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Safe Summer Tips from Primary Children's Hospital

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Make This a Summer of Prevention

At last, spring is here, and summer is right around the corner. Most of us love the warmer weather and opportunities to be outside. But, did you know that Memorial Day marks the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Day of Summer? This is associated with traffic crashes, but Primary Children’s also sees an increase in drownings, window falls, driveway back-overs, traumatic brain injuries, and other injuries because of accidents or intentional acts during warmer weather months.

As part of an effort to decrease the number of injuries and deaths this summer, we want to share some safety tips that you can do at home and discuss with your family to have a fun, injury free summer. 

In the Home: adapted from Safe Kids Worldwide.

Home is a place to relax, play and enjoy spending time with family. Of course, accidents will happen with minor scrapes and bruises along the way, especially as kids grow and discover new things. And that’s OK. The problem is the more serious injuries that are often completely preventable.

Safe Kids has a fun interactive tool with things you can do to help ensure that your kids can be active, healthy, and safe at home. Here are some more tips, room by room.

Kitchen: Cooking is a great way to spend time together but remember these tips and always supervise.
  • Children should not be held while cooking. Place your child in a high chair where you can still see them.
  • Keep babies and young kids strapped in when using high chairs, infant carriers, swings or strollers.
  • Keep matches, lighters, and all sharp objects out of reach and sight or locked away.
  • To avoid burns and scalding, use the back burners of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge. Keep hot foods and liquids away from edges.
  • Cut food for toddlers into tiny pieces. Children under 5 should not eat small, round or hard foods, including pieces of hot dogs, cheese sticks or nuts.    
Bathroom:Among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 – 4 years old. Children less than a year old are more likely to drown at home in the bathroom or a bucket.
  • Actively watch kids when they are in or around water. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.
  • Make sure your bathtub is completely drained and empty all buckets, containers, and kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don’t collect water.
  • Close toilet lids and use seat locks to prevent drowning.
  • Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.

Bedroom: Unintentional falls, including those from windows, are the number one cause of non-fatal injury for children. 38% of fall-related injuries in children are among kids 4 and under. Most serious falls happen at home.

  • Move furniture away from windows to prevent climbers from gaining access.
  • Keep windows closed and locked when they are not being used.
  • Properly install window guards and stops to prevent falls. Windows should not open more than 4 inches.
  • For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire.
  • Always lay infants to sleep on their backs in their own crib or bassinet without blankets, pillows, or plush toys.
  • Swings and car seats outside of a car are not safe for a sleeping baby.
Living Room and Stairs: Yearly, more than 93,000 children under the age of 5 are seen in emergency rooms because of stair-related injuries. Kids are also seen because of furniture tip oversstrangulation, or choking.
  • Install safety gates to keep children from falling down staircases.
  • Keep small toys, button batteries, and other small objects out of children’s reach and sight. Look at the room at your child’s eye level and remove any hazards.
  • Keep cords and strings out of children’s reach, including those attached to window blinds and curtains.
  • Secure unstable or top-heavy furniture to the wall.
Laundry: You may not of think your laundry room as a dangerous room in your house. But kids are still poisoned by laundry products (see General Safety) and injured by appliance related accidents.  
  • Check the temperature on your water heater. It should be set no higher than 120° Fahrenheit.
  • Keep washer and dryer doors closed.
  • Clean out the dryer screen and vent regularly to prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Make sure all garbage or recycling cans are securely closed.
  • Store sports equipment away from chemicals or tools and place heavier items low to the floor. 
  • Teach children to stay away from garage doors at all time. A sensor can malfunction and injure a child.
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked to prevent children from gaining access and getting trapped in a hot car.
  • Always walk around your vehicle before you back out or pull out of a garage. Remember to Spot the Tot.
General Safety: Some safety tips apply to all the areas of your home. It's also a good idea to have an evacuation plan and meeting place designated outside the home in case of an emergency. 
  • Secure all medications, cleaners, laundry detergents, chemicals, cosmetics, button batteries and other hazards out of reach and sight or in a locked cabinet.
  • Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home. Be sure to test the alarm monthly and replace the batteries twice a year.
  • Have a first aid kit with emergency instructions inside.
  • Learncardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the age-appropriate Heimlich maneuver for emergencies.
Keep these numbers near the
phone in case of emergencies.
  1. Poison-control: 1-800-222-1222
  2. Your doctor's number.
  3. Parents' work and cell phone
  4. Neighbors or nearby relatives number.
  5. Teach kids when and how to call
Other safety to consider
  • Keeping your home safe includes reducing access to firearms for those who should not have access, such as kids and teens.
  • Store firearms unloaded and locked.
  • Store ammunition locked in a separate place.
  • Use a firearm safe, lock box, or trigger/cable lock.
  • Limit access to combination or keys to only adults who should have access to the firearm. There are safes on the market which provide safe storage but quick access for home protection.
  • Temporarily remove the firearms from the home if a family member or you are in crisis, depressed or suicidal.
Next month we’ll cover safety out of doors and on the go. In the meantime, Please Be Safe!

