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Md. immunization requirements change

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has announced a change in the immunization requirements for students, effective for the 2006-2007 school year.

The new regulations require all students in prekindergarten through grade 9 to have, in addition to previously required vaccines, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine (proof of the disease is acceptable in lieu of the vaccine) and three doses of hepatitis B vaccine.

Registered nurses in the public schools have been given authority by the Carroll County Health Department to take a documented history of typical chickenpox.

For students to attend school in 2006-2007, parents must present proof of these vaccinations.

Students who are age 13 or older, who have not previously received varicella vaccine or have not had chickenpox, must have two doses to comply with the regulations.

All preschool students are required to have Prevnar (1 or 2 doses ) to attend school. Prevnar protects against the seven more common strains of pneumococcus that cause infections and meningitis.

For details on immunization requirements, visit www.edcp. org/html/schoolrequire.html, and click on "Vaccine Requirements 2006-2007 School Year."

Immunizations may be gotten from the student's physician, or at the county Health Department at 410-876-4938 or 410-857- 5000.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Church to offer Grossnickle award

The Union Bridge Church of the Brethren will award its 22nd annual Joanne Grossnickle Scholarship in July to students in Frederick and Carroll counties.

Applicants must have attended Francis Scott Key, Linganore or Walkersville high schools, or have some relation to the church, which Joanne Grossnickle attended.

Candidates must have completed one year of training beyond high school before being considered for the scholarship.

For requirements and instructions, write to the Joanne Grossnickle Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 518, Union Bridge 21791.

Deadline is June 15 for applications.

Information: 410-775-2717.

Friendship School opens new facility

The Friendship School has opened a new facility at 1545 Progress Way, Eldersburg.

The Merritt Dyslexia Education Center was named in honor of Merritt Properties LLC and the Merritt Charitable Trust which constructed the facility and made a $1 million contribution to the school's capital campaign to help fund the project.

The new building houses the Friendship School and the Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute.

Serving as a laboratory school for the Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute, Friendship serves 57 students with dyslexia.

The school is in the process of obtaining accreditation by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners.

The Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute opened in 2001 to provide teacher training, scholarships, and community outreach in the area of dyslexia education. This summer, the institute will host its first summer teacher-training course.

Information: 410-552-6880, ext. 167.

McDaniel professor gets scholar grant

Debora Johnson-Ross, assistant professor of political science and international studies at McDaniel College, has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar grant from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board.

She will spend 10 months in 2006-2007 lecturing at the University of Buea in Cameroon. She will teach three courses.

Johnson-Ross' teaching interests focus on comparative and African politics, and she will be in Cameroon before a presidential election.

She joined McDaniel as the 2001-2002 Jessie Ball duPont visiting scholar.

Technology center a certified school

The Carroll County Career and Technology Center has been named a "Project Lead the Way" certified school.

The certification process included a site visit from educators and business leaders who evaluated the program on numerous criteria.

As a result of the certification, technology center students are now eligible for transcript credit if they meet specific college/university requirements.

Information: 410-751-3049 or 410-751-3669.

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