Wednesday, February 20, 2019

McKinney ISD Warns Students and Parents of Consequences of E-Cigs


McKinney ISD Warns Students and Parents of Consequences of E-Cigs

McKinney ISD and school districts across the United States are dealing with a serious issue related to student possession and usage of electronic cigarettes, also known as vape pens or vapes. Electronic cigarettes are showing up in our schools in a variety of shapes and sizes (learn more about what to look for by clicking on the links below). E-Cigs can easily be mistaken as flash drives or thumb drives and one E-Cig pod (refillable liquid) can be equivalent to 20 cigarettes. In many cases, 4-5 refill pods can be purchased for under $20. If McKinney ISD students are caught with E-Cigs they will face suspension and placement in an alternative school. Students will also be referred to our local courts for being a minor in possession of tobacco.

We are now beginning to confiscate more E-Cigs that are testing positive for THC, the chemical found in Marijuana. Students have become extremely ill as a result of the high concentration of the drug in the oils and its impact on developing body chemistry. These are extremely dangerous and students found in possession will be prosecuted to the fullest extent that the law allows.
If students are caught with THC pens, or they are under the influence while on a McKinney ISD campus, they will immediately be referred to the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Placement (JJAEP), face expulsion from McKinney ISD, and face charges that could result in a state jail felony. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil or products with CBD or THC will not be administered by the nurse or other school personnel, stored in the clinic or allowed to be carried by students. These items fall under the MISD No Tolerance Policy. McKinney ISD staff, teachers and our School Resource Officers will continue to be diligent in holding students responsible, and we will continue random drug dog searches at our schools.

Parents can help by talking to your children about the dangers of electronic cigarettes and the seriousness of the consequences (suspension, expulsion, and possible felony charges). In addition, be diligent and aware of the contents of your child's backpack, clothing, vehicle and room. We will continue to update you on trends in our community and warnings from the McKinney Police Department and the Surgeon General. In addition, we invite you to learn more about the dangers of e-cigarretes and what to look for by visiting the following links:
Vaping - What Every Parent Needs to Know (video)
Click here to watch: https://youtu.be/O8Y1AEOx7Zk
Additional Resources:
https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/default.htm

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Increase in Flu and winter illness guidelines

This is a friendly alert that we are seeing an increase in the flu in our clinic. Hopefully you are staying healthy, but this is friendly reminder on our MISD guidelines for winter illnesses and also a reminder to protect your self against the flu! Wash your hands!!!
IN case you want a poster to post here is a link to the CDC website with printable posters and education materials:
https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/posters.html



Winter Illnesses 
We would like to remind all parents of the importance of keeping sick children home.  When a child comes to school ill, he/she can spread illness by coughing, touching his/her nose/mouth and then touching objects that other students come in contact with.

Remember that fever is not the only sign of true illness and that fever is usually a late sign of an illness, or an illness that is progressing.

If your child is out sick remember to always send in a note from the Dr or a parent note.

MISD Health policies are in place to help insure a healthy school where students can learn and grow.  Please take a moment to review the exclusions that are listed below.

Guidelines for Returning to School after an Illness

In order to minimize the number of children that are ill, we ask you to please consider the following guidelines when making your decision to let your child attend school or return to school after an illness. 

A student with any of the following symptoms must be excluded from school until such time as the student is free from symptoms.
  • Temperature of 100.0 degrees or more. Student must be fever free for 24 hours, without    medication, before re-entry (Texas Administrative Code)
  • Vomiting (not related to a single event such as gagging, positioning, mucus, running after eating, or eating spicy food) Student must be symptom free for 24 hours, without medication before reentry.
  • Diarrhea, of two or more loose or watery stools; all students
must be diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of medications before re-entry (Texas Administrative Code).
  • Pain and/or swelling at angle of jaw
  • Undetermined rash over any part of the body accompanied by fever
  • Under diagnosed scaly patches on the body or scalp
  • Red, draining eyes
  • Intense itching with signs and symptoms of secondary infection
  • Open, draining lesions or wounds
  • Jaundice
  • See McKinney ISD Lice guidelines
  • A vaccine preventable illness in question will require a physician's note for re-entry (pertussis, mumps, measles, etc.).
  • For any infection, antibiotics must be taken for a minimum of 24 hours prior to re-entry to school.
These guidelines have been designed to give your child adequate time to recover, as well as keep the majority of the students, faculty and staff as healthy as possible.

Hand Washing
   
Hand washing is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent the spread of disease. Direct contamination of your mucus membranes (eyes, nose and/or mouth) is how many infectious diseases enter your body. So let's work together to decrease the risk of contracting and spreading illnesses by following these three simple rules:
  • Wash your hands when they are dirty and before you eat.
  • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands (use your sleeve, elbow or shoulder instead).
  • Never put fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth.
Remember...you are responsible for keeping yourself healthy!! Be as nice to yourself as you are to others.


