Quick Tips and Facts



                    Should I Stay or Should I Go?      

      Many parents have a hard time deciding if their kids are well enough to go to school But making the right decision isn't as tough as you might think. It basically boils down to one question: Can your child still participate in school activities? After all, having a sore throat, cough, or mild congestion does not necessarily mean a child can't be active and participate in school activities. So trust your instincts. If your child has the sniffles but hasn't slowed down at home, chances are he/she is well enough for the classroom. On the other hand, if he/she been coughing all night and needs to be woken up in the morning (if typically wakes up on their own), he/she may need to take it easy at home. Of course, never send a child to school, who has a fever, is nauseated, vomiting, or has diarrhea. Kids who lose their appetite, are clingy or lethargic, complain of pain, or who just don't seem to be acting "themselves" should also take a sick day.   If you decide that your child is well enough to go to school, check in first. Our school has rules about when to keep kids home. For example, pinkeye or strep throat usually necessitates a day home with appropriate treatment. Kids can't return to school or until at least 24 hours after a fever has broken naturally (without fever-reducing medicines). And remember, go with your gut. You know your kids best, and you know when they're able to motor through the day — and when they're not.

                                                                                 Mount Pleasant Area School District Policy



      Break Fast for Breakfast

      Breakfast is a great way to give your body the refueling it needs. Kids who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities. — two great ways to help maintain a healthy weight. Skipping breakfast can make you feel tired, restless, or irritable. In the morning, your bodies need to refuel for the day.  After all, you have gone without any fuel (food) for the last 8 to 12 hours while you were sleeping. Your mood and energy can drop by midmorning if you don't eat at least a small morning meal. Breakfast also can help keep your weight in check. Breakfast kick-starts the body's metabolism, the process by which the body converts the fuel in food to energy. And when the metabolism gets moving, the body starts burning calories. Also, people who don't eat breakfast often consume more calories throughout the day and are more likely to be overweight. That's because someone who skips breakfast is likely to get famished before lunchtime and snack on high-calorie foods or overeat at lunch.  Kids who eat breakfast are more likely to get fiber, calcium, and other important nutrients. They also tend to keep their weight under control, have lower blood cholesterol levels and fewer absences from school, and make fewer trips to the school nurse with stomach complaints related to hunger.




      You should never pick up used tissues or share cups and eating utensils. Stay home from school when you're sick with the flu and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then put it in the trash. If a tissue isn't available, cough or sneeze into your upper arm, not into your hands. Kids who are sick should stay home from school until they are without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine. Some might need to stay home longer, depending on how they feel. 



      Take Control

      It’s easy to leave it up to our school to take care of school safety and security issues and hope for the best, but why dothat when you have the power to take charge and make a difference so that our school can be safer. People often report feeling helpless when it comes to school violence and crime. They’re not happy with the way things are, they’re anxious and even in fear when it comes to going to school each day, they see all of the horrible news about school violence on TV, yet they sit back and twiddle their thumbs instead of doing something about it. Does that seem right to you?  You can take control of our school’s safety. You may ask “How can I take control”?  You and your friends can come together to do what you can to make our school a safer place.  Here are a couple of ways that you can work to make our school safer. Both of these ideas are ones that are being used by other students around the world right now. Have a look at these suggestions and see which one you would like to try. Start a Social Group: It’s been proven that students who are involved in groups and social activities are less likely to get into trouble or become violent. So why not start a group that focuses on doing positive things or fun things? This gives students a place to come and feel the sense of belonging that they may not be getting from home. Having this sort of option available will also help keep kids from joining gangs in order to be a part of something, and gangs are often responsible for making schools unsafe. Educate Others on Bullying: Students around the world have been joining together in schools to educate others about bullying. Speak to your teacher about getting the word out via flyers and posters and even an assembly. Get everyone involved and even enlist the help of speakers from kids who’ve been bullied to police officers that can talk about the dangers of bullying to even local celebrities who may be willing to share their stories. This will not only let others know the dangers of bullying and the impact it has on school safety but it can also help students and teachers to spot the signs and identify and stop bullying that is going on in the school


      Believe It or Not

       "Wash your hands!" How many times have you heard that from your parents, teachers, and school nurse? You might think they're just nagging you, but actually the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands.  If you don't wash your hands well and often, you can pick up germs from other sources and then infect yourself. You're at risk every time you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. In fact, one of the most common ways people catch colds is by rubbing their nose or their eyes after the cold virus has gotten on their hands.  If people don't wash their hands often (especially when they're sick), they can spread germs directly to other people or onto surfaces that others touch.  And  before you know it, everyone around you is coming down with something!