Our state’s whooping cough epidemic is still in full swing with more than 4,000 reported cases, 600 in King County — school-age kids account for most of them. State health officials are concerned that the combination of kids in school and circulating disease could lead to more whooping cough cases. “Now that kids are back in school and around each other for longer periods of time, germs can spread more easily,” said State Health Officer Dr. Maxine Hayes, a pediatrician. “It’s important for kids and everyone around them, including teachers and other caregivers, to practice good health habits and make sure their immunizations are up to date.”
For more information: www.nsd.org/whoopingcough.
Healthy Youth Survey
Every two years our 6, 8, 10 and 12th grade students participate in the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey.
Our schools will be conducting the survey during one class period the week of Oct. 15-19, 2012. The survey is sponsored by OSPI, the Department of Health, the Family Policy Council and other state agencies. The survey is anonymous and students may chose to opt out. A copy of the survey questions is available for parents to preview in the school office. Brochures were mailed to all families with detailed information about the survey. The brochure and other information can be viewed at www.nsd.org/healthyyouthsurvey
Students New to NJH 2011-12