Walk to School Day October 9th!

In Las Vegas the weather is wonderful to walk to school. By October 9th it will be cooled down but certainly not too cold to observe International Walk to School Day! 

Check out the website to your child’s school and see if they have a planned event or make one with your neighbors. Invite a public official or candidate to office to your event to make it extra special for your students.

The official website has lots of great tools to plan your event and even turn it into a fundraiser for your school to pay for physical fitness activities year round!

The walk to school day date for 2013 is October 9th!

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Apply for Free or Reduced Lunch ONLINE NOW be Ready for Back to School

There is a program to now apply for FREE or REDUCED lunch online so your students are ready to go when school starts.

Click on the image below or visit:  www.ApplyforLunch.com

Did you know that the number of children receiving free or reduced lunch at your school affects the level of funding the campus receives? Schools with high numbers of students who qualify for these lunches can be helped under the Title I program.  So even when you plan on packing your child’s lunch adding to the population of qualifying students can help your school.

Colleges that Waive Application Fees for Low Income Students

Generally to receive a fee waiver to a university a student must take the SAT exam using a fee waiver.  Though it is worth reading everything you can about the institution your student is interested in attending to see if there are any other programs offered.

In Las Vegas there are no colleges that waive these fees. Keep in mind that College of Southern Nevada only charges a $5 application fee.

Fee waiving colleges in Nevada are:

Read more about the SAT college application fee waiver program in the official guide.  This guide includes links to all of the universities that offer fee waivers in the nation.

Fee Waivers for PSAT, SAT, and AP Course Exams

I have had a couple of emails from parents upset about the course exam fees for AP classes this year. There is a fee waiver program for these courses but you have to start now to qualify.

The fee waiver is based on the federal standards for free or reduced school lunches. By high school many parents no longer complete the free lunch application because students are embarrassed to use the program. However it is the ONLY way to get the fee waiver through the school district.

 CLICK HERE TO GO TO APPLICATION FOR FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH 

The lists of students whom qualify for free and reduced lunch should be kept confidential at your student’s school.

Information about test fee waivers here

SAT Test Fee Waivers Brochure – This service open ONLY to Seniors

SAT Fee Waiver Guide for Counselors 

For the SAT test I recommend to parents to get your fee waiver handled in advance through the online fee waiver service  without depending on a school counselor to get it done. Your student will be given their own waiver ID number to use to register for testing and ensure their paperwork is handled.

PSAT Test Fee Waiver – This service is open ONLY to Juniors and above

AP Exams

This area has the most confusion. You may have read the Las Vegas Sun Article about students who may not receive credit for their AP tests due to a cut in funding for the program. Imagine the frustration if your college bound student did their best to pass this test only to learn over the summer it was not paid for so they may not receive credit toward college. This is a double whammy to our students. Either pay for the test  $57 ($83 minus $26 waiver from college board ) and study again which many of these students may no longer have the materials. OR sadly many of these students will end up having to repeat the course at the college they enroll in which can cost anywhere from $200 on up.

The information below is from the College Board website: 

Funding Restored for Low-Income Students’ Exam Fees

Additional Federal funding has just been announced for qualifying low-income students’ 2012 AP Exam fees. These funds allow most participating states to fully subsidize all exams taken by eligible students. Some states that previously required students to pay a nominal fee per exam may continue to do so – this is a state-specific decision. Please encourage students who opted out of taking the AP Exams due to loss of funding to reconsider taking exams in May.

The issue is that Nevada has not indicated “IF” and “WHEN” the State will announce plans to pay for the test for students.

Visit Federal and State Exam Fee Assistance for more information.

Fee reductions for AP Exams

The College Board provides a $26 fee reduction per exam for students with financial need. For each exam taken with a fee reduction, the school forgoes its $8 rebate, resulting in a cost of $53 per exam for the student.

The U.S. Department of Education has notified states that they now have additional funds to cover the costs of 2012 AP Exams for eligible low-income students. For most states that receive federal funding, when combined with the increased College Board subsidy, these funds will make all AP Exams free for low-income students in May 2012. For these states, the funding breakdown is as follows:

  • The federal contribution will be $53 per exam.
  • The College Board contribution will be $26 per exam.
  • Schools waive the $8 per exam fee they collect for their own uses.
  • Accordingly, the $87 per exam fee is reduced to $0 per exam for low-income students, and there will not be a limit on the number of exams funded per student (i.e., the three-exam cap announced by the federal government earlier this year has been removed).

Click here to Read the Nevada Guidelines.  Pending funding it says. 

