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Returning to school can be fun for children and parents, but it is important to remember that common health problems such as allergies and asthma can interrupt that fun and interfere with the learning process. It is estimated that 9 million children suffer from allergies and asthma. Symptoms can range from a minor inconvenience to serious health issues which can result in missed school days and expensive medical bills.

It is important for students and their families to be proactive in dealing with allergies and asthma as we head into another school year. Look through the following checklist to see if you are prepared.

  • If your child requires an epinephrine auto-injector or inhaler, be sure to bring it in to the school nurse and complete the necessary forms so the medication is available when needed.
  • Contact your school nurse and food services staff regarding food allergies.
  • Keep all emergency information up-to-date.
  • Be sure your child is taking all their medication as prescribed.
  • Review all allergy and asthma triggers, and discuss how some triggers might be avoided.
  • Call the school if your child is absent due to allergy or asthma symptoms.
  • Continue to educate yourself regarding how to best care for your child.

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Washington Elementary was awarded an Innovation Fund Grant by the Indiana Department of Education .  The grant has been used to create Washington STEM Academy.  The Academy opened for the 2012-13 school year.

"This grant compliments the mutual interests of WCS and our partner OrthoWorx in establishing a STEM option that meets the aspirations of the Orthopaedic community in which we live," said Dr. Craig Hintz, WCS Superintendent.  "the Innovation Fund Grant provides initial financial support to establish the foundation for an award-winning K-12 STEM choice in the school corporation.

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