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State Schools Chief O’Connell Urges Vigilance About H1N1 Outbreak When Students Return To School

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell today urged everyone to remember safety procedures when students return to school this fall to prevent and mitigate the spread of H1N1 and other influenza viruses.

“The excitement about returning to school and seeing old friends could cause us to let our guard down about preventing the spread of the flu virus,” said O’Connell. “I urge parents, students, and school officials to remain vigilant and review the updated safety protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Education.”

O’Connell is offering local education agencies a sample letter they may send home to parents and guardians about the updated guidelines issued earlier in August. The guidelines include the following key recommendations: Students and staff with flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, or signs of a fever, without the use of fever reducing medicines.

Students and staff who appear to have flu-like illness should be sent to a room separate from others until they can be sent home.

If possible, the ill person should wear a surgical mask to prevent coughing or sneezing on others. A school nurse or other staff person caring for the student should use appropriate personal protective equipment.

Students and staff should wash hands frequently with soap and water when possible, and always cover noses and mouths with a tissue, shirt sleeve, or elbow when coughing or sneezing. If soap and water is not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers should be available for student and staff use.

School staff should routinely clean areas that students and staff touch often with the cleaners they typically use. Cleansers with bleach and other non-detergent-based cleaners are not necessary.

People experiencing severe flu symptoms, especially those who are at high risk for complications if they become ill with an influenza-like illness should speak with their health care provider as soon as possible.

People at high risk include those who are pregnant, have asthma or diabetes, have compromised immune systems, or have neuromuscular diseases.

Although there are not many schools where all or most students are at high risk, a community might decide to dismiss a school to better protect these students.

School officials should work closely and directly with their local and state public health officials when deciding whether or not to selectively dismiss a school or schools with large populations of high risk students.

To assist schools in preventing the spread of viruses, the California Department of Education offers further guidance, pandemic flu planning checklists, and resources on flu prevention in multiple languages at http://www.cde.ca.gov/159979.

Schools, parents, and any member of the public may also download a free “Keep Our Schools Healthy” information toolkit that contains posters on how to prevent the spread of any germs and viruses at http://www.cde.ca.gov/148645. The sample letter to parents and guardians is at http://www.cde.ca.gov/159850 . The U.S. Department of Education offers schools a communications toolkit athttp://www.flu.gov/plan/schoo l/toolkit.html. For more detailed school guidance, please visithttp:// www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/gu idance/exclusion.htm.

Financial Fair To Get Teens, Parents Thinking About College, Credit, Cars

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Teens and their parents are invited to attend an all-day financial education fair on college funding, budgeting, investing and more on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Cal State San Bernardino. The fair will also include contests, prizes and a special guest appearance from world renowned youth speaker Josh Shipp. The financial fair is sponsored by California JumpStart in partnership with CSUSB’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Pre-registration is available for a day of financial education and fun.

The free workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Upper Commons’ Obershaw Dining Room, as well as the Lower Commons at CSUSB. Teens will also learn about credit cards, saving for the future, current job opportunities, interviewing skills, achieving top credit scores and owning a car. Shipp is recognized for his ability to connect with his young audiences.

Since 2001, he has spoken to more than one million people on issues that affect today’s youth. He has

written books and made guest appearances on MTV, Comedy Central, NBC, FOX and TLC. Shipp currently serves as spokesperson for National Foster Care Month. He’s also the initiator of “Hey Josh,” a digital community for teens seeking advice and positive entertainment. Registration for the free event is on a first come-first served basis. Teens and parents are encouraged to register online at www.cajumpstart.org.

For more information about the event, visit www.cajumpstart.org or e-mail info@cajumpstart.org.

California Jumpstart is a not-for-profit organization associated with the National JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The organization’s mission is to improve the personal financial literacy of California’s youth by connecting them to powerful educational resources and encouraging the implementation of personal financial education at every grade level from kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit http://news.csusb.edu.

Southern California Edison Program Offers Free Appliances, Services

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Outreach Targets San Bernardino Customers

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Aug. 24, 2009 – More Southern California Edison (SCE) customers than ever may be eligible for free appliances and energy efficiency services from the utility’s Energy Management Assistance (EMA) program. To make sure customers know about the program, SCE will be hosting information sessions at “Cool Centers” in San Bernardino and other parts of its service territory.

