Parents are frequently concerned about the decision of when to keep their children home, or send them to school. The following information is intended to help parents with this decision.
Please continue to heed the advice of healthcare experts from the Department of Public Health regarding COVID-19.
Have a fever greater than 100 degrees
Have red, inflamed or draining eyes.
Have a Rash - This maybe the first symptom of many contagious childhood illnesses such as chicken pox or other viral diseases and they should remain home until doctor says it safe.
Have Head Lice (please see our district website for more information).
If they are experiencing pain:
Toothache - Contact dentist.
Earache- Contact doctor without delay.
Accidents and Injuries - If swelling or pain are present, the child should be seen by a doctor. (A nurse cannot diagnose a fracture or sprain.)
Guidelines for Student Return to School After Illness:
Your child needs to be fever free x 24 hour without fever reducing medication.
If your child was diagnosed with Strep Throat – fever free and on an antibiotic x 24 hours.
If your child was diagnosed with pink eye – after starting antibiotic treatment.
Confused as to whether or not your child may return to school after they’ve been out for an illness? The district follows the guidelines from the Monroe County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) as outlined in the information provided: - Return to School After Illness
If your child is ill, please call the school attendance to report the illness. If the parents/guardians have any questions, please contact the school nurse.
It is back to school time and be sure your child has all their recommended immunizations.
The Monroe County Department of Health has an Immunization Clinic at 111 Westfall Road, Room 156, 1st Floor Annex, Rochester, NY 14620, (585) 753-5150, where there is no fee for vaccines for kids up through age 18.
In June 2019, new legislation was signed that there is no longer a religious exemption allowed for children who attend a public, private or parochial school and students must be vaccinated. Please click here to see the letter sent out by the district.
If your child has an injury and needs to be restricted from activities such as PE (Physical Education), Recess or Sports, the School Nurse will need a note from a physician, if they will be restricted for more than one week. These restrictions will apply to Physical Education, Recess and Sports participation, if they can not participate in gym class, they also can not play at recess! The School Nurse may need another note from the MD when your student is able to increase activity or return to full participation.
The school nurse may not dispense medication to pupils without written authorization from parents and the attending physician. This applies to both prescription and non-prescription drugs. If pupils are taking medication, try to have it administered at home. If it must be taken during school hours, the following requirements must be met for each specific case of treatment:
There must be, from the family physician, a written request indicating frequency and dosage of the medication. This needs to be done per school year.
There must be a written request from the parent to administer the medication as specified by the physician. Medication should be in the original prescription bottle with the student's name and the name of the medication. This needs to be done per school year.
Direct personal delivery of the medication must be made by the parent. No medication can be sent on the bus. At the end of the school year the parent needs to pick up the medication or it will be discarded. No medications can be stored or carried over from one year to the next.
New York State Education Law, section 905 requires that each student receive a hearing screening test to all students within six months of admission to the school and in grades Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
New York State Education Law (Article 19, Section 905) and the Commissioner's Regulations, Section 136.3 requires that a vision screening be done for all new students who enroll in a school of this state including at a minimum color perception, distance acuity, and near vision within six months of admission to the school; in addition, all students shall be screened for distance acuity and near vision in grades Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11 and at any other time deemed necessary.
Schools are to provide a scoliosis screening for female students in grades 5 and 7 and for male students in grade 9.
Students are required to have a physical if they are entering school as a new or returning student, or are currently in the following grades: UPK or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9,and 11; and yearly for sports participation 7th through 12th grade.
You may obtain a physical / health examination form from the nurses' office or print one below.