Students who are either enrolled or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program qualify for the $26 College Board fee reduction on all AP Exams that they take in a given year.

Author’s personal commentary: 

This is one of those issues that we need to as a community give a hand up to our students from families that struggle financially. When a student works hard gets through that AP class and passes their exam we need our state to fall in line with the rest of the country and come through with the rest of the funds for a fee waiver. The end result will affect us all because our schools in the end will produce fewer graduates. Write to your local candidate for legislature and find out where they stand on the issue. 

Free and Reduced Lunch Guidelines for 2012

Additional Back to School Shots Clinics Announced

Check out this list.  Note that shots are NOT FREE at clinics unless specifically listed.  You will need to call the phone numbers listed.  I did post free shot clinics at Doolittle Back to School Fair, Firehouse Open House, and Shots 4 Tots locations. Also if you are confused about what shots your child will need check out the CDC Shot Catch Up Application and the CCSD list of immunizations.

(Just a reminder that an exemption for shots in Nevada is difficult to obtain and you MUST call the health department in advance. )

 

 

ParentLink is Now Mobile! Keep in Touch with Your Student’s Grades From Your Mobile Phone!

I have been a fan of Parentlink with CCSD. As a parent I have been able to keep on top of my kids assignments and get direct messages from their teachers. I get an email every time grades are updated too.

The website always worked well on my phone in its browser.  It is still exciting that there are now mobile apps! 

Download for Apple in the App Store 

Download for your Android Phone on GooglePlay

You can always make your older student download it to their phone to stay responsible. If there was an improvement suggestion for CCSD in using ParentLink it would be to have a login for the students over age 12 so they can take on some responsibility to monitor their own progress. My 14 year old logs into ParentLink and has to tell me what is happening with every assignment for every class before he gets his weekend privileges or allowance.

Plus if you do not have a mobile phone there is always the main website: Parentlink.CCSD.Net 

If you do not have regular access to the internet there is always the hotline to call.

Special Education Law Firm in Nevada Committed to FREE Representation for Students

I just learned about this firm from early intervention services.
Here are the details from the firm website. 
SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW

Making a difference…one child at a time.

Attorney Jean Murrell Adams opened the law firm of ADAMS ESQ, a Professional Corporation, to provide high quality legal service at no cost to qualifying parents of children with special needs.  Her own experience fighting for the rights of her exceptional child prompted her to dedicate her career to helping other parents.  ADAMS ESQ focuses exclusively on special education law.  With locations in Los Angeles, Oakland, Riverside and Sacramento, our attorneys are committed to helping children with disabilities obtain a free and appropriate education throughout California and Nevada.

Under the new Individuals with Education Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004), school districts are required to seek out and identify children with disabilities who may need special education and related services.  Not all disabilities are completely obvious.  Your child may have an auditory or visual processing disorder that makes it difficult for him to understand what he is reading, or what a teacher is teaching.  There is help available for your child!

 

The attorneys and staff at ADAMS ESQ are committed to providing exceptional legal representation free of charge to parents.  For more information please contact us at: 1-800-785-6713.

Fire Station Open House Features Free Immunizations Saturday August 18th

The Clark County Fire Department’s “safe house” teaches children about fire safety and will be featured at Station 14’s open house Aug. 18.

The Clark County Fire Department is hosting a community open house at Fire Station 14, located at 3260 Topaz St., near Eastern Avenue and Desert Inn Road on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.    The Fire Department hosts open houses with community partners every other month on Saturdays at different neighborhood fire stations in the County so the public can obtain fire, drowning prevention and other life-safety information. Station 14 is located in Commission District E in the Winchester neighborhood.

At the upcoming event, the Southern Nevada Immunization & Health Coalition is offering free immunizations, vision and dental screenings for school-aged children. Attendees also will receive information about injury prevention, fire safety and drowning prevention. Clark County’s Fire and Building departments are sponsors of the Health District’s annual ABC&D’s of Drowning Prevention campaign, which emphasizes the need for adult supervision and barriers around swimming pools to prevent drownings.

Participating agencies include the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition, American Red Cross, Nevada Child Seekers, Nevada Healthy Homes, and staff from Clark County Business License and the District Attorney’s office.  The Fire Department’s fire safety house, which teaches children how to get out of their homes safely in case of fire, also will be at the event in addition to its popular “Captain Be Safe” inflatable firefighter character and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s McGruff crime dog.

Back to School Fair August 14th!

Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly hosts his annual back to school fair on August 14th.

You can also follow Lawrence Weekly on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on events in his district.

