Did you know that NO Parkwood students should be riding in the front seat of the car on their way to school? In the state of Washington, children under age 13 years must ride in the back seat (unless the car has no back seat, or if there are too many children for them all to ride in the back).
The law about needed restraints also changed on New Year’s Day 2020 – all children younger than 13 years who are under 4 feet 9 inches tall must have a car or booster seat. Wondering if your student has reached this height? Send them in to see the nurse for a measurement!
Children are not just little adults, and these laws are meant to protect their developing bodies. They are more likely to be injured in a crash for many reasons, including: larger head size in proportion to their body; internal organs that are more exposed since rib cage and pelvic wall are not fully developed; skeletons that have more cartilage than adult skeletons, which doesn’t absorb the energy from a crash as well as bone does; and organs that have less protective fat surrounding them. This is why laws are written for children under 13 years, even though many older children and adults are under 4 foot 9 inches.
Other changes in 2020 in car seats affect younger children – find out more here (including references for above information).
Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable viral disease. Shoreline School District has seen NO cases of measles, but with the current outbreak in Washington State many are interested in knowing more about this illness.
98% of students at Parkwood are fully immunized against measles, meaning they have had 2 doses of MMR vaccine or have lab evidence that they are immune. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles. If you have questions or concerned about your student's vaccine record, call the school nurse (206) 393-4153.