Every day kids come in contact with hidden germs pretty much everywhere they go. Germs hangout in bathrooms, kitchens, the cafeteria, the gym, and the locker room. And those are just the obvious places. They also hide on pencils, remote controls or game controllers, phones, pet cages, computer keyboards, stair railings, and doorknobs.
With all of these germs everywhere, how do we help kids fight colds and other illnesses? Believe it or not, washing hands is the single most important thing we can encourage kids to do to keep from getting sick or spreading germs to others.
It has come to our attention that a “Dental Visit” letter has been sent to some members of our school district. The letter implies that it is a state law for children to have a dental exam every six months. While that is the recommendation of The American Academy of Pediatrics, it is not a state law and it is not a requirement for school attendance. Please disregard the letter if you have received it. If your child is in need of dental care and you do not have insurance coverage, UHS (762-2005), Lourdes (584-4545), and Broome Community College (778-5015) all have dental services provided at very low cost or on a sliding scale fee basis.