Health Office

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    Immunizations:

    Public Health Law- Section 2164: All Students enrolling in any school in New York State for the first time shall submit a written statement signed by a health care provider that they have been immunized as per NYS standards.

     

    Proof of immunization requirement include:

    • Original signed certificate of immunization
    • New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS)
    • New York Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR) immunization record
    • Immunization records from a previous school
    • An out of state immunization registry specifying the dates and products administered
    • An official record from a foreign nation may be accepted without a health practitioner’s signature or a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner diagnosed history of varicella.
    • Serologic (blood test)proof of immunity can be accepted in place of vaccination only for the following diseases:measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B

     

    Exemptions from this requirement include:

      • Medical (renewed annually)
      • Religious exemptions approved by the district







    Physical Exams

    New York State Education Law requires that a physical exam be on file at the Health Office for all new entrants, and for students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.  Physical exams are also required for students interested in participating in a school sport. A physical for sports participation needs to be less than a year old at the start of the sport season.



    Medication Administration and Form:

    This form must be completed EACH school year for ALL medications (OVER THE COUNTER AND PRESCRIPTION) and signed by both a parent/guardian and health care provider (MD, NP, PA) before medication can be given to your child.  ALL medications must be provided in the original labeled containers and kept in the Health Office. Stock medication will no longer be available in the health office.

    All medications coming into school must be brought to the Health Office by a child's parent or guardian. Please do not send medication with your child. NYS Education Law prohibits children from carrying medication.

    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.



    Health Screening

    • Health examinations will be required for new entrants and in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
    • Vision screening for color perception, distance, and near vision acuity will be required for new entrants within 6 months of admission to school. Distance and near vision acuity will be required in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
    • Hearing screening will be required for new entrants within 6 months of admission to school and in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
    • Scoliosis screening will be required in grades 5 and 7 for girls and grade 9 for boys.
    • A letter will be sent home if there are any findings that would cause concern or need medical follow-up.

     

    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 school Administrator will immediately take action while the office contacts a parent.
    • Any injury or illness necessitating a restriction of activity (PE/sports), will require a clearance note from your child’s medical provider before they will be allowed back.

     

    WHEN TO KEEP A CHILD HOME WITH ILLNESS

    It can be hard to know when to send children to school, if they tell you that they do not feel well.  Usually, the best place for your child is in school. There are some times when keeping your child home to rest or call for an appointment with your health care provider is recommended.

    If your child has a fever, it is not a good idea to give medicine like Tylenol or Advil and send them to school because as soon as the medicine wears off, the fever may return and you will be called to come and pick up your child.

    Please keep children home for 24 hours after the fever ends or they have completed 24 hours of medication if prescribed by your healthcare provider. Remind children to wash hands often with soap and water, throw away used tissues, cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze and keep their hands away from their face. These measures will help keep everyone healthier. Please call us with any concerns or questions.

     

    Registration for all interscholastic sports (Varsity, JV and Modified) is completed through our on-line system, FAMILY ID.

    All medical and emergency information should be entered and athletes must submit a current physical. The physical MUST be uploaded to the registration for each sport, every sport season. This will help to expedite the approval by the school nurse and medical director.

    Additional information can be located on the Athletic page.