Welcome to Oak Hill School Nurses Office
Carol Mone, RN email@example.com
Health Appraisals/ Physicals
New York State law requires new entrants and students in grades pre-K, K, 1, 3, 5 and 7 to have a health appraisal or physical. A copy of the exam should be provided to the school within 30 days of starting school or starting those grades mentioned above. If your student is due to have an appointment during the school year, the date should be made known to the school. A copy of the required exam form can be downloaded here. If an exam is already completed, please fill out the release for information and return to it to the school and we can contact your health provider to send us a copy of the exam.
When to Keep a Child Home with Illness
It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well. Usually, the best place for them is in school, but sometimes keeping them at home to rest or calling for an appointment with your health care provider is recommended.
Please keep your child home and/or contact your child’s doctor for:
- Fever greater than 100 degrees (taken by mouth)
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Severe sore throat with fever, feeling ill for more than 48 hours or after exposure to strep throat infection
- Unidentified rash on any body part
- Persistent uncontrollable cough
- Large amounts of mucous (liquid) from nose with or without facial pain or headache
- Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear
- Severe headache, especially with fever
- Reddened eyes with copious discharge (yellow or clear)
If your child has a fever, please keep them home for 24 hours after the fever ends. Also, your child needs to complete 24 hours of medication prescribed by their doctor before returning to school.
Health Alerts and Allergies
It’s imperative that the school nurses are aware of any of your child’s medical conditions, such as asthma or allergies to food, insects or bees. Please fill out the health history form to help school nurses care for your child. The food allergy care plan and asthma care plan are forms that also help the nurse and staff care for your child.
Medications in School
In order for the school nurse, as directed by NYS Education Department, to give children medication during school hours the following requirements must be met:
- The Medication Authorization Release form must be signed by the parent and health care provider and returned to the school nurses office. This form is to be filled out for all medications including over the counter medications.
- All prescriptions must be in their original pharmacy containers and be properly labeled with the following information: the student’s name, name of medication, dosage and frequency, and the name of the prescriber. Please ask your pharmacist to dispense medication in two containers- one for home and one for school.
- All over-the-counter medications must be in its original, unopened container with the student’s name affixed to the container
- All medication must be delivered to school by an adult. Medication should not come in on the bus and will not be sent home on the bus. The student is not permitted to carry the medication.
Links to health information
Flu information https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2423/
Communicable diseases: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/