Right to See Student Cumulative Record

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Be careful young man. If you keep this up, this will go on your permanent school record!” said the teacher to the misbehaving student. This type of threat has been heard in schools over the years and the thought of a cumulative record that follows students as they progress through school is intriguing. It is also a bit of a mystery what exactly is in…

Washing Hands Prevents Colds in Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Ok everyone, it is time to eat. Make sure to wash your hands before sitting down,” reminded the mother to her children. This is a common reminder many parents use prior to eating and it illustrates the importance parents place on hand washing. Washing hands is one of the best ways for children to prevent various diseases including the cold, flu, and RSV. It is so…

Preventing Suicide in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

His son had become increasingly despondent over the past few weeks. Any time the father tried to talk with him, his son would pull away. In the few times he got his son to talk, his son would make comments about how he was worthless and nothing really mattered anymore. The father knew his son was depressed but was not sure what to do. He…