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    Rich Girard

    Coordination Committee: Head lice issue.

    1,200 head lice checks. Put into an “encounter” in Aspen. could be 1,000 kids 1 or 1 kid 1,000.

    36 chronic, 57 total. Believes the policy is fine, working and be maintained as is.

    Connors: Has there been a change in head lice?

    Soucy: No prior numbers, but thinks its status quo from year to year. Falling within that “acceptable range.”

    Gatsas: any increase in head lice after nurse checked?

    Soucy: Answer not responsive.

    Gatsas: If you found a kid with head lice, did you find others?

    Soucy: Not necessarily. We didn’t check their class or anyone else in the school.

    Gatsas: When nurse discovers student with head lice, are there any cases that have come forward from that same class in which the child was identified?

    Soucy: No data, but I would say no.

    Gatsas: Can you find out.

    Soucy: Depends on how we can extract data from Aspen.

    Connors: Have you seen a decrease in the number of cases of chronic lice thanks to new education policy?

    Soucy: He would say no, pretty consistent, but has no data. Going to do another “point in time count.”

    Connors: Have you seen any change in attendance rates as a result of the policy, are kids in school more?

    DLiv: No data, can’t answer.

    Staub: Her family experienced a full blown infestation. Nurse did a great job telling them how to deal with it over Christmas break, not school missed. Nurse followed up two weeks later. She voted for policy with conditions that nurses followed up with re-infestation, which she experienced (almost). Nurse developed a good relationship with PTG, which bought “lice meisters” so they had good materials. Have to just keep going through with that comb every night, over and over again. She appreciates this and hoping they can keep kids in school as much as they can. looking forward to hearing back about…I know there’s a lot of turnover in school nurses, if someone new came in, is there a packet they get?

    Soucy: talking about what they do with new hires, orient them quickly on the issue.

    Staub: would it be possible for me to come by and look at the materials?

    Soucy: sure, we can give it to the whole board…don’t want to minimize the impact on families. don’t want to minimize the “less than 1%”.

    Rich Girard

    Hm, fed mandated policy on “smart snacks” physical activity and academic achievement.

    Walk walk wiggle wiggle clap clap…they do this stuff during class because the feds make them.

    Um, I’m thinking that recess would be better than that.

    Oh, wait. 2 or 3 recesses aren’t possible in the age of standardized testing! Hot Dam, who knew? Oh wait, we did…

    Wow, you mean the brain is more active after a 15 minute recess? Brain scan of kids who sit v. the same kids after 20 minutes on treadmill.


    Rich Girard

    Yes, you read that correctly.

    We can’t do sufficient recess because of standardized testing. But, you can interrupt the classroom on multiple occasions a day to march in place and wiggle your butt at an increasingly fast pace until the exercise is over.

    Rich Girard

    Hm, seems physical activity reduces referrals by half and suspensions by almost 2/3rds.

    looks like recess is a no brainer…oh wait, gotta do the test.

    What?!?1 How do they get from this to “low sodium food?”

    Gatsas now quizzing what they meant by standardized testing eliminating the ability to have recess.

    MSD dude: gobbledgook

    Gatsas: Wouldn’t you agree given the slides you’ve shown that recess should be a priority?

    MSD guy: Yup, but when we go to schools, they say they don’t have time to do this. The’re teaching up to the very last minute.

    MSD girl: I just can’t write what she’s saying.

    Gatsas: Maybe we should have a pilot school where we can have recess again and see how it works.

    MSD guy: Excellent idea.

    MSD girl: Babbling about “transitional activities” to combine normal movements through the day to limber up. Oh, this is just so much crap.

    Rich Girard

    Love it when they read the requirements of the policies mandated by the feds, especially when they outline what the local districts “may” do and “shall” do.

    Quoting Charlie Brown: “I can’t stand it.”

    Rich Girard

    Here’s an example. Grab the duct tape.

