Parents should notify the school nurse when a student is going to be absent or late for any reason. This allows the school personnel to know that the child is home safe and that the parent is aware of the absence.
New York state requires all children be immunized against diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis B.
In addition to these requirements, those students entering Kindergarten must be immunized against varicella or show proof of having the chicken pox.
Students entering 6th grade must also have received a Tdap booster, and a varicella vaccine or show proof of having the chicken pox.
Written verification from the student's private physician is the only acceptable form of proof of having had chicken pox.
Any student not properly immunized will be excluded from school.
The employees of the school district do not have the qualifications to practice medicine. However, under certain circumstances, when it is necessary for a child to take internal medication during school hours, the school nurse/nurse-teacher may cooperate with the family physician and the parents.
A written request to school authorities from the parent/guardian and a written request from the family physician indicating the type, frequency and dosage of prescribed medication, and the condition being treated is necessary to allow the school nurse/nurse-teacher to administer this medication during school hours. The medication must be in its original container. A verbal or telephone request from the parent or physician is not acceptable.
Students are not to have any medication in school unless they are following the above rules. This includes over-the-counter medications.
New York State Education Law mandates the following screening procedures. The goal of these requirements is to detect any problem that may impede the learning process. Screening will be done in the grades as indicated. A referral will be sent home if any problem is detected. Otherwise, the child's screening is within normal limits.
School physicals are required for students in grades kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 7th and 10th, and any new students. If you chose to take your child to your own physician, a copy of the physical must be submitted to the health office by October 15. After this date, the student will be examined by the school physician.
Junior and Senior High School students participating in sports must have an athletic physical scheduled through the appropriate health office.
All students in grades kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th, new entrants, and others as deemed necessary will be screened for distance acuity (far vision).
A hearing screening will be done on all students in grades kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th 7th, and 10th, as well as all new entrants and others deemed as necessary.
Scoliosis(Curvature of the Spine)
Scoliosis screenings will be done on all students in grades 5-9. If the nurse suspects a problem, the student will be re-screened before a referral is made.