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WVPTI Informer: October 22, 2013

National News

The Health Insurance Marketplace is Open for Business

Though there may be delays, computer glitches and generally confusion over new qualifications for coverage, terminology, and the process in general - enrollment in the Marketplace began on October 1, 2013, with coverage beginning as early as January 1, 2014. To help clarify some of the issues, surrounding the new health care coverage, here's a quick 1 page summary provided by HealthCare.gov: https://www.healthcare.gov/get-covered-a-1-page-guide-to-the-healthinsurance-marketplace/

Also there are many state specific resources available to help guide the public through the complexities of the new Health Care Laws. The following are two such guides:

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The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is no longer in operation. Funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013. The website and free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.

Precautionary Measures to Implement Prior to Flu

Did you know...According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) everyone over 6 months should get a flu vaccine. It is especially important for certain people to get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications. According to the CDC people with the following medical conditions are considered high risk: asthma, neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability (mental retardation), moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury], chronic lung disease, cystic fibrosis, heart disease, blood disorders, endocrine disorders, kidney disorders, liver disorders, metabolic disorders, and weakened immune system due to disease or medication. This is just one recommendation, for additional flu information specific to children with disabilities visit: http://www.fv-ncfpp.org/activities/flu/flufacts/ or to download the following Flu fact sheet.

West Virginia News

How are WV Schools Doing?

In 2013, West Virginia's was granted an ESEA Flexibility Waiver, which essentially frees the public schools from certain federal rules and deadlines. These rules pertain to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). In response to the Waiver, WV has developed their own accountability system to rate and monitor school's performance. Each school in the state will be ranked into 1 of 5 categories. To learn more or to see where your school ranks go to: http://wvde.state.wv.us/esea/performance/

ESEA Flexibility: WV Accountability Index and Annual targets go to Success, Transition, Focus, Support, and Priority

WV Policies Out for Comment

West Virginia Department of Education has numerous policies out for Public Comment and your input is needed. Two of the Policies up for comment until 4:00 PM November 12, 2013 are:

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Stopbullying.gov is a website with great resources for everyone -educators, parents, students and community members, for it takes a village to help curtail the bullying epidemic that appears to be spreading nationwide. By definition bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. To view 5 Simple Safe Tips on HOW TO BE MORE THAN JUST A BYSTANDER - STOP BULLYING go to http://www.stopbullying.gov/respond/be-more-than-a-bystander/index.html

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