Dr. Robert Cruikshank, MD
Alesha Akins Pedersen, RPA-C
NEW State Requirements for Physical Exams:
REQUIRED NYS SCHOOL HEALTH EXAMINATION FORM TO BE COMPLETED IN ENTIRETY BY PRIVATE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR SCHOOL MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Note: NYSED requires a physical exam for new entrants and students in Grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11; annually for interscholastic sports; and working papers as needed; or as required by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Pre-School Special education (CPSE).
Flu Season is Just Around the Corner:
Sometimes it can be difficult for a parent to decide whether to send children to school when they wake up with early symptoms of an illness or complaints that they do not feel well. In general during cold and flu season, unless your child is significantly ill, the best place for them is in school where they are less likely to expose other more vulnerable people, like the very young or the very old, to their routine bouts of cold and flu.
Remind and show your children to discard used tissues promptly, not to share personal items, to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, to keep their hands away from their face, and to wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water. Suggest that they silently sing Happy Birthday song twice while washing their hands. However, there are some situations in which it is best to plan on keeping your child home for a day to rest or to arrange for an appointment with your health care provider. The following are a few such situations that warrant watching and possibly conferring with your health care provider:
- Persistent fever greater than 100.4° orally, including a fever that requires control with medication, like Tylenol.
- Child is too sleepy or ill from an illness, like vomiting and/or diarrhea, to profit from sitting in class all day.
- Significant cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class.
- Sore throat that is severe, accompanied by fever and/or feeling ill, that persists longer than 48 hours, OR after known exposure to a confirmed case of streptococcal throat infection.
- Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts that might be impetigo; OR a rash in various stages including boils, sores and bumps that may be chicken pox; OR a significant rash accompanied by other symptoms of illness such as fever.
- Red, runny eyes that distract the child from learning.
- Large amount of discolored nasal discharge, especially if accompanied by facial pain or headache.
- Severe ear pain or drainage from the ear.
- Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever.
- Any condition that you think may be serious or contagious to others.
Students with short term or chronic health conditions often are well enough to attend school, but require medication during the school hours. Medications prescribed by a physician can be given at school; however there are certain state that we must abide by. The New York State Education Department has sent us the procedures listed below that we legally must follow for both prescription and non-prescription drugs (over the counter medications such as Tylenol, cough syrup, cough drops, throat spray, and ointments).
Requirements for medication in school:
- The school nurse must have on file a written request from a physician in which she/he indicates how often to be given the dosage of prescribed medication.
- The school nurse must have on file a written request from the parent to administer the prescribed medication, which is to be updated each year.
- All medications delivered to the school nurse must arrive in the original, sealed container. The label is for identification purposes only, and does not constitute a written order form the physician.
- Medications should be delivered directly to the school by the parent or guardian.
- Parents may request their pharmacists to provide two properly labeled containers of your prescription (one for school and one for at home use).
A Medication Form can be found here:
View the District's Head Lice Policy here:
If you or your child have any questions or concerns, information about head lice can be found here.
What to look for:
- Small silvery nits fixed to the hair shaft, similar in appearance to dandruff, but not easily removed.
- Where nits have been hatched, live lice may be seen.
If nits or lice are found, please call your healthcare provider regarding appropriate treatment. Your child should stay home from school until they have been treated.
Follow the directions for any medication carefully. Cream rinse and conditioners can decrease the effectiveness of the treatment.
Dental Screening and Sealants:
The Dental Sealant Program is on its way to our school. Our screening day is scheduled for the spring. They will be screening all second grade students. Students who are in need of dental sealants will be sent home medical forms and must return a signed parental consent form if they wish to participate. Third grade students will be screened as time allows, and may participate with signed parental consent form.
Screening will take approximately 10 minutes; the sealant appointments will be scheduled every 20-30 minutes. The yellow attachment below is an informative flyer for parents.
As part of a required school health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student's body mass index or 'BMI'. The BMI helps the doctor or nurse know if the student's weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low. Recent changes to the New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student's school health examination. A sample of school districts will be selected to take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health. If our school is selected to be part of the survey, we will be reporting to New York State Department of Health information about our students' weight status groups. Only summary information is sent. No names and no information about individual students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child's information excluded from this survey report. The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier. If you do not wish to have your child's weight status group information included as part of the Health Department's survey this year, please print and sign your name to the form below.