Keep track of your grades & assignments using Infinite Campus Student Portal!
Important Log-in Information Regarding Student Portal.
1. Log on from the Spencer County Homepage at http://publicschools.spencercounty.ky.gov
2. Click on “Students” and then click on "Infinite Campus Portal".
3. Your username is your SSID (State Student ID) number. This number can be found on your schedule or you can go to the office and ask for your SSID.
4. Your initial password is (your first name initial) + (your last name initial) + (your date of birth) in MMDDYY format. When you use this initial password for the first time, you will be prompted to create your own password. The "old" password would be considered the first initial + last initial + MMDDYY. The new password would be whatever you create. The one you create here will be the one that you will use the rest of the school year. Think of something you will be able to remember.
5. Never share your password with anyone else!
If you have any questions about your Infinite Campus Portal account, ask the secretary at your school or email Tanya.Fluke@spencer.kyschools.us
PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY
(Katie F. Myatt - Regional Epidemiologist Health Department, North Central District)
PERTUSSIS (WHOOPING COUGH)
Pertussis can have very serious side effects, including encephalopathy (disease of the brain), pneumonia, convulsions and even death in very young children.
Currently, the nation as well as Kentucky has been experiencing an increase in Bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) cases. This health advisory is intended to help the residents of Spencer County recognize the symptoms of whooping cough and seek effective treatment.
What is whooping cough?
Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that is spread from person to person through the air in tiny droplets, which are formed when people with the disease cough or sneeze. Most children are protected from severe sickness by having received diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DTaP) shots, but vaccination may not protect them from catching the germ and spreading it to others. Children who have not been fully vaccinated or are behind on this series of shots are at higher risk for severe illness from whooping cough.
Whooping cough begins similar to a common cold with sneezing, runny nose, low fever and a mild cough. After about 10 days, a strong cough develops that often occurs in outbursts that end with a high sounding “whoop” like noise. Sometimes, vomiting or a discharge of thick mucous follows the cough. Coughing may continue for 4 to 6 weeks after infection. Between coughing episodes, the person may appear well. Infants often do not have a typical whoop, and may simply seem sick or stop breathing. Symptoms usually are noticed 7-10 days after exposure to a person with infection, but may start as late as 21 days later.
What should you do?
People of all ages can be infected with Bordetella pertussis. So, be on the lookout for the symptoms listed above. If symptoms occur in you or a member of your family, take this public health advisory to your family care provider and ask that the symptomatic individual be tested for Bordetella pertussis.
It is also recommended that all children be up to date on their vaccinations and that all adults get the Tdap vaccine. Immunity to the bacteria causing whooping cough can wear off over time. Therefore, the Tdap vaccine boosts adults’ immunity which provides protection against infection and also helps to prevent the spread of infection to other members of the community. Adolescents may also need a booster to help protect them from infection. Speak to your physician if you believe your child may require need a Tdap vaccine.
Again, this advisory should be taken with you when you go to your health care provider. If you have additional questions, please call the Spencer County Health Department (502) 477-8146.
*Notes to Physicians:
1. In general, the test of choice is a nasopharyngeal PCR for B. Pertussis. 2. Serologic test results should NOT be used for case confirmation.
3. For pertussis treatment, macrolides are recommended: Azithromycin (qd x 5 days), Clarithromycin (bid x 7 days).
||MRSA - Staph
MRSA / Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
With the rise of media coverage and the recent loss of student lives in the U.S., it is important that our district take preventative measures to help avoid any outbreaks of MRSA in Spencer County Schools. Please review the following documents with teachers, coaches, and custodial staff and follow the described preventive measures.
Cindy Hayes, R.N.
Student Health Services
Spencer County Public Schools
||H1N1 / Swine Flu Information
Don't end up with the "Swine" Flu. Be sure to wash your hands to help prevent the spread of infection!
You may have noticed information in the news recently related to the H1N1 (Swine Flu). Influenza is a contagious disease. At the present time, with the information known, symptoms of H1N1 influenza should be treated the same as seasonal influenza.
To prevent widespread influenza in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. The following guidelines will assist you in determining whether or not to send your child to school. Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
- very stuffy or runny nose and/or a cough
- mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
- mild stomach ache
People with influenza-like illnesses (ILI) can spread the virus and be contagious for more than 24 hours after fever goes away. Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:
- fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth; your child should remain at home for at least 24 hours after he or she is free of fever or feverishness without the use of a fever-reducing medication.)
- vomiting (even once)
- general tiredness or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
- frequent congested (wet) or croupy, dry cough
- lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
- sore throat
- trouble breathing
If your child has any of the above symptoms, you should talk to your health care provider by telephone. Your health care provider will determine whether testing or treatment is needed.
To help prevent the spread of influenza, teach your family good hygiene habits:
- Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds or the length of the "Happy Birthday" song twice.
- Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth.
- It is not necessary to disinfect beyond routine cleaning.
- Regularly clean areas and items likely to have frequent hand contact.
- Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing with paper tissue or use bend of elbow. Discard tissues immediately after each use and then wash hands.
- Do not share eating utensils, drink from the same cup or share toothbrushes.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not accessible (use 1/2 teaspoon or nickel-size equivalent).
Influenza is most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child should remain home for at least 24 hours after he or she is free of fever or feverishness without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Often, when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin), it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not he/she should go to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will help minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom. You also should limit other siblings of all ages from further contact with the child who has the prescribed symptoms. Limiting attendance to other social gatherings (outside of school) also will be helpful in decreasing risk of exposure to the virus. Contact your health care provider for advice on your child’s condition.
If your child has the signs and symptoms mentioned previously, please indicate this to the attendance office staff or leave a message on the recording message for absentees. This information will help in working with the local health department to identify and assist families with resources for possible cases of influenza.
Any changes in the above information will be sent to you from your school administrative office.
Cindy Hayes RN