Brainerd kindergartners will be required to have Hepatitis B series shots before they enter school this fall.
Linda Hamilton and Mary Lastovich, school nurses, updated the Brainerd School Board Monday on health-related issues. They said kindergartners have to at least start the series of shots before they enter the fall 2000 year. Starting in 2001, seventh-graders will be required to do the same.
Hamilton said students usually get Hepatitis B as babies. However, in the head start program 25 percent of the students did not have it. Most students end up receiving the vaccine before they are excluded from the school.
In March, 231 received the required booster shots and 50 percent of them still need to meet the entrance requirement. On April 27, students get another chance to take the shot. The Crow Wing County Public Health Department works with the school to hold five annual clinics.
Hearing and vision screenings are being changed from grades one, four and seven to one, three and seven. Hamilton said this meets with what the parents and teachers want. She said the hearing tests are more difficult than the vision ones because there is not a room sufficient enough to conduct the test, other noises interfere. She plans to conduct the hearing every other year to be more accurate.
Scoliosis screening is conducted in grades five, seven and nine. So far, Washington Middle School seventh-grade class is completed, Mississippi Horizons will be done by today and Franklin Junior High is near completion.
Other on-going issues the nurses deal with are head lice, playground injuries and cases where students miss school because of health problems.
Out of the 7,134 students in the district, 323 of them use some kind of medication, 26 have inhalers, 18 are diabetics and two have bladder catheters. The number of students on a controlled medication went up from 199 to 260 from last year.
In other business, the board approved the final work place accident and injury reduction program. The objective is to maintain a safe, health program and prevent injuries and illnesses to all employees. The board's goal is to have zero accidents and injuries.
The 2001-02 school calender was approved. In the calender, students last day of school is May 31. The students will get a week off for spring break in March and will be off for Christmas break from Dec. 21 through Jan. 2, 2002. Teacher inservice days are Jan. 21 and April 1.
The advanced placement art history class will be taking a trip to Chicago to visit art museums on May 19-21.
Board members agreed to sign the final documents for the Baxter utility easement. The city plans to reconstruct Knollwood Drive, extending municipal sewage to the Parkwood area and upgrading the road for a bike trail along the east curb. The district donated .28 acres for the city to construct a lift station and a 30-foot easement will be granted to the district.
Elementary students' desks and chairs that are needed in the district will be purchased from Virco for an estimated $65,000.
Envirobate Northland will perform the asbestos removal for the district at an estimated cost of $71,000.
Board members agreed to allow the business manager to continue with a property purchase of Veronica Ludlow's home on Eighth Street located behind Washington School for $69,000. The property is going to be used for parking and the house will be moved.
The board approved Anderson Brothers Construction to complete the Baxter School parking improvements for about $261,000. The company will also install fencing at $150 per 50-feet of chain link.
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