Monday, April 17, 2017

Mayor Stoney’s “LEVEL UP! Challenge” extended


Richmond Public Schools and Richmond City Health District are extending the contest and chance for elementary schools and fifth grade students to win prizes by participating in Mayor Stoney's challenge to parents to provide consent forms that'll allow rising sixth-graders to get free Tdap booster vaccinations being offered on a schedule in RPS elementary schools now to June 2.

The four schools with the most returned consent forms will win $100 gift cards for supplies, and one student (with a returned consent form) at each of the 25 elementary schools will have a chance to win a $50 gift card.

The Mayor's Level Up Challenge is a collaborative effort to help ensure that fifth grade students receive the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination required by state law for all students (leveling -up) going to the sixth grade. There's no grace period, and students without the vaccination will not be able to attend class until they've been vaccinated.  This school year, 44% of Richmond sixth-graders missed valuable class time because they didn't have the Tdap vaccination at the start of the school year.

Parents - Accept Mayor Stoney's Level Up Challenge and let's make sure our students are ready for the next school year. Return vaccination consent forms now. Forms are available at Richmond elementary schools, and on Richmond Public Schools and Richmond City Health District websites, www.rvaschools.net and www.rchd.com.