Topics of Interest
If a bed bug is found on a student, it may indicate that the student has bed bugs at home. However, bed bugs can crawl onto or off of a person (or their belongings) at any time, so it is also possible that the bed bug was brought to school by someone else. Students are not excluded from school due to bed bugs unless repeated efforts have NOT been made to remedy an infestation.
Bedbugs are a nuisance, but are not known to spread disease. Learn more about bedbugs and how to protect against them in the handout below.
Concussions are a serious concern for students participating in sports. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. The effects of concussion can be mitigated by prompt recognition and appropriate response.
Legal Requirements: A student who has been removed from a practice or game for suspicion of concussion may not return to play until the student has been evaluated and cleared for participation, in writing, by a qualified person who has received training and is currently certified, as verified in writing or electronically by the qualified person, in the evaluation and management of concussions. “Qualified person” means either a health care provider licensed in Alaska, or exempt from licensure; or a person acting at the direction and under the supervision of a physician licensed in Alaska, or exempt from licensure. (AS 14.30.142(d))
Concussion Fact Sheet and Parent Acknowledgement Form (For sports activities only)
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses no longer endorse a “No Nits” policy in schools. Exclusion is not an effective tool in reducing lice outbreaks.
Fact sheet (World Health Organization) November 2016
- Seasonal influenza is an acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person.
- Seasonal influenza viruses circulate worldwide and can affect people in any age group.
- In temperate climates, seasonal epidemics occur mainly during winter while in tropical regions, influenza seasonality is less obvious and epidemics can occur throughout the year.
- Seasonal influenza is a serious public health problem that causes severe illness and death in high risk populations.
- An influenza epidemic can take an economic toll through lost workforce productivity and strained health services.
- Influenza vaccination is the most effective way to prevent disease.
- Antiviral drugs are available for treatment, though influenza viruses can develop resistance to the drugs.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated this season.