As summer temperatures begin to rise, families will start making preparations for summer vacation and outings. For many, summertime is often the most fun, but unfortunately, it can also be the most dangerous – especially for children. Whether enjoying the outdoors, a road trip or a day of family fun, it’s important to keep in mind the dangers that are associated with kids in hot vehicles.
Heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children.Children can overheat up to five times faster than adults – leaving a child in a vehicle that can rise 20 degrees in temperature within only 10 minutes or 50 degrees in an hour can cause serious injuries and could turn into a tragedy.
While the outside temperature may be 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees. On a 100-degree day, it can be 160 degrees inside.
Leaving a child alone in an unattended vehicle is illegal in California, and the consequences are serious — severe injury or death of child caused by heatstroke, being arrested and jailed, and a lifetime of regret. From 1998-2014, a total of 636 children lost their lives as a result of heatstroke in hot vehicles. Sadly, 2017 has already witnessed two child heatstroke deaths.
To avoid contributing to these astonishing statistics, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) reminds parents, caregivers and other family members to keep the following important tips in mind this summer:
- Set a daily routine check – if others are in charge of dropping your child off, request that daycare providers contact you if your child is ever late to arrive or never arrives.
- Teach your child that vehicles are not a play area. Keep your vehicle locked and always keep your keys out of reach. Three in 10 heatstroke deaths happen when an unattended child gets access to a vehicle.
If you see a child left alone in a vehicle, call 911 immediately, get the child out of the car, spray the child with cool water, stay with them until help arrives, and have someone else search for the driver or ask the facility to page them. Heatstroke can occur in outside temperatures as low as 57 degrees – do not assume that a lower outdoor temperature means they are safe.
We don’t want you to have to feel guilty, so lift that carpet and …
- Send in your roster for 2017-2018
- Sign up for training on Saturday, May 20
- Send in any remaining membership dues
- Transition with the incoming board
- Last but not least, breathe in breathe out, you will survive the end of the year rush
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
6:30 am – 5:00 pm
VTA Transit Center at Eastridge Mall, San Jose
For the 15th year, the Office of Santa Clara County Board Supervisor, Dave Cortese, is coordinating the Sacramento Bus Trip for Education which takes education advocates, parents, student, community leaders and residents from Santa Clara County to the state’s capitol to meet with their legislators.
Bus Trip participants gain an in-depth knowledge of K-12 public education and higher education issues. Participants receive updates on current legislative proposals, a status update on school funding and other key public education efforts. More importantly, those who participate have an opportunity to voice their interests and concerns directly to state legislators.
This year, we are expecting an expanded discussion to include immigration, health care, housing, civil rights and other topics in response to changes in the Federal Administration.
Buses will leave from and return to the same location. The trip is free and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Thursday, April 27
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
San Jose Convention Center
150 W San Carlos St [map
Membership card required for access
If you not able to attend convention full or part-time, then Thursday afternoon is your opportunity to visit the Exhibit Hall and PTA Store for free.
Check out the Exhibit Hall to gain ideas and information for fundraising, assemblies and programs for your school. Get the latest ideas for child and school safety, educational programs, health and fitness education and much more.
Shop at the California State PTA Store and save on shipping costs.
The PTA Store has a complete line of the latest PTA/PTSA merchandise and supplies for your association. Pick up stickers, reflection items, lapel pins, outgoing president pin, volunteer thank you gifts, just to name a few.
When you arrive at the convention center, go to the convention registration desk to present your membership card (paper or e-card) and receive your wristband.
Caution: Do not sign any contracts which will commit your association in the next term. Remember: All contracts must be approved by your association prior to signing any contract, and must be signed by your association president and one other board member.
Don’t have a membership card, please check first with your PTA membership VP or president to receive a card.
PTA Teacher Appreciation Week is just around the corner-May 1-5 (California) and May 8-12 (National PTA). This the perfect time to personally thank your students’ teachers and staff for their sacrifices and support for children throughout the year.
The California State PTA understands the importance of staff appreciation in building a stronger home-to-school connection. PTA resources may be used for this type of expense.
- Acceptable expenditures may include a staff lunch as long as the expenses follow PTA guidelines and the expenses are approved by the membership.
- Personal gifts or gifts for individuals cannot be purchased with PTA funds.
- If the membership wishes to present teachers and staff with personal gifts, the individual members can make personal donations to purchase the designated items. These donations should not be commingled with PTA funds.