Tricia Gibbs, RN, School Nurse
Phone: 518-283-4600 ext. 18
School Attendance and Reporting Absence
A student’s absence or anticipated lateness must be reported to the Health Office by 8:30 a.m. by calling 518-283-4600 ext. 18. You may call anytime to leave a message. If we do not hear from you we will call you to ensure your child is safe and accounted for.
When your child returns to school, please send a note with the date and reason for your child’s absence.
Students Should Be Symptom Free Before Returning to School
Children should be kept home until they are fever/vomiting/diarrhea free for 24 hours without medication. If your child needs medication in the morning to feel well enough to go to school they should stay home.
To help parents keep their children healthy during the flu season, a Guide for Parents about the flu is available here.
Medication in School
Students should not transport or carry medications with them in school. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medications. A parent or guardian must bring in medication which will be kept secure in the Health Office. A doctor’s order and parent’s written permission are required for medication administration in school.
Exceptions are made for inhalers and Epipiens. A doctor’s order and parent’s permission are required.
Emergency Contact Forms
Each year a Student Emergency Contact form is sent to parents and guardians. It is critical that parents update the information for all their children so the school can contact parents or guardians in the event of an emergency.
Any changes to contact information during the school year should be sent in writing to the main office and your child’s teacher.
The district follows immunization requirements established by the NYS Health Department, which are consistent with the most current childhood and adolescent immunization recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Please see your child’s physician for questions about immunizations.
- All 6th grade students must submit proof of two Varicella vaccines (or proof of disease) prior to starting 6th grade and one TDap vaccine when they turn 11 years of age.
- All 7th grade students must submit proof of Meningococcal vaccine prior to starting 7th grade.
If your child is injured and unable to participate in physical education class, a note from a physician must be submitted to the Health Office. The note should indicate the reason, time restrictions and limitations. A release note from a physician must be provided to the Health Office when your child is capable of resuming activity.
New York State Law requires physicals for students before entering kindergarten, and in grades 1, 3, 5, and 7, as well as new students regardless of grade. Physicals are also required for all students new to the district. A student who does not have a completed physical when entering these grades will be scheduled for a school physical.
Many parents prefer to have their own physician give the exam. A private physician provides the extra benefit of not only consulting with the parent on the child’s growth and development, but can also provide the needed immunizations and follow-up care.
Physical exam reports completed by private physicians must be dated within one year prior to the start of the school year, and no later than 30 days after entering school.
Sports physicals must be reviewed and signed by the school physician before a student is cleared for sports. This will be done when the school doctor is scheduled to come in prior to each season. It is very important that physicals be done by that time. The signing of these physicals will be handled through the Health Office.
All students need to be approved/cleared to play school sports by the school medical director prior to tryouts. Paperwork for student athletes must be handed in by the first day of try outs/practices. Physicals must be dated within one year of that date and Health Histories are required within 30 days of the start of each sport season. New Health Histories are required for each sport.
Any student athlete who is believed to have sustained a concussion must be immediately removed from all athletic activities. They cannot participate in athletic activity until they have been symptom free for 24 hours and have been evaluated by a licensed physician.
Mandated Health Screenings
The State of New York mandates that health related screening be completed in our schools each year. The requirements are as follows:
- Vision Screening: All new students and students in kindergarten and grades 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7.
- Hearing Screening: All new students and students in kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 5, and 7.
- Scoliosis: Girls only in grades 5 and 7.
If there are any unusual findings, or cause for concern, the school nurse will contact you. In the event that additional evaluation is needed, a referral form will be sent home for you to take to your private health care provider.