Friday, June 23, 2017

Welcome to the Health Services Department


 

Health office: Deborah Ahearn - School Nurse  Phone: 295-7471 ext. 1136,  Fax #: 295-9799




Immunizations

New York State has very strict immunization requirements and all children must provide adequate proof of immunizations to attend school. A table listing NYS Required Immunizations for School Entrance and Attendance can be found by clicking HERE. (Meningococcal vaccination information will be added in the fall of 2016).

Attention 6th grade parents : Tdap and Varicella requirements
New York State has passed the following requirements that must be completed before the first day of 6th grade participation:

  • Students who are entering 6th grade and who are 11 years of age or older must receive an immunization containing tetanus toxoid, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap).  Proof of a second Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine must also be given.

If your child has received the Tdap and Varicella vaccine, proof of immunization may be brought to the nurse's office, or your health care provider may fax the information to 295-9799.

Attention 7th and 12th grade parentsMeningococcal requirement

In October, Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved a law that requires immunizations against meningococcal disease for children at ages 11 or 12 and again at 16 years of age or older, as recommended by the National Advisory  Committee on Immunization Practices. Students not up-to-date will not be allowed to attend school until they are vaccinated.  For more information, please visit the Health and Safety page.

The requirements are as follows:

  • One dose of meningococcal vaccine before seventh grade. If a student had the first dose as a sixth-grader, then another dose is not required until grade 12.
  • A total of two doses are required before grade 12. Most students entering grade 12 received their first dose when they were younger and will be due for their second dose, or booster. This booster is needed because protection from the vaccine decreases over time.
  • The only teens who will not need a second dose before grade 12 are those who received their first dose on or after their 16th birthday.


Medical and Dental Exams

New students to the district, as well as in second, fourth, seventh, tenth grade, and when playing a sport are required to have a current physical examination. Physicals are good for one year.  Completed physicals provided by your health care provider may be brought to the health office or faxed to 295-9799.  If a physical is needed and you did not receive a physical form in the mail, the form may be found HERE.

In addition to the required physical examination, the state has also expanded upon the health screenings to request a dental health certificate as well. A dental certificate is available for you to take to your child's dentist and upon completion, it may be returned to the School Nurse.  This certificate will be filed in your child's Cumulative Health Record.  Click HERE for the certificate form

Height, weight, vision, hearing, scoliosis screening will be performed during the school year. 



Emergency Contacts

Illness and injuries occur during the school day and parent contact is vital.  Please be sure that we have up-to-date emergency telephone numbers and transportation arrangements on file with the school. Emergencies arise when you least expect them.



Prescription and Nonprescription Drugs and the School

Medications needed in school, including nonprescription drugs (Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin, even cough drops), cannot be carried by the students or administered by the nurse without a written order from a health care provider.  This order must be given to the school nurse and kept on file for inspection by State authorities.  All pills or medication must be in the original containers and submitted to the nurse by the parent for administration. For the medication form and self medication release form click HERE.
 
Students in grades 7-12 that require an emergency inhaler may have the self medication release form completed by their physician.  This must also be signed by the parent and student.



Pupil Accident Insurance

Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc. is the supplemental student injury insurance plan of Arkport School.  This insurance coverage is for injuries from accidents only and is payable after all other family coverage is exhausted.  It does not include any payments for damage to dentures, braces, eyeglasses, or other appliances. The insurance plan also does not cover injuries from fighting or other unauthorized activities.

When an injury is reported, an insurance form and instructions will be mailed home.  Please do not request hospitals and physicians to bill Arkport Central School directly since this will only delay coverage.

Please call the nurse at 295-7471 ext. 1136, if you do not receive insurance information in the mail after a school injury.



Head Lice

Anyone can get head lice and each year; millions of children experience the unwanted guests due to close contact with one another.  Lice can be treated effectively.  If head lice or nits (tiny oval specks that are firmly attached to the hair shaft) are found, your doctor or pharmacist can instruct you regarding medicated shampoo.  Read the directions very carefully.

Please note that no over-the-counter lice medication is 100% effective.  If a nit is not killed by the shampoo and the nit hatches, the whole process must begin again.  Because of this, you must remove all nits before the child can attend school.  Arkport Central School does have a “NO NIT” policy.

During the first week of school, the nurse will be checking students for head lice.  Any child with nits or head lice will be sent home.  Please check your child's hair before school begins. 



Illness

Sometimes the decision to send a sick child to school is difficult.  If your child is experiencing any of the symptons below you should consider keeping him/her home until the symptoms subside: (Remember this guideline is to help to keep everyone well)

  •   Fever greater than 100 degrees fahrenheit (should be fever free for 24 hours without medication).
  •   Vomiting
  •   Diarrhea
  •   Strep throat - should be on antibiotics for 24 hours
  •   Unexplained rash
  •   Head lice - Arkport Central School has a "No nit" policy
  •   Pink eye