School Notes for Week of January 29 – February 2

St. Francis has seen a significant increase in the number of students being diagnosed recently with either flu A ​or B. To prevent the spread, we are asking everyone to be extra vigilant in watching your children for signs of illnesses, including coughing/sneezing, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, and, most importantly, fever. If your child is complaining of any of these symptoms, we ask that you err on the side of caution and keep her/him home until the symptoms lessen or disappear and s/he is fever free for at least 24 hours.

Attention, Goshen Parents: Please be on the lookout for an email regarding a change to Bus Route 2. Click here for the updated route.

Actor and SFS parent Ryan Devlin is dancing on behalf of Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve during the Dancing with the Prospect Stars event on Sunday, February 18th. Ryan, who recently moved to Goshen with his family, will be judged on his dancing skills and his ability to raise funds for Creasey Mahan. What a wonderful way to give back to the community! Click here for more information about Ryan and Dancing with the Prospect Stars.

The state of Kentucky recently added to its vaccination requirements for students, beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Your student may need to receive additional vaccinations and submit a new immunization certificate (or submit a new religious exemption form) by August. Of particular urgency, a new requirement is that all students must get two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine and they must be obtained at least six months apart, meaning that in order to be fully vaccinated by the start of school in August, students currently missing this vaccination MUST OBTAIN THE FIRST VACCINE BY MID-FEBRUARY. Please see below for specifics on these requirements, and consult a physician’s office/clinic for any questions.

  1. All students, of all ages, must have two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine. The minimum time between the doses is six months.   
  2. Students who are 16 and older must have received two doses of meningococcal ACWY vaccine. However, as of the start of school in August 2018, if they have not previously received a dose of the vaccine and are 16 or older, only one dose is required. For younger students, please consult with a physician for a recommended schedule of these vaccinations; two doses will be required before they turn 16.  
  3. If your child has had these vaccines, you simply need to provide the School with an updated immunization certificate; if s/he has not, the vaccines must be given and then a new immunization certificate provided. A new religious exemption certificate must be provided if your child will not receive the vaccines.

Again, because the Hepatitis A vaccine has a required six-month minimum between doses, students who have not been vaccinated must receive the first dose prior to mid-February in order to be eligible to receive the second dose by mid-August when school begins.

A summary of the changes from the Kentucky state government’s website can be found here. Please contact your physician for specific questions regarding the vaccinations.

Interested in helping our Garden Coordinator Christine Brinkmann with our animals over weekends and school breaks? Sign up here. In appreciation for your help, the free-range, farm-fresh eggs are yours to keep. Please email Christine Brinkmann with any questions.