The nurse at Main Street School serves the students, parents and staff and is the liaison with outside health care providers whose treatment of students is relevant to the students' school progress. The nurse performs all New York State mandated health screenings, dispense medications to students according to physician orders, and provides emergency and routine medical care to students and staff. In addition, the nurse monitors the certification of medical immunizations and keeps on record completed physical examination forms for all new students and students entering grades fourth and fifth grade.
Parents are encouraged to share with the school nurses any health issues, prescribed medications or emotional issues that may affect their child's performance in school.
Parents should always alert the nurse if their child is sick/contagious, has a disease/lice, etc.
Many children have allergies to certain foods or food additives. Additionally, students may suffer from insect allergies and/or sensitivities to seasonal airborne allergens. It is always important for your child’s teacher and the Health Office to be alerted to any and all allergies and to be in possession of your child’s required medication for the allergy. Only with complete disclosure can we make adequate preparations to keep your child safe.
Medications in School
All medications coming into school must be brought to the Health Office by a child's parent or guardian.
Prescription medication must be in the original container with the pharmacy label attached. Non-prescription medications must be in the original container with the child's name attached to it.
All medications, including any over-the-counter preparations, must have a written order from the prescribing physician. The order must contain the name of the child, the name of the medication, dosage, frequency of administration and what is being treated.
Please do not send medication with your child. NYS Education Law prohibits children from carrying medication.
For more information, please contact the Health Office at 269-5250.
Medications & Field Trips
Students who require medication during the school day will have that dosage sent along on the field trip to be administered under the direction of their classroom teacher.
ALL students who require the use of an EpiPen will have their EpiPens accompany them on any field trip. ALL staff has been trained in the signal for and the administration of an EpiPen.
Immunizations & Physicals
Immunizations: Under NYS Law, students may not be admitted to class without proof of an up-to-date immunization record. This is an official document prepared by your child’s physician and submitted to our Health Office to be kept in your child’s health records.
Physicals: A complete physical is also required for any new student and for all students. Please call the Health Office, 269-5250, for more information regarding process and forms.
Should My Child Stay Home From School?
Parents often ask, “When should my child remain at home?” Health Office guidelines are as follows…
A child should remain at home if…..
- There is any fever. A child is considered to have fever if their temperature is over 99.9 degrees. Children should remain at home until they are 24 hours fever free.
- There are any signs or symptoms of gastroenteritis (vomiting and/or diarrhea).
- There has been a diagnosis of strep throat or scarlet fever. A child must be on antibiotics for a full 48 hours before returning to school.
- There are signs of head lice. A child must remain home until the shampoo treatment for head lice has been accomplished and no nits are found in a thorough inspection of the hair by the health office.
If your child is going to be absent or late for any reason, please be sure to call the health office before 9:00 a.m. to report the reason for his/her absence or lateness. Please call the health office even if you have notified the teacher. You may call any time day or night and leave a message on the attendance office voice mail. Messages are retrieved by 8:15 a.m. every morning.
Twice a year the PTSA provides lice checks for all students. At other times throughout the year when a child is identified as having lice, the nurse will check all students in that classroom. Once a case of lice has been identified, an e-mail will be sent to all families in case of contact during lunch, bus or other school activity. Parents are strongly encouraged to let the school know as soon as possible if their child has lice.
Illness or Injuries at School
Should your child become ill or injured during the school day, the following steps will be taken:
If the illness or injury can be sufficiently treated by our Health Office, you will be notified of the incident and the steps taken to care for your child.
If it is determined that your child should go home, you will need to arrange to pick up your child as quickly as possible.
If the illness or injury requires immediate emergency medical attention, the Health Office and the school Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) will immediately take action while the office contacts a parent.
District Wellness Committee
All schools/districts are now mandated to have Wellness Committees. The goal of this committee is to promote healthy lifestyles regarding increased physical activity and healthier food choices. Our Wellness Committee has worked collaboratively with our food service provider to create healthy and attractive choices for our students’ lunch program. Your classroom teacher will provide a handout at the beginning of the school year with suggestions for healthy school snacks