 

When: Tuesday August 14, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Walnut Recreation Center, 3075 N. Walnut Road
What:
The Commission District D office invites the public to a back-to-school event at Walnut Recreation Center. School supplies will be distributed and various activities are planned for the entire family. For more information, call (702) 455-7277.

Back to School Fair and Movie Thursday, August 9th at AnSan Sister City Park

 

August 2012
Back-to-School and Movie in the Park
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012
6:30-9:30 p.m.; “The Muppets,” (rated PG) will begin at dusk
Ansan Sister City Park at Ducharme and Buffalo Drive, near Alta
Free
Please join Councilman Beers for the Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the Park. Free backpacks and school supplies will be given out while supplies last. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. Bring your blanket and picnic basket, and enjoy the numerous kids activities until the movie starts at dusk. To become a vendor, please contact Christie Garness at 229-6851.

Back to School Event Friday August 17th at Durango YMCA

Ward 4 Back-to-School and  Movie event
Friday, Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Durango Hills YMCA gymnasium, 3521 N. Durango Drive
Join Mayor Pro Tem Anthony for a fun family evening. Watch a free showing of “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” rated PG and enjoy free popcorn and water, while supplies last- sponsored by Connections Academy.

Free schools supplies while supplies last
Food will be available for purchase.

Back to School Fair August 18th at Doolittle Community Center

Back-to-School Fair (all ages)
Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m.to noon
Free admission.
Doolittle Community Center, 1950 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Free school supplies for children ages 5-12 and popsicles will be distributed while supplies last. Enjoy free face painting and music.

Southern Nevada Health District staff will administer free immunization shots. Be sure to bring children’s shot records.

Food vendors will be available. Wristbands for school supplies will not be handed out until 8:30 a.m. For more information, please call 229-5443.

Back to School Fair and Movie in the Park Friday August 3rd

Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the Park - The Muppets, rated PG
Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Centennial Hills Park, Elkhorn Road and Buffalo Drive
Free
Join Councilman Ross for the Back-to-School Fair and Movie in the Park. Free school supplies and binders will be given out while supplies last. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. Enjoy a balloon artist, face painters and jump house. Movie sponsored by Republic Services.

 

Fun fact: Did you know you can tweet City Councilman Steve Ross?

Free Shots Clinics for Back to School 2012

FREE SHOT CLINICS FROM SHOTS4TOTS

If you need to use one of these clinics prepare to wait in line and bring all of your child’s information and your photo ID.  Please read the information from the health department. 

Tuesday, August 7

Rex Bell Elementary School
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Keen Back-to-School Fair
2900 Wilmington Way, Las Vegas, NV 89102
No cost vaccines for kids 0-18 years of age

Wednesday, August 8

Bright Child Learning Center
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
4645 W. Ann Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89031
No cost vaccines for kids 0-18 years of age

Tuesday, August 14

Walnut Community Center
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
National Night Out
3075 N. Walnut Road, Las Vegas, NV 89115
No cost vaccines for kids 0-18 years of age

Wednesday, August 15

Bright Child Learning Center
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
4645 W. Ann Road, North Las Vegas, NV 89031
No cost vaccines for kids 0-18 years of age

Saturday, August 18

College of Southern Nevada
8 a.m. – noon
Nevada Youth Alliance Back-to-School Fair
3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas, NV 89030
No cost vaccines for kids 0-18 years of age

Doolittle Community Center
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1950 ‘J’ Street, Las Vegas, NV 89107
No cost vaccines for kids 0-18 years of age

Certain vaccines may not be available at all public health centers and satellite clinics. Call (702) 759-0850 for more information.

Parental Consent: Non-custodial adults may accompany a child, however, written consent must be provided to the health district from the parent or guardian at the time of service. See the Parental Consent for Immunization of a Minor Policy for more details.

Costs

Vaccines are free and the administrative fee is waived during Shots 4 Tots clinics.

 

 

 

Back to School Health Exams 2012

Many activities require a physical before your child can be enrolled in Clark County. This is the list of known locations you can obtain a low cost or free physical for back to school.

Check out my article from 2011 back to school with helpful hints. 

NOTE: The Southern Nevada Health District program Healthy Kids Exams is temporarily CLOSED.

List of Required Shots for Back to School 2012 Clark County Nevada

Here is the list of required shots for back to school 2012:

To register for school in Clark County Nevada your child will need the following shots:

  • Minimum of 4 DTap/DTP doses: Final dose must be on or after the 4th birthday.

 

  • Minimum of 3 Polio doses: Final dose must be on or after the 4th birthday.

 

  • Two MMR doses: 1st dose must be on or after the 1st birthday. 1st and 2nd dose must be separated by at least 28 days.

