Archive for June, 2007

ALERT STAFF TO POTENTIAL HEAT CRAMPS TODAY!

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Our bodies create a tremendous amount of internal heat. We normally cool ourselves by sweating and radiating heat through our skin. Under certain circumstances, such as unusually high temperatures, high humidity, or vigorous exercise in hot weather, this natural cooling system may begin to fail, allowing internal heat to build up to dangerous levels. The result may be heat illness, which can come in the form of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heatstroke.Please be aware of the heat the next few days at camp!

From Kids Health Newsletter:

Heat Cramps

Heat cramps are brief, severe cramps in the muscles of the legs, arms, or abdomen that may occur during or after vigorous exercise in extreme heat. The sweating that occurs with vigorous exercise causes the body to lose salts and fluids. And the low level of salts causes the muscles to cramp. Children are particularly susceptible to heat cramps when they haven’t been drinking enough fluids. Although painful, heat cramps aren’t serious.

What to Do:
Most heat cramps don’t require special treatment. A cool place, rest, and fluids should ease your child’s discomfort. Massaging cramped muscles may also help.

Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is a more severe heat illness that can occur when a person in a hot climate or environment hasn’t been drinking enough fluids. Symptoms may include:

Dehydration
Fatigue
Weakness
Clammy skin
Headache
Nausea and/or vomiting
Hyperventilation (rapid breathing)
Irritability
What to Do:

Bring the child indoors or into the shade.
Loosen or remove the child’s clothing.
Encourage the child to eat and drink.
Call the child’s doctor for further advice. If the child is too exhausted or ill to eat or drink, intravenous fluids may be necessary.
If left untreated, heat exhaustion may escalate into heatstroke, which can be fatal.

Heatstroke

The most severe form of heat illness, heatstroke is a life-threatening medical emergency. The body loses its ability to regulate its own temperature. Body temperature can soar to 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41.1 degrees Celsius) or even higher, leading to brain damage or even death if it isn’t quickly treated. Prompt medical treatment is required to bring the body temperature under control.

Factors that increase the risk for heatstroke include overdressing and extreme physical exertion in hot weather with inadequate fluid intake.

Heatstroke can also happen when a child is left in, or becomes accidentally trapped in, a car on a hot day. When the outside temperature is 93 degrees Fahrenheit (33.9 degrees Celsius), the temperature inside a car can reach 125 degrees Fahrenheit (51.7 degrees Celsius) in just 20 minutes, quickly raising a child’s body temperature to dangerous levels.

What to Do:

Call for emergency medical help if your child has been outside in the sun exercising for a long time and shows one or more of the following symptoms of heatstroke:

flushed, hot, dry skin with no sweating
Temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.6 degrees Celsius) or higher
Severe, throbbing headache
Weakness, dizziness, or confusion
Sluggishness or fatigue
Seizure
decreased responsiveness
Loss of consciousness
While waiting for help:

Get the child indoors or into the shade.
Undress the child and sponge or douse him or her with cool water.
Do not give fluids.

COMPUTERS FOR LEARNING -OOPS!

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

 Sorry I forgot to paste in the link to the web site!

The Computers for Learning program donates surplus federal computer equipment to schools and educational nonprofits, giving special consideration to those with the greatest need. Any public, private, or parochial school or home-school serving pre-K through 12 students in the U.S. or its territories is eligible.

    * www.computers.fed.gov
    * Hotline: 888.362.7870

 

COMPUTERS FOR LEARNING

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

In order to advocate and promote the reuse of computers, GSA is proud to sponsor the new re-engineered Computers for Learning (CFL) website. The CFL program assists federal agencies to meet the requirements of Executive Order (EO) 12999, “Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for All Children in the Next Century”. The EO directs agencies, to the extent permitted by law, to give highest preference to schools and nonprofit organizations, including community-based educational organizations, (schools and educational nonprofit organizations) with the transfer, through gift or donation, of computers and related peripheral equipment excess to their needs. The CFL program represents an important contribution to EO 12999, which includes making modern computer technology an integral part of every classroom, connecting classrooms to the national infrastructure, providing teachers with the professional development they need to use new technologies effectively, and encourage the use of innovative educational software.

The CFL program specifically matches the computer needs of schools and educational nonprofit organization with excess equipment in Federal agencies. Direct transfers are authorized by law through 15 USC 3710(i) commonly known as the Stevenson-Wydler Act (amended by Public Law 102-245 on February 14, 1992). It states, “The Director of a laboratory, or the head of any federal agency or department, may give research equipment that is excess to the needs of the laboratory, agency or department to and educational institution or nonprofit organization for the conduct of technical and scientific education and research activities. Title of ownership shall transfer with a gift under this section.” Legislative history proving the intent of Title 15 includes computers as research equipment.

Eligibility
All Computers for Learning (CFL) participants must be located in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.Public, Private Schools and Day Care Centers A school is eligible to receive donations through the Computers for Learning program it if is a public, private, or parochial, serving pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students. Day care centers must provide a state-approved preschool curriculum.
Educational Nonprofits
An educational nonprofit is eligible if it is classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c) of the United States tax code and serves pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students. In addition, education nonprofit organization must meet ALL of the following criteria to participate in the CFL program:

   1. Be tax exempt under section 501(C) of the U.S. tax code, AND
   2. Serve some portion of the pre-kindergarten through grade 12 population, AND
   3. Operate exclusively for the purpose of education.

By completing the registration form, you are attesting that your educational nonprofit organization meets ALL of the eligibility requirements. Any federal agency that selects your educational nonprofit organization for donation will also ask you to provide proof of your eligibility. (Agencies determine what this should be, so it may vary.)Not sure? E-mail the CFL program Computers.Learning@gsa.gov 

Edison Recreation Afterschool Program is charged rent !

