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Staph session

GYMGERMS ILLUS.jpgMore staph warnings: Mt. Diablo school district just announced that a Sequoia Middle School teacher has MSRA, the serious, antibiotic resistant staph infection. A Northgate teen was diagnosed with it earlier this week, and cases are popping up in East County and the valley too. Don’t panic, says Francie Wise, director of communicable disease control for Contra Costa County, but see a doctor if you or your child has a wound that becomes red, hot to the touch or swollen. “What you’re looking for,” she says, “is a sore that doesn’t begin to heal within about 48 hours.”
Jackie Burrell

Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2007
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MISS SCHOOL MANNERS & College Admissions

teacherEarlier this week, we asked parents to weigh in on college admissions anxiety and this culture’s hyper-focus on “top tier” schools, and talk about the smaller colleges they’ve come across that were great fits for their kids. Here’s a sampling of their responses, a couple of new resources and an invitation for you to join the party – post your thoughts by clicking “comments.”

“Our learning-disabled son has attended CSU East Bay for 1 1/2 quarters and we are very pleased so far… Classes are small and the counselors and professors are very approachable. Our son gets much more help than he ever got in high school. His major advisor spent 45 min going over a schedule modified to suit his learning disabilities. By way of contrast, I think my older son (at Cal) knows the name of his advisor (maybe).” – CL, Walnut Creek

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Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2007
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