The first sessions will be held at the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino, located at 696 S. Tippecanoe Ave., San Bernardino, August 25, 26 and 27 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. The location houses a Cool Center, which is a place where low-income residents and people with medical conditions that make them sensitive to extreme temperatures can go to cool off. SCE offers many Cool Centers throughout its territory during the hot months.

The EMA program provides free energy-efficient appliances, pool pumps, weatherization services, lighting, air conditioners and other efficiency measures for income-qualified renters and homeowners. Energy efficiency is essential to keeping electricity bills low and for helping grid reliability, especially during the hot summer days when air conditioners are running.

“We know it’s especially difficult for those who have had a drop in income. Buying a new refrigerator or appliance may be last on their list of priorities,” said Linda Yamauchi, SCE’s Consumer Affairs manager. “We want people to know that we’re here for them and that we have programs and services that can help.”

The San Bernardino outreach effort will include mailings from SCE with instructions to visit the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino. There, program assessors will share information about the EMA program, potential bill savings, eligibility and enrollment.

The program is available year-round to all SCE customers. They can learn more about it and enroll by calling (800) 736-4777 or by visiting HYPERLINK "http://www.sce.com/ema" www.sce.com/ema. More information on Cool Centers is at HYPERLINK "http://www.sce.com/coolcenters" www.sce.com/coolcenters.


Five Reasons To Fill Out Your Census Questionnaire

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1. Helps Build Prosperity in Your Community.

Does your neighborhood have traffic jams, elderly folks who live alone or overcrowded schools? Census data can help define strategies to make necessary public improvements in your community.

2. Help in a Time of Need

Many emergency services linked to 911 are structured based on maps developed with the data from the previous census.

Census information helps health providers predict how a disease is spread through communities between members of the population.

When natural tragedies like tornados and earthquakes occur, the census indicates to the rescue teams how many people may need aid.

3. Puts Government to Work for You

It’s a great way to let our leaders know who we are and what we need. The numbers are used to help determine the distribution of more than $400 billion in federal and state funds. The money will help to finance educational and school lunch programs, medical centers, emergency services, transportation and other needs in our community.

4. Reduces Risk for Businesses

Since census numbers help reduce the financial risk and allow the identification of potential markets, businesses can produce the products that you want and need.

5. It Will Help You and Your Family

The individual data stay confidential for 72 years, but you can request a certificate of past censuses to use it as verification of your age, residence, or kinship. This information can help you apply for a pension, establish citizenship or to obtain an inheritance.

In 2082 your great-grandchildren will be able to use census information to learn about the history of your family.

Today your children can use the information to assist them with homework assignments.

Thanks to the fact that we have had a census every 10 years since 1790, we know how far we have come, and how much we have changed as a nation.

Be counted in the 2010 Census.

The future is in our hands!

UCR Business Students Among Top Teams in Boston Competition

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Students studying business at the University of California, Riverside finished finished in the top eight of 28 teams the 10th annual KPMG - Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting (ALPFA) Case Study Competition.

“In the first rounds of competition in Boston, we bested regional teams including UC Berkeley, University of Washington, University of Arizona and USC,” said David Stewart, dean of the Anderson

Graduate School of Management at UC Riverside.

“Getting to the finals of this national competition is an especially notable achievement and has enhanced the reputation of UCR, AGSM, and our accounting program.”

The UCR team consisted of five undergraduate students majoring in business administration including, Jose Hernandez, George Moreno, Ismaele Perez, Jacqueline Ugalde, and Lawrence Zhang, and one MBA student, Erin Peach, all from the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management.

Professors Michael Moore and Ted Mock served as faculty advisors for the team.

Additional important coaching was provided by UCR professors Berry Mishra and Erik Rolland, KPMG’s Marco Aguirre and Dawna Mason, a former judge at the case study competition.

In the contest, the UCR students were asked to role-play an external audit team providing risk assessments for the audit committee of the pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co., Inc. and judged on their ability to provide critical risk assessments including finding relevant accounting issues.

“These are incredibly bright students and they have put UCR on the map with their performance,” said Stewart.

“This is a great example of how we prepare our students for the real world.”

The dean said the competition has already resulted in job opportunities to members of the team. ALPFA is the leading professional association dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos in the accounting and finance-related professions.

The KPMG/ALPFA competition has become a popular event that presents accounting, auditing and finance students with the challenge of resolving real-world business issues in a collegial and competitive environment.

The event was held August 9 and 10 in Boston. The team’s expenses were covered by KPMG, an international network of professional who provide audit, tax and advisory services.

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