Monday, June 18th, 2007

After 22 years of providing a rent free space  for afterschool care in Edison, the Board Of Education is requiring that the Recreation Department ‘s programs (serving 1,200 children per day) now  pay rent to offset the BOE budget deficit !

NJSACC has been contacted by several programs , where the school boards are now seeking  rent to offset deficits in the districts by charging rent from the afterschool programs.  

 If your program pays rent or recently has been asked by the local Board of Education to pay rent for space usage please email me @ dianegenco@njsacc.org with the specifics.

BOE makes cuts to defeated school budget
BY TOM CAIAZZA
 June 13th, 2007 from SENTINEL

EDISON – The Board of Education re-adopted the 2007-08 school budget on June 6 with the $1.7 million in cuts the Township Council ordered last month.

Many of the cuts were to programs that were not mandated by the state, board President David Dickinson said. While none of the services have been totally eliminated, some have been scaled back or will come with a fee attached.

The board opted to ignore most of the suggestions the council offered to satisfy the cut, choosing to keep funds to replace 40-year-old boilers in some of the district’s older schools and offsetting that by not replacing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system at Lindeneau School, a cost savings of $500,000.

The Township Council ordered the $1.7 million cut from the school budget after it was voted down by approximately 100 votes in the April school board elections. The council suggested that cuts to services be kept to a minimum and that most of the cuts come from the district’s capital outlay budget. The district was not inclined to do that.

Instead, the board will increase the revenue for hazardous busing, which was a free service for students who live within walking distance of a school but have to traverse somewhat unsafe road conditions, by charging a fee of $200 per student per year. The idea created a great deal of concern from parents who were concerned that some people would not be able to afford the cost of the busing and would be forced to have their children walk the unsafe routes.

Dickinson said that while it is regrettable if some parents cannot pay for the busing, it is the parents’ responsibility to get their children to school safely, not the board’s.

“We can’t afford the free stuff anymore,” Dickinson said. “It’s your responsibility as a parent to make sure your kids are safe.”

The number of crisis counselors in the district was cut by 1.5 positions, down to one per high school. Many students and parents said that cutting those counselors was a detriment to students who needed guidance that teachers and other staff could not provide. The original plan called for the cutting of all counselors in the district, but that idea was scrapped early in the proceedings in favor of the compromise.

The board voted to increase revenue in some areas, such as their investment income, netting a $250,000 gain, but also in the contentious building-use fees category.

Dickinson said that many of the community groups that use the school facilities are turning a profit but are not contributing to the schools’ revenue. Under the new budget, the board would institute use fees for many of the groups that use school facilities – most notably, the township recreation department.

The recreation department runs the town’s after-school and before-school care programs, and the new use fees would require them to charge more for the program.

Denise Halliwell, director of the township recreation department, said the district and the township offer reciprocating services, and a charge to the township by the district amounts to money coming from one pocket to another.

She said that the program will be forced to raise their enrollment costs to cover the cost of the building fees and it could result in a drop in enrollment.

“We are not – not – in the profit-making business,” she said.

The district is expecting an added revenue of $450,000 from the user fees, but under current calculations, the after-school care programs alone would contribute more than $700,000 to the district, according to Halliwell.

“Will you stop at $450,000 or will you ask for the full $715,000?” she asked.

Dickinson replied that they would figure out a way to make it $450,000.

Some at the meeting feared the move may create a rift between the township and the school board, which often reciprocate services.

Council President Charles Tomaro said he was upset that the Board of Education would make this decision without consulting the township. He mentioned that the township offers garbage services for the district at no cost, which is a pay service for many in the township.

Tomaro also said that he saw this decision as moving away from the state’s goal of shared services.

“They are going away from what Governor Corzine has asked them to do,” Tomaro said.

The before- and after-school care programs are not the profit-making machines that Dickinson said they were, Tomaro said. They are self-sustaining programs that benefit the district’s students.

“We’re running the program for them and providing a service for the students that go to their schools,” Tomaro said, “at a cost that is less than a day care.”

The rest of the required cut will come through attrition due to the salary difference between resigning or retiring teachers and their younger, less-costly replacements. The district was also able to lower their telephone expenses by $60,000.

The vote was not unanimous. Board members William Van Pelt and Deborah Anes voted against the re-adoption, but for different reasons.

Van Pelt said he believes that the second straight defeat of the budget should have been a sign that the public wants lasting change, not stopgap solutions on a year-to-year basis.

“I think we have a responsibility as we’re making cuts here; we should be looking at the possibility that the cuts should be on a permanent basis,” Van Pelt said. “Maybe what we have to do is make some of the hard decisions now.”

Anes said that any cut to the crisis counselors was a detriment to the students, something the board had said they were not willing to do.

The budget was re-adopted and will be sent to the county so the tax rate can be struck. The budget questions are far from over, however, because the board reserves the right to re-examine some or all of the cuts they have made and can reinstate them as long as the funds are available from another line item.

Dickinson said that the board will re-examine the cuts to the crisis counselors during the next Board of Education meeting, to be held Thursday night.

 

Inclusion in Afterschool

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

 Inclusion, special needs -whatever you may call it .  Afterschool programs everywhere are seeking support – on the “how to ” provide a quality program that is an inclusive program for all youth. 
We would like to invite everyone who works in afterschool care
programs to participate in a brief survey about inclusion and after school
care programs.
This survey is a partnership effort between Professor Ellen Fennick of the College of Education
at Kean University and the New Jersey School Age Care Coalition (NJSACC).

Please help us by clicking the link to the survey; completing it will take no more than 10 minutes, and the results are anonymous.
Thank you for your help,
Dr. Ellen Fennick 
Kean University            
Union, NJ                    

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

And then click on the first survey, titled: afterschool