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Health Services

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Stacey Dean, LPN - High School 

Vanessa Whorrall, RN - Elementary School 


Parents:  All kids entering 7th and 12th grade must have the meningococcal vaccine.  Without it, they can't start school.  Meningococcal Vaccine - Required

This is an important reminder to parents that no child should be bringing medicine to school. If you have a child that requires medication during school hours an adult must:
   - bring the medication into the school health offices
   - medicine must be in its original container
   - if it is new and not a refill, we require that you bring in a written permission slip from your doctor with   directions
   - parents must also sign a permission slip

Medication Authorization Form

Health Screening Mandate Letter

Immunization Requirements 2018-19.pdf

Concussion Management.pdf

Anaphylaxis Policy

Flu Guide

NYSDOH Flu 2012

Please Note: Unless you indicate otherwise, information contained on the Student Emergency Health Information form will be shared on a "Need to Know" basis where the safety and welfare of your child is at stake. Only relevant information will be shared such as emergency contact information, allergies, and medical issues that could possibly manifest themselves while the child is not in proximity to a nurse (e.g. while on a class trip). Only teachers and staff that would be in a supervisory capacity over your child would be authorized to access that information. The date of the first polio vaccination might be supplied confidentially to the NYS Department of Education as one of the data elements for the purpose of assigning unique student ID's.

The Role of the School Nurse



A liaison between home and school regarding health concerns: takes health histories, assesses long-term illnesses
Conducts health screening: Vision - Hearing - Dental - Scoliosis - Height and Weight - Others as needs indicate Acts as a liaison between home, school and community resources
Participates in Parent-Nurse conferences Provides emergency first aid Makes referrals to appropriate community resources
Provides information for community resources Evaluates and assesses health needs: Teacher-Parent-Student Participates in professional conferences with community agencies
Provides information for community resources Provides health counseling: Chronic illness - Nutrition - Disease Prevention - Positive Lifestyles Serves as a resource person for community agencies
Involves self with Parent groups Implements and monitors students' compliance with state immunization laws Is a member of the community interdisciplinary teams
Provides promotional activities for health care Special education team member: Health assessments, Interprets medical data, Individualized Educational Plan Provides expertise as a liaison to community service organizations
  Conducts health-related classroom presentations Serves as liaison for recording and reporting child abuse to appropriate Department of Social Services
  Monitors communicable and nuisance diseases  
  Acts as a resource person for faculty and staff  

New York State Immunization Requirements

In order to start kindergarten your child must meet the minimum (your child may have more than the minimum) requirements for school entrance:
    * Three doses of DPT
    * Three doses of IPV
    * Two doses of MMR (2 doses of measles, 1 dose mumps, rubella)
    * Three doses of Hepatitis B
    * One dose of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or doctor documented (date & signature) proof of disease. All children born on or after January 1, 2000. (two doses may be mandated for 08-09 year)
    * Students born on or after January 1, 1994, and who enroll in the 6th grade at the beginning of the 2005-06 school year must be immunized against varicella.
    * Students enrolled in the 7th grade on or after September 1, 2000, must be vaccinated with the Hepatitis B vaccine.
    * All children born on or after January 1, 2005, must be immunized against pertussis (commonly known as whooping cough) and tetanus as requirements for school entry and attendance.

September 1, 2007 students who are entering 6th grade or who are 11 years old or older must receive a Tdap immunization UNLESS they have received it within the last two years. They would have the immunization deferred until a period of two years has elapsed. Students entering 6th grade and may be 10 years old will not be required until the age of 11.


New York State Education Law requires a physical exam of children when they:
    * Enter a school district for the first time (including all pre-kindergarten or kindergarten students)
    * Are in grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9,  and 11
    * Participate in interscholastic sports (required yearly)
    * Need working papers
    * Are referred by/to the Committee of Special Education
    * Are deemed necessary by school authorities to determine a child's education program.


New York State Education Law requires that any student who needs to take medication during the school day provide:

    * A written order from the physician for prescription and non-prescription medications

    * Medication in a properly labeled (pharmacy or original) container

    * A written request from the parent for administration of the medication.


New York State Education Law requires:

    * Hearing screening to be performed for students in grades PK or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11.

    * Vision screening to be performed for students in grades PK or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11.

    * Scoliosis screening must be performed for girls in grades 5 and 7, and boys in grade 9.

Please do not send a sick or injured child to school with the intention that they will be diagnosed and treated by the nurse. The school nurse is not a medical diagnostician.

Any child displaying the symptoms of fever, vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed rashes, sore throat, ear pain, productive cough or wheezing, drainage from wounds, redness or drainage from eyes or active head lice should not come to school until seen, diagnosed and treated by their personal physician.

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Melinda McCool, Superintendent
10 West Academy Street
McGraw, NY 13101
P: (607)836-3636