Wednesday morning (August 7th), Whitko's faculty and staff filled the Whitko Jr/Sr High School auditorium to take part in trainings and to review Indiana's state required materials.
The day began with a 7:30 am breakfast and casual conversation among those in attendance. Teachers moved into the auditorium around 8:15am where Dr. Penrod gave some brief remarks and thanked everyone for their attendance and quickly turned the floor over to a presentation by the H.A.N.D.S. Foundation (Helping Achieve new Direction through Students).
Jillian Early RN, BSN, who is a registered nurse with the corporation through medstat led a staff training for Blood-borne Pathogens and Universal Precautions. The overall theme of her presentation was "When in doubt." The significance behind this statement was to empower those in the training to always error on the side of helping. Early went on to explain that it is always better to make someone tell you they don't need your help, rather than wondering later if you could have helped prevent an accident or incident.
Early's presentation also covered a thorough review of CPR, IED, and basic first aid in the classroom. All teachers at Whitko community schools are required to be CPR certified. The presentation also covered responding to diabetes, allergies, seizures, and administering an EpiPen. Early’s presentation was well versed in current methods of treatment, and she found ways to pepper those in attendance with both facts and fun throughout the presentation.
Staff were given a brief intermission followed by a presentation on abuse reporting. The 4 types of abuse that must be reported (physical, sexual, emotional, and neglect) are a state required mandate. If you suspect abuse, both Whitley and Kosciusko Counties have a hotline: 800.800.5556.
The remainder of the day, teachers will return to their school buildings to finish with last minute preparations for the school day beginning on August 8th. This evening, however; Whitko’s elementary schools will both host their back to school night events from 5:30 - 6:30pm. Families can plan to attend the events to meet the teachers, see the classrooms, and connect with the principals.
Whitko Community Schools also wants to remind parents that if they have not yet registered for the 2019-2020 school year, please do so immediately to avoid delays for your family on the first day of school. Whitko’s website whitko.org/backtoschool makes it easy for parents to begin the registration process for returning students, and new families to the district should visit whitko.org and click the enroll now button to be contacted by either the school’s principal or guidance counselor.
Finally, for returning families who need to register, but did not receive a snap code, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to get assistance immediately.