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Ashdown Junior High School's EAST (Environmental and Spatial Technology) students and their classroom facilitator Mr. Ed. Williams received notice recently that they are the recipients of a Target Field Trip Grant in the amount of $700. With the assistance of AJHS Instructional Facilitator Eliza Simmons, Mr. Williams applied for the grant earlier this school year to fund a field trip to Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia to tour the university's new Computer Animation/Gaming program facilities.
New requirements recently announced by the Arkansas Department of Health include several additional immunizations for Arkansas school students and will become mandatory for the 2014-15 school year, according to Ashdown School Nurse Katherine Guidry. Guidry also reminds everyone that these immunizations are in addition to those previously required.
New immunizations required are:
(1) one dose Tdap required on ALL students who are 10 years old by September 1st of each year.
(2) two doses of Varicella grades K through 12 will be required unless documentation by a medical provider (MD, D APRN, PA)
(3) one dose meningococcal required for 7th grade and a second dose at age 16 years. If not vaccinated prior to age 16 years as of September 1st of current school year, one dose only required.
(4) one Hep A required on all Kindergarten. All first graders will be required to have one Hep A and then a second dose at least 6 months after the first vaccine.
If these required changes are obtained prior to the 2014-15 school year, a copy of the documentation should be sent to the school nurse's office and records will be updated. Guidry encourages parents to "go ahead and take care of this now."
Immunizations can be obtained from primary care physicians or the local health department. The local Ashdown health department is located on Keller Street behind Ashdown United Methodist Church and gives immunizations by appointment only. Their number is 898-3831.