Junior StudentsStudents are required to receive a second meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) before starting their senior year of high school. This vaccine may be administered anytime after the student turns 16. If you are unsure if your student has already received this vaccine or turned in documentation of the vaccine, please call the health room at 736-7040.Clay County Health Department will be offering a vaccine clinic at LHS on the morning of November 3 for all juniors that are still in need of receiving this vaccine before next year.In addition to the meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine, the health department will be offering Influenza, Meningitis B, and HPV vaccines.Please visit the Clay County Health Department for information on signing up for this clinic.
Health Record Update
Each year, every returning LPS student must have a Health Update Form completed by their parents. This form also gives consent for the nurse to administer Tylenol. If your child will be taking medication other than Tylenol at school, please also complete a Medication Permission Form. If your child has a medical diagnosis of Asthma, Diabetes, Seizures, or a Severe Food Allergy, please complete an Action Plan and obtain a physician's signature.
Law enforcement in our area is seeing overdoses and deaths among Northland teens and young adults linked to pills that appear to be prescription pills. Often referred to as “percs” or “M-30’s,” these illegal pills are laced with the deadly drug fentanyl and it’s impossible to tell which are counterfeit. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. Just traces of the drug fentanyl can be fatal. These pills are being sold on the black market and there is no regulation of any kind.
1. Emphasize to your kids to never take a pill from anyone or anywhere that isn’t prescribed to them by a doctor and out of its original container.
2. Let teens know you will help them if they are seeking relief from feelings of anxiety or depression.
3. Assure your child that their mental wellbeing is a priority and then make a plan to get help together.
4. Practice scenarios and talk through what to say if the teen is offered something.
Karla Hausman- BSN, RN
Becky Kovac- RN
Jessica Westfall- Health Aide