Health Department News
When your child is sick
Please call the main office of your child’s school to report any absence. While it is not required, it is helpful to note your child’s major complaint or illness.
When should my child stay home?
To help prevent the spread of infection, our school nurses recommend keeping your child home when they exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- Fever over 100.4 in the past 24 hours
- Uncontrollable coughing
- Strep throat (if on medication less than 24 hours)
- Conjunctivitis (if on medication less than 24 hours)
Beginning July 1, 2018, all New York State school students must have a health exam when they enter school as a new entrant and in Pre-K or Kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. These examinations must be completed on the approved NYSED Student Health Examination Form, which is located in Health Forms to the right. Please provide completed forms to your school nurse.
New York Public Health Law requires all students entering sixth grade to be immunized against varicella, or chicken pox. This law applies to all students born on or after January 1, 2004. If your child has had chicken pox, the new state law requires written documentation from your child’s physician or a blood test to determine immunity.
Students entering seventh and 12th grades must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in New York state.
Visit the Center for Disease Control website for a complete schedule of immunizations from childhood to adolescence.
Vision and Hearing Screenings
New York State Education Law regarding vision and hearing tests has changed. Schools will now only screen students in seventh and tenth grades, new entrants and any student deemed necessary for screening or requesting screening. If you have any questions, please call your school nurse.
Health Alerts and Allergies
If your child is allergic to insect bites, bee stings or certain foods, please contact the health office regarding emergency measures. This can mean life or death in some instances. If your child has any health problems, the school nurse should be made aware of them.
Note: A parent is to bring in any medication to the school nurse. NO medication is to ever be brought in on the school bus with a student.
For medication to be administered at the school, parents must supply:
- A note from a parent/guardian stating they would like medication given at the school. Permission forms are also required for single or multiple medications, depending on the circumstances.
- A note from the doctor stating medication to be given, dosage and time to be given.
- Medication in a clearly labeled bottle from a pharmacy, with the current date.