Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TPS Foundation Awards Grants


The Topeka Public Schools Foundation recently awarded more than $35,000 in grants to 36 Topeka Public Schools teachers. Yesterday, the Grant Patrol, led by the foundation’s executive director, Pamela Johnson-Betts , surprised teachers in six classrooms to inform them of their grant’s approval. The teachers were all smiles as they learned that their special projects would receive funding.

The TPSF allocations committee awarded grants for classroom, school and district-wide innovative projects and grants that provide opportunities for students that may not otherwise be possible. Johnson-Betts said the Foundation annually distributes educational grant dollars to Topeka Public Schools because, “grant dollars provide needed support to the district, endorse educators’ creativity and benefit students with expanded educational opportunies.”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Informacion de Salud


                                Mensaje de Salud de parte de las Escuelas Públicas de Topeka

                                 Dr. Julie Putnam, coordinadora de los servicios de enfermería

 

 
Las Escuelas Públicas de Topeka, en asociación con El Departamento de Salud y Medio Ambiente de Kansas (KDHE, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Agencia de Salud del Condado Shawnee (SCHA, por sus siglas en inglés), están siguiendo a cera la situación del virus del Ébola y el estado de otras enfermedades transmisibles incluyendo el Enterovirus D68. Cualquier cambio a las medidas de control de infección del distrito se implementará usando las directrices del KDHE y SCHA. 


Actualmente, el personal de enfermería desinfecta las clínicas de las escuelas diariamente y/o después de la visita de cada estudiante/miembro del personal/visitante como una medida de control para reducir y controlar la propagación de las enfermedades transmisibles. Usando los productos aprobados por el distrito, se desinfectan varias áreas de las clínicas (ej., camas, teléfonos, baños, superficies de las mesas, y manillas de las puertas)

 
Cuando un estudiante/miembro del persona/visitante dice que no se siente bien durante el día de escuela, el personal de los servicios de enfermería utiliza precauciones estándar (ej., guantes) como se les indica y documentan información relacionada con la salud (ej., historial de viajes, síntomas, y temperatura corporal).

 
Si se sospecha que un estudiante/miembro del personal/visitante tiene una enfermedad transmisible según las directrices del KDHE y SCHA se llevarán a cabo los siguientes pasos:

·         Separar a la persona enferma de los demás

·         Notificar a la(s) persona(s) de contacto (ej. padres/guardianes de los estudiantes o la persona indicada por el miembro del personal/visitante).

·         Aconsejar a la(s) persona(s) de contacto (ej. padres/guardianes de los estudiantes o la persona indicada por el miembro del personal/visitante) que se comunique con su proveedor de cuidado de salud para cumplir con los próximos pasos apropiados.

·         Los individuos enfermos serán enviados a casa hasta que estén libres de síntomas por 24 horas sin tener que usar medicamentos para reducir la fiebre.

 

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Lo que los padres deben saber sobre el enterovirus D68

CompartirCada año, millones de niños en los Estados Unidos contraen enterovirus que pueden causar tos, estornudos y fiebre. Este año, el enterovirus que más frecuentemente está causando enfermedad respiratoria en los niños en todo el país es el enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). Tome medidas básicas para que su hijo no contraiga y propague el EV-D68.

Conozca los síntomas del EV-D68                                   

El EV-D68 puede causar enfermedad respiratoria de leve a grave.

·         Los síntomas leves pueden incluir fiebre, secreción nasal, estornudos, tos y dolores corporales y musculares.

·         Los síntomas graves pueden incluir sibilancias y dificultad para respirar.

Si su hijo tiene dificultad para respirar, o si usted siente que no puede controlar los síntomas de su hijo o que sus síntomas empeoran, llame al médico de su hijo. Si su hijo presenta enfermedad grave quizás deba ser hospitalizado.

 

Información sobre la enfermedad del Ébola

 

El Ébola es una enfermedad viral que se puede propagar a través del contacto directo con la sangre u otros líquidos corporales de una persona enferma con el virus del Ébola

Síntomas:

  • Los síntomas incluyen:
    • Fiebre
    • Dolor de cabeza
    • Dolor articular o muscular
    • Debilidad
    • Diarrea
    • Vómitos
    • Dolor de estómago
    • Falta de apetito
  • Los síntomas normalmente aparecen entre 8 y 10 días después la exposición a una persona enferma con el virus del Ébola, pero podrían aparecer hasta 21 días después de la exposición.
  • Una persona con el virus del Ébola no es contagiosa hasta que presente los síntomas.

 

Transmisión:

  • El virus del Ébola se propaga a través de contacto directo con los líquidos corporales (sangre, vómito, orina, sudor, leche materna) de una persona con el virus del Ébola quién está presentado síntomas o alguien que ha muerto recientemente a causa del virus del Ébola.
  • El virus del Ébola solamente se puede propagar de una persona a otra persona cuando la persona con Ébola está presentado síntomas.
  • El virus del Ébola no se propaga a través del agua, air o comida.
  • El virus del Ébola no se propaga a través de contacto casual.

