Tdap Required for Incoming 7th Graders
All students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called “Tdap”) before starting school. This requirement applies to all public and private schools. The requirement was signed into law in 2010.
In 2010, California experienced its worst outbreak of pertussis in more than half a century, with more than 9,000 confirmed cases and 10 infant deaths. The immunization requirement is intended to help reduce the spread of whooping cough among California’s youth. Most children are fully protected prior to entering kindergarten because of the DTaP vaccine, a vaccine made for younger children. However, protection to these diseases wears off and preteens and teens may be at risk for catching this dangerous disease without a booster.
The Tdap requirement affects all incoming 7th grade students in California, so it’s important to avoid the back-to-school rush and to get our children vaccinated now. Tell other parents with children in the 6th grade about the requirement and encourage them to schedule the shot early, before summer.
Remember, in addition to the Tdap booster, there are several important vaccines recommended for preteens and teens including the meningococcal vaccine, a second chickenpox shot (if they never had chickenpox disease), and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series. Everyone older than six months old is recommended to receive a seasonal flu vaccine.
The California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Education have been working collaboratively on this important measure. Information on the Tdap requirement, including information on where to get free or low cost vaccines, forms, and FAQs are available at www.ShotsForSchool.org.
A Note from the Assistant Principal...
New policy in order for the 3rd trimester (starts March 2nd), for students who are receiving multiple detentions for being defiant, disruptive, gum chewing... on the third detention for the trimester you will be serving the detention in what is know as extended day. That means Friday after school you will need to report to Mrs. Lemenager's room from 2:50 to 4:30. Students will serve the entire time, which may also include community service and making up missing work. If you choose to not show it will automatically result in an ISS. Please watch your behavior. Eighth graders don't forget that if you are suspended in the 3rd trimester that will make you ineligible to attend the 8th Grade Sunsplash Field Trip. Please see Mrs. Lemenager if you have any questions.
Assistant Principal/7th Grade Science
Egling Middle School
Egling Farm Stand
Starting Thursday, February 12th, Egling Middle School will be hosting a Farm Stand featuring free fruit and vegetable tastings, cooking demonstrations, take-home recipes, and fresh, local produce for sale! Students, families, and staff are all welcome to stop by the stand, located in the yard next to the After School Program building, between 2:30 and 5:30 pm. Come see and taste the delicious offerings of Northern California farms!
In an effort to go green and save some money for our schools in the process, we our sending our weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter by e-mail. Please contact Barbara Reece in the office if we don't have your e-mail address on file.
Egling Middle School encourages parents to join our team by volunteering some time at the school. If you are interested, please see the attached link to our school volunteer brochure.