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Health Services

Sickness during the school day

Health Office Information Cards are sent home early in September for parents to complete.  The information that parents provide on these cards is very important, especially in emergency situations. If you have a change in emergency contact person(s) or new home/business telephone number(s), please write this information and send it into school so that our records may be updated.  In the event that your child becomes ill during the school day and needs to go home, it is a parent’s responsibility to provide transportation.

Student Physicals

New York State education law requires all new entrants and students in grades pre-K, K, 2, 4,7, and 10 receive a physical exam.  Your child will receive a physical by our school physician. If you prefer to have this exam done by your own family physician, please contact school nurse to make these arrangements.   Also, although optional, a Dental Health certificate is asked to be completed by your dentist at a scheduled visit.

Vision and hearing screenings

Vision and hearing exams will be done by the school nurse for the following grades: new entrants (near and distance for vision), pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10 ( distance acuity only) along with hearing exam.  Any abnormal results notification will be sent home.

BMI (Body Mass Index)

The State requires that information is gathered and reported for BMI in grades Pre-K, K, 2, 4, 7, and 10.  No names or personal data is used. This is for statistical data.  If you wish to opt out please notify school nurse.

Scoliosis exam

New York State Education Law requires that all students in grades 5-9 be evaluated fro scoliosis( curvature of the spine).This will be done by the school nurse.  If scoliosis is present the school nurse will notify parent in writing within 90 days of finding.  This is mandated by NYS.

Medications in school

If a student needs to be on any medications (prescription of over the counter medication) during the school hours, please see that the medication is properly labeled.  The label must include the child’s name, Medication name, time to be given, dosage, duration and it must be in the original container (pharmacies will provide second labeled container upon request).  This medication must be accompanied by orders from a licensed health prescriber AND a note from the parent requesting the school nurse to administer the medication to the child.  Forms for this are available below and in the nurse’s office.  All medications, including over the counter medication (i.e. Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cough drops, etc.) must be brought to the health office by an adult and NEVER given to the student to keep on person.  All medications must be picked up at the end of the school year by an adult (unless student has self-carry order)  or the medication will be disposed of.

Field trip medications

For students who are self-directed (able to take his/her own medications as determined by physician, parent, and school nurse): teachers or other school staff should carry the self-directed student’s medication as per doctor’s orders.

For students who are NOT self- directed:

  • The parent or guardian may attend the activity and administer the medication; or
  • The parent can personally request another adult who is not employed by the district to administer the medication on the field trip and inform the school in writing of such request or; See attach
  • The student’s health care provider can be consulted and may order the medication time to be adjusted or the dose eliminated.
  • If no other alternative can be found, a licensed professional employed by the district must administer the medication.

Health- Related excuses from PE class

No child can be excused from physical education class participation without a physician’s excuse.  Those students wishing to have limited participation must bring a note from home, signed by parent/guardian, and stating the reason for limitations. Forms for a modified physical education program are available in the health office and must be signed by a physician.  Questions regarding this matter should be directed to the school nurse.

School insurance for accident/injury

The District provides supplementary accident insurance for all enrolled students,  this insurance is designed to be non- duplicating in that benefits are paid for expenses in excess of those provided under parents’ insurance.  Notify school nurse with any questions.

Required immunizations for school

The new York State Department of health has revised the regulation regarding immunization requirements for school attendance, effective September 1, 2016.

For 2017-2018 school year 7th, 8th, and 12th graders are required to get meningococcal vaccine in order to attend school.  Even kids that had shot before may need a booster.  Check with your doctor or school nurse.

Click to view the mandated immunization for school attendance.

Flu information:

Seasonal Flu: A Guide for Parents.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s seasonal flu information.

 

Communicable Diseases

Click for information sheets on all communicable diseases A-Z.