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4th and 5th Grade Fitness Testing will begin
Our Fit Falcon 4th and 5th graders will be pre tested on their 4 fitness tests this year, beginning September/October.  We hope to have the students complete all 4 fitness pre-tests before the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Please have your student come dressed for success to participate in fitness activities. We recommend your student wear shorts, sneakers and a t-shirt.  It is highly recommended that if your student has Asthma- requiring an inhaler, that you have one kept at school in the nurses office, should your child ever need it.
Ashland Health & Wellness Group
Be a Healthy Role Model

In keeping with the PWC wellness guidelines,  we would like to encourage parents and visitors to please consider purchasing a nutritionally sound school lunch rather than bringing in fast food. 

 Prince William County Schools recognizes the improtance of health and wellness of our students. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, the School Board established a School Health Advisory Board to monitor the status and needs of the student health and to report annually on student health to the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education.

In the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, the U.S. Congress established a requirement that all school districts with a federally funded school meals program develop and implement wellness policies that address nutrition and physical activity by the beginning of the 2006-07 school year.

PWCS developed and adopted a wellness plan in June 2006. The plan addresses needs of the total school environment and aims to promote and protect children's health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting eating and physical activity. With this influence, our community is encouraged to maintain healthy lifestyles and benefits from this plan as well. You can learn more about the PWCS Wellness Plan by going to the following website. PWCS Wellness Plan has achieved reputable status throughout the state of Virginia and is used as a template for many of the other schools.

At Ashland, we value the health of our children and their ability to learn and participate in all activities. We recognize the role the school plays in the wellness of our students and our responsibility to meet the guidelines the wellness policy outlines. We have formed a wellness committee to help us address these issues consisting of representatives of food services, the PE department, the teachers, school health,students and parents.

So far this year, we have met to put goals in place and to outline our direction. We will be focusing our efforts in three main areas, health and wellness for students, the staff, and our community.You will see the promotion of a campaign from the Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition called 9-5-2-1-0
The staff has been challenged by the Governor's Physical Fitness challenge. We know many of our staff are participating in regular exercise. By keeping a log of this activity they can receive proper recognition for their activities! As a parent, if you would like to take this challenge, you can read about it on the website.

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If you have a special interest or would like to help with the committee, please let me know. We value your input!

Terri Peoples R.N.B.S.N
Ashland ES School
Group Announcements
Prevent Zika

Fight the Bite! Prevent Zika this Summer

Outbreaks of Zika virus infection have occurred in many parts of the world, and travel-related cases have been diagnosed in Virginia. Because the mosquitoes that can transmit the virus are found in the U.S., including Virginia, the Prince William Health District is spreading the word about how to protect yourself and your family.

The Disease: Mosquitoes can get infected with Zika virus when they bite a person who carries the virus, and then can infect other people by biting them. Four out of five people who are infected do NOT become sick. For those who do, the most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Zika has been linked to birth defects, such as microcephaly (small head) in babies and other syndromes in a small number of patients. Prince William Health Director Dr. Alison Ansher advises, “There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Zika. So it is important that we all do our part to prevent mosquitoes by eliminating their breeding sites and protecting ourselves and our families from mosquito bites.”

Prevention: To fight Zika:
1. Cover and repel. Wear long sleeves, pants, shoes and a hat. Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered repellent according to label directions.
2. Remove collected water. Remember: tip, toss and cover! Inspect your yard/grounds for any containers that can hold water and empty them. Throw it away if it is trash or cover it to prevent water from gathering.
3. Keep mosquitoes out of your home. Keep windows closed or make sure they have screens that keep mosquitoes outside.

For more information, visit www.ZikaVA.org or www.cdc.gov/zika. Follow the Prince William Health District: @PrinceWilliamHD or www.facebook.com/PrinceWilliamHealthDistrict.

Rising 6th Grade TdAp Requirement
The Tdap booster vaccine is required for sixth grade students before the start of school in September 2016. Please give written documentation of this immunization to your school nurse once your child receives the vaccine. If your child has not received this immunization before the end of school in June, you will need to give the documentation to the middle school staff. Meeting this requirement as soon as possible will help your child have a smooth transition to middle school.

Unfortunately, no sixth grade student will receive their home room assignment until the Middle school has written verification of the Tdap immunization. These students will be excluded from school in September until immunization requirement is satisfied. Even if your student is only 10 yrs old in September, they will need to get the 10 yr old vaccine.

Please contact Mrs. Peoples, our school nurse, if you have any questions.
Reporting Student Absences
All student absences must be reported DAILY. Parents/ guardians need to call the Sick Line 703 445-0809 Please leave the following information by 10:00 A.M. each school day. The Hotline works 24hrs so you can leave a message the evening before or before school starts.
  1. Students Name
  2. Teachers name
  3. Reason for Absence
  4. For illness let us know if they have any of the following symptoms
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Nausea
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Abdominal pain
    • Muscle aches
    • Stuffy Nose
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Cough
    • Fever, please tell us how high the fever has been
  5. All doctor confirmed communicable diseases and case of head lice

For any questions feel free to call me at 703 583-8774. We appreciate your cooperation.
Medication Requirements
If your child needs to take medication at school, you must first fill out the appropriate medication permission form, per PWCS regulation 757-4 Attachment 1. Parents or guardians need to bring the medication to school , do not send it in with your child. Students are not allowed to carry medications in school for safety reasons.

Please be sure to remove any medications you place in your childs back pack if ithe backpack is used to transport medication after school and on the weekends.

Medication found in backpacks or in the students possession on school property is in violation of PWCS policies and may result in disciplinary actions. Exceptions to this rule is an Inhaler or Epipen if the doctor has signed a Treatment plan stating the student may carry the medication.
4th and 5th Grade Fitness Testing will begin
Our Fit Falcon 4th and 5th graders will be pre tested on their 4 fitness tests this year, beginning September/October. We hope to have the students complete all 4 fitness pre-tests before the Thanksgiving Holiday. Please have your student come dressed for success to participate in fitness activities. We recommend your student wear shorts, sneakers and a t-shirt. It is highly recommended that if your student has Asthma- requiring an inhaler, that you have one kept at school in the nurses office, should your child ever need it.
Health Related PWCS Regulations
Health Treatment Plans and Asthma Plan 2015-16
Parents please remember to get new Health Treatment Plans and Asthma Action Plans completed by your Physician for the 2015-16school year. Check below links for the forms as needed.

All forms need to be returned completed and signed by the physician and parent/ guardian.You may start dropping off forms and medications from August 15th on. All forms will need to be reviewed by the school nurse and nursing supervisor .

Health Treatment Plans, Asthma Plans and Medication forms do not carry over into the next school year.

Parents, please become familiar with some common
Prince William County Regulations that govern a lot of our clinic practices:
Asthma/Asthma Action Plan Regulation 757-5
Allergy/Allergy action Plan Regulation 757-2
Cancer Regulation 753-7
Diabetes forms/Treatment plans Regulation 757-6
Illness or Injury Exclusion Criteria Regulation 758-1
Immunization Requirements Regulation 755-1
Seizure Regulation 757-7
Emergency Treatment form Regulation 757-3
Medication administration form Regulation 757-4
Regulations can be viewed and forms download by visiting PWCS Home page.


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