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It’s almost flu season, and to help kids stay well, flu vaccines are being offered to students in Springfield Public Schools.

Flu vaccine clinics will be held at 58 school sites in cooperation with Jordan Valley Community Health Center and with help from CoxHealth, Mercy and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

Clinics start October 17 and run through November 15.

Michele Skalicky

Teachers and principals at 41 Springfield schools can move forward with innovative projects for their students thanks to grants they’ve received.  The money, $276,869, comes from donors who gave to the Back to School Grant Program at the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools.

Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent of SPS, noted that Saturday is the 150th birthday of the district.  "This is the best birthday present we've ever received," he said.  "I guarantee it."

Michele Skalicky

During his State of the Schools speech at Central High School Thursday, Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. John Jungmann said the district will roll out LAUNCH, what he calls “Missouri’s solution for course access issues for school districts and families.”

Jungmann said, "driven by a purpose motive, not a profit motive, LAUNCH will provide quality, online learning options designed, developed and delivered by Missouri's educators."

Michele Skalicky

Mercy Sports Medicine athletic trainers and emergency responders gathered on the Kickapoo High School Football Field Friday to practice what to do if a middle or high school student suffers from heat exhaustion, head injuries, cardiac arrest or another ailment during a game.

Jim Raynor, administrative director of Mercy Sports Medicine, said he wants parents to know their sons or daughters are in good hands when they take part in middle school or high school sports.  He said they hold drills like this one to prepare for the worst as they hope for the best.

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The start of the new school year is just around the corner, and for students who still need required immunizations, clinics are planned for next week.  The Springfield Public School District will hold free immunization clinics Monday, July 31, at Hillcrest High School, Tuesday, August 1, at Glendale, Wednesday, August 2, at Kickapoo, Thursday, August 3, at Central and Friday, August 4, at Parkview.  Hours are 9 a.m.

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