CHECKLIST FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
- Is your child registered? When is the first day of school? What time does school start?
- What time is lunch? Can your child buy it at school, and how much will it cost? Will they need a snack?
- Have you filled out all the health forms or emergency contact forms that have been sent home?
- Have any new health problems developed in your child over the summer that will affect her school day? Does the school nurse know about this condition, or is an appointment set up to discuss it?
- If your child needs to take medication at school on the first day, have arrangements been made for this?
- Does your youngster know where she/he is going after school (e.g., home, babysitter)? Do they know how she will get there? If you will not be there when she arrives, does she know who will be responsible for her/him, what the rules are, and how to get help in an emergency?
Riding the Bus Safety Tips
- Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.
- Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
- When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus. Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you best when you are back away from the bus.
- Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.
- Stay away from the bus until the driver gives his/her signal that it's okay to approach.
- Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning buses, however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch out!
There have been reports of feral (wild) hogs in the Telfair Community. The City of Sugar Land has requested Telfair residents to call them directly (281-275-2364) to report damage to their yards or sightings in the Telfair neighborhood. Please be sure and tell them you are “calling to report hog damage”. You will be asked to provide your address and approximate date and time of the damage/sighting. The City is trying to pin-point the movement of the hogs to determine the best place for the traps. If you have any further questions/comments/concerns regarding the feral hogs, please contact the City directly (281-275-2364).
Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus
Sugar Land, TX –The City ofSugar Land has confirmed the presence of West Nile virus at a mosquito trap located at Lexington Boulevard and Oyster Creek.
The mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile today.
The City has increased mosquito spraying to twice per week and will continue working closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services to trap and test mosquitos for the presence of the West Nile virus. The traps supplement the City’s larvicide and mosquito spraying operations.
Humans can contract West Nile virus from a mosquito bite. Infected mosquitoes get the virus from feeding on infected birds. The virus can cause serious illness or death.
Dr. Joe Anzaldua, the City’s medical director and health authority, urges residents to take precautions to reduce West Nile exposure.
“Residents should use insect repellent whenever they are outdoors and avoid going outside at dusk and dawn,” said Anzaldua. “People over 50 years old and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if infected with the virus. If people have symptoms that cause them concern, they should contact their healthcare provider immediately.”
There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection. Symptoms may include a stiff neck, vision problems, body tremors, mental confusion, memory loss and seizures. The milder form of the illness is West Nile Fever. Symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle and bone aches, nausea and drowsiness. People with the milder form of the illness typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms and will recover on their own. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact their doctor.
The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends practicing the "Four Ds":
- Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
- Stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.