VDOE is providing information for the public and local education agencies regarding Enterovirus D68. VDOE works closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and other state and federal authorities to provide the latest information and guidance. Specific concerns about symptoms should be directed to your primary care provider. We ask the public’s support in efforts to minimize the opportunity to spread infections by keeping sick children at home for the duration of any illness.

Enterovirus D68: EV-D68 Facts for Schools

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. Enterovirus D68

infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses.

Compared with other enteroviruses, EV-D68 has been rarely reported in the United

States for the last 40 years.

Hospitals in Missouri and Illinois are seeing more children than usual with severe

respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68. Several other states are investigating

clusters of children with severe respiratory illness, possibly due to enterovirus D68. The

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is watching this situation closely and assisting states

with testing of specimens.

Non-polio enteroviruses are very common viruses. They cause about 10 to 15 million

infections in the United States each year. Anyone can become infected with non-polio

enteroviruses. Infants, children, and teenagers are more likely to become infected and

get sick, because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to

the viruses. Infants and people with weakened immune systems have a greater chance

of developing complications.

You can become infected with non-polio enteroviruses by having close contact with an

infected person. You can also become infected by touching objects or surfaces that

have the virus on them and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

Symptoms

Most people who are infected with non-polio enteroviruses do not get sick, or they only

have mild illness. Symptoms of mild illness may include:

 fever

 runny nose, sneezing, cough

 skin rash

 mouth blisters

 body and muscle aches

Some non-polio enterovirus infections can cause:

 viral conjunctivitis

 hand, foot, and mouth disease

 viral meningitis (infection of the covering of the spinal cord and/or brain)

Less commonly, a person may develop:

 myocarditis (infection of the heart)

 pericarditis (infection of the sac around the heart)

 encephalitis (infection of the brain)

 paralysisYou should see your health care provider if experiencing new onset of wheezing or an

increase in asthma symptoms.

Prevention and Treatment

There is no vaccine to protect you from non-polio enterovirus infection. Since many

infected people do not have symptoms, it is difficult to prevent non-polio enteroviruses

from spreading.

You can help protect yourself and others from infections by:

 Washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the toilet

and changing diapers

 Avoiding close contact, such as touching and shaking hands, with people who are

sick

 Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces with standard disinfectants

 Keeping children home from school or day care when they are sick

 Ensuring optimal control of asthma

There is no specific treatment for non-polio enterovirus infection. People with mild

illness caused by non-polio enterovirus infection typically only need to treat symptoms.

They usually recover completely. However, some illnesses caused by non-polio

enteroviruses can be severe enough to require hospitalization.

If you are concerned about your symptoms, you should contact your health care

provider.

Additional Resources

Hand washing information: http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/

Cover Your Cough Information & Posters:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm

References:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio- enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html?s_cid=cdc_homepage_whatsnew_001. Updated by CDC, September 8, 2014.

Virginia Department of Health, Commissioner’s Letter to Clinicians, Emerging Infectious Update: Enterovirus D68. September 9, 2014.

Major Michael Petruziellio addresses the school board during its September 9 meeting, sharing video and explaining the work the cadets are doing in the new MCJROTC Program.

Two GHS cadets also addressed the board, offering remarks about the leadership being developed through the program.

Don’t miss the Opening Ceremony on October 1, where this exceptional program will be officially recognized.

2015 FREE Travel Scholarship for a VSUP Educator to China, Peru, or Finland and Switzerland. 

EF Education First is offering a full travel scholarship to educators from across the United States.  At least ONE of the fifty scholarships that will be awarded nationwide will go to a VSUP educator.  Winners will be selected on the basis of their interest in and commitment to global education initiatives within their state.  Selected recipients will travel to China, Peru, or Finland and Switzerland, a unique opportunity to earn professional development credit while discovering their destination with other like-minded educators.  Please see the attached application and destination flyers for more information.  The DEADLINE for applications is Sunday, November 30, 2014.  *Please note that the dates of the China tour are June 22- July 1, 2014, not those listed on the attached flyer.

2015 EF Global Citizen Scholarship for Students in Grades 9-12 In June 2015, recipients of EF’s annual Global Citizen Scholarship will travel for free to EF’s Global Student Leaders Summitexamining Innovation and the Future of Education. They will explore London, Paris and Davos, Switzerland, collaborating with globally minded students from around the world to solve pressing issues in global education.  Eligibility is open to students in grades 9-12.  To apply, students create a video, digital media project, or essay that addresses the questions outlined on the attached flyer as well as on the EF website at www.eftours.com/globalcitizen. The DEADLINE for applications is Friday, October 31, 2014.

Dear GCPS Community,

The beginning of the 2014-15 school year marks the third year for the division’s Instructional Council. The Council was formed in September 2012 in an effort to serve in an advisory capacity to the school division on matters related to instructional programming and student learning.

By design, the Instructional Council has been comprised of a broad range of stakeholders: students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members.

When the Council first began meeting, the team’s discussion had influence on the school division’s strategic planning process. Since then, our School Board adopted a formal strategic plan (December 2013), and while the Council’s focus remains the same (instructional programming and student learning), the team’s impact has shifted to prioritization, implementation, and reflection.

We have a core team of about ten Instructional Council members who have been together since 2012 – and we’d like to expand the team to between 15 and 20. Generally, we meet in the evening (6:00-7:00PM), quarterly.

If you would like to be considered for membership to the Instructional Council for the 2014-15 school year, please contact Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction by Friday, October 3: sgeyer@glnd.k12.va.us | (804) 556-5609, direct office.

Many thanks!

GCPS community,

RES teacher, Mrs. Spessard, provided this wonderful post, Please consider voting:

Ever wanted to build your own playground?  Now your children may have the opportunity to do just that!  Elk Hill, a partner with Goochland County Public Schools, is the only finalist selected from Virginia to possibly win two Imagination Station Playgrounds.  Each Imagination Station Playground includes huge tinker toys that kids may use to build their own play set.  Should they win, one set would be available to GCPS to borrow.  What a great addition this could be to our STEM programs, field days, class picnics, etc. Elk Hill is up against several large public schools so they need as much support as possible.  You may vote once a day at www.facebook.com/Claritin from now through September 26. Elk Hill has partnered with Goochland County Public Schools for four years providing needed support to students and their families.  In addition to helping us, Elk Hill supports children in Powhatan, Charlottesville, Albemarle and New Kent Counties.

 

We welcome GHS principal, Mike Newman, who contributed this blog post highlighting our high school’s recent inclusion in Virginia Living magazine’s Top High Schools list.

From Mr. Newman:

The October 2014 edition of Virginia Living magazine arrived this week. Among the stories included is one highlighting the state of education and “Featuring Top High Schools and Colleges.” Goochland High School is noted on page 123 in a section focused on science, math and technology.

The Virginia Living magazine writes, “Goochland High School’s recently expanded career and technical education program will offer 10 new courses this fall. A renovation of the CTE facility at the school includes new heavy-duty equipment; a simulator on loan from Luck Stone (a producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel) for the heavy-duty equipment operations program, kitchens for its culinary arts program, a new health science lab and a USMC JROTC facility.”

Many thanks to all who have contributed and helped to make this happen and to the Virginia Living magazine for including GHS in its article on top high schools.

Go Bulldogs!

Goochland County will once again hold a community-based September 11th Remembrance Service. The service will begin at 7PM on September 11th at Company 1 (180 River Rd West). The focus of this service is to remember the almost 3,000 individuals who lost their lives in Manhattan, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon.

All are invited to attend.