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CONTACT: Lisa Sturgeon, aide to Councilwoman Jolly, at (816) 513-1602

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 1, 2009

City Council committee to cover variety of back to school issues

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee will host a back to school themed group presentation at its Sept. 3 meeting to address heath and safety issues associated with students going back to school. The committee meets at 10 a.m. in the Council Chamber on the 26th floor of City Hall, 414 E. 12th St.

“It’s more than our community's children that go back to school this fall, our entire community goes back to school,” said Cathy Jolly, City Councilwoman, 6th District, and chairwomen of the Public Safety and Neighborhoods Committee. “Even if you don't have children and live near a bus stop or regularly travel route by students, you can help keep our students safe by reporting activities and taking an interest in what is happening in the lives of these students. When we all work together we strengthen our community and our future.”

Topics scheduled for the presentation include:

• Health issues and available resources regarding immunizations, protection against H1N1 virus and healthy lifestyles for students

• How and where to report suspicious activity near school grounds and at bus stops

• Transportation safety, including booster/car seats, bus safety, walking to and from school

• How and where to report abandoned properties and nuisance violations for student safety

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Health Department have all recently updated recommendations on how to protect children from influenza," said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Health Department. “These new recommendations have expanded the age range of those who should get the seasonal influenza shot to include those from 6 months to 18 years old. This reduces the chances that students will bring the flu home to parents and the chance that they will be kept out of school because of flu like symptoms."

Presenters from LINC-Local Investment Commission, the Kansas City Police Department and the City’s Health and Neighborhood and Community Services departments will provide information at the committee meeting.

For more information, contact Lisa Sturgeon, aide to Councilwoman Jolly, at (816) 513-1602.

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