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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e - Thursday, April 13, 2006

Fifth Disease and Pregnancy
Each spring “fifth disease” occurs in our schools, as it has already this year. If a staff member discovers that there is an occurrence in their school and they are pregnant, or anticipating a pregnancy, they should not be in the school until they have consulted their doctor to have a blood test to determine if they are immune to the disease.

Fifth disease is a mild rash illness, which is contagious before the symptoms or rash develops, that occurs most commonly in children. It is caused by a virus that infects only humans. The ill child typically has a “slapped- cheek” rash on the face and a lacy, sometimes itchy, red rash on the trunk and limbs. An ill child may have a low-grade fever, malaise, or a cold a few days before the rash breaks out. The child is usually not very ill, and the rash resolves in 7 to 10 days.
An adult who isn’t immune can be infected – no symptoms to a rash, and sometimes joint pain or swelling in the hands, wrists, and knees.
Consult your principal and the Unit Office if you are unsure of the steps to take should there be fifth disease in your school.

Staff Representative and Executive In-service
This meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at the North Grenville Municipal Complex, Kemptville. Lunch will be served after 12:00 noon. The agenda will include presentations on when, where and how Health and Safety, WSIB, EAP, and LTD affect our teachers. Local and provincial up-dates will be provided. Please RSVP your attendance, or your alternate, by Thursday, April 20 at 258-0841 or 1-888-250-3799.

Earth Day
April 22, 2006 is “Earth Day for Green Jobs and a Healthy Environment”. Last year our schools and communities took part in a variety of projects to preserve clean air, clean water and a clean earth. We should all be thinking about making a difference on the 22nd and all year long.

Professional Development
Once again OECTA is sponsoring three-day summer courses in July and August throughout the province. Surveys have been sent to schools for input into the courses we will request for our Unit. Please return these surveys to 258-0842, by Tuesday, April 8th.

Check www.oecta.on.ca for registration information for Reading, Primary Education and Special Education Part I in Kemptville during July. There were insufficient registrations to hold these AQ courses in the spring session, but our hope is that they will be able to run in the summer.

Sandy, Barb and I wish you many blessings during this Easter season.

 
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