Saturday, September 26, 2009
Please Work Together For The Children Of Our County
DeKalb County’s District Health Director of the Board of Health, Dr. Sandra Ford has been invited to speak at several forums lately regarding the currently health issues our country and county faces. She is an excellent speaker. If any of you get the chance, please do hear her speak.
I was surprised to learn that the DeKalb County School System is not working with the Health Department to provide shots to all our children in the county for the H1 N1 virus through the schools as many school systems across the state and across the country are doing. The federal government is providing the vaccine free. The children are at the top of the list to receive the vaccine. However, DeKalb County Schools were not willing to allow the shots to be given during the school day with parent permission One reason given was because of lack of school nurses. Another reason given was the school system also did not want the school day disturbed. School officials were also unwilling to allow the vaccine to be given to children after school if parent brought the children after school because of lack of funds to pay the school nurses. Apparently the Health Department does not have the funds to pay the nurses at the Health Department overtime either.
Should our children be provided the vaccine as soon as possible? I do not understand why a school day can be disturbed for a pep rally or an assembly program and not to give children a shot which could possible save the children’s lives. Parents would have to give consent regardless before the vaccine could be given to children at school. This would give parents another choice for their children to have access to the vaccine. Is this not important for our children of DeKalb?
I am concerned about our priorities in the DeKalb County Schools. Should the health of our children not be a top priority?
After the November election, I saw all the candidates at the school board and at the county level indicating that they were going to work together. Now at the school board meetings I hear comments of anger. I think groups can disagree on certain issues but the groups must continue to work together for the benefit of its citizens and the children of DeKalb County Schools. I even support the school system disagreements on many of the counties decisions and actions. However, I hope our elected official do not lose sight that when they disagree on one topic that does not mean that they do not work together on other areas regarding our citizens of DeKalb County. The citizens of DeKalb County deserve to have elected official who will work together and who are not at battle with each.
I do not understand at all. Can someone help me understand? Is this too big of a project because we are too big of a system? Should the health of our children come first?