Cold or Flu Poster (12

thank you,
Nichole Warren RN
Boyd School Nurse

Monday, February 4, 2019

February is Heart Health month- what are your numbers?


Important Information from the American Heart Association:


HBP: Let’s talk numbers.
The blood pressures guidelines have been updated.  Find out how this affects you.

How has the definition of high blood pressure changed? And why?

As the new blood pressure chart shows, systolic pressure of less than 120mmHg is considered to be in the normal range, while 120–129 is classified as elevated.  A number of 130–139 is Stage 1 hypertension.

The new guidelines are based on compelling data that show a rising risk of heart attack, stroke and other consequences of high blood pressure at any point above a systolic level of 120mmHg — and at 130mmHg, that risk doubles when compared to levels in the normal range. 

With this change in the definition of high blood pressure, nearly half of all U.S. adults have high blood pressure, compared to 1 in 3 under previous guidelines.  Despite the increase in the number of Americans who are now considered to have hypertension, only a small increase in the percentage of U.S. adults for whom medication is recommended is expected.  As always, lifestyle management is the first line of defense.


Do you know the signs of high blood pressure?
It’s a trick question — because HBP, also known as the “silent killer,” typically has no symptoms.  That’s why it’s so important to check your blood pressure and take steps to control your numbers.

       ·   Blood Pressure vs. Heart Rate 
       ·   Health Threats From HBP
 ·   Risk Calculator

Please follow this link for more of this information and the new BP chart:
Learn more:
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Friday, January 25, 2019

Heart Health - eat foods with more color

5 Reasons to Add Color infographic
As we make goals for the new year- you might want to add eating foods with more color.
There are many fruits and veggies of all colors. There are many health benefits of adding more fruits and veggies to your diet. Try adding more color to your diet this year!
Nichole

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Important information on Vaping/E Cig From Dr. Peirson

Please See this important message from our Principal Dr. Peirson. We have great students- but sometimes they make choices that are so dangerous for their health. Please help us keep an eye out for these devices and help educate your student on the dangers of the vaping devices. It is heart breaking to see a normally happy, upbeat kid in a stupor, vomiting and impaired after using something that  they do not really know how it will affect them or understand the consequences that can happen as a result.
Nichole


Hi All,
I was going to hold off until after the holiday break to send out this email regarding ECigs, but we are starting to see a new trend in our community that is very concerning and it contains THC which is the chemical found in marijuana.  Since our Broncos will be spending more time with their families during the upcoming break,  I wanted to make sure you all had the information so you can help monitor and protect your child as well.  
I know many of you received my communication last year regarding the huge increase we are seeing in E Cigs on our campus, in our community and actually nationwide.  We are trying to do everything that we can to try and protect our children, but we always need help from our parents.  Here are a few articles that explain the dangers of E-Cigs especially in our young people: 
https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/
https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm620184.htm
Here are some pictures of some actual E-Cigs that we have taken from students here at MBHS.  Please notice how small they are in relationship to the pen that is included in the picture. E Cig Example #1 E Cig Example #2 . They also are easily mistaken as flash drives or thumb drives that are used for a computer. The e-cigs themselves and the pods that you refill them with are also very inexpensive and one of those pods have the same nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. Most of the time you can buy 4-5 refill pods for under $20. If our students are caught with E-Cigs they are given school discipline which increases each time they are caught from number of days in ISS to OSS, the e-cig is confiscated and the student is referred to our local courts for minor in possession of tobacco. 
I also wanted to bring your attention to something else we are starting to see in our community and at MBHS and that is the THC Cart/Pen.  These contain the chemical THC which is the chemical that is found in marijuana.  Here are some pictures for your reference THC Pen Example #1 THC Oil Example #1 THC Oil Example #2 .  Please notice how small these "pens" are as well. Also, notice the packaging of the oil and the size of the pen and how both could be overlooked by an adult if just giving both the pen and the refill oil a quick glance. Students are becoming very ill (vomiting, sleepy and altered) after using these due to the concentrated nature of these oils and their developing body chemistry. If students are caught with these THC pens or they are under the influence on our campus, they are referred to DAEP which is our alternative campus for MISD. 
As we continue to get further information from McKinney PD, I will definitely continue to share and update all of you on the trends that we are seeing in our community and in our school. If you have any questions, please let me know.  It truly takes all of us working together to protect our Broncos.  
Thanks,
Dr. P

Monday, December 17, 2018

Spinal Screening Notice

Spinal Screening Notice
We will screen students the first week back from break the week of January 8th- this affects a small number of  male students here on our Boyd campus. You will receive a letter by mail if your student needs to be screened.
thank you,
Nichole