Más información:

·         Más información sobre la enfermedad del virus del Ébola se puede encontrar en el sitio de internet de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/spanish/index.html
                                                                                     

Health Information - EV-D68 and Ebola


                                 Health Message from Topeka Public Schools
                                 Dr. Julie Putnam, coordinator nursing services

 

 

Topeka Public Schools, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Shawnee County Health Agency (SCHA), is closely monitoring the Ebola situation and the status of other communicable diseases including Enterovirus D68.  Updates to the district’s infection control measures will be implemented based on directives from KDHE and SCHA.

 
Currently nursing staff disinfect the school clinics on a daily basis and/or after each student/staff/visitor visit as a control measure to reduce and control the spread of communicable diseases.  Using district approved products various areas of the clinic are disinfected (e.g., cots, phone, bathroom, countertops, and door knobs).

 
When a student/staff member/visitor complains of not feeling well during the school day nursing services personnel utilize standard precautions (e.g. gloves) as indicated and document health related information (e.g., travel history, symptoms and body temperature). 

 

If a student/staff member/visitor is suspected of having a communicable disease based on KDHE and SCHA guidelines the following steps will be implemented:

·         Separate the ill individual from others.

·         Notify the appropriate contact person(s) (e.g. parents/guardians for students or as indicated for staff/visitors).

·         Advise the appropriate contact person(s) (e.g. parents/guardians for students or as indicated for staff/visitors) to contact their health care provider for the next appropriate steps.

·         Ill individuals will be sent home until symptom free for 24 hours without use of fever reducing medications.

 

 

                                                Enterovirus  D68

The United States has been experiencing a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) associated with severe respiratory illness that has been especially harmful to children.  At the same time, you and your communities may also have questions about the Ebola virus.  To address both public health concerns, the U.S. Department of Education and our federal health partners have a number of informational resources to share with you.

 Almost all of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-confirmed cases this year of EV-D68 infection have been among children.  Many of the children had asthma or a history of wheezing.  Many parents continue to be worried about the outbreak and want information about what they can do to prevent illness and protect themselves and their families.  The CDC has developed information and resources for parents about EV-D68.  Please help us to address parents’ questions and concerns and make them aware that these resources are available.

 More information can be found at www.cdc.gov/features/evd68/
                                                                                                                  

      

                                                     The Facts About Ebola

        

Ebola is a viral disease that is spread through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola.

 

Symptoms:

  • Symptoms include:
    • Fever
    • Headache
    • Joint and muscle aches
    • Weakness
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomiting
    • Stomach pain
    • Lack of appetite
  • Symptoms usually appear 8 - 10 days after exposure to someone who is sick with Ebola, but may appear up to 21 days after exposure.
  • A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear.

 

Transmission:

  • Ebola is spread by direct contact with bodily fluids (blood, vomit, urine, sweat, breast milk) of someone who is infected with Ebola and is showing symptoms or someone who has recently died of Ebola.
  • Ebola can only be spread from one person to another when the person infected with Ebola is showing symptoms.
  • Ebola is not spread through water, air or food.
  • Ebola is not spread through casual contact.

  • For a person to spread Ebola to others, they must have:
    1. Been in areas within the last 21 days where Ebola disease is occurring, AND
    2. Been in contact with the blood or body fluids (blood, vomit, urine, sweat, breast milk) of a person with Ebola who is showing symptoms or a person who has recently died from Ebola, AND
    3. Developed Ebola symptoms.

 

Treatment:

  • There is no specific medication that cures Ebola and no vaccine to prevent it.
  • Treatment of an Ebola patient is supportive, meaning providing fluids, maintaining blood pressure, and providing blood transfusions as needed.

 

 

More information:

  • Information about Ebola virus disease can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola
  • Information about Ebola can also be found on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website: www.kdheks.gov/ebola

Topeka Public Schools Holding Career Fair


Monday, October 20, 2014

Topeka High Football - Date Changed

The original date and time for the Topeka High School versus Washburn Rural High School home game has changed!  Here is the new date and time.

 

TOPEKA HIGH vs. WASHBURN RURAL
8:00 p.m., Friday, October 24, 2014
Yager Stadium, Washburn University
Gates Open at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 17, 2014

THS JROTC Donates Teddy Bears




The Topeka High School JROTC recently donated 165 stuffed animals- one for each JROTC member at the school- to the Topeka Police Department. The donation was in support of the young TPS student who was abducted from her home last month. 


Law enforcement officers often use stuffed animals to calm and comfort children in times of crisis. This large donation by the THS students will ensure that many children will have a fuzzy friend to cuddle during a difficult time. 



Great job THS JROTC---we're so proud of the great things you do for this community!!!

Topeka Metro Unveils TPS-Themed Bus



Did you know that Topeka Public Schools students rode Topeka Metro busses 122,254 times last year?  
Susan Duffy, general manager of Topeka Metro, stopped by Burnett Center with a very special surprise to unveil: the newly adorned Trojan/Charger/Scottie Bus! The bus is a 35-foot fixed-route bus, one of only 12 in the city, that will immediately begin gracing the streets of Topeka. 


