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Vaccination against meningococcal disease required for 7th, 12th graders effective Sept. 1, 2016

Effective Sept. 1, 2016, all students entering grades 7 and 12 in New York State will be required to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. Students entering grade 7 will be required to have one dose of meningococcal vaccine. Students entering grade 12 will be required to have two doses of meningococcal vaccine with the last dose on or after 16 years of age, or one dose of meningococcal vaccine on or after 16 years of age. READ MORE

State revises immunization requirements

Attention parents and guardians: effective September 1, 2015, the New York State Education Department and New York State Department of Health instituted new immunization requirements for students. Parents/guardians should contact their physician's office with questions and to make sure their child(ren) will be in compliance for the upcoming school year. READ MORE

Body Mass Index is part of required school health check

New York State Education Law requires body mass index, or BMI, and weight status group to be included in a student’s school health examination.

To determine BMI, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. The BMI helps the nurse or doctor know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low.

Each year,  the New York State Department of Health (DOH) selects a sample group of school districts to survey for the number of pupils in each of six possible weight status categories. If Schoharie Central School District is selected to be part of the survey, the district will report information about students' weight status groups to the DOH.

Such information will then used by state officials to develop programs to help children be healthier. Only summary information is sent. No names or information about individual students are included. However, parents and guardians may choose to have their child’s information excluded from the survey report.

Parents/guardians who do not want their child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey should contact Elementary School Nurse Sherry Roy, 295-6660, or Jr./Sr. High School Nurse Suzan Weber, R.N. at 295-6634.

When your child is sick

Please call Mrs. Roy at 295-6660 to report any absence, and please note your child’s major complaint or illness. Please be aware that a written note is required by New York State law for all absences and late arrivals.

When should my child stay home?

Please help us prevent infection by keeping your child home when they have:

• Vomiting

• Diarrhea

• Fever higher than 100.4 degrees in the past 24 hours

• Uncontrollable coughing

• Strep throat (if on medication less than 24 hours) or

• Conjunctivitis (if on medication less than 24 hours)

Health alerts and allergies

It is imperative that the school nurse be aware of any medical conditions your child has. This includes existing medical conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes) and allergies (e.g., environmental, food, bee stings, insect bites). Please keep the school updated on any changes in your child’s medical conditions and/or medications.

Medications at school

Note: Parents must bring any medication to the school nurse. Students must never bring medication on the bus to take to school.

For medication to be administered at the school, parents must supply:

• A note from a parent/guardian stating they would like medication given at the school.

• A note from the doctor stating the specific medication, dosage and time to be given.

• Medication in a clearly labeled bottle from a pharmacy, with the current date.

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Resources for parents & guardians

Flu Facts - Helpful info for parents, guardians, all of us

Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by influenza viruses, of which there are many, constantly changing strains. Flu is a serious and sometimes fatal illness.

Common symptoms of the flu include:

• Fever (usually high)

• Headache

• Muscle aches

• Chills

• Extreme tiredness

• Dry cough

• Runny nose may also occur, but is more common in children than adults

• Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, may also occur but are more common in children than adults

If your child is experiencing these symptoms, please keep your child home and consult your physician. Your child may have the flu and not exhibit all of the symptoms. School districts are required to report all cases of the flu to the Department of Health, so please contact your physician for verification if you suspect your child may have the flu.

How to protect against the flu? READ MORE by downloading this helpful fact sheet for parents (PDF).

Flu message from NYS Department of Health (DOH)

Children with the flu should be isolated in the home, away from other people. They should also stay home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours (that is, until they have no fever without the use of fever-control medicines and they feel well for 24 hours.) Remind your child to protect others by covering his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing. You may want to send your child to school with some tissues, wipes or sanitizing hand gel. READ MORE: Download the DOH's seasonal flu guide (PDF)

Winter weather safety

Outdoor activities such as sports, physical education, clubs, and playground/recess can be an important part of the school day, but particularly during winter, weather conditions, temperature and wind-chill must be reviewed to determine if such activities are safe for students and staff.

Extremely cold temperatures and wind chill can threaten health and safety and cause medical concerns. READ MORE


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Elementary School Nurse
Sherry Roy
(518) 295-6660

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