Geography Day is one of the most unique educational experiences that I have ever seen at any elementary school and we were very fortunate to have such a wonderful day for it on Friday. We introduced three new countries with Ghana, India, and Argentina in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades respectively. I am always blown away by the wonderful presenters, fantastic food and amazing activities and experiences that take place on this day. Many of my favorite parts of Geography Day are the connections that students make across our seven grade levels as they spend time learning about different countries and cultures. A sincere thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to make it happen.
Our first ever Celebration of Science is coming up this Tuesday and we are excited to see what our Roadrunners have been learning about. Celebration of Science expands upon the traditional Science Fair to include science based projects that don’t involve an experiment. Students will be presenting their projects on Tuesday and we will have extended hours so that families are able to view the projects from different grade levels Tuesday evening until 7:00. Special thanks to our outstanding librarian Jenny Day for hosting another Science Fair Saturday yesterday in preparation for Tuesday.
During these busy times at our school, we are encouraging families to walk or bike to school whenever possible. Our new morning drop off system is working very well and we encourage families who want to park and walk to campus in the mornings to utilize Landon Lane and the pedestrian bridge across Waller Creek. This is an easy way to walk your Roadrunner in without getting caught in the morning rush.
Our primary teacher parking lot will be closed as of Monday to facilitate construction, so parking will be especially challenging. Parking permits are not required on Harris Avenue west of Hampton Road, Morrow Street, which is just across the Waller Creek Bridge off of Harris Ave and 35th Street just up the hill on Hampton Road. In February, we will begin the process of adding more sidewalks in the neighborhood to improve pedestrian safety and safe routes to school for our Roadrunners.
Lastly, as we continue to see a rise in student illness this time of year, I want to share some exciting news from AISD on a new program they are offering. We will be working on a number of ways to keeps students as healthy as possible at school and I encourage all families to register for the new health program outlined here:
AISD is excited to announce it has greatly enhanced access to medical care for all of its students through our partnership with Virtual Care for Kids (VCFK). We are bringing pediatricians to your school health room via a secure video conference (telemedicine)!
What does this mean for your family? Now your child can immediately be treated by a pediatrician when they aren’t feeling well at school. This doctor’s visit will take place right from the school health room on campus. Every day at campuses across the district students suffer through symptoms while they wait for an appointment to be scheduled offsite, which can sometimes take days. The pediatricians at Virtual Care for Kids are local Texas-based providers who specialize in high-quality medical care for children of all ages (up to 21).W
What can be treated? Your child can be treated for strep, flu, minor colds, sore throat, headaches, sinus or allergy issues, nosebleeds, pink eye, minor infections, lice, rashes, styes, warts, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, period pain, urinary issues, minor cuts, minor burns, bites, and other minor injuries.
How does this service work?
Step 1: Get Registered! Parents or guardians register their child through the parent portal during the online student registration process (https://my.austinisd.org) prior to this service being made available to the student. Parents must provide consent before their child can receive health services.
Step 2: See a Pediatrician. Once your child is registered, and they aren’t feeling well during school hours, they can visit a school health room on campus as they normally would. The school nurse will check your child’s symptoms for conditions that can be treated through telehealth. If they do and have consent to be treated by telehealth, a telemedicine visit will be initiated. From there the child will be virtually evaluated by a pediatrician along with a Medical Engagement Coordinators (RN, LVN, or medical assistant), who will be in the school health room with the nurse. If they do not have a condition or symptoms that can be treated by telehealth, they will continue to receive care by the school nurse and/or clinical assistant.
Step 3: Receive Care Immediately.
The school health rooms will be equipped with onsite tests such as strep and flu as well as over the counter medications such as fever reducers. This allows the VCFK pediatrician to diagnose, treat the symptoms, and ultimately provide a treatment plan for your child including a prescription if needed.
Step 4: Get Well Sooner! If a prescription is needed, then it will be sent immediately and electronically to the pharmacy of the parent’s or guardian’s choosing where they can quickly pick it up on the way to pick up their child, if the child needs to go home. A visit summary can be provided to the parent or guardian as well as their primary pediatrician.
AISD and VCFK are committed to the health of every student and are excited to bring on demand board certified pediatricians to the district! With this partnership, we are taking steps to ensure your child has every resource available to them to be healthy and active in school. This partnership expands access to care for all of the families in AISD.
Additional information and an FAQ can be found on the Comprehensive Health & Mental Health Telemedicine webpage: https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/telehealth
Have a wonderful week,
Principal – Russell Lee Elementary School