PSI is proud to sponsor two free webinars on Self-Injury

PSI will hold 2 webinars on NSSI (Non-suicidal self-injury).  The first webinar on April 23rd is aimed at helping PSI Health Staff recognize the signs of self-injury.  The webinar on the 28th will outline the many factors involved in this complex behavior and provide response guidelines for schools and strategies to help students reduce their self-injurious behavior.

Ebola Information Center

Multiethnic Hands Holding Text Facts

The PSI School Health Department has created this Ebola Information site as a PSI resource to provide the schools and the school communities we serve with credible information concerning the school’s role regarding the Ebola scare.

We will keep you updated on this critical and constantly changing health situation through this web site. We are also regularly informing our PSI Health Services staff that serve your schools with the latest information available.

Also found below is an informational letter sent to all schools served by PSI concerning information for parents, basic procedures, etc.

Please feel free to contact us at any point to help serve your health care needs.

Sincerely,

The PSI Health Service Team

health@psi-solutions.org
1-800-841-4774 Ext 228

Expert Resources:

PSI Colleague Letter (sent on October 17, 2014)

October 17, 2014

Dear Colleague:

Thank you for choosing PSI as your trusted partner in school health. We are continuing to update our partner schools with accurate and current Ebola related information as it impacts Ohio’s schools.

We are in contact with local public health experts in addition to frequent consultation with the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is developing protocol specific to school health. We will release that information as soon as it is available.

As you know, this situation is continually changing. We will update you as we learn of information that pertains to our schools as well as when the ODH releases their recommended protocols for school health. PSI follows the guidelines and protocols from these expert agencies.

Below are Thursday’s (Oct 16) recommendations issued by the Ohio Department of Health School Nurse Consultants regarding suspected cases of Ebola in schools:

  • Ask any student/parent exhibiting symptoms of Ebola (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/symptoms/index.html) if they have traveled in the past 3 weeks. If so, ask where (country and city), and the dates.
  • If the student has traveled to Guinea, Sierra Leone, or Liberia the local health department should be contacted immediately for direction.
  • Additionally, contact the parents of the child and his/her school administrators.
  • PSI can help facilitate these calls for you, if you wish. Just call our office and we will contact the appropriate health department.
  • The student in question should be placed in a room by him or herself, with no visitors allowed.
  • If the student is to be transferred to a hospital, alert the emergency staff (including the paramedics) of the situation as well as the receiving hospital.
  • The health department will ask to begin a list of close contacts while at school.  The list should consist of anyone within a 3 foot area of the student.  (This list should include friends and any contacts in areas of the school the student has been, for example, the classroom, lunchroom, bus, etc.)

Please remember, at this time there are no known cases of EBOLA in Ohio.

Summit County Public Health has released an excellent list of important considerations that parents need to know about Ebola that includes:

  • A risk for Ebola only comes when you come into close contact with a person suffering from Ebola.
  • Being near someone who is sick with Ebola doesn’t mean you’ll get infected. The disease isn’t contagious like the flu or common cold. You have to be in contact with a patient’s body fluids or blood, and you have to have a break in your skin or have the fluids touch your eyes, mouth or nose.
  • Ebola does not live long on surfaces or outside someone’s body. Soaps, detergents and hand sanitizers are effective at killing the virus. Keeping your area clean and washing your hands will help prevent infections.
  • You and your children are really only at risk if you have traveled to West Africa, where Ebola is currently spreading.

Again, as soon as we have updated information from the expert agencies in public health, we will notify you.

We are continuing to update our PSI Health Staff on all of these important considerations and guidelines from these expert agencies.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.

Yours in health,

The PSI School Health Administrative Team
MS,LC, DO,LS

 

Laying the Foundation for Reading Success – Tim Rasinski, Ph.D.

If you attended the ESS Fall Meeting on Friday September 19th, 2014 and were intrigued by what Dr. Rasinski was presenting, then here are some additional resources for you:

Frog and Toad – The Kite

Frog and Toad – Spring

Songbook – Valentine’s Day

Songbook – Spring

Songbook – Summer

Songbook – Patriotic

Songbook – December Holidays

Three Billy Goat’s Gruff

MultiDimensional Fluency Scale – Kid Developed

Let’s Bring Back the Magic of Song by Iwaski and Rasinski

Reading Today April 2013 Poetry

Two Essential Ingredients: Phonics and Fluency Getting to Know Each Other

Latin-Greek Connection

Why Fluency Should be Hot

PSI Offers Free Webinar: Going Beyond Fluency

We are sorry that you may have missed our free webinar.  
The good news is that it is available online for you to still watch.  We hope this helps.
For any questions regarding PSI services please contact Karen McKelvey at karenmckelvy@psi-solutions.org.

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PSI held a free webinar on September 18, 2014 from 3-4pm EST for a complimentary webinar with Tim Rasinski, PhD.  Tim is a fluency expert and PSI expert partner.

229e67c4-3f7c-4491-a498-27c1e7a14926The webinar, Going Beyond Fluency,  provided a certificate for one contact hour for all participants who complete the webinar and take an evaluation.   Our PSI Expert, has written over 1500 articles and has authored, co-authored or edit over 15 books or curriculum programs on reading education.

Students win Competition at Akron University

gongxiCongratulations to the Chinese II students at Walsh Jesuit High School for placing first in the speaking competition at the Confucius Institute at Akron University. The students performed a five minute skit that included speaking and singing. The competition was a part of the Confucius Institute 2014 China Day activities, an event that several other schools in NE Ohio took part in. They are taught by PSI’s Mandarin Teacher, Hui-ying Lee who has been with PSI since the ’08-’09 school year.

The Autumn 2013 PSI Paradigm is now available

Articles in this magazine include “The 4th R”, Fostering Resiliency in Special Education Students, Overcoming the Impossible – a reflection on stuttering, Advancements in Autism Science.  Click Here to download the most recent version of our educational magazine.

PSI’S Prevention & Intervention Initiatives

PSI prevention and intervention services have been implemented in over 200 schools yearly throughout Ohio, have touched the lives of more than 100,000 students throughout the years.  Research-based programs are offered for all grade levels, K through 12, and can be designed for a wide array of time parameters, including after school. These are both nationally recognized programs and unique PSI programs, with the curriculum and trained professionals to give personalized attention to gain success.

Learn more about PSI’s prevention and intervention initiatives.