“We have a great partnership (with Topeka Public Schools) and we wanted to express our appreciation to USD 501 and let them know how much we enjoy having their students on our busses,” Duffy said.

We think the bus looks fantastic and can't wait to see it out and about in Topeka!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Volunteers Active at Stout Elementary


We recently got the chance to visit the students and staff at Stout Elementary. A small, quiet school secluded in a peaceful neighborhood near Washburn University, Stout has a dedicated team of staff members that help provide a sense of community within the school. The level of engagement between teacher and student is matched only by the level of engagement between staff members. Everyone works together like a well-oiled machine to produce the best possible outcome for Stout’s nearly 250 students, and the result is giggling, happy faces, eager to learn…even on rainy Mondays.



Despite the dreary weather, Stout’s students and staff came to school ready to be productive. But productivity no longer means listening to a teacher lecture for hours on end about grammar and long division. Such strategies have been replaced by small group skill-building, hands-on learning, and by using the latest in classroom technology. These measures help ensure that students are engaged, participating, and even having fun throughout their lessons. 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another feature that sets Stout Elementary apart from many other Topeka schools is the numerous volunteers that visit regularly. Stout has more volunteers than any other school in the district and their impact on the school is substantial. The volunteers provide students with opportunities to work one-on-one with an adult, receiving extra help and guidance while they learn. The volunteers also assist the school’s busy teachers, making copies, preparing teaching materials and performing other clerical tasks so the teachers can focus on one thing: students. The volunteers come whenever their schedules permit; some come several days a week, while others come once every two weeks. But one thing is for certain: their help is appreciated by teachers and students alike. 



Our visit to Stout was simply wonderful--- even the cold rain couldn’t dampen our spirits at this remarkable school! Cohesive staff members, delightful children and community volunteers that invest in our students make Topeka Public Schools a great place to be!


If you would like information on volunteering in our schools, visit http://documents.topekapublicschools.net/communications/visit/VISITvolunteerApplication.pdf

Monday, October 13, 2014

TPS Students Visit Westar



Last Friday morning found most TPS students sleeping in. However, several dozen high school students chose to rise early to attend a morning session of “Electrify Your Future” at Westar Energy’s downtown corporate offices. Through a partnership with Westar, TPS students are afforded many unique opportunities- such as this one- to advance not just their educations, but also their careers, with the utility company. 

During their visit to Westar, which was led by TPS school board member and Westar Human Resources executive Patrick Woods, students got to meet with many representatives who told them about various careers within the company. Mark Ruelle, Westar president and CEO, spoke to the students about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, a sentiment that was echoed throughout their tour of the building. The students got to visit with executives from the accounting, energy trading, operations, and security departments. In each department visit, students heard about the education and skills needed for the jobs at hand and were also given the chance to ask questions of the presenters.

Following their tour, the students participated in a discussion panel that included two college interns, Chante Mitchell and Kaitlyn Truesdell (both THS grads), an engineer (Vince Avila), and a real estate analyst (Erin Quintanilla). The panel members answered questions and offered advice to the kids.  Intern Chante Mitchell encouraged students to challenge themselves in math and science in high school and college, recommending that they take harder classes and more courses than are necessary to graduate. Engineer and Senior HR Business Partner Vince Avila stressed the importance of soft skills, such as listening, making eye contact and giving a proper introduction. He also recommended that the students enroll in speech, debate and other communications classes as well as hands-on classes such as those in industrial technology departments. Real Estate Analyst Erin Quintanilla suggested that students be willing to tackle problems themselves and to try new things. One recommendation that most of the presenters gave the students was to find something they’re passionate about, that inspires them, that keeps them engaged, and make a career out of it. 

Careers at Westar, like any company that requires specialized skills, will be becoming more plentiful in the near future. Westar estimates that 50% of the present workforce will be eligible to retire in the next ten years. In an effort to help prepare a career-ready population of young people, Westar has partnered with Topeka Public Schools. The utility company has worked with TPS to design a curriculum, offer job shadowing and internship opportunities, and even provide college scholarships to the district’s students. Friday’s “Electrify Your Future” event was another way Westar has joined with TPS to ready our students for life after high school.

The students seemed to really enjoy their morning, asking lots of great questions and listening attentively to all the answers. Hope Street junior A’Jhana Dixon particularly enjoyed the security office visit, which boasted vast amounts of hi-tech equipment. Dixon, who plans to go to Washburn University or Butler Community College after high school, plans to pursue Westar’s job shadowing and internship programs. The visit to Westar helped inspire confidence in the young student, who said, “Sometimes I don’t try things because I don’t want to fail, but I feel better about trying new things now.”

Westar certainly offers students many opportunities to try new things, and Friday’s “Electrify Your Future” event was no exception. Thank you, Westar, for providing our students with this wonderful experience!