Stan Jester informs us that there is an epidemic of whooping cough and that 7th graders will be required to be vaccinated.
Whooping Cough – New 7th Grade Vaccination Requirements
There has been a resurgence of whooping cough outbreaks around the country. California last week announced a whooping cough epidemic, reporting more than 800 cases in two weeks, along with two deaths in infants. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 10,000 cases so far this year of whooping cough.
All students born on or after January 1, 2002 and entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade in Georgia need proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccination (called “Tdap”) and an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (“MCV4”). Proof of both vaccinations must be documented on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231).
Read more at Stan’s blog >> http://factchecker.stanjester.com/2014/07/2015/
Also >> The Georgia legislature modified laws concerning the ability to carry weapons on and near schools, government buildings and churches >> CLICK HERE to read the law in full.
…[to] change provisions relating to carrying weapons within certain school safety zones and at school functions; to change provisions relating to exemptions for carrying weapons within school safety zones; is in a locked container in or a locked firearms rack which is on a motor vehicle and such vehicle is parked in a parking facility.
(e) (1) A license holder shall be authorized to carry a weapon in a government building when the government building is open for business and where ingress into such building is not restricted or screened by security personnel. A license holder who enters or attempts to enter a government building carrying a weapon where ingress is restricted or screened by security personnel shall be guilty of a misdemeanor if at least one member of such security personnel is certified as a peace officer pursuant to Chapter 8 of Title 35; provided, however, that a license holder who immediately exits such building or immediately leaves such location upon notification of his or her failure to clear security due to the carrying of a weapon shall not be guilty of violating this subsection or paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of this Code section. A person who is not a license holder and who attempts to enter a government building carrying a weapon shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(2) Any license holder who violates subsection (b) of this Code section in a place of worship shall not be arrested but shall be fined not more than $100.00. Any person who is not a license holder who violates subsection (b) of this Code section in a place of worship shall be punished as for a misdemeanor.”
Said article is further amended by revising subsection (a), paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (b), and subsections (c) through (f) of Code Section 16-11-127.1, relating to carrying weapons within school safety zones, at school functions, or on school property, as follows:”
(a) As used in this Code section, the term:
(1) ‘Bus or other transportation furnished by a school’ means a bus or other transportation
furnished by a public or private elementary or secondary school.
(2) ‘School function’ means a school function or related activity that occurs outside of a
school safety zone and is for a public or private elementary or secondary school.
‘School safety zone’ means in or on any real property or building owned by or leased to:
(A) Any any public or private elementary school, secondary school, or school local
board of education and used for elementary or secondary education; and in or on the campus of any public or private technical school, vocational school, college, university, or other institution of postsecondary education.
(2)(4)’Weapon’ means and includes any pistol, revolver, or any weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind, or any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, any other knife having a blade of two or more inches, straight-edge razor, razor blade, spring stick, knuckles, whether made from metal, thermoplastic, wood, or other similar material, blackjack, any bat, club, or other bludgeon-type weapon, or any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain, or any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart, or any weapon of like kind, and any stun gun or taser as defined in subsection (a) of Code Section 16-11-106. This paragraph excludes any of these instruments used for classroom work authorized by the teacher.
(b)(1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, it shall be unlawful for any person to carry to or to possess or have under such person’s control while within a school safety z one or at a school building, school function, or school property or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school any weapon or explosive compound, other than fireworks the possession of which is regulated by Chapter 10 of Title 25.