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School's Head Lice Policy Revised

Friday, 22 August 2014

On August 14, 2014, the Cannon County School Board approved a revised lice policy (6.4031). The main revision in this policy is a shift back to our previous no-nits, no live-lice policy.

The revised policy, along with supporting documents,  can be found on the Cannon County Board of Education web-site under board policy and the Coordinated School Health section.  

If you have any questions, please call your school nurse or Bonnie Patterson at 563-5752 extension 245 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The Policy states
No student will be denied an education solely by reason of head lice infestation and his educational program
shall be restricted only to the extent necessary to minimize the risk of transmitting the infestation.
It shall be the responsibility of the principal, school nurse, or designee to notify the parents in the event
a child has pediculosis (head lice). A copy of board policy along with a copy of the "Treatment and
Prevention of Head Lice" document will be sent home by the child to explain the condition, requirements
for readmission and deadlines for satisfactory completion of the treatment.
Upon exclusion, satisfactory evidence must be submitted to school personnel that the student has been
treated for pediculosis (head lice). This evidence may include but not be limited to:
(1) proof of treatment with a pediculicide product (head lice shampoo)
(2) satisfactory examination by a school health official, designee, or teacher/staff member
Treatment and prevention procedures will be developed by the director of school/school nurse and distributed
to all classroom teachers.
Any subsequent incidents of head lice for that student during the school year will require submission of
satisfactory evidence of treatment for head lice and be found free of live head lice by a school health official
or designee.
A student will be expected to have met all requirements for treatment and return to school no later than two
(2) days after being sent home for head lice. All days in excess of the allowable period will be marked an
unexcused and referred to the attendance supervisor at the proper time.
When head lice are discovered at school, the following steps are to be taken:
a. Immediately segregate the student from all other students
b. Contact the parent and request that the student be picked up immediately
c. Be sure to show the parent the evidence of infestation (live lice, nymphs, or nits)
d. Give parent the specified "Treatment and Prevention of Head Lice" information sheet and a
copy of this policy
e. Make it clear to the parent the child be treated as specified on the "Treatment and Prevention
of Head Lice" sheet before the student will be permitted to re-enter school
f. Inform the parent and student that when the student returns to school, the student must come
directly to the office and may not go to the lunchroom or classroom or anywhere else within
the building until approved for re-entry

Media Day A Success At Last Week's Farmer's Market

Friday, 22 August 2014

Cannon Countians received a special treat last Saturday during the Market’s first Media Day. Recipes, goodies and other resources were provided by Amy Tavalin, TDA Farmers Marketing Specialist and Marketing Specialist, Wendy Sneed.Sara Steelman baked some biscuits and local producers supplied the toppings. Biscuits smothered with local honey,courtesy of the honey bees at Joe Patterson and a spoonful of plum jelly made by Irene Hollis was a tasty treat. What a way to start off the Market! We brought back another favorite, peppers on the half shell. Harold Underwood Anaheim and sweet peppers split in halve and stuffed with a cream cheese sausage/hamburger mixture, sprinkled with cheese and toasted in the oven with a little favoring with the Blue Porch selection of hot sauces. What a tasty treat, and a good snack for those visiting the Market. Along with promoting local vegetables, we wanted to highlight a few other local favorites. With help from the Tennessee Pork Producers, we used my son’s cooking skills to grill up a few pork chops for a tasty bite as well. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee Pork Produces and the Tennessee Beef Council provided a great selection of recipes, goodies and cooking facts for our taste sampling. I want to thank all of you that came out to support this year’s media day. Especially those that came to lend a helping hand; David and Diane Sneed, Davy Sneed, my wife Sara and son, what a team!
Kids are back in school, football season is just around the corner,and the Cannon County Farmers Market is a great place to find those wholesome after school snacks and especially the ingredients for a great tailgating party.
For those looking for locally grown farm fresh vegetables, drop by the Cannon County Farmers  Market this Saturday, August 23rd for a great selection of fruits, vegetables and baked good including; beans (blue lake, Roma  and half-runners), beets, butternut, cantaloupes, cucumbers, eggplant, fresh herbs, local honey, peppers (Anaheim, bell, banana, Poblano, cayenne, jalapeno, sweet banana), mint, okra, potatoes (Yukon, red Pontiac, cobblers and Kennebec), purple hull peas, sweet corn (peaches & cream and silver queen), squash (zucchini, patty pan and yellow), sweet corn, tomatoes (red, yellow and green), watermelons, assortment of squash. Irene Hollis has a great selection of homemade fried pies and assortment of jams, jellies and baked goods.  Half Acre Farm offers shiitake mushrooms and organic cucumbers, tommy toe tomatoes, basil, salsa and pesto.
The Cannon County Farmers Market is located in the Farmers Pavilion at the Cannon County Arts Center (1424 John Bragg Hwy, Woodbury, TN 37190) every Saturday beginning at 6:00 A.M. Most Saturdays the market is open until noon or until the farm fresh fruits and vegetables have been sold. During the week, drop by the Market on Tuesdays and Thursday from 7A.M. until 11:00A.M for locally grown fruits and vegetable at the peak of freshness.

