTENDANCE IN 12th GRADE:

  • 2nd dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) at age 16 or older.

As a result of the March 6, 2020 Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, this immunization requirement has been TEMPORARILY suspended for two months from the first day of school. A child must have had a least one dose of the above vaccinations and/or if additional doses are still needed, the dose(s) must be received by October 31, 2020, if medically appropriate, or risk exclusion.

These requirements allow for medical reasons and religious/philosophical beliefs. If your child is exempt from immunizations, he/she may be removed from school during an outbreak.

Pennsylvania’s school immunization requirements can be found in 28 PA.CODE CH.23 (School Immunization)

Contact your health care provider or 1-877 PA HEALTH for more information

Reference: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/programs/immunizations/Pages/School.aspx

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Health & Wellness Council

Contact Information

Sheri Fredrick-Deeb
Supervisor of Health Services & Wellness
610.351.5555
deebs@parklandsd.org

Lori Seier
Director Food Services
610.351.5670
seierl1@parklandsd.org

Health & Wellness Triennial Assessment

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