Please contact Keota Community Schools anytime your child is
unable to attend school by 9:00 a.m. Elementary (641)636-2323,
High School (641)636-3491.
Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Ticks, and Mushrooms OH MY !!!! Please be on the
lookout for these things this Spring. We have had several ticks trying to
attend our school.
Now that the weather is getting nice, kids are enjoying the outdoors more and
more. Here are some reminders from the CDC to help keep kids safe while
playing this spring and summer:
Remember to apply sunscreen when you send your children out. The sun's UV
rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Put on sunscreen before
you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Use sunscreen with sun
protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts.
They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Research
shows that most skin cancers can be prevented if people are protected from UV
light. PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILD!
Spring and summer are also another time when children are more prone to head
injury due to the increase in activities they are involved in. Encourage
your child to wear a helmet while riding his or her bicycle, scooter,
skateboard or roller skates, playing baseball or riding horseback.
If your child does fall and bump his or her head, they could be at risk for
having a concussion or brain injury. Here are some signs and symptoms that
could indicate your child has a concussion:
Feeling tired or listless
Being irritable or cranky
Changes in the way the child plays
Changes in performance at school
Lack of interest in favorite toys or activities
Loss of new skills, such as toilet training
Loss of balance, unsteady walking
Headaches or neck pain that won’t go away
Trouble with such mental tasks as remembering, concentrating, or decision-
If you notice any of these symptoms after a fall, contact your physician
(this information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention webside www.cdc.gov)
PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK YOUR CHILD WEEKLY FOR HEAD LICE
To learn more about head lice and how to treat visit the Iowa Dept. of Public
Health web site under general health links on my web page and type in head
Please keep students home 24 hrs. after fever subsides WITH OUT
FEVER REDUCING MEDICATION or after vomiting.
Please keep students home 24 hrs. after starting any new
medications or after starting medication for Pinkeye, Strep Throat,