Children entering school must meet all health requirements established by state law and the State Department of Education. In general, students must be immunized against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Polio. Also, each student must have proof of a recent TB test prior to enrollment. Before admission to school, parents must provide proof of immunization against these diseases. Our school nurses will assist you in completing your child's health record in order to ensure the good health of all our students.
Ohio County Schools' Dental Clinic, located in Madison School on Wheeling Island, provides free dental care to all eligible children. The clinic operates every other Friday throughout the school year by appointment only. The clinic is for children in Ohio County who have no means of receiving routine dental care. For an application, phone (304) 233-7576 or contact one of the local schools.
Health Screening Program
Ohio County Schools conducts an annual speech, language, hearing, vision, and dental screening. The screening is completed at all public and parochial primary and elementary schools, the public middle schools, and Wheeling Park High School.
According to the West Virginia Department of Education regulations, those students to be screened shall include:
- All students entering school for the first time in West Virginia
- Students entering kindergarten who did not participate in the pre-enrollment screening programs
- Students considered at high risk for potential problems in hearing, vision, speech and language
- Students in at least one other grade level for potential hearing and vision problems (third grade).
- Students in grades PK -12th for potential dental problems and students in grades PK, K, 2nd, 7th, and 12th that have not submitted evidence of a current dental exam.
Additionally, students who were on a developmental retest list from the previous year and teacher referrals will be screened.
Any parent who does not wish to have his or her child screened must submit a written request to the Ohio County Schools Special Education Department, 2203 National Road, Wheeling, West Virginia 26003, or call the office of Special Education at (304) 243-0314 during regular business hours.
Safe and Drug Free Schools Program
Ohio County Schools participate in the Federal and State Safe and Drug Free Schools Program in accordance with federal and state guidelines and Ohio County Schools Policies. The following policies may be reviewed by calling any local school:
- 2016 - Student Code of Conduct
- 3018 - Controlled Substances, Alcohol & Weapons
- 4004 - Drug Free Workplace
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently launched a new education campaign to help Americans better recognize and prevent Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), a type of staph bacteria that causes skin and other infections.
Why is this important? It is estimated that Americans visit the doctor more than 12 million times per year to address potential skin infections, many of which are caused by MRSA. And, although MRSA can affect anyone, children 0-18 years old and African-Americans of all ages are at particular risk.
Therefore, the campaign is placing special emphasis on reaching children's' caregivers and the African-American community. For more information, click on the links below to go to the Centers for Disease Control and Provention web site.
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