The State of Texas changed the spinal screening guidelines this year to consider the most recent, nationally-accepted, peer-reviewed recommendations for the appropriate age to conduct mandatory spinal screening. In compliance with Health and Safety Code, Chapter 37, all children shall undergo screening for abnormal spinal curvature in accordance with the following schedule:
  Girls will be screened two times, once at age 10 and again at age 12. (regardless of grade level)
  Boys will be screened one time at age 13 or 14. (regardless of grade level)
In McKinney ISD, we will consider a student to be 10, 12 or 13 if the student is already this age or turns this age between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.
The procedure for screening is simple. Your child will be examined while he/she stands and then leans forward, observed from the front, back, and side. For this examination, boys and girls will be screened separately. Boys will wear their pants or gym shorts and only remove their shirts. Girls will need to wear a halter-top, sports bra or a two-piece swimsuit with pants, shorts, or skirt.


El estado de Texas ha cambiado las normas del examen de la columna vertebral este año para considerar las recomendaciones más recientes, aceptadas a nivel nacional, revisadas por pares para considerar la edad apropiada para el examen obligatorio de la columna vertebral.
Conforme al Código De Salud Y Seguridad, capítulo 37, todos los niños deberán someterse a un examen de la columna vertebral anormal de acuerdo con el siguiente horario:
 Las niñas serán examinadas dos veces, a la edad de 10 años y de nuevo a los 12 años. (no importa el grado escolar de su hijo/a)  Los niños serán examinados una sola vez ya sea los 13 o 14 años (no importa el grado escolar de su hijo/a)
El distrito escolar de McKinney, considerara a los estudiantes de 10,12 o 13 años si el estudiante tiene o cumple esta edad entre Mayo 1, 2018 y Abril 30,2019.
El procedimiento para el examen es muy sencillo. Su hijo/a será observada mientras él o ella está de pie y cuando se incline hacia adelante. Para este examen, los niños y las niñas serán examinados por separado. Los niños llevarán pantalones o pantalones cortos y solo se quitarán su camisa. Las niñas deberán usar una blusa halter-top, sostén deportivo o el sostén de un de traje de baño de dos piezas con una falda, pantalón o short.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Important information from Dr. Peirson- Vaping/Ecig- with pics for info


Please See this important message from our Principal Dr. Peirson. We have great students- but sometimes they make choices that are so dangerous for their health. Please help us keep an eye out for these devices and help educate your student on the dangers of the vaping devices. It is heart breaking to see a normally happy, upbeat kid in a stupor, vomiting and impaired after using something that  they do not really know how it will affect them or understand the consequences that can happen as a result.
Nichole


Hi All,
I was going to hold off until after the holiday break to send out this email regarding ECigs, but we are starting to see a new trend in our community that is very concerning and it contains THC which is the chemical found in marijuana.  Since our Broncos will be spending more time with their families during the upcoming break,  I wanted to make sure you all had the information so you can help monitor and protect your child as well.  
I know many of you received my communication last year regarding the huge increase we are seeing in E Cigs on our campus, in our community and actually nationwide.  We are trying to do everything that we can to try and protect our children, but we always need help from our parents.  Here are a few articles that explain the dangers of E-Cigs especially in our young people: 
https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/
https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm620184.htm
Here are some pictures of some actual E-Cigs that we have taken from students here at MBHS.  Please notice how small they are in relationship to the pen that is included in the picture. E Cig Example #1 E Cig Example #2 . They also are easily mistaken as flash drives or thumb drives that are used for a computer. The e-cigs themselves and the pods that you refill them with are also very inexpensive and one of those pods have the same nicotine as a pack of cigarettes. Most of the time you can buy 4-5 refill pods for under $20. If our students are caught with E-Cigs they are given school discipline which increases each time they are caught from number of days in ISS to OSS, the e-cig is confiscated and the student is referred to our local courts for minor in possession of tobacco. 
I also wanted to bring your attention to something else we are starting to see in our community and at MBHS and that is the THC Cart/Pen.  These contain the chemical THC which is the chemical that is found in marijuana.  Here are some pictures for your reference THC Pen Example #1 THC Oil Example #1 THC Oil Example #2 .  Please notice how small these "pens" are as well. Also, notice the packaging of the oil and the size of the pen and how both could be overlooked by an adult if just giving both the pen and the refill oil a quick glance. Students are becoming very ill (vomiting, sleepy and altered) after using these due to the concentrated nature of these oils and their developing body chemistry. If students are caught with these THC pens or they are under the influence on our campus, they are referred to DAEP which is our alternative campus for MISD. 
As we continue to get further information from McKinney PD, I will definitely continue to share and update all of you on the trends that we are seeing in our community and in our school. If you have any questions, please let me know.  It truly takes all of us working together to protect our Broncos.  
Thanks,
Dr. P