Successful school year begs the assistance of parents, community
Another school year begins next week for most students in the Eudora school district. It's an exciting time in our district for students, teachers, faculty and administrators as they begin another school year. Many changes are taking place, especially at the new high school. The facility is top-of-the-line. Without a doubt, Eudora students should be proud to attend the new school and play host to visiting schools for academic competitions and sporting events. Taking care of the building can show their pride and making full use of everything it offers.
Likewise, community members can claim a sense of ownership to the building and support the efforts that will take place within its walls. There are always volunteer opportunities available throughout the district for anyone who wants to become involved and show support.
Inevitably, some middle school and high school students will be sent home the first day of school because they did not get the necessary tetanus immunization booster. The State of Kansas requires all Kansas schools to have an up-to-date Kansas Certificate of Immunization in each enrolled student's health file. In the past, the requirement was deferred because of a shortage of the tetanus vaccine. Because the vaccine is now readily available, the state is requiring an update.
Any student in eighth- through 12th-grade whose last recorded tetanus shot or diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis shot was June 1, 1994, or earlier is required by law to have a tetanus booster, with the appropriate proof (the child's immunization card or a slip from the health department or doctor) added to his or her school records before he or she can begin school.
Many students went home empty-handed earlier in the week at packet day when they were told they could not get their class schedules and important first-of-the-year information until they had the necessary proof of immunization in their school file.
Immunizing a child to help prevent childhood diseases should begin when an infant is two months old. The basic series should be finished by the time a child is 2 years old. Kindergarten shots are needed at age 5, and booster shots as needed.
The shots help prevent childhood diseases including measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria and tetanus. It is a parent's responsibility to make sure a child has all the immunizations required. It is also an important aspect for their developmental years.The shots can be administered at the Douglas County Health Department for a minimal fee. They can also be given at any doctor's office for a slightly higher charge. Making sure a student has the necessary tetanus booster before school begins next week is a small price to pay for a child's education.
The new school year also brings more traffic. We encourage residents to be aware of the many children who will be walking or riding bicycles to and from school and to use caution when traveling near each attendance center.
Everyone wants the best education for his or her children. It will take all of us working together and supporting the efforts of our teachers, administrators and children to reach that goal.