 

  • One Tdap dose: A child enrolling in 7th grade is required to have 1 Tdap (Bordetella Pertussis) regardless of when the last Tetanus (Td) was given. The < 5 year rule since the last Tetanus no longer applies.

 

  • Two Hepatitis A doses: 2nd dose must be given at least 6 months after the 1st dose. (Required for students new to Nevada or District after July 1, 2002.)

 

  • Three Hepatitis B doses: Must have a minimum of 4 months between 1st and 3rd dose and > 6 months old when 3rd dose was given. (Required for students new to Nevada or District after July 1, 2002.)

 

  • Two Chicken Pox (Varicella) doses: 1st dose on or after 1st birthday. 1st and 2nd dose must be separated by at least 28 days if age 13 years of age or older. Minimum interval of 3 months between doses 1 and 2 if age is less than 13 years. (Required for students new to Nevada or District after July 2, 2011). Physician verification of past disease required for Varicella vaccine exemption.

Check out the shot clinics offered through the Southern Nevada Health Department clinics. 

How to Catch Up Your Child’s Immunizations

This is a tool for parents to use to see if their children are on track for vaccinations.

If you need to know what shots your child is scheduled to receive this website allows you to put in their information from the records you have then print out to take to your doctor. This is very helpful if you have multiple records to combine.

To register for school in Clark County Nevada your child will need the following shots:

  • Minimum of 4 DTap/DTP doses: Final dose must be on or after the 4th birthday.

 

  • Minimum of 3 Polio doses: Final dose must be on or after the 4th birthday.

 

  • Two MMR doses: 1st dose must be on or after the 1st birthday. 1st and 2nd dose must be separated by at least 28 days.

 

  • One Tdap dose: A child enrolling in 7th grade is required to have 1 Tdap (Bordetella Pertussis) regardless of when the last Tetanus (Td) was given. The < 5 year rule since the last Tetanus no longer applies.

 

  • Two Hepatitis A doses: 2nd dose must be given at least 6 months after the 1st dose. (Required for students new to Nevada or District after July 1, 2002.)

 

  • Three Hepatitis B doses: Must have a minimum of 4 months between 1st and 3rd dose and > 6 months old when 3rd dose was given. (Required for students new to Nevada or District after July 1, 2002.)

 

  • Two Chicken Pox (Varicella) doses: 1st dose on or after 1st birthday. 1st and 2nd dose must be separated by at least 28 days if age 13 years of age or older. Minimum interval of 3 months between doses 1 and 2 if age is less than 13 years. (Required for students new to Nevada or District after July 2, 2011). Physician verification of past disease required for Varicella vaccine exemption.

 

How to Get an Immunization Exemption in Clark County Nevada

Though I did not recall this being a requirement in the past the Southern Nevada Health Department requires that you take a class before obtaining an exemption from vaccinations. This is both an important public health concern and a personal decision parents reach with their family physician. Note that Nevada according to the National Conference of State Legislatures does not offer a philosophical exemption from vaccinations only a religious exemption in lieu of an underlying medical condition to which you can provide a letter from a state licensed physician.

Additionally please read the state laws regarding vaccinations carefully.

NRS 392.435 5 E

If the parent or legal guardian fails to submit the documentation required pursuant to this subsection, the child must be excluded from school and may not be readmitted until the requirements for immunization have been met. A child who is excluded from school pursuant to this section is a neglected child for the purposes of NRS 432.0999 to 432.130, inclusive, and chapter 432B of NRS.

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Immunization Exemption

To obtain an immunization exemption, you must attend a vaccine education class. Call (702) 759-0898 and leave your name and number to schedule the class. You will be notified of the class date and time.

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This information is from the Southern Nevada Health District website on immunizations.

If your family has reasons for opting not to immunize and plan to register for public school (this also includes the online schools like Connection Academy, K12, Nevada Virtual Academy, and Odyssey) you will want to call ASAP.

Here is the link to the Nevada State law regarding immunizations. My brief review of this law did not provide for an exclusion based on getting a certificate from the health district. The Clark County School District website publishes a policy which does not reference the course with the county as a requirement but it does however reference that it is up to the health district to set policy. 

Military Families: Note that NRS 392.435 section 5 has a special exemption for military families to allow children who are enrolling in this state for the first time due to a military transfer shall be immediately enrolled in school. “A child who transfers to a school in this State from a school outside this State because of the military transfer of the parent or legal guardian of the child must be enrolled in school in this State regardless of whether the child has been immunized.”   Transfers are hard enough on families so having the time to get any additional immunizations while you settle can be a big help. It is not often that Nevada requires an immunization not required where you moved from.

