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2013-01-10 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

Frances M. McArthur, PhD., Superintendent of Schools Lexington Independent School District

With flu season underway, I want to urge our parents to remind your children to cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze, to wash their hands frequently using soap and water or alcohol based sanitizers, and if you have not taken your child in for a flu shot, it is not too late. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months or older be vaccinated against seasonal flu. A vaccination now will provide protection throughout the rest of flu season, which runs through May.

At Lexington Schools, we have placed hand sanitizers in every classroom and in strategic places around the schools and offices, so that students, staff and visitors can clean their hands often when in our buildings. While I have continually encouraged parents and grandparents to ensure their child is present for school every day they are not ill, it is important that they stay home when they are sick. For those of you who have children sick with the flu, I want to remind you that they cannot come back to school until they have been fever-free for at least twenty-four hours without using medications such as Tylenol or Advil. Together we can all work towards minimizing the spread of influenza in our Lexington community.

Congratulations to our students in our Principles of Information Technology (PIT) classes who have worked hard towards earning Office Proficiency Certifications (OPAC) this past fall. I am very proud of our Technology Teacher, Mrs. Donell Eichler, who is helping to break down the barriers between high school and the “real world” of business, by greatly increasing the number of real world job skills and certifications our students earn.

In fact, last semester our students earned one hundred and twentythree certifications through her PIT classes. Her efforts support our vision to prepare our students for college, career and the workforce, so that they have every option open to them when leaving Lexington schools.

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