Revised Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures

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The following procedures will begin on April 25, 2019 to keep our students safe. While the procedures are not new (see our handbook), we have made a small revision for kindergarteners. Safety is very important to us.Screen Shot 2019-04-24 at 4.07.36 PM.png

Midvalley Parking Lot Drop Off and Pick Up

(Note these parking lot safety changes)

  • Please follow the directions of the staff on duty. They are as invested in keeping all students safe as you are. Patience and respect will help all of us get through this transition until we get the best, most amazing parking lot ever with the new school.
  • Students may only follow the walking path (in green) if walking home via 7800 South. All students who are walking to the South of the school will not be able to walk across the parking lot.
  • Students can NOT cross at the driveways of the school. (Blue X)
  • As marked by Midvale City, NO PARKING OR PICK UP can take place on 7800 South. This is an identified red zone and parents can be ticketed by Unified Police Department.
  • The zone is NOT a pick up or drop off zone, unless a student/parent requires handicap parking for loading or unloading.
  • Only parents with students will be allowed to cross to the south of the parking lot, if the parent has parked. We strongly suggest parents use the drop off and pick up lanes instead of parking and walking their child across the parking lot. Dropping off in lanes is the safest parking lot pathway.
  • Staff ONLY is allowed beyond the south side of kindergarten to the back-AS POSTED.
  • All students are dismissed out the back NORTH doors-except for kindergartners who walk to the south of the school with siblings or are picked up by car. (Please see new kindergarten guidelines for more information attached if you have a kindergartener).
  • Students and parents who walk together should establish a meeting place that is consistent. We are urging students to quickly leave the school and walk home while there are lots of students to walk together and the crossing guards are there. Students are not allowed to play on the playground equipment after school. You are always welcome to bring your child to play. Our goal is for all students to be on their way home within 15 minutes of the bell at 3:00 pm.
  • Thank you to all of the parents who are establishing “Walking School Bus” by taking turns to walk the students in your neighborhood. This greatly helps us reduce the amount of traffic in our parking lot.

Kindergarten Procedures for Drop Off and Pick Up

In addition to the above information, please follow these guidelines, as well.

  • No one should park in the reserved, handicap, or no parking (red painted and signed) areas.
  • The safest way to drop off students is through the drop off lanes. Please follow the maps above for drop off.
  • If you choose to park and walk your student to the kindergarten playground to drop off, please park in a stall in the general parking lot and walk the student at the crosswalk that is marked. Teachers on duty and safety patrol will cross you there.
  • Kindergarten students without Midvalley siblings will be picked up at

Parents of students without siblings will be given a bright piece of paper. Please display this in your car window. As soon as you pick up your student, you can pull into the drive through and leave the parking lot. Students without siblings will be at the area a few minutes before the bell rings.

  • Kindergarteners with siblings who walk south of the school or are picked up will gather at the

These students will be joined by their siblings and go home as usual.

  • Kindergarteners with siblings who walk north of the school will be gathered by their siblings at the
  • Kindergarten staff will be supervising students in the morning and in the afternoon.

Please visit with the Kindergarten Teachers if you have any questions.

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SCC Meeting-Agenda

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Meeting Date Thursday, March 21, 2019

Time of Meeting 3:30 pm

Meeting came to order at ____________________

Council Members present

School Representatives

Tamra Baker - Principal

Vicki Houmand - Kindergarten Teacher

Parent Representatives

Becca Staker

Brittany Halterman

Stephanie Williams

Elizabeth Williams

Kara Shea


Approve minutes from last meeting

5th grade inappropriate language concerns

What is being done to improve behavior generally?

What is the consequence for various behaviors?


Bylaw suggestions from District


Dress code changes - what feedback do we want to give district?


5th grade inappropriate language concerns

What is being done to improve behavior generally?

What is the consequence for various behaviors?

Land Trust funds - plan for next year (plan & signature page due April 10)


Budget for current year plan


Upcoming school events


Other discussions

Next meeting Thursday, April 18, 3:30