Important Updates from the School Nurse

on June 5, 2018

The district’s School Health Services program supports student academic success by promoting health in the school setting.  One way the Nurses’ Offices provide care for students is by performing health screenings as mandated by the State of New York.

For the 2018-19 School Year there are many changes in New York state requirements:

Health Examinations

New York State has created a new School Health Examination form.  The form is not required for physicals done prior to 7/1/18. To assist with the transition, during the 2018-19 school year, schools may accept any health examination form provided.  In 2019-2020, ONLY the approved form will be accepted.

The approved form can be found on our Nurses Office website or the following link:

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/documents/ReqNYSSchoolHealthExamForm.pdf

Please send in a copy of your child’s most recent physical exam so district records can be updated.

Dental Certificates

  • A dental certificate is requested for all newly entering students and students in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.

NY State Mandated Health Screenings

The NYS mandated Health Examinations, including Body Mass Index and Weight Status Category, are now required for all newly entering students as well as students in Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, and Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.

During this school year, the following screenings will be required or completed at school:

Vision
  • Distance and near acuity for all newly entering students and students in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11
  • Color perception screening for all newly entering students
Hearing
  • Hearing screening for all newly entering students and students in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
Scoliosis
  • Scoliosis (spinal curvature) screening for female students in Grades 5 and 7, and male students in grade 9 only.

 

A letter will be sent home if there are any findings on the screening done at school that would cause concern or need medical follow-up. Please call your school’s Nurses’ Office if you have any questions or concerns.


LICE

As you may know, head lice cases have been on the rise. An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States, most commonly in children ages 3 to 11.

We recommend that you check your child every two weeks and after every sleep-over throughout the school year. Due diligence on the part of the parent, checking your children every two weeks, is the most important preventative action that you can take in the prevention of lice. A child can be found to be nit free one day only to find out several days later that there is an infestation.

Head lice are extremely small, brown, black or grayish-white insects and can barely be seen. The eggs (nits) are attached to the hair follicle and look like a translucent, white or beige, tiny dewdrop. They can be found anywhere on the head and are commonly found in the hair at the back of the neck and behind the ears. Eggs are attached very tightly and must be removed with a fine comb or your fingernails.

Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene and do not transmit disease. In fact, head lice often infest people with good hygiene and grooming habits. Infestations can occur at home, school or in the community. Head lice are mostly spread by direct head- to- head contact; LICE DO NOT HOP, JUMP or FLY. Therefore, please emphasize to your children that they should not share combs or brushes, hair ornaments or headbands, helmets or hats, wigs, scarves or earmuffs with other children.

Additional information and pictures to help with identification are available at www.headlice.org and http://identifyus.com

BED BUGS

Bed bugs can crawl, run and climb. They cannot jump. They seek shelter in dark cracks and crevices. If you suspect that you have bed bugs and you find an insect, save it for identification. Professional assistance may be necessary to rid your home of bed bugs. See www.identifyus.com or www.mayoclinic.com/health/bedbugs or cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/Topics/bedbugs.htm.

As with head lice, bed bugs are found in every community regardless of per capita income or the ethnic/racial makeup of the population.

Bed bugs infest dwellings and, after they feed, they do not remain on the person. They often go unnoticed in crevices or may wander into clothing pockets and cuffs, purses, luggage, backpacks and anywhere else that provides shelter. Consequently, they may find their way into schools with the belongings of students as well as faculty and staff.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation. Any member of the community found to come from a bed bug infested home will not be excluded from school. Every effort will be made to assist families to rid themselves of bed bugs and individuals will be asked to bring only the required items to school each day until the problem has abated.

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