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The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program Act of 2002, enacted by initiative statute, establishes the ASES Program to serve pupils in kinder and grades 1 to 9, inclusive, at participating public elementary, middle, junior high and charter schools. Pupils who are identified by the program as homeless youth or as being in foster care will be given first priority.

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LA’s BEST Parent Agreement

We are excited to have your child in our program and to have you as part of our team! In an effort to ensure safety for all children, we will need to work together on the requirements listed below.

Registration Forms: Each child must have a registration form on file with the names and phone numbers of three adults, 18 years or older, who are authorized to pick up the child. It is important that this form be kept current with updated information. You should check it regularly and update it as changes occur. Only parents/guardians may change information on the registration form. Information cannot be changed over the phone.

Sign In: Children will be signed into the LA’s BEST program by staff each day they attend. Reinforce to your children that they are to come directly to the LA’s BEST designated area when dismissed by their classroom teacher.

Sign Out: When the LA’s BEST program ends, all children must be signed out by a parent/guardian or authorized adult, 18 years of age or older, who is listed on the registration form. Children will not be released to minors under 18 yrs. of age or persons not listed on the registration form. Adults will be asked for identification before a child is released.

Program Hours: The LA’s BEST program operates when students are not joining in-person learning with teachers, until 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Children must be picked up by a parent/guardian or authorized adult no later than 4:00pm.

Attendance:  Our funding is based on the number of days and hours children attend the program. Therefore, children are required to attend daily and remain until the end of the program. Children may be removed from the program for excessive absences. Children absent from the regular school day may not participate in the program on the day of their absence. If your child is going to be absent, please notify the LA’s BEST Program.

Early Release Policy: When picking up a child before 4:00 P.M., the authorized adult picking the child up fills in the appropriate part of the form, adds the student’s name, grade & birthdate then signs and dates the form. Additionally, it must be signed and dated by the LA’s BEST representative providing the form (SC, PS, PW, TS, and Ops). If parents/guardian are unwilling to complete the Early Release Form, this may result in the child being removed from the program.

Parent Meetings: Quarterly parent/guardian meetings, are to be held at each school site. This meeting helps keep you informed of all current and upcoming activities. These meetings are an opportunity for you to receive information, help with planning, and be involved with your child and LA’s BEST.

Illnesses: Parents/guardians will be notified in the event that their child becomes ill at the program. Arrangements are to be made by the parents/guardians to have the child taken home.

Allergies: Parents/guardians are to indicate on the registration form any food allergies or other medical conditions that might affect a child’s participation in the program. LA’s BEST staff are not permitted to dispense or administer medication to students. 

Court Orders: All court orders should be discussed with the Site Coordinator. A copy of the court order must be filed with the child’s LA’s BEST registration card and in the school’s main office.

Valuables: LA’s BEST staff are not responsible for valuables such as cell phones, electronics or jewelry that students may bring.

Requesting Student Information: You may request student information through the LA’s BEST Operations Office with the “Data Request Form” which can be provided to you by the Site Coordinator. Please allow 2 weeks when requesting student information. Student information will be released only to parents/legal guardians. Parent/guardian must provide an I.D. to receive documents.

Discipline Policies: All children must follow the school’s code of conduct while on the school campus or LA’s BEST event. LA’s BEST follows all LAUSD/School discipline policies outlined in the LAUSD/School Parent Student Handbook.

Staff will not release a child under the following circumstances:

  • The parent/guardian or authorized adult is behaving in a way that poses a risk to anyone in the program.
  • Person is not an authorized adult on the registration card and/or is under the age of 18.
  • A court order has been provided to the program by the custodial parent/guardian to restrict access by the non-custodial parent.

 Children will be dropped from the LA’s BEST program for the following reasons:

  • Violation of rules in the LAUSD/School Parent Student Handbook that would result in suspension/expulsion.
  • Failure of children, parent/guardians, or authorized adult to cooperate with staff where such failure disrupts the operation of the program.
  • Excessive absences, early pickups, and/or late pickups of children after 4:00pm.
  • Parent unwilling to complete the Early Release Form

Questions or concerns requiring explanation should first be directed to the Site Coordinator. If further conversation/explanation is required feel free to contact the LA’s BEST Operations Office. Questions or concerns may also be submitted via the LA’s BEST website at www.lasbest.org. We welcome your input and hope to hear from you!

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A Fact Sheet for Youth Sports Parents

This sheet has information to help protect your children or teens from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Why do heart conditions that put kids at risk go undetected?

While a youth may display no warning signs of a heart condition, studies do show that symptoms are typically present but go unrecognized, unreported, missed or misdiagnosed.

Symptoms can be misinterpreted as typical in active youth.

