Wichita Public Schools prepares for H1N1
As the school year begins, the Wichita Public Schools wants staff, students and parents to know that the district is aware of the concern of the H1N1 virus. The district is working closely with the
Sedgwick County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to keep track of the situation as new information and guidelines become available.
“Right now, what we need everyone to do is practice prevention measures such as good hand washing and for parents to keep their children home when they are sick,” said Kathy Hubka, Coordinator
of Health Services.
Every school nurse has been trained to recognize the symptoms and will monitor students to see if they show signs of the illness. They are working with their schools to help staff know what to do in case a student becomes ill.
The Wichita Public Schools want to remind parents and staff of the
importance of prevention.
What You Can Do To Prevent the
Spread of H1N1:
• Sneeze or cough into a tissue, elbow or sleeve. Throw the tissue in the trash after use.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or
mouth. Germs spread that way.
• If you are sick, stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
Symptoms of H1N1
• Fever of 100.4, cough, ore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue. The illness may last up to seven days, but people are considered to be contagious as long as symptoms persist.
Students should stay home when they have any of the following symptoms: fever (temperature 100 degrees or higher), vomiting or diarrhea, blistery rash, heavy nasal congestion or frequent cough and/or if your child has been diagnosed with a contagious disease. If your child shows any of these symptoms, contact your school’s nurse.
More information will be shared as it becomes available. Information is also available on the Wichita Public Schools’ website,
West squad has reasons to cheer
West High School’s cheerleading squad placed first for their original routine at cheer camp sponsored by the Kansas High School Activities Association and the Universal Cheer Association. The
team also placed first in the “Camp Champions” competition where the squad performed a cheer of their choice.
At the end of the camp, the squad was given the Leadership Award. West’s squad was selected by all the other squads for being outstanding leaders at the camp and for being a squad they would like to see perform again.
After receiving the Leadership Award, the squad set a goal to be leaders in their school and to be more environmentally conscious. This year, the squad will take time to clean up the school during lunch to be a good example for other students.
West’s cheerleaders are coached by Amanda Stephenson and Sidney Lyles.
Teens promote healthy relationships nationally
Andrew Eaves, Northwest High School, and Alexis Marie Johnson, North High School, represented Wichita at the national kick-off of the Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships program in San Francisco in July. The two, along with other teens across the
country, also participated in the first Start Strong teen summit that promotes building healthy relationships as the way to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. Eaves and Johnson created a video that included local teens answering questions about relationships. The video was shown to the other teens at the summit.
The teen’s profiles can be found on the Start Strong website, www.startstrongteens.org/communities/wichita.html.
Start Strong Wichita is underwritten by Catholic Charities, which partners with the Wichita Public Schools and its Safe and Drug-Free Schools Department, WSU and the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center to provide lessons and materials to students at the middle and high school level. The initiative started 4 years ago as Choose Respect. The Start Strong Wichita initiative was kicked off in May and will build on the work ofChoose Respect and expand recruitment and participation this year.