    Physically active kids are healthier kids and perform better academically. The US 
    Department of Health and Human Services recommends that youth engage in a minimum 
    of 60 minutes of physical activity each day. School districts and schools can implement 
    physical activity programs that maximize opportunities for students to be physically 
    active and help them meet the national recommendation. During the school day, physical 
    education, recess, and activity breaks give students a chance to be active. Schools can 
    also encourage physical activity outside of school hours by promoting community use of 
    school facilities and walking or biking to school. These policies help students reach the 
    goal of engaging in 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

    want to see what they have to say about “flavored milk?”


    Rich Girard

    Here’s the definition that all but bans any sale of food by anyone other than the school (government)

    Competitive Foods ​are defined by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) as foods offered at 
    school, other than meals served through USDA’s school meal programs­school lunch, school 
    breakfast, and after school snack programs.

    Rich Girard

    Yup, we have local control…NOT!

    Bake Sales
    Bake sales that do not follow the nutrition standards for healthy snacks shall be limited to no more than once a month and should not be in competition with the school breakfast
    and lunch program. Healthy bake sales are encouraged.
    Bake sales will follow the USDA Smart Snacks Policy and the nutrition standards 
    for healthy snacks and shall be no more than once per month. The sales should 
    not be in competition with the school breakfast and lunch program.  

    School Stores
    School stores shall sell non­food items or follow ​the USDA Smart Snacks Policy. A 
    snack calculator or a list of approved snacks (A­list or Acceptable List) can be 
    utilized. Refer to h​ttp://​ or 
    http://​​ the list of vending food suggestions offered in the
    nutrition standards and portion size category.​ Foods sold in school stores should not be 
    in competition with the school breakfast and lunch program. 

    School Parties  
    School parties such as holiday parties shall be limited to no more than one party per 
    month unless nutrition standards for healthy snacks are followed. Teachers shall plan 
    parties according to the nutrition standards. Teachers and parents are also  encouraged 
    to choose non­food items from the birthday party suggestion list on the Manchester 
    School District web site ​­policy​ or chose to have 
    one monthly party. 

    Rich Girard

    Staub: Asking what the research says are good alternatives to not having recess.

    MSD guy: Honestly, babbling. We could share all types of research, but it should pass the “common sense” standard.


    Nope, we should leave it up to the teacher to determine what is best for their class.

    Rich Girard

    Gatsas asking dietitian (MSD girl) if she’s been over to Parker Varney to taste the food.

    dietitian: Nope.

    Gatsas: You’re the district dietitian and you haven’t been there to see what they’re serving and what the kids are eating? He’s impressed by lots of stuff, including how little is being thrown away.

    Dietitian: babbling about not overstepping her role as they have a dietitian on staff. Is concerned about some of the menu offerings. She sees sodium and isn’t a fan of the sausage or bacon biscuit breakfast sandwich.

    Rich Girard

    retention and social promotion policy.

    Ambrogi making excuses for the data before it’s even presented. Hodge podge from the schools, many don’t have historic data.

    DLiv: when we look at the policy, it says kids can’t be retained more than twice at the same grade level. Don’t know why they were assigned, necessarily. We’ll entertain questions, but we feel we need to dig down further on the data with principals to determine what’s causing retentions or assignments.

    Gatsas: What’s assign v. retain.

    DLiv: Assign means student didn’t necessarily pass, but weren’t promoted to the next grade.

    Gatsas: Isn’t that a promotion?

    DLiv: Not necessarily. If they didn’t obtain the grades or pass their coursework, they’re assigned to move them along.

    Rich Girard

    Connors: Why else would students be assigned?

    Snow: Could be attendance issues. Could be personalized learning (there’s such a great shift taking place as we individualize education, looking at data, interventions, competency based learning)

    Tessier: Example is an ELL student that’s highly motivated but not making sufficient progress………

    Staub: Does this include special ed students?

    Snow: Yes, because every student is evaluated as an individual and we work as a team, blah blah blah…

    Rich Girard

    Gatsas asking salient questions about communication with parents in reference to the policy. One great big happy team meeting.

    Rich Girard

    If a calculator could talk, it would sound like Karen DeFrancis.

    Rich Girard

    Not bonding school buses again this year leads to potential surpluses. Hmm, why keep budgeting for it if it’s not going to be bonded?

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