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School Enrollment, Placement & Assessment Center
Newly Issued District Policies
Dear SHHS Staff,
March is designated as National Professional Social Work Month, which presents an opportunity to highlight the work and contributions of more than 650,000 social workers across the country, including our social workers in L.A. Unified. Social workers strive to address challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and society and to implement solutions that help all people reach their full potential and make our world a better place. I am proud of the work that our social workers and all Student Health and Human Services professionals do to support our students and families to overcome barriers and achieve academic and personal success.
In 1987, Congress designated March as National Women’s History Month. This is an opportunity in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities to recognize and celebrate the sometimes overlooked achievements of women in Los Angeles and our nation. This year’s theme is NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Click here to learn more about 2018 Honorees: http://www.nwhp.org/2018-theme-honorees/ As Spring Break approaches, I wish you a restful week. Please take time to recharge as we prepare for the last several months of another successful school year.
Erika F. Torres, Executive Director
Tdap Awareness Month
Although March has traditionally been known as “Tdap Awareness Month,” compliance efforts take place year round. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough). Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease which can be spread by coughing. People with pertussis have severe coughing attacks that can last for months. The Tdap booster vaccine became a requirement for all students entering 7th grade beginning in the 2011-2012 school year after California saw increased incidences of pertussis in 2010. Since immunity to pertussis wanes about five years after receiving the vaccine (which is typically last given at ages five to six), receiving the vaccine again at ages eleven to twelve provides continued protection against the disease.
Each year, the District focuses its efforts on sixth grade students by outreaching to them and their families to ensure they receive the vaccine prior to their first day of 7th grade. As a result, the District has seen increased compliance rates from one year to the next with this year being no exception. As of February 25, 2018, the District-wide compliance rate is 48%, which is 18% higher than the February target goal of 30%. During this same period last year, the compliance rate was 38%. Throughout the years, when we have consulted with school-based nursing staff, we have learned that the schools with the highest compliance rates is due to the collaboration and teamwork of all school staff. This includes administrators, teachers, office and other school employees, and of course, the School Nurse and other Student Health and Human Services (SHHS) personnel. This combined with the tireless work of non-school based SHHS support staff such as administrators, School Nurses, PSA counselors, social workers, school physicians, nurse practitioners, organization facilitators and Healthy Start staff is what has helped make our Tdap efforts so successful. By focusing our efforts on 6th grade students, we encourage them to avoid waiting until the last minute when clinics are most impacted and there are long wait times. This ensures that students are able to start school on the first day of 7th grade.
Although our compliance rates are the highest they have ever been to date, much work remains to be done. District Nursing Services has been and will continue to hold mobile Tdap clinics at school sites. In addition, school based clinics are available to students who meet eligibility criteria. SHHS personnel will continue to support schools by educating students and parents on the importance of getting their booster vaccine. Additionally, they will be contacting those who have not yet received the vaccine and search the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) database, as well as school site immunization records, for Tdap data and enter dates into MiSiS. LAUSD and other community based clinic information can be found on the Nursing Services website at https://achieve.lausd.net/immunization. Schools requiring assistance with their Tdap efforts should contact their School Nurse or their Local District (LD) Nursing Specialist(s). Nursing Services appreciates the support of our SHHS colleagues and is confident that all students entering 7th grade in the 2018-2019 school year will be Tdap compliant.
A Message from Board President, Mónica García:
Fifty years ago, Chicano student leaders from the historic Eastside region of Los Angeles demonstrated the power of nonviolent resistance through El Movimiento, part of the Latino civil rights movement for sociopolitical empowerment, and raised consciousness of the Mexican-American experience in the U.S.
From March 1 to March 8, 1968, approximately 15,000 students walked out of classes from Wilson, Garfield, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Belmont, and other Los Angeles high schools, demanding adequacy, equity, and cultural relevancy from the Los Angeles Unified School District.
They sought educational justice.
Today, the student walkouts continue to be a significant moment in U.S., Latino, and education history. We are grateful for the actions and courage by youth for systemic accountability. Since then, this District has made progress by increasing graduation rates to 80 percent, investing more than 13 billion dollars in school repair, modernization, and construction, and integrating a student-centered Kids First approach. As was true then, there is still more work to do.
Fifty years from now, in 2068, our community remembers every individual that fought for civil rights and envisions a Los Angeles where every child is prepared for and has access to the college and career of their choice, and, is a productive and self-fulfilled member of our society.
Welcome to Vision 2068!
In the spirit of hope,
School Board President Mónica García
For more information on the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Walkouts and related activities visit the Vision 2068 Home Page.