This is an important decision for any family. Parents need to have the freedom to do what is right for their children. I have exercised my right to delay my son’s vaccination due to medical concern supported by my family physician while we investigated other underlying health concerns.

I also have two children with Autism. My oldest was vaccinated, my second born was not vaccinated until age 5, yet they share the same diagnosis. I did my research and independently came to the conclusion that vaccinating my two youngest children was a safe decision that would allow them to be healthy in a city that has travelers exposing them to germs from all over the world. I do however respect my friends who have decided not to take the risks of vaccines after reaching their own conclusions. But again living in a city like Las Vegas where we have a high concentration of diseases from around the world with visitors who are not vaccinated I felt that the benefits outweighed the risks.

I also stand with parents that want to limit the number of vaccinations their babies receive on one day. When my four children were babies I never allowed the practice of 7 – 9 shots a day. I spread out appointments over several months.

Links to research the risks of vaccines.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Vaccine Safety from the Centers for Disease Control

Evidence Shows Vaccines Unrelated to Autism 

National Vaccine Information Center 

Back to School Shots Offered by SNHD

Time to start to think about back to school and for many families this means shots!

Beginning Wednesday, August 1, the Southern Nevada Health District will offer its first services at its future home, 330 S. Valley View Blvd at Meadows Lane when it begins its annual back-to-school immunization clinics.

 

The health district’s new, main public health center will be open for back to school shots Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. No other health district services will be available at this time.

Currently, school shots will be the only services offered throughout August at the new location. Back-to-school immunizations will be available from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon., Aug. 13-Fri., Aug. 17 and Mon., Aug. 20-Fri., Aug. 24.

Special back-to-school immunization clinics will be available 8 a.m.– 3:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24 at the East Las Vegas and Henderson public health centers. Additional health district services will be offered at the new public health center in the coming months.

Link to Immunization Permission Form

 

Immunization Exemption

To obtain an immunization exemption, you must attend a vaccine education class. Call (702) 759-0898 and leave your name and number to schedule the class. You will be notified of the class date and time.

Costs

Vaccine costs vary based on the type of immunization required. In addition to the vaccine costs, the health district charges an administrative fee of $16 per person for one vaccine and $25 per person for two or more vaccines.

Payment by Visa, MasterCard, cash, Culinary Insurance*, Nevada Check-up, Medicaid, and Medicare Part B & D, and Medicare Railroad is accepted. Not all vaccines are covered by insurance.

 

Free Dentistry for Kids Day July 27th – Parents MUST CALL for Appointment

Las Vegas, NV (7/6/12) – On Friday, July 27, 2012, Dr. Kayla Mai and Dr. William Lui of Sedation Dental Care will extend goodwill and back-to-school cheer to the local community with a one-day FREE Kid’s Dentistry Day event. Kid’s Dentistry Day is a full-day special event providing an exam, cleaning, fluoride treatment and two bitewing x-rays per child, at no cost.

Services will be rendered to patients under the age of 18 from 7:00am to 5:00pm on Friday, July 27th at Sedation Dental Care, located at 6870 South Rainbow Blvd. Suite 119 in Las Vegas.

A parent or guardian must set the appointment in advance and remain on-site while the child receives treatment. 

Dr. Kayla Mai and Dr. William Lui, are general dentists in Las Vegas, know how hard the economic downturn has been on families. Many parents have had to put off regular dental care for their children because it doesn’t fit into their budget at this time. During the July 27th event, Drs. Mai and Lui and their staff will offer specific dental treatments to children at no cost. Drs. Mai and Lui and their team will do everything they can during the Kid’s Dentistry Day event to offer preventive treatments necessary for children’s oral health. Patients who require ongoing care will be referred to area community clinics, where they can receive ongoing treatment at low or no cost.

You may also want to complete the new patient forms in advance to know what information you should have for the appointment. 
Since 2000, Dr. Kayla Mai and Dr. William Lui have operated one of the most respected dental practices in the country. Their office performs a full range of dental procedures, including sedation dentistry, cosmetic procedures, dental implants, and general dentistry for adults and children. For more information about their dental practice, visit www.LasVegasSedation.com. 

Kid’s Dentistry Day has been a smashing success throughout the years, offering dental treatments to those who cannot otherwise access these services due to financial hardship or lack of insurance. Drs. Mai and Lui and their team are excited about the opportunity to make a difference for kids in need. As this event tends to fill up fast, parents/guardians must call in advance to make an appointment for the July 27th Kid’s Dentistry Day.