Jan. 2019 Education Profiles

Jan. 2019 Education Profiles
Posted on 12/31/2018
Bengal Food Pantry to Help Families in Times of Need

The Brighton Bengals are doing their part to close the hunger gap. Roughly 30 percent of Canyons District students qualify for free- and reduced-lunch. To help, Brighton’s PTSA is sponsoring a Principal’s Pantry. Stocked with nonperishable food items—from protein bars and pudding cups to crackers, nuts and cereal—the pantry is temporarily located in the school’s Main Office. But Principal Tom Sherwood envisions placing it in a vacant room and expanding it to include clothing and other items. “We want it to be always open and in a place where students can just come get what they need, no questions asked,” Sherwood says. “Eventually, we’d like to open it before and after school to the entire community.” Donations of food and new and gently-used clothing are being accepted year-round in the school’s Main Office. Questions? Call 801-826-5800.

How Sick is Too Sick for School?
With the arrival of cold weather come winter colds and sniffles, posing the inevitable quandary for parents: How sick is too sick to send your child to school? Canyons District has been reinforcing the importance of good school attendance with a districtwide campaign encouraging students to “Be Great, Miss Less Than Eight.” But there are those times when a student is simply too ill to be in class. CSD encourages school employees and students to stay home when:
• They are not well enough or seem too run down to participate in class.
• Their cold symptoms are accompanied by a fever of 101 F or higher.
• They have a contagious illness, such as the flu or pinkeye/ conjunctivitis (crusty and red eyes with yellow or green discharge).
• They have vomited two or more times in a 24-hour period, or have diarrhea.
• They have been diagnosed with a bacterial infection, such as bronchitis or strep throat. In such cases, keep a child home for 24 hours after starting antibiotics.