Back to school is here again

By Kathleen Guill -

A new school year is fast approaching. There are some important dates to keep in mind when getting children ready for the new year.

Students entering pre-k through fifth-grade can get free school supplies from 9 a.m. until noon Aug. 5 at the First Christian Church, 500 N. 15th St. in Frederick.

“Southwestern Youth Services is donating 150 backpacks,” Sammy Ziegler said.

Ziegler is the head of the Discipleship Committee at the First Christian Church.

“Roger and Nancy Heap are in charge of gathering the supplies,” Ziegler continued. “The committee will fill the backpacks, and the students just have to pick them up. It’s completely free of charge, and it’s on a first come first served basis.”

Enrollment for Frederick Public Schools is scheduled for 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at all school sites. Students will receive their teachers’ names at enrollment.

* Prather Brown Center: 213 S. 13th St. in Frederick.

* Frederick Elementary: 520 E. Mimulus Ave. in Frederick.

* Frederick Middle School: 300 E. Grand Ave. in Frederick.

* Frederick High School: 312 N. 15th St. in Frederick.

Sixth-grade Orientation is scheduled from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Frederick Middle School.

Meet the teacher and parent night is scheduled for 5:30-6 p.m. for the Prather Brown Center and 6:30-7 p.m. for Frederick Elementary School Aug. 15.

All new students must have a birth certificate and shot record at enrollment.

Children entering kindergarten are due for boosters or second doses of four vaccines:

* MMR (measles, mumps and rubella vaccine),

* Polio

* DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccines)

* Varicella (Chicken Pox)

Students in grades seven through 10 are required to have one dose of Tdap vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Older students are strongly encouraged to receive a dose of Tdap vaccine if they missed it.

Parents and teens, both boys and girls, are urged to ask their health care provider for HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine, which prevents several types of cancer. The immune response to the HPV vaccine is better in pre-teens and can mean better protection for teens. New guidelines for completion of the HPV vaccine series is now only two doses separated by 6 – 12 months if the first dose is given before the child’s 15th birthday.

The meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) is also important for adolescent and teen health. The MCV4 vaccine protects against the devastating effects of bacteria that cause meningitis or a life-threatening bloodstream infection. Meningococcal disease is relatively rare, but if contracted, can cause death in less than 48 hours and leave those who survive with life-long problems such as brain damage or limb amputation.

HPV and MCV4 are recommended for all children at 11-12 years of age with a booster of MCV4 at age 16. The meningococcal vaccine is required for first-time college students who will live in on-campus student housing. College students are also required to have MMR and hepatitis B vaccines, according to the Tillman County Health Department.

Students playing sports will need to have a sports physical before they’re eligible to play.

Frederick Public School District has an ongoing CHILD FIND system. The purpose of the Child Find System is to find any child or youth that may have a disability that requires special education services, in order to provide them with a free and appropriate public education. The school district is looking for those children and youth, ages three to twenty-one years, who are not currently receiving special education and related services.

For information, contact Megan Newton, Special Education Director at 580-335-5516.

By Kathleen Guill

Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.

Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.

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