In response to the events surrounding the accident that occurred near Caroline High School this morning, counselors and other staff have been available to any students or staff members who witnessed the incident. Our thoughts are with the officer and his family, and we hope that the officer will make a full and speedy recovery. For additional information, please refer to the Virginia State Police Media Release.

National School Nurse Day is May 6, 2015. Join the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) by celebrating National School Nurse Day as a way to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

Today’s children face more chronic health illnesses (e.g., asthma, diabetes, food allergies) than ever before. The knowledge, assessment skills, and judgment of licensed professional school nurses help ensure the provision of quality health care to children. School nurses take on a variety of roles every day. For many children, the school nurse is the only health professional they may have access to on a regular basis. This becomes even more important as the prevalence of chronic social, emotional, and other health problems increase.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), asthma is the leading chronic illness among children and adolescents in the United States. On average, in a classroom of 30 children, three are likely to have asthma. Further, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Today, approximately one in every 400 children and adolescents has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. According to a study released in 2013 by the CDC, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. The CDC reports that food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated four to six percent of children in the United States. School nurses develop, implement, and monitor Individualized Healthcare Plans for these students.

Division superintendents are encouraged to join the NASN and the Virginia Department of Education as we celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of school nurses across the Commonwealth and their efforts toward meeting the needs of today’s students by improving the delivery of health care in our schools. We appreciate school nurses, who contribute to our local communities by helping students stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn. Resources for celebrating National School Nurse Day may be found at: http://www.nasn.org/AboutNASN/NationalSchoolNurseDay.

Should you have questions, please contact Tia Campbell, school health specialist, at (804) 786-8671 or via e-mail at Tia.Campbell@doe.virginia.gov.

School hours for students for the 2015-16 school year will remain the same as they are this year. This is a change from the previously approved calendar and is based on action taken by the School Board at its meeting on April 13, 2015. The revised calendar may be found by using this link. Please note that the only change is on the second page regarding the school hours for students. The middle and high school student hours were extended 5 minutes and the elementary school student hours were extended 10 minutes to make them the same as they are this year.

Madison: There are currently 11 General Contractors that are considering submitting a bid for the construction at Madison Elementary School. There will be a non-mandatory Pre-Bid meeting at Madison on Thursday, April 23, 2015 for interested contractors to see the area of proposed construction. OWPR, Inc has been in direct contact with the reviewer from DEQ to finalize the revised calculations that validate the storm water drainage design. These will be submitted, via addendum, this week.

Caroline High School: There are currently 9 General Contractors that are considering submitting a bid for the construction at Caroline High School. There will be a non-mandatory Pre-Bid meeting at Caroline High School on Thursday, April 23, 2015 for interested contractors to see the area of proposed construction. OWPR, Inc has been in direct contact with the reviewer from DEQ to finalize the revised calculations that validate the storm water drainage design. These will be submitted, via addendum, this week.

Bowling Green Elementary School: The large scale sample of epoxy terrazzo floor was installed over Spring Break at Bowling Green Elementary School. It is anticipated that all of the rejected polished concrete floors will have epoxy terrazzo installed over them this summer. The new epoxy terrazzo floors are expected to be completed prior to the opening of school in August.

At the Caroline County School Board meeting on April 13, 2015, Mrs. Lora Glass was named the Director of Special Education. Mrs. Glass comes to Caroline from Middlesex County Public Schools where she is currently serving as the Director of Exceptional Education and Federal Programs. Prior to that, she served as the Administrator of Special Education for Chesterfield County Public Schools for 9 years. Mrs. Glass received her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Randolph College and her Master of Education Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Caroline County Public Schools welcomes Mrs. Glass as our new Director of Special Education and she will begin July 1, 2015.