Saturday, September 13, 2014

A BIG THANK YOU...

Thank you to all the dads who came out to the All Pro Dads Breakfast event Friday morning.  It was great to see you all there.  Next All Pro Dads Breakfast will be held on Friday, November 7th.  

All Pro Dad's Breakfast @ Howell!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Enterovirus D68 Information from NKY Health Department

September 10, 2014

Dear School Nurse,

In recent days there have been several news stories about enterovirus outbreaks in the Midwest, particularly EV-D68.

Enteroviruses are very common viruses. There are more than 100 types of enteroviruses. It is estimated that 10 to 15 million enterovirus infections occur in the United States each year. Most people infected with enteroviruses have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious. Most enterovirus infections in the U.S. occur seasonally during the summer and fall, and outbreaks of tend to occur in several-year cycles.

EV-D68, the strain of the virus being seen now, occurs less commonly than other enteroviruses. EV-D68, like other enteroviruses, appears to spread through close contact with infected people. Unlike the majority of enteroviruses that cause mild upper respiratory illness, febrile rash illness, or neurologic illness (such as aseptic meningitis and encephalitis), EV-D68 has been associated almost exclusively with respiratory disease. EV-D68 usually causes mild to severe respiratory illness; however, the full spectrum of EV-D68 illness is not well-defined. 
     
The virus usually starts like the common cold. Symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and a cough. This is all that happens for most people who catch an enterovirus. But some patients—particularly those with a pre-existing respiratory condition like asthma—will get a severe cough, have difficulty breathing and/or develop a rash. EV-D68 is sometimes also accompanied by a fever or wheezing.

There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections. Many infections will be mild and self-limited, requiring only symptomatic treatment. Some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy.

Individual cases of enteroviruses are not required to be reported to the health department, as it is not a reportable disease; however, the health department should be notified any time your school’s students/staff experience considerably higher than usual absentee rates due to communicable disease.

To help reduce the risk of infection with EV-D68, students and staff should: 

        

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers if soap and water are not available use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and put your used tissue in the waste basket. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when feeling sick, and consult their health care provider as needed. Children with cold like symptoms that experience difficulty breathing should consult their health care provider for further evaluation.  
  • We are also asking schools to disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.  
  • In addition, we encourage staff and students, especially those with chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, to be vaccinated against influenza as soon as the vaccine becomes available. Getting the flu along with an upper respiratory virus such as EV-D68 could be very serious for someone with chronic respiratory diseases.  

We appreciate your help as we work to prevent the spread of EV-D68 and other communicable diseases throughout our communities.

Sincerely,


Joyce Rice
Regional Epidemiologist

Howell Headlines Vol. 1 Issue 1

Newsletters are BACK!!! The first issue of Howell Headlines went out in August.  These will be Bi-monthly.  Keep a look out for the next issue.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Message from Mr. Goodenough 9/10

Good afternoon this is a message from Mr. Goodenough at Dorothy Howell.  We have a lot of things going on this week.

 This Friday is Picture Day at Howell.  
 
Envelopes were sent home today!

All Pro Dads breakfast is also this Friday starting at 7:00 before the start of the regular school hours.  We invite all of our male parents and guardians to join us on Friday morning.  Don't worry moms, your breakfast is coming next month.


Adopt a Block season begins this Saturday in the Howell gymnasium.  All Elsmere residents are welcome to attend for games, lunch, prizes, face painting and a bounce house.  The event runs from 12 until 1.

Lloyd's football team would like to welcome all elementary students to the football game this Friday for free.  An adult must be present in order to allow students free admission.  Adult tickets are six dollars.

Finally I would like to thank all of our grandparents that joined us last week for lunch.  We had a huge tuen out and appreciate all of the support.  

Thank you and have a great evening.

Michael J. Goodenough
Principal 
Howell Elementary

Monday, September 1, 2014