A Quarterly Newsletter - Issue 8 - May 2018
Summer Safety for Kids
Summer is a great time for kids to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. Whether they are young children or teens, learn ways to keep your kids safe and healthy while they enjoy the summer fun.

  • Water safety
  • Beat the heat and sun
  • Prevent injuries

Learn more: CDC Summer Safety
Health Tip: "Keep Calm. Summer is On!"
Your School Nurse Consultants
"Don't be Bugged this Summer"

What is Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disorder that causes the blood glucose (sugar) to rise. This is called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type. Insulin is still produced by the pancreas but is not used properly in the body to control the blood glucose. At first the pancreas compensates by producing more insulin but over time the pancreas cannot keep up. This is called insulin resistance. Most people have prediabetes for a few years before they are diagnosed with diabetes.
American Diabetes Association Alert Day encourages everyone to take the ADA Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test and participate in workplace-friendly activities that will teach them about reversing the risk for diabetes.

Summer Camp Ideas
Summer camps are a great opportunity to keep your students busy in the summer!

Colorado has many camp opportunities for children with chronic health concerns. Many camps have a nurse available to administer medications and assist with emergencies. Camps for students with health concerns are a great option for children to experience independence while giving parents some time for themselves. Some of the camps available this summer are listed below. Be sure and click the link for more information including eligibility, cost and financial assistance.

Jason’s Camp - YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO
June 23-27 for ages 13-17 with epilepsy

Rock N’ Rally Youth Summer Camp - Ponderosa Retreat Camp in Larkspur, CO
July 13-15 for ages 8-12 with epilepsy

Roundup River Ranch- Gypsum, CO
Multiple dates for ages 7-17. Camps specific to certain medical conditions including asthma, neurological conditions, heart disease, cancer and blood disorders, liver disease and kidney disease

Adam’s Camp - Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO
Multiple dates for ages 5 and up with special needs

Camp Colorado - Eagle Lake Camp, Woodland Park, CO
July 1-July 6 for ages 8-17 with diabetes
Recreation Center Information
There are many fun and free summer fitness options available for you and your children in the Douglas County area. There are several local recreation centers offering gym memberships, fitness classes, team sports and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The recreation centers offer many great activities to do as a family! Be sure and contact them for specific information about what kind of activities they offer!

Castle Rock Recreation Center 303-660-1036 or Miller Activity Complex 720-733-2222 Highlands Ranch Recreation Center Eastridge 303-791-2500
Highlands Ranch Recreation Center Northridge 303-471-8950
Highlands Ranch Recreation Center Southridge 303-471-7020
Highlands Ranch Recreation Center Westridge 720-348-8202
Lone Tree Recreation Center 303-708-3500
Parker Recreation Center 303-841-4500

Some of the recreation centers have already published free fitness opportunities for the upcoming summer.

Castle Rock:
  • Fitness Fridays - Fridays from 8-9 a.m. starting June 1 and ending August 31 at the Miller Activity Complex
  • Yoga in the Park (Sponsored by Inner Connections Yoga) - Sundays from 9-10 a.m. starting June 3 and ending August 26 at the Miller Activity Complex

Lone Tree:
  • Free Yoga in Belvedere Park each Summer (Dates not published at this time)

Highlands Ranch:
  • Yoga in the Park - Saturdays from 8:15-9:15 a.m. starting May 26 and ending September 8 at Civic Green Park (Ages 18 and up)
  • Pilates in the Park - Tuesdays from 8:15-9:00 a.m. starting June 5 and ending August 14 at Civic Green Park (Ages 8 and up)
  • Young Yogi’s in the Park - Fridays from 10:00-10:45 a.m. starting June 8 and ending June 29 at Civic Green Park (Ages 6-12)
  • Teen Yogi’s in the Park - Fridays from 11:00-11:45 a.m. starting June 8 and ending June 29 at Civic Green Park (Ages 12-17)
What is HPV and why does my child need HPV vaccine?
HPV vaccine is important because it protects against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV is a very common virus; nearly 80 million people—about one in four—are currently infected in the United States. About 14 million people, including teens, become infected with HPV each year. Most people with HPV never develop symptoms or health problems. Most HPV infections (9 out of 10) go away by themselves within two years. However, some HPV infections will last longer and can cause certain cancers and other diseases. Every year in the United States, HPV causes 30,700 cancers in men and women. HPV vaccination can prevent most of the cancers (about 28,000) from occurring.

When should my child be vaccinated?
CDC recommends children who are 11 or 12 years old receive two shots of HPV vaccine six to twelve months apart. If your teen hasn’t received the vaccine yet, talk to your health care provider about recommendations for the vaccine.

More information about the HPV vaccine:
Plan for School Medications
Provider Medication authorization forms are updated every year before school starts!

With the end of another school year and thoughts of warm, long summer days, you may not be thinking of and preparing for the coming school year just yet. As summer winds down it will be time to think and prepare for what medications your student may need at school. If your student has a health condition that requires support at school, remember to update your student's health care plan. Also, have your health care provider complete a Provider Medication Authorization form for any medication(s) that will need to be administered at school for the 2018-19 school year. This includes orders for over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen which are supplied by parents. A parent signature is also required on the medication form.  

Secondary School Medication Policy:
Middle school students may carry a one-day supply of over the counter medication without any form. For prescription medications , Middle School students must have the “permission to carry medication” form on file in the school office to carry a one-day supply. High school students may carry a one-day supply of prescription and/or over the counter medication in its original container without any forms on file.

When completing Express Check In for the new school year, be sure to update your student's health conditions under the Health section. This will ensure the most up to date health information on file. You may hear from your School Nurse Consultant to clarify health or medical conditions and gather more information.    

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your DCSD School Nurse Consultant.  
Summer Recipe - Fruit Trifle
1 (10 inch) prepared angel food cake, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 (32 fluid ounce) container vanilla yogurt
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, rinsed
2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed

Cover the bottom of a large bowl with 1/3 of the angel food cake cubes. Generously cover the cake with 1 1/3 cups yogurt. Spread 1 1/3 cups of the strawberry slices and blueberries on top of the yogurt. Repeat as container allows with the remaining cake cubes, yogurt, and berries. Serve immediately or chill until needed.

Your School Nurse Consultants say "bon appétit"!
Summer Reminders for 2018-2019 School Year
Summer Reminders to help prepare for Back to School Transition:

  • Well Child Check-ups and Sport Physicals
  • Immunization or Yearly Exemption Updates
  • Parent Portal Yearly Health Update
Additional Resources