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The Rensselaer County Health Department is hosting Pfizer Vaccine Clinics on Wednesday, May 12 (1-8 p.m.) and Thursday, May 13 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) in the McDonough Sports Complex at Hudson Valley Community College for individuals ages 16+. No appointment is required. Walk-ins are welcome! Please bring photo ID and insurance cards to the vaccine clinic.

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Digital Footprint display

Goff Middle School Health classes created a Digital Footprint display in the main lobby to go along with the safety classes taught by Deputy Russo.

Deputy Jeff Russo completed Internet Safety training for the entire 6th Grade at Howard L. Goff Middle School last week. He attended every Informational Literacy class, and provided loads of important information to students about popular social media sites and how they can use the internet safely.

Deputy Russo’s class focused on three main factors that are impacting children’s “digital footprint” online today:

  1. Who they talk to and understanding online predators
  2. What is and is not appropriate information to share online
  3. How to identify and report online bullying (cyberbullying)

Parents are encouraged to take some time to discuss online safety with their children and ask them about what type of “digital footprint” they are creating for themselves.

“Now would be a great time to ask your children if they have done anything online that maybe they wish they hadn’t, and discuss how to avoid letting that happen again in the future,” said Deputy Russo.

Internet Safety training will be provided to 7th and 8th graders in the coming months. In preparation of that, the Health classes this month created a Digital Footprints display in the main lobby of the building. Special thanks to Ms. Hosier and Mr. DeNisio for assisting with the display!