Mrs. Lisa Choate Chosen As One Of The Participants In The Tennessee Educator Fellowship

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) today announced that 22 teachers have been selected for the inaugural Tennessee Educator Fellowship, a program that will provide them an opportunity to learn and communicate about student-focused education policy issues.  Cannon County High School Math Teacher Mrs. Lisa Choate has been named as one of the 22 teachers that will participate in this Fellowship
 “SCORE has always emphasized the importance of including diverse voices in discussions of how best to ensure Tennessee students are fully prepared for success after high school,” SCORE President and CEO Jamie Woodson said. “The first class of Tennessee Educator Fellows includes incredibly talented teachers with a combined 188 years of experience in the classroom. We are honored to have the chance to work with them.”
The Tennessee Educator Fellows were selected from more than 350 applicants. The class includes teachers of nine different subjects who work in urban, suburban, and rural schools and traditional and charter schools in East, Middle, and West Tennessee. Four of the Tennessee Educator Fellows teach elementary school students, 10 teach middle school students, and nine teach high school students. The teachers are affiliated with many different professional groups, including the Tennessee Education Association, Professional Educators of Tennessee, Teach Plus and Teach for America.
“The work of Tennessee teachers has been fundamental to helping Tennessee become the fastest-improving state for student achievement,” Educator Fellows Coordinator Cicely Woodard said. “This program will give them insight into the policies that have the greatest impact on them and their students and many opportunities to share a student-focused perspective and represent thousands of classroom teachers across the state.”
The teachers in the Tennessee Educator Fellowship will continue to work in their classrooms while in the one-year program, which will provide the opportunity to  learn about, reflect upon, inform and communicate about policies, practices and systems that impact educator effectiveness and student achievement.
The fellows will participate in professional learning focused on education policy issues and then will work to help inform their peers, policymakers and their communities about issues affecting students and teachers. Most important, the Tennessee Educator Fellows will provide a clear, consistent and student-focused voice as Tennessee works to ensure all students graduate from high school prepared for postsecondary education and career.

Taco Bell Site Plans To Be Reviewed During Tonight's Town Of Woodbury Planning Commission Meeting

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A Taco Bell restaurant wants to locate in Woodbury and tonight the Woodbury Planning Commission will look at approving the site request of the restaurant during the regular meeting of the Town of Woodbury Municipal Planning Commission.  The only other items on the agenda will be to discuss any old or new business brought before the Planning Commission at that time.  The meeting will take place tonight at 6:00 at the newly named City Hall which is now known as the Nolan Dude Northcutt Building

York VA Medical Center To Hold Forum Today

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The York VA Medical Center will hold a town hall at 10A today to hear from people about its services.  In recent months, the National Veterans Affairs healthcare system has been under fire for long wait times and even allegations of some falsified documents concerning those wait times.  Officials say that the meeting should be a listening forum that will allow veterans in the Middle Tennessee a chance to be heard and to reaffirm the Veterans Center's commitment to their mission and core values.  They will address some of the changes that have been taking place and steps taken to address access concerns.  The hopes of these forums is that they can further identify challenges at the local level and help leadership
improve  operations.  The York VA Auditorium is located at 3400 Lebanon Pike in Murfreesboro

Updates To Tennessee's Laws Concerning Pesticides and Applicators

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tennessee has modified state laws and regulations concerning the use of pesticides, and applicators need to be aware of how those changes might affect their certifications. To apply restricted-use pesticides, an applicator must be certified or working in the direct supervision of a certified applicator. There are two types of certified pesticide applicators: the private applicator and the commercial applicator.
A private applicator is an individual who uses, supervises the use of, or buys any restricted-use pesticide for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by him or his employer or, if applied without compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities, on the property of another person.
Private applicators must successfully complete a specialized training session provided by University of Tennessee Extension. Training reviews the proper use of restricted-use pesticides. Private applicator certification expires on October 21, of the third year of the certification period. October 21, 2014, will mark the end of the current certification cycle.

If a private applicator wishes to maintain certification, the applicator should attend a recertification training session offered by the UT Extension. Recertification training sessions are commonly held at various county extension offices, so please contact your local county extension office to obtain more information concerning training sessions. 
Online training options are also available. Please visit http://extol.tennessee.edu/ to find out more concerning initial certification for private applicators or recertification.
A commercial applicator is defined as an individual who uses, supervises the use of, sells or buys restricted-use pesticides for any purpose other than outlined for private applicators. Commercial applicators must successfully pass a certification exam in the category of work they conduct.  Currently, Tennessee has 14 different certification categories. To maintain certification, all commercial pesticide applicators must obtain the required continuing education credits (CEUs) in the category of their certification or retest in the same category. Each certification category has different CEU/point requirements.

Many county extension offices offer training commercial applicator CEUs, so applicators may want to contact the Cannon County Extension Office for more information concerning pesticide certification. They may also visit the Pesticide Safety Education Program website: http://psep.utk.edu
Due to recent regulation changes, the commercial applicator certification period has been extended.   Previously, October 21, was designated as the end of the certification period. However, the new regulations have changed this date to December 31 of each year.

If commercial applicators would like to maintain their certification, they should attend enough recertification training sessions to obtain credit in the required time frame as directed by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture regulations. Commercial applicators need to remember that CEUs differ for each certification category and have to be accrued throughout the certification cycle. 



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