Health and Safety

Your Child's Health and Safety

Influenza
The best way to protect yourself and your family from catching the influenza virus is to:
• Cover your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and then throw the tissue away.
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Stay home if you are sick and limit your contact with other people.

Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis)
Schools in Washington are required to provide the parents and guardians of
students entering 6th through 12th grades with information on Meningococcal disease. Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person’s spinal cord and fluid that surrounds the brain. There are two distinct kinds—viral and bacterial, with each type exhibiting similar symptoms. Viral tends to be less
severe and students can get better without treatment. Bacterial can be very severe and may result in brain damage, hearing loss, disability and death. Symptoms may develop over one to two days and include: high fever and chills, stiff neck, headache, light sensitivity, vomiting, and sometimes a
rash, coma and seizures. Meningitis is much less contagious than the common cold or influenza.

How is the disease spread? It is transmitted person-to-person through
respiratory and throat secretions such as kissing or coughing. It may also be spread by sharing beverage containers, for example.

Read more about this disease, the cause and symptoms at  http://www.cdc.gov.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

The following information is being provided to you at the direction of the Washington State Legislature to help reduce cervical cancer rates in Washington by protecting girls from Human Papillomavirus. Cervical
cancer rates in Washington state can be reduced by protecting girls from HPV, the Human Papillomavirus. HPV is a very common virus that is spread through genital contact and can cause cervical cancer or genital warts. For more information on HPV, the vaccine and cervical cancer, visit Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov.

HIV/AIDS Prevention
Washington state law RCW 28A.230.070 requires public schools to teach about the “life-threatening dangers” of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in grades five and beyond. The district/school holds an annual preview night to allow parents/guardians to look at the curriculum materials and ask questions. Check with your child’s principal for the date and time.‚Äč

Important Links

FlashAlert Newswire is the system we use to communicate changes in our school schedule do to inclement weather. Parents/guardians can subscribe on their site and be notified when there is a change our schedule.

Keeping Kids Safe in Cyber Space

The National Crime Prevention Council website provides information on internet safety for children.

SafeSchools LiveTip is a system for students and parents to report safety concerns anonymously via a toll free telephone number, text message, email or through their website.

Snohomish Health District video
Youth Suicide Prevention - Snohomish Health District Link
Student rights/responsibilities and welfare information can be found in the Family Handbook.

Project Know/Understanding Addiction
This website offers resources for families needing information and/or treatment for various addictions as well as other concerns regarding teens.