AUBURN — To ward off what’s expected to be a tough flu season compounded by the worrisome H1N1 strain, all 3,323 Auburn students will be offered the regular flu shot, then an H1N1 shot.

Unlike Lewiston, which is holding flu shot clinics in every school during the school day, Auburn will have two days of clinics at Edward Little High School.

Flu shots will be given from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 and 24, Assistant Superintendent Katy Grondin explained Wednesday night to the Auburn School Committee.

Because getting a shot can be upsetting to some children, parents will have to be with their children to get a shot, Grondin said. When parents and students arrive there will be four stations. At the first, parents and students will check in. Names will be checked with a student roster, and staff will check to ensure a permission slip has been turned in.

At the second station the child will be checked to make sure he or she is healthy enough to get a vaccine with no visible signs of sickness. At the third station a nurse will administer the shot.

Finally at the fourth station students will have to wait 15 minutes before leaving. That’s to make sure there’s no adverse reaction from the vaccine, Grondin said.

Auburn schools have only two nurses. Extra nurses will be at the clinics.

Parents must sign a permission form before any child is given a shot. The permission forms will soon be sent home, and parents will be asked to return them promptly to their child’s school. The number of parents who return forms will give officials an idea of how much vaccines will be needed, Grondin said.

The Sept. 22 and 24 clinics will be followed by others offering the H1N1 vaccine, which is scheduled to become available in October. Grondin is hoping parents will offer feedback on how the regular flu shots went.

It’s been decades since vaccine clinics of this scale have been offered in schools, but the reason is that the population most at risk for H1N1 is 6 months of age to 19 years, Superintendent Tom Morrill said.

Maine Education Commissioner Susan Gendron has said all school-age children are encouraged to have the shots, and vaccines will be offered through schools. Many schools have already signed up, Gendron said. Vaccines will be given in Lewiston during the week of Sept. 21. Permission slips are being sent home.

In other business, committee members were given back-to-school reports, including:

• Preliminary enrollment this year is 3,623, one student less than last year. This year’s number includes two new prekindergarten programs.

• Auburn schools will soon be getting 2,000 laptops, which will mean every sixth-grader and high school student will have a laptop. Before this year, only seventh- and eighth-graders had laptops. The cost for the 2,000 laptops is about $155,000.

• The land lab has been moved to East Auburn school, and the Walton Elementary School is now “asbestos free” with new flooring.

• Among this year’s goals at Edward Little High School is to have 90 percent of students get a 70 or better in all courses, or have students pass all courses.

• New staff hired during the summer include 27 new teachers, a new principal at Washburn Elementary and 22 new ed techs.


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