School Health Information

 

We would like to take this opportunity to explain some important aspects of our School Health Office and to ask your help in the care of your child during the school day.

SPECIAL HEALTH NEEDS

Please communicate any special health needs or concerns of your child to the school nurse. For instance:
  • Allergy and /or anaphylaxis to food, medication, bee sting or any other substance
  • Difficulty with vision or hearing
  • Need for medication during the school day or need for emergency rescue medication at school
  • Medications taken at home on a daily basis
  • Chronic health concerns, such as, diabetes, seizures or asthma
 

SCHOOL PHYSICALS

New York State Law requires the submission of a physical examination, performed within one year of newly entering school, and routinely at grades 2, 4, 7, and 10. Because we are an un-graded, special education program, students are required to submit physical exams at ages 5, 7, 9, 12, and15, as well as, students new to our program and in the triennial evaluation year. Blank physical examination forms are available from the Health Office and on this web site. If you have not yet submitted the required physical exam for your child, please do so as soon as possible. Students of the above ages, who have not submitted the required physical examination, will be scheduled for an in-school physical examination by the school physician, at no cost to the student’s family.
 

SCREENING PROCEDURES

Students in selected grades are screened periodically for vision and hearing. Students of the ages 10 – 14 are also screened yearly for scoliosis. Parents will be informed of any abnormal findings.
 

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Please be certain to provide current Emergency Contact phone numbers, and inform the school whenever your home, work, or cellphone number is changed. In the event of illness or an emergency involving your child, we need to be able to promptly contact you or your designated emergency contacts.
 

ACCIDENTS IN SCHOOL

If an accident occurs in school, the student will be assessed and treated with appropriate first aid measures, and the parent/guardian will be notified.
 

ATTENDANCE

Please call and notify the school on the first day your child is absent from school. Messages may be left on the Health Office voice mail anytime, day or night. When your child returns to school a written note is required explaining the reason for your child’s absence, otherwise it is considered an unexcused absence.
 

POTASSIUM IODIDE DISTRIBUTION

In the event of a radiological emergency, the State or County Department of Health may recommend the distribution of KI (potassium iodide). Your child will receive a dose of KI unless you have completed the refusal (opt out) form and submitted it to the nurse.
 

MEDICATION IN SCHOOL

As much as possible, medications should be administered at home as this is least disruptive to the student’s school day. However, when your child’s physician or nurse practitioner feels that medication is necessary during the school day, please observe the following procedure:
  • Obtain form for “Administration of Medication in School” from the nurse. This form is required for both prescription and “over the counter” medications such as Tylenol, Motrin, cough syrup, and eye drops.
  • The fully completed form must be submitted to the nurse before any medication can be given at school.
  • Medication must be submitted in the original container, or a duplicate container professionally labeled by the pharmacist for this purpose. Medication must be delivered to the Health Office by an adult.
  • A new form must be submitted for each change of medication and must be renewed at the start of each school year.
  • Students are not allowed to carry medication of any kind on their person, or to take medication without written direction from the physician and the parent/guardian. Students are permitted to carry and self-administer metered dose inhalers (asthma inhaler) with the written permission of the physician and parent/guardian, submitted to the school Health Office.
 

Thank you for your cooperation. Please contact the School Health Office with any concerns or questions, at:

Walden School: (914) 248-2282   Pines Bridge School: (914) 248-2254
Cynthia Scinto, RN   Kelly Damiano, RN
Lorraine Macko, LPN   Fran Sampson, LPN
     
Fox Meadow Campus: (914) 248-3660   Career and Tech Center: (914) 248-2444
Sandra Rosenblatt, RN   Patty Cartelli, RN