Important Health Update

The Little Rock School District is taking a proactive approach to infectious disease control prevention and preparedness.  Fortunately, the district has not seen any cases of severe infectious disease; however, we will continue to follow protocols and guidelines as issued by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADE) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

In addition, LRSD's health team has implemented the following:

Dunbar Students Attend AETN's U.S. Senate Race Debate

Students from Dunbar Magnet Middle School’s Broadcast Journalism classes attended the taping of the 2014 AETN sponsored Debate for United States Senate at UCA in Conway, AR on Monday, October 13. Since the 2013-2014 school year, Dunbar has participated as a PBS Student Reporting Lab, affiliated with the Jim Lehrer News Hour. The students in Mr. Jason Raymond’s class were attending the event as official press, and participated in the post-debate press room Q&A with candidates following the ninety minute debate. Participating students included: James Wilson, Arianna Hansberry, Jada Flint, Bryant Romero, Treyvon Weathers, and Kylar Williams.

LRSD “Gets Into the Game with School Lunch"

National School Lunch Week Aims to Get Kids Excited About Healthy Foods and Physical Exercise

To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Little Rock Schools observed National School Lunch Week from October 13-17, 2014. The district also hosted a special celebration at Western Hills Elementary Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Special guests included Mr. Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, and Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe.  Western Hills students, along with Mabelvale Elementary, Mabelvale Middle, and Parkview High schools provided entertainment.  The theme for the event, “Get in the Game with School Lunch” highlighted events and activities that promote the importance of balancing healthy eating with physical activity and exercise.

National School Lunch Week emphasizes the healthy foods that are offered daily in the Little Rock School District (LRSD). Other planned activities for the week included a Facebook coloring contest for elementary students and special menus for the entire week. The deadline for the coloring contest was extended to Friday, October 17, 2014.  See  https://www.facebook.com/mylrsd/app_451684954848385 for details. 

5K Run/Walk for Childhood Fitness

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The Little Rock School District Wellness Committee and Life CHAMPS Youth Sports are hosting a 5K Run and Walk for the entire family on November 1, 2014 to bring awareness to the community concerning the importance of Childhood Fitness!

The event is a 5K Run and Walk for the whole family  that sheds light on the growing obesity rates among our youth in the state of Arkansas and the importance of initiatives triggered toward childhood fitness and health and wellness. The event is being held to help raise money for the necessary programs needed to be implemented in order to combat this issue.

The Little Rock School District has spent years implementing policies to focused on nutrition, physical activity, fundraising and vending in schools to improve the health and fitness of students.

With strong school engagement, together with parents and community leaders, organizers aspire to help students achieve academic success fueled by healthy habits. While the overall BMI of district students has not decreased, there is a strong correlation between schools with lower obesity rates and higher test scores. The Wellness Committee is constantly looking for partners to support these initiatives.

In addition, Life CHAMPS Youth Sports  is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in Little Rock, dedicated to providing high quality, professionally-run youth sports leagues, camps, and tournaments for kids in Central Arkansas. Ultimately, the cause of Life CHAMPS is to embrace the popularity and environment offered in team sports in order to create teaching and mentoring opportunities that will develop our youth to become champions in life by “making the right choices, pursuing and valuing education and developing positive character traits.”

Donations to the 5K event are encouraged and will go a long way in supporting this great cause.  Life CHAMPS is a certified 501(c)(3), so your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. With your help, we know we can make a difference for the thousands of children, families and adults in our community that need the extra push to establish healthier lifestyles.

Important Community Meetings - We Want to Hear From You!

The next community meeting regarding LRSD facilities is Monday, October 20 at Hall High School - see details in flyer below.  Please join us for these important discussions.

Important Flu Clinic Update - Change in Some Clinic Dates

Due to a delay in flu vaccine shipment that will temporarily decrease the amount of vaccine available to the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is rescheduling several high school flu immunization clinics. This will allow ADH to make flu vaccine available to elementary-aged children who are key transmitters of influenza in the community. In addition, it will allow ADH to provide flu vaccine to more people who are at highest risk for severe flu illness. These high risk people include pregnant women, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma. The high school flu immunization clinics will be rescheduled at a later date. In the meantime, ADH encourages all people over the age of 6 months to get immunized against the flu. Flu vaccine is already available through many other health care providers, including pharmacies around the state.

Kerry Krell, MPH, CHES

Public Information Officer, Office of Public Health Communications
Arkansas Department of Health

Please note the Updated Ffu Clinic Schedule in the paragraph below:

This year, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), LRSD is holding Flu Immunization clinics in schools to provide flu vaccine for students and staff. Click here for the UPDATED Flu Clinic schedule (Pago 2 en Español). 

It is very important that you follow through with all the steps required so that your child can be protected from the flu.

 

For your child to receive the flu vaccine, you must: 

 

 

 

1. Read and sign the linked the Vaccine Information Statement for the vaccine (espanol)

2. Read and Sign this FERPA consent form (Note: both 1 & 2 MUST be signed) (espanol)

3. Read and complete the front and back of the ADH consent form.

4. PRINT clearly all information required on ADH consent form.

5. Make sure you have signed the ADH consent form for the flu vaccine.

6. Sign the school district consent form.

7. Return both consent forms to your child’s school as quickly as possible

Town Hall Meetings With a Twist - Featuring Breakout Sessions

 

The Little Rock School District Board of Directors and the Superintendent are continuing to seek input about the direction The New Little Rock School District is taking, the reforms underway, and the future of the school district.

When and Where

Keeping Your Child from Getting Sick

Although district health administrators have not seen any cases of Enterovirus D68 at LRSD schools, we wanted to make sure parents were aware of any symptoms for which they need to be alert.  We are sharing tips from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. 

Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68

- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Wash your hands often
- Cover Your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
- Stay home when you’re sick

For more information, see www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/EV68/

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