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  • Enterovirus D-68

    The number of children sickened by Enterovirus D-68 is very high in Colorado right now, and while District 50 has not had a major outbreak parents need to know basic information about the virus and how to avoid getting sick.

    What parents should know:

    There is a severe respiratory virus here in Colorado called the Enterovirus D-68. Even though the enterovirus is common, this strain is not. The CDC reports the hospitalization of hundreds of children across the United States with severe respiratory illness and asthma exacerbations.

    The virus usually starts like a common cold, sneezing, coughing, and runny nose. Some patients will get a severe cough, have difficulty breathing, and/or develop a rash. Sometimes the virus is accompanied by a fever or wheezing. In the beginning, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to tell the difference between the common cold and this virus. There are symptoms to look for, a fever or rash, or if the child has difficulty breathing. Children with asthma or a history of breathing problems are particularly susceptible for severe symptoms.

    How is it spread?
    The respiratory illness is spread through close contact, just like the common cold. It can also be spread by touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them, and then touching your face.

    How can I protect my children?

    The best prevention for the spread of the virus is to use good hygiene practices. Cough into your sleeve or elbow. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds – particularly after using the bathroom and changing diapers. Clean and disinfect surfaces that are regularly touched by different people, such as toys and doorknobs. Avoid shaking hands, hugging and sharing cups and eating utensils. Keep kids home with coughing, fever or rash and follow up with your doctor. Seek immediate medical attention if your child has difficulty breathing. If your child has asthma, be sure they are taking their asthma medication and their asthma is well controlled.

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  • District 50 Board Places Bond, Mill Levy on November Ballot

    With a unanimous vote, the District 50 Board of Education took steps at last week’s meeting to place two measures on the November 4 ballot asking voters to raise $22.5 million to support academic improvement and building upgrades across the District.

    The request for a modest tax increase comes after lengthy discussions with community leaders and with the full support of the independent District 50 Financial Oversight Committee.

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  • District 50 to Honor WHS Grad Killed in Afghanistan

    Plans are now underway to honor 1993 Westminster High School graduate, Sergeant First Class Matthew Leggett, who was killed last month while serving his country in Afghanistan.

    His name will be added to a commemorative plaque at District 50 Memorial Stadium alongside the names of other graduates who have died while serving our country. Matthew was a paratrooper and scout who received numerous awards including a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

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  • CBS Symposium Focuses on District 50 Mission

    Before students headed back to school last month, District 50 educators spent some extra time in the classroom as part of the CBS Symposium held at Westminster High School on August 12.

    Instructional staff had their choice of two afternoon sessions covering more than 30 topics, many tied directly to District 50’s Competency Based System. The session facilitators were District 50 staff members who had been nominated by school principals.

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  • A ‘Cool’ Message of Thanks

    Students and teachers who returned to school this fall to discover air conditioning in their buildings quickly found a way to say thank you to the community. They made cards, created a video and even showed up at the Board of Education meeting to personally deliver a message.

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  • Ice Bucket Challenge Freezes D50

    If you haven’t gotten wet, you probably know someone who has.

    The Ice Bucket Challenge raises money and awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease." About 5,600 people are diagnosed with ALS every year in America, and though treatments are improving, there is still no cure.

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  • New Leaders at D50 Schools

    As the 2014-15 school year gets underway, you can expect to see some new faces in leadership positions along with some familiar faces in new places.

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  • ‘News You Can Use’ in Mailbox

    If you live in the District 50 School boundaries you likely received a mailing in recent days that supplements what you read in the District 50 Insider. If you don’t live in the mailing area, you can read it here.

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  • Alumni Golf Tournament Just Around the Corner

    The Second Annual Ranum/Westminster High School Alumni Golf Tournament is a success before the first drive is event hit; all 144 slots have been filled.

    Even if you don’t play golf, you can still be part of the fun. There is plenty of space available at the post-tournament patio party Ciancio’s Restaurant at the Greg Mastriona Golf Course at Hyland Hills.

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  • ‘Under a Neon Moon’ is the WHS Homecoming Theme

    A weekend full of football, floats and formal wear is just around the corner as Westminster High School makes final preparations for this year’s homecoming weekend.

    “Under a Neon Moon” has been chosen as the theme for this year’s events.

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