In This Issue
In the Spotlight...
We mourn the death of three more youths due to gun violence
, this time
in Marysville, Washington.
Taken from our
, we find
on what we can do as far as prevention:
The following resolutions and links show where we stand on firearms:
NYS PTA Resolutions
National PTA Position Statements
- CHILDREN FIREARMS ACCIDENT PREVENTION LAW – 2013 (U-’06, R-’99, U-’92)
- GUN POSSESSION BY MINORS – 2008 (U-’01, R-’94, U-’87)
- DISCHARGING OF FIRE ARMS WITHIN SCHOOL AREAS – 2007 (R-’00, R-’93, R-’86)
A recent study released in the Journal of Psychiatric Services
how difficult it is to make an appointment with a psychiatrist
Researchers were only able to make an appointment about 25% of the
, regardless of the insurance they had and even when they
intended to pay out of pocket. This is very alarming that people may not be
able to get the help that they need.
Mental illness and suicide have impacted many families in our country.
Special Education students are often at risk.
According to the CDC, in 2009, suicide was ranked as the 10th
leading cause of death among people ages 10 years and older
accounting for 36,891 deaths. It is important for people to reach out if
they need help.
Below are links to additional information:
The US Department of Education has issued a “Dear Colleague”
letter to remind educators of their obligations to ensure
that students with disabilities are not subject to bullying
The whole document can be found by clicking
A new law meant to crack down on texting-while-driving is going into effect
across the state.
New and young drivers will face tougher penalties if
they are convicted of texting-while-driving.
for more information.
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation that will expand access to
potentially lifesaving medication for students and school personnel in the
event of an emergency
The new laws include provisions that will allow schools to administer
to students without prescriptions in emergency situations, and that
will allow students diagnosed with asthma, allergies and/or diabetes to
self-administer prescribed medical treatments
to read the full article.
Don’t forget to check the
NYS PTA Wellness Toolkit and Calendar
to learn more about wellness
advocacy and resources.
To stay covered with health insurance for 2015 under the Affordable Care
, it is important that you follow these five steps during open
- Review your current plan’s 2015 health coverage and costs.
- Update your Marketplace application, starting November 15.
- Compare the health plans available to you in 2015.
- Choose the plan that best meets your needs.
- Enroll in the health plan you want for 2015 coverage by December 15,
For more information, click