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Hello Glenwood Families,

My name is Maria Ortiz.  I'm the Health Clerk.

The Health Department is always dedicated to keeping our students and staff healthy.

You can reach me at 209-931-3229 X 404 or

My Glenwood office hours are Monday 8am-2pm and Thursday 8am-2pm


Tips to Keep Kids Healthy this School Year.

  • 1. Provide healthy food. A well-balanced diet is crucial to your child’s health and wellness. Parents should encourage their kids to eat breakfast each morning and provide healthy options for meals and snacks.
  • Teach proper personal hygiene. These practices will help to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases.  Personal hygiene refers to maintaining the body's cleanliness. Hygiene activities can be grouped into the following: home and everyday hygiene, personal hygiene, medical hygiene, sleep hygiene and food hygiene. Home and everyday hygiene includes hand washing, respiratory hygiene, food hygiene at home, hygiene in the kitchen, hygiene in the bathroom, laundry hygiene and medical hygiene at home.
  • 4. Encourage daily exercise.


Big Smiles will be at Glenwood on Nov 1st and April 3rd.  Permission slips will go home around mid-October.


Parents please take a moment to update your student’s health records in Aeries if you haven't already done so or haven't already gotten a call from me to take care of that.



If they started kindergarten this school year,

please make sure your students' shots are up to date and their physical and dental form is completed and turned in to the office.

7th grade Tdap-It’s a good idea to make a doctor’s appointment the summer your student is in 6th grade to receive their Tdap booster so that they’ll be ready for 7th grade.  At that doctor’s appointment they will also administer #2 Varicella both are required from the state of California.



It is very important that you have a medication dispensed at school form completed and signed by a doctor if your students’ needs any medication to be in the office or in their backpacks.


January Health Department Newsletter
The holidays are over and another new year is fresh on everyone’s mind.  This is the perfect time for a new start.  Many of us have a list of resolutions, but none of this will mean much without good health.
Make the new year your year of good health.  Here are some resolutions that can help:
Eat better.
Cut down on saturated fat cholesterol by limiting meat, whole-fat dairy products, and eggs.  Avoid trans fat in stick margarine, fried foods, and many snack and “junk” foods.   Favor olive and canola oils.  Eat fish and whole grain products if possible, instead of refined grains and simple sugars.  Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.  Cut back on sodium (salt).
Exercise regularly.
Maybe you can join the gym.  But you don’t have to hit the gym to benefit from exercise.  Built physical activity into your daily schedule.   Take the stairs, do household chores, play active games with your kids.  Above all, walk whenever and wherever you can.  Aim for at least 30 minutes of walking a day.
Reduce stress.
Figure out what makes you tense, then try to change what you can.   Talk over your problems and worries.   Get enough sleep.  Do things that are fun, especially with people you like.   Learn to appreciate and enjoy life’s many little pleasures.  Exercise to burn off stress.  Avoid caffeine if it makes you jittery.  Learn relaxation techniques such as meditation.
Protect yourself.
Keep your distance from those with the flu.  If you’re ill, protect others by avoiding crowds and coughing into a tissue.  Wash your hands often.  Get enough sleep.
These are some ideas for a great start to a Happy New Year!
Parents, please dress your kids for the weather.  Please label your child’s coats to avoid them getting lost.   Dress in layers so they can take off their jacket or coat during class if they need to.
Please remember how important it is for kids to stay home if they are sick.
For example, if they have any of the Covid symptoms (Temp>100.3, cough, stomach pain, Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, runny nose, congestion, chills, sore throat and or loss of taste or smell) or any other contagious illness (pink eye, etc.) please make sure they stay home.
We are still requiring parents to send an email or parent square with the negative test result before they return to school.  You could also send the test with their name on it in a zip lock bag and take it to the office when your student returns to school.