Our Response to Cases of Head Lice
We have confirmed cases of head lice in all four elementary schools and our early childhood center at this time. Students with infestations of head lice are being kept from school until successfully treated.

We experience cases of head lice in each of these schools every year, and there is nothing unusual about what we are seeing so far this school year. Head lice is an annoying condition to deal with, but does not pose a threat to public safety. Here is a summary of the procedure families can expect us to follow when responding to cases of head lice.

Students with head lice infestations will be excluded from school only to the minimum extent necessary for treatment.

If multiple cases of head lice are reported within a school, the nurse/health aide may identify students most likely to have been exposed and arrange to have that population of students examined.

The parent/guardian of any student with head lice or with nits (lice eggs/larvae) will be notified and advised of possible remedies. If the student was infested with live head lice, the student is removed from school and may not return to school until treatment is completed and no live head lice remain.

Students with nits (lice eggs/larvae) but who do not have live head lice will not be excluded from school, however the parent/guardian will be notified and the child will be monitored to ensure the nits are removed before an infestation of lice occurs.

Our school nurse/health aides keep accurate and confidential records of students with head lice or nits.

Check out our full procedure here.

Here is additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reach out to your child’s school or to our director of student health services at dbeach@gvr5.net with any questions.
         
No school October 24 and 25
School will not be in session on October 24 and 25 due to Parent Teacher Conferences this week.


Physicals for winter sports and activities must be completed on PRIVIT before November 4
All students who want to participate in winter sports and activities that require a physical exam MUST have PRIVIT completed before official practices begin on Monday, November 4.

A link to PRIVIT can be found on the Sports & Activities tab on the grainvalleyschools.org website, or you can CLICK HERE.

MSHSAA (Missouri State High School Activities Association) has changed By-Law 3.8.1 and 4.5.4, Physical, to allow a physical exam certified by a medical professional to be valid for a duration of two years (730 days) from date of issue.
Free showing of the movie Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic is tonight
Grain Valley Health Services and the Jackson County Health Department will be presenting a free showing of the movie Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic tonight, Tuesday, October 22 at Grain Valley High School.

HPV and Influenza Vaccines will be available at this event. Please bring your insurance card.

Click here to watch a trailer.



SOMEONE YOU LOVE: THE HPV EPIDEMIC synopsis
"I wish the cancer would have killed you!” These are the chilling words of Susie’s husband when he learned that her cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted virus. Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary takes a look into the lives of five women affected by HPV, the widely misunderstood and controversial virus that causes several types of cancer, including cervical. Each of these women has an intimate story to tell. For Susie, Tamika and Christine, it’s a story of survivorship that comes with misconceptions, stigma, shame, heartbreak, pain and triumph. For the Forbes’ family, it’s about coping with the loss of their daughter Kristen and trying to prevent it from happening to others like her. Others like Kelly, who at 31 years began her cancer journey. The cameras follow Kelly on her epic battle to save her marriage, her career, her family and ultimately, her life.

The Human Papilloma Virus HPV may be the most widespread, misunderstood and potentially dangerous epidemic that most people hardly know anything about. 80 percent of all people under 50 years of age will have a strain of the virus at some point in their lives and most will not even realize they have it. Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV and it is the 2nd leading cancer in women. Worldwide, cervical cancer kills over 250,000 women every year. Meet five unforgettable women whose lives have been changed forever and even interrupted by this deadly virus.
Directed by Frederic Lumiere.
Written by Mark Hefti.
7th Annual Trail or Treat is this Friday
The City of Grain Valley will be hosting Trail or Treat this Friday, October 25 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Butterfly Trail Park.  The event is free for the whole family, but please be sure to bring non-perishable food and toiletry items to support the Grain Valley Assistance Council who serves local families!

Important Dates
             
October 24-25 
No School - Parent Teacher Conferences

November 5
No School - Full Day In-Service

November 27-29
No School - Thanksgiving Break
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