Exclusion from school?
In the event of an outbreak from a vaccine preventable disease, your student may be excluded from school. Each health office maintains a list of students considered to be susceptible to any of the vaccine preventable diseases.
Who are susceptible students:
- Students with valid religious or medical exemptions
- Students without a valid immunization record
- Students who are in the process of fulfilling the requirements for immunizations in school
- Students who are awaiting the results of serologic tests or written medical diagnosis of disease
- Students who have not received an adequate or valid dose of the required vaccine
The length of time your student will be excluded will be directed by the local health department, our school physician and the Center for Disease Control.
Questions regarding this should be directed to your child's school nurse.
Everyday living brings with it exposure to infection and other dangers to the health of children. Many times parents face the difficult decision as to whether a child is well enough to attend school. Any of the following symptoms may indicate an illness that can be serious enough to keep your child home for a day or two or even warrant the attention of your family physician:
Is my child too sick to attend school?
Some helpful signals include:
- Red eyes
- Sore throat
- Sick feeling (stomach)
- If the child has vomited during the night or that morning, chances are it will occur again and it is probably best to keep the child home.
- When cold symptoms first occur, it is at a very contagious stage.
- If your child has a temperature, home rest is warranted for 24 hours after the fever is gone.
- If your child becomes ill during the school day, every effort is made to contact the parent or the emergency contact person you have identified for us. If you have not sent in this emergency information, you should do so immediately. Please call the main office.
- All communicable diseases should be reported immediately to the school. If any of these appear in your child’s class, and if your child has not had the disease according to our record, you will be sent a notice with the necessary information
To control contagious disease for the benefit of all students and staff
Some illnesses require that the school nurse check the student before he/she can be readmitted to school. Such illnesses include:
- Acute conjunctivitis (Pink eye)
- Chicken pox
- Pediculi of head, body (Lice)
- Ringworm of the body
Student absences or lateness
New York State law requires that whenever a student is absent or late to school, the parent must submit a written excuse, stating the reason for the absence/lateness. This excuse should be sent in on the day your child returns to school. Regular, on-time attendance helps to develop work attitudes that will serve the child throughout his/her entire life. Please try to be judicious when excusing your child to attend other matters that could, or should, be handled on non-school time.
Medical release from gym class
To be released from Physical Education class the student must have a written order from the Doctor, stating the prohibition from gym. The note must indicate when the removal from class begins and when it ends.
Administering medication to students
For the safety of the children, medications administered in school are carefully regulated by the Board of Education. The Board's policy is included here for you.
The administration of prescribed medication to a student during school hours is permitted only when medication is necessary to allow the student to attend school, or failure to administer the medication would seriously affect the student's health.
The following guidelines will be observed:
1. A written order from the family doctor containing the following information -- student name, diagnosis, the date, name of medication, dosage and time to be administered and, if applicable, side effects.
2. A written request from parent giving the school nurse, principal, or authorized designee permission to administer the medication.
3. The medicine should be clearly labeled (in a prescription bottle) with the time to be given and dosage. The doctor authorizing the medication should be indicated.
4. The record will be maintained by the health office of student to whom medication was administered, the dose and time of medication given.
5. A child with a severe asthmatic condition may need to carry and use a prescribed inhaler during the school day. Written permission from a physician and written parental consent are required to be submitted to the Nurse's office in the event an inhaler must be carried by the student when in school. (Ed. Law 916)
6. A child may have a severe allergy prescription and may need to carry and use a prescribed Epi-Pen or ANA-Kit during the school day. Written permission from a physician and written parental consent are required to be submitted to the Nurse's office in the event an Epi-Pen or ANA-Kit must be carried by the student when in school.
Religious Exemption for Immunizations
Parents/guardians who have religious reasons for not immunizing their child may file for a religious exemption by completing and submitting the Request for Religious Exemption to Immunization form. This form may be obtained from your child's school nurse.
Medical Exemption for Immunizations
A medical exemption rquires a written statement from your child's physician(who must be licensed in NYS) stating that an immunization is detrimental to the child's health. It must specify what medical condition the child has and must be renewed annually.