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School Health
Instructor: Stephanie Stewart   
Information You Should Know
Helping Your Child Feel Connected to School
Why is it important for your child to feel connected to school? smiley
Scientists who study youth health and behavior have learned that strong connections at school can help young people
  • Get better grades
  • Have higher test scores
  • Stay in school longer
  • Attend school more regularly
In addition, students who feel connected to their school are less likely to
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Drink alcohol
  • Have sexual intercourse
  • Carry a weapon or become involved in violence
  • Be injured from drinking and driving or note wearing seat belts
  • Have emotional distress or eating disorders
  • Consider or attempt suicide

Resource: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Wild Fire Facts
Health Threat from Wildfire Smoke

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

How to tell if smoke is affecting you

Smoke can cause: • Coughing • A scratchy throat • Irritated sinuses • Shortness of breath • Chest pain • Headaches • Stinging eyes • A runny nose

If you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse. People who have heart disease might experience:

• Chest pain • Rapid heartbeat • Shortness of breath • Fatigue

Smoke may worsen symptoms for people who have pre-existing respiratory conditions, such as respiratory allergies, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in the following ways:

• Inability to breathe normally • Cough with or without mucus • Chest discomfort • Wheezing and shortness of breath

When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people may experience some of these symptoms.

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Hyde County Schools Policy of Head Lice, Scabies and Other Infestations
Control of Head Lice, Scabies and Other Infestations Policy Code: 4235/6135

Pediculosis (head lice) is a common parasitic infestation among school age children. The
presence of head lice is not a reflection on the cleanliness of the child or the family. Lice DO
NOT cause disease or significant health problems; however, they are a great nuisance, causing
classroom disruption, unnecessary absence, and anxiety and frustration for students, parents and
school employees.

Sarcoptes Scabiei (scabies) is a parasitic infestation of the skin. The small mite burrows under
the skin resulting in an itchy rash. Scabies DO NOT cause disease or significant health problems;
however, they are a great nuisance, causing classroom disruption, unnecessary absence, and
anxiety and frustration for students, parents, and school employees. Unlike head lice, the
diagnosis must be made by a licensed medical practioner and must be treated by a prescription
medication authorized by the licensed medical practioner.

The board directs the Superintendent to develop procedures that will help decrease the number of
lice, scabies and other infestations in the Hyde County Schools, protect the privacy of students
detected with lice scabies or other infestations, reduce the possibility of the further spread of
such infestations in classrooms, and reduce the loss of instructional time by effected students.
The Superintendent or designee shall consult with the Hyde County Health Department
periodically to ensure that school procedures comply with current recommendations by the
Health Department. The board further directs the Superintendent or designee to ensure that
students, parents and school employees are provided with appropriate health information for the
treatment and prevention of lice, scabies and other infestations.

Legal References: G.S. 115C36
Cross References: Communicable DiseasesStudents
(policy 4230)
Adopted: September 9, 2015
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