  • Protect Your Kid’s Heart
  • Educate yourself about sudden cardiac arrest, talk with your kids about warning signs, and create a culture of prevention in your youth’s sports organization.
  • Know the warning signs
  • Document your family’s heart health history as some conditions can be inherited
  • If symptoms/risk factors present, ask your doctor for follow-up heart/genetic testing
  • Don’t just “check the box” on health history forms—ask your youth how they feel
  • Take a cardiac risk assessment with your youth each season
  • Encourage youth to speak up if any of the symptoms are present
  • Check in with your coach to see if they’ve noticed any warning signs
  • Active youth should be shaping up, not breaking down
  • As a parent on the sidelines, know the cardiac chain of survival
  • Be sure your school and sports organizations comply with state law to have administrators, coaches and officials trained to respond to a cardiac emergency
  • Help fund an onsite AED

Fainting is often mistakenly attributed to stress, heat, or lack of food or water

  • Youth experiencing symptoms regularly don’t recognize them as unusual – it’s their normal
  • Symptoms are not shared with an adult because youth are embarrassed they can’t keep up

Youth mistakenly think they’re out of shape and just need to train harder

  • Youth (or their parents) don’t want to jeopardize playing time
  • Youth ignore symptoms thinking they’ll just go away
  • Adults assume youth are OK and just “check the box” on health forms without asking them

Medical practitioners and parents alike often miss warning signs
Families don’t know or don’t report heart health history or warning signs to their medical practitioner

  • Well-child exams and sports physicals do not check for conditions that can put youth at risk
  • Stethoscopes are not a comprehensive diagnostic test for heart conditions

What happens if my child has warning signs or risk factors?

● State law requires youth who faint or exhibit other cardio-related symptoms to be re-cleared to play by a licensed medical practitioner.
● Ask your health care provider for diagnostic or genetic testing to rule out a possible heart condition.
Electrocardiograms (ECG or EKG) record the electrical activity of the heart. ECGs have been shown to detect a majority of heart conditions more effectively than physical and health history alone. Echocardiograms (ECHO) capture a live picture of the heart.
● Your youth should be seen by a health care provider who is experienced in evaluating cardiovascular (heart) conditions.
● Follow your providers instructions for recommended activity limitations until testing is complete.

What if my youth is diagnosed with a heart condition that puts them at risk?

There are many precautionary steps that can be taken to prevent the onset of SCA including activity modifications, medication, surgical treatments, or implanting a pacemaker and/or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Your practitioner should discuss the treatment options with you and any recommended activity modifications while undergoing treatment. In many cases, the abnormality can be corrected and youth can return to normal activity.

 

What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a life-threatening emergency that occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating. It strikes people of all ages who may seem to be healthy, even children and teens. When SCA happens, the person collapses and doesn’t respond or breathe normally. They may gasp or shake as if having a seizure, but their heart has stopped. SCA leads to death in minutes if the person does not get help right away. Survival depends on people nearby calling 911, starting CPR, and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) as soon as possible.

RECOGNIZE THE WARNING SIGNS & RISK FACTORS

  • Ask Your Coach and Consult Your
  • Doctor if These Conditions are
  • Present in Your Youth
  • Potential Indicators That SCA May Occur
  • Fainting or seizure, especially during or right after exercise
  • Fainting repeatedly or with excitement or startle
  • Excessive shortness of breath during exercise
  • Racing or fluttering heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat
  • Repeated dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Chest pain or discomfort with exercise
  • Excessive, unexpected fatigue during or after exercise

How COMMON is SCA?

As a leading cause of death in the U.S., most people are surprised to learn that SCA is also the #1 killer of student athletes and the leading cause of death on school campuses. Studies show that 1 in 300 youth has an undetected heart condition that puts them at risk.

FAINTING
IS THE #1 SYMPTOM
OF A HEART CONDITION

What CAUSES SCA?

SCA occurs because of a malfunction in the heart’s electrical system or structure. The malfunction is caused by an abnormality the person is born with, and may have inherited, or a condition that develops as young hearts grow. A virus in the heart or a hard blow to the chest can also cause a malfunction that can lead to SCA.

 

Factors That Increase the Risk of SCA

  •  Family history of known heart abnormalities or sudden death before age 50
  • Specific family history of Long QT Syndrome, Brugada Syndrome, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, or Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD)
  • Family members with known unexplained fainting, seizures, drowning or near drowning or car accidents
  • Family members with known structural heart abnormality, repaired or unrepaired
  • Use of drugs, such as cocaine, inhalants, “recreational” drugs, excessive energy drinks, diet pills or performance-enhancing supplements

Cardiac Chain of Survival

  • Their life depends on your quick action!
  • CPR can triple the chance of survival.
  • Start immediately and use the onsite AED.

KeepTheirHeartInTheGame.org A Fact Sheet for Youth Sports Parents. This sheet has information to help protect your children or teens from Sudden Cardiac Arrest To learn more, go to KeepTheirHeartInTheGame.org. Get free tools to help create a culture of prevention at home, in school, on the field and at the doctor’s office. Discuss the warning signs of a possible heart condition with your child or teen and have each person sign below.
Detach this section below and return to your sports organization/LA’s BEST. Keep the fact sheet to use at your kids’ games and practices to help protect them from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

While missing a game may be inconvenient, it would be a tragedy to lose a young athlete because warning signs were
unrecognized or because sports communities were not prepared to respond to a cardiac emergency.

I learned about warning signs and talked with my parent or coach about what to do if I have any symptoms. I have read this fact sheet on sudden cardiac arrest prevention with my youth and talked about what to do if they experience any warning signs, and what to do should we witness a cardiac arrest.

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