Monthly Archives: September 2016
The following information is District’s guidelines as to when to keep your sick child home and should not be used in place of medical advice. Your child’s doctor should be consulted regarding illnesses.
FEVER: Children should be kept home for temperatures of 100.5 degrees or higher. Fevers generally spike in the afternoon and evening and that is why the District requires that children be fever free without medication for 24 hours prior to returning to school. Please do not give your child medicine and send them to school when they have a fever. Children with fevers belong at home. Children with fevers lower than 100.5 degrees but with other symptoms should stay at home until all symptoms are resolved.
STOMACHACHE: Children with complaints of a continuous stomachache, a stomachache with a sudden onset, a severe stomachache or a stomachache that accompanies a fever should be kept home.
VOMITING: Children who are vomiting should be kept home until he or she can keep food and liquids down without vomiting for 24 hours. Too often children are sent to school in the morning after vomiting at night, only to vomit at school. This is why the District requires that your child stay home until he or she can keep food and liquids down for 24 hours without vomiting.
DIARRHEA: Children should be kept home at all times for diarrhea. Children may return to school once diarrhea has ended and the child is having regular stools.
COLDS: Common colds are an everyday part of life for children. Children with a hacking or constant cough should stay home. Children with heavy nasal congestion should stay home.
HEADACHE: Children with severe headaches, or headaches which cause vomiting, or headaches following an injury should be kept home.
RASH: Children are not allowed at school with a rash without a doctor’s written approval stating it is safe to do so. A rash may be the first sign of an illness.
ANTIBIOTICS: Children given antibiotics must be on the antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school. A child is considered no longer contagious once they have been on antibiotics for 24 hours. Pertussis is the exception to this rule, as a child with Pertussis must stay home for the duration of the antibiotics, generally one week. These recommendations are the Oostburg School District’s and in no way represent medical advice. If your child is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, your child’s doctor should be notified.
What makes Oostburg unique? That is a question I am asked relatively often. We believe the success of our schools is a large part of the answer to that question, and we know that success is dependent on strong family support and high community engagement. Our community engagement is positively influenced by the large number of small businesses driving our local economy and stepping up to support our schools, churches and various civic organizations. Oostburg truly is a great place to receive an education, a great place to work, and a great place to raise a family. As a District we want to magnify these community positives by expanding our partnerships with local business beyond the typical requests for financial support that can define school/business partnerships in many communities.
Specifically, we have invited and hosted local business leaders in our technology rich Innovation rooms. Our direction in many curricular areas is directly shaped by advisory committees comprised of local business leaders. Our involvement in the Youth Apprenticeship Program continues to set the bar in our county, and our work in academic career planning is well ahead of the curve.
As we focus here on business partnerships, I would like to specifically recognize high school technology education teacher, Mr. Matt Poppe for his work in growing school/business collaboration. Matt will be receiving the “Excellence in Manufacturing / K-12 Partnership Award” at an upcoming celebration sponsored by the New Manufacturing Alliance (http://newmfgalliance.org/). On October 19th Matt will be recognized along with three other educators from this region of the State at an event being held at the KI Center in Green Bay. Matt was nominated for this award based on his work to expand opportunities for our students as they prepare for careers with local businesses. Matt’s leadership in growing our Youth Apprenticeship program is complimented by his coordination of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Advisory Committee. Congratulations Matt on this recognition from our business community.
The 2016-17 school year is well underway and with that comes a lot of questions related to schedules and other operating procedures for the school. I know that parents like to know what the school day looks like. This year’s class and lunch times are as follows:
|Period||Gr 6||Subject||Period||Gr 7||Subject||Period||Gr. 8||Subject|
|9||2:09-2:29||Study Hall/Rd180-1||9||2:09-2:29||Study Hall/Rd180-2||9||2:09-2:29||Study Hall/Rd180-1/HS Sp1|
As you can see, we do have an intervention time at the end of the day for the entire school. Students can either be part of a small group intervention in reading, math, or science, or a part of a larger enrichment group. These larger groups will be working on reinforcement types of activities such as math fluency, typing, cursive, and digital citizenship. Interventions will run for a month and then teachers will reassess to see who needs to enter, exit, or stay in intervention. Much like intervention, the whole school has study hall the last 20 minutes of the school day.
Along with study hall during the school day, we also offer a before and after school study hall. Mrs. Dolfin is in the library on Monday and Wednesday’s from 7-7:20 AM and Mrs. Kimble and Mrs. Dolfin are in the library after school on Tuesday’s and Thursdays from 2:30-3 PM. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these extra opportunities to complete their homework while at school. Late bus passes can be provided for students that take advantage of the opportunity to stay after school for help with a specific teacher or after school study hall.
It’s been exciting to have the students back in the hallways at OMS! We are well on our way to having a wonderful year of learning and growing together.
Pictures, Forward test results, and the new absence/homework procedures were sent home with the students today. Please be sure to ask them about it!