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District seeks budget volunteers, Reynolds hears about later school start times, vaccine exclusion looms, more

COURTESY PHOTO: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION ON UNSPLASH - Kids will be excluded from school starting Wednesday, Feb. 19, if their vaccinations are not up to date.

Gresham-Barlow seeks budget volunteers

The Gresham-Barlow School District is seeking volunteers to fill two positions on the district's budget committee. The committee is made up of the school board and seven volunteer citizens who are appointed to serve three-year terms.

Committee members must be registered voters and live in the district and cannot work for the district. The budget committee reviews the financial program of the district and reviews and approves the district budget.

Apply on the district website at: gresham.k12.or.us in the District News section. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, Jan. 15.

For more information, call Budget Analyst Lynne Hill at 503-261-4569.

Register for art class

Artist Rachna Patro will teach kids ages 4 to 6, with a grown-up, a centuries-old Indian art form that uses a hand-carved teak wood block dipped in dye and stamped by hand onto cotton or silk fabrics to create unique designs.

The free workshop is from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Rockwood Library, 17917 S.E. Stark St. Participants will learn the history and practical applications of this art.

Registration is required. For more information, or to register, visit the web page at multcolib.org/events/hand-block-printing-india/110895 or call 503-988-5123.

Reynolds hears about late starts

Members of the Multnomah Youth Commission spoke to the Reynolds School Board to advocate for a later start time at Reynolds high schools.

The group said students miss school and are disengaged in their classrooms because school starts so early.

The youth commission said at the Wednesday, Dec. 18, school board meeting that pushing back high school start time to 8:45 a.m. will reduce chronic absenteeism and improve educational outcomes.

Reynolds High School starts at 7:10 a.m.

The group presented findings from focus groups that took place at nine different schools in the county and discussed sleep deprivation, unsafe driving conditions, academic complications and poor physical health from early school start times.

Centennial School District pushed back start times 30 minutes at every school beginning this school year.

Vaccine school exclusions loom

Kiddos who don't have their immunizations up to date will not be able to attend school starting Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Up-to-date vaccinations are required by law for all children in schools, preschools and child care facilities. Parents will be sent a letter if their child's vaccination records are incomplete.

Parents can get their kids vaccinated at their doctor's office, a student health center, or county clinic. The East County Health Center is at 600 N.E. Eighth St. The Rockwood Community Health Center is at 2020 S.E. 182nd Ave. Appointments and information for both can be made by calling 503-988-5558. For details, visit the Multnomah County Health Department at: multco.us/health/news/catch-missing-school-vaccines.


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