Important Information as Students Head Back to School
8/17/2018
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Important Information as Students Head Back to School

With many students heading back to school next week, here are a few reminders.

Share the Road
It’s important to remember how to share the road safely with school buses and other school transportation vehicles. Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety. Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension. Click here for more information and tips on school bus safety.
 

Get the Facts About Concussions
With many student athletes back in fall sports practice, students, parents and coaches are reminded about ways to prevent, recognize and manage concussions. In 2011, the Safety in Youth Sports Act was signed into law in Pennsylvania, requiring all school entities to develop return-to-play policies for student athletes with concussions, as well as requiring related training for coaches. Visit the Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov and search for “Traumatic Brain Injury” for approved curricula for coaches and other school personnel, along with frequently asked questions about the law and many other state-related concussion resources. If you think your child has a concussion, seek medical attention, discuss the injury with the coach and don’t allow the athlete to return to play without permission from a health care professional.

Ensure Your Child Meets Vaccination Requirements
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reminding parents to ensure their children are up-to-date on vaccines as they head back to school. Under new rules adopted by the department last year, parents must get their children fully immunized prior to the fifth day of school or the students will be excluded from school. Previously, parents had eight months to meet school immunization requirements. For more information about the state’s immunization requirements, contact your health care provider, visit www.health.pa.gov or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
 
 
 
Check Out These Upcoming Events!!

Beavertown Rescue Hose Company Hillbilly Fever Days: Now through Saturday, Aug. 18, at 222 Sassafras St., Beavertown. Nightly entertainment, fair food, games, vendors and more. Click here for additional information.

Selinsgrove Legion Wheels for Heroes Ride: Saturday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m., starting and ending at American Legion Victory Post 25, 524 S. Market St., Selinsgrove. Registration with ride beginning at noon, $15 for rider and $5 for passenger. Meal will be provided following the ride for all participants. Click here for additional information.

6th Annual Snyder County Night Out: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 4-7 p.m. at East Snyder Park. Sponsored by the Snyder County Coalition 4 Kids, the event offers kid-friendly activities focused on safety and wellness, and also helps the community connect with law enforcement officers and first responders. Click here for additional information.

Annual Historic New Berlin Day: Saturday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Antiques, arts and crafts show being held in the historic town center. A celebration of heritage, artists and craftsmen. Click here for additional information.

Richfield Dutch Days Unplugged: Saturday, Aug. 25, 4-10 p.m. Due to weather conditions, the final day of Dutch Days has been rescheduled. Enjoy great food, the raffling of the Bicentennial quilt, outdoor movie presentation, free ice cream, game stands and ground prizes. Click here for additional information.

Reliance Hose Company Dog Show: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26, at the Middleburg Carnival Grounds. Click here for additional information.

Selinsgrove VFW Clam Bake: Sunday, Aug. 26, noon to 5 p.m. at Selinsgrove VFW Post 6631, 940 Route 522, Selinsgrove. Open to the public. Tickets are $30, which includes drink and clams, as well as plenty of other food. Click here for additional information.

McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair: Monday through Saturday, Sept. 10-15. Bean soup served daily at noon. Concessions open at 4 p.m. Parade held Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Fun, food and fellowship with friends and family. Click here for additional information.

For additional events across Central PA, visit the Susquehanna Valley Visitor Bureau’s website here.  
                                   
 
Need Help with Veterans Benefits?

In appreciation for their service, both the state and federal governments offer a number of benefits and services to our veterans and their family members. If you have questions about or need assistance with obtaining these benefits, several options are available to help you.

Dan Falls, a veterans field service officer with the American Legion, is available at the Mifflinburg office on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on the fourth Wednesday of each subsequent month. You need not be a member of the American Legion to obtain this assistance with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. Appointments are required and may be made by calling the office at 570-966-0052 or 570-837-0052.

Both Union and Snyder counties also have offices of Veterans Affairs to assist you.  
 
New Law to Better Protect Care-Dependent Individuals

A new law taking effect soon will better protect individuals who are dependent upon others for their care. Act 53 of 2018 will make it a crime to intentionally or recklessly endanger a care-dependent person – closing a gap in state law that exists between neglect and abuse. This addition to the Crimes Code includes neglect to provide care which causes a serious injury or death. This stems from a Bucks County case in which an elderly man was neglected so badly by four family caregivers his starvation led to septic shock.

The new law also adds abuse of a care-dependent person as a punishable offense – with the former law focusing only on neglect investigations – and expands the definition of a caretaker to include family members who should be held responsible. This law was necessary because some care-dependent people, who are among the most vulnerable groups of people in the state, were left without direct protections from the abuse and neglect by their caretakers.

The law allows the departments of Aging, Health and Human Services to report suspected abuse or neglect to district attorneys or the attorney general’s office. Penalties vary from a first-degree felony for death of a care-dependent person to a second-degree misdemeanor if a caretaker knowingly endangers a care-dependent person by failing to provide for his or her needs.
 
 
What’s Happening in the PA General Assembly?

If you want to know more about what’s happening in your state government, look no further than the Pennsylvania General Assembly website. You will find information about upcoming committee meetings, specific bills, roll call votes, House and Senate calendars, existing state statutes and more. You can even watch session live through the site. Check it out here!
 
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