School Nurses

Every school has a school nurse who coordinates health care in the school setting, answers routine medical questions, gives immediate first aid, provides medical care according to the medical regimen prescribed by the private health provider performs and coordinates mandated NYS screenings and advises parents on immunization and mandated physical examination requirements.

Please be advised that the school nurse will share pertinent medical information with all supervising adults on a need-to-know basis, to ensure the health and safety of the child. In the event a parent has any concerns on this practice, they are encouraged to contact the school nurse in their child’s building. Those numbers are:

CES - Amy Knuuti 293-2022 ext. 7000, Fax: 293-4418
FRS - Lorie McCreedy, 293-4543 ext. 2200, Fax: 293-4417
CRS - Kristina Swan, 889-2188 ext. 6010, Fax: 293-4419
MSN all 5th gr., 6th gr. Red & Green Houses, 7th & 8th gr. Red House - Sandy Iacucci, 293-4542 ext. 2560, 293-4518
MSS 6th gr. Blue House, 7th & 8th gr. Blue & Green Houses - Sue Keisidis, 293-4542 ext. 1161, Fax: 293-4513
NGA - Sue Keisidis, 293-4546 ext. 1161, Fax: 293-4513
SHS - Kelli Kloch, 293-4540 ext. 2900, Fax: 293-4508

Medication
The school nurse has the primary responsibility for administering any medications to students.

A written order from the student’s attending physician must be on file in the school’s health office for prescription and over-the-counter medication, as well as a written request from the parent or guardian. The medication should be delivered to the school nurse by the parent or guardian in the original prescription container marked clearly with the full name of the student who is taking it. Over-the-counter medication must be in the new and unopened container it was sold in. Parents will also need to sign a consent form giving the nurse permission to administer the medication. That form can be found below. 

Physical Examinations
Beginning July 1, 2018 all New York State public school students must have a health exam when they enter school as a new entrant and in Pre-K or Kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. These examinations must be completed on the approved NYSED Student Health Examination Form for School for the health exam.

A dental certificate which states your child has been seen by a dentist or dental hygienist is also asked for at the same time. The school will provide you with a list of dentists and registered dental hygienists who offer dental services on a free or reduced cost basis if you ask for it.
  • A copy of the health examination must be provided to the school within 30 days from when your child first starts at the school, and when your child starts K , 1st , 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th,  & 11th grades. If a copy is not given to the school within 30 days, the school will contact you.
  • If your child has an appointment for an exam during this school year that is after the first 30 days of school, please notify the Health Office with the date.
  • For your convenience, a physical exam form and dental certificate for your health care providers is enclosed.
  • Communication between private and school health staff is important for safe and effective care at school. Your healthcare provider may not share health information with school health staff without your signed permission. Please talk to your provider about signing their consent form for the school at the time of your child’s appointment for the examination. 

We suggest you make copies of the completed forms for your own records before sending them to the school health office. Forms may also be faxed to the number above.

We understand that your medical provider’s office may not yet be aware of the change, so if you have already had a physical examination completed for the 2018-19 school year on a different form, the school may accept the physical on that form.

The Approved NYSED Student Health Examination Form for Schools will be available this spring on the New York State Center for School Health (NYSCSH) website at www.schoolhealthny.com on the Samples|Forms|Notifications page. 

In 2019-2020 ONLY the approved form will be accepted.  We realize many offices use electronic health records to document student health data. We encourage you to work with your EHR vendor to incorporate the approved form prior to 2019.

We appreciate your time in collaborating with us to provide your child and our student with the required documentation as required by law.

Screening
The New York State Education Department requires certain screening exams at certain ages or grades of children as listed below. The New York State Department of Health also requires that your private health care provider reports and the school district collects information on your child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) and Weight Status Category (WSC). You may fulfill these legal obligations by having your personal physician conduct the screening exams privately and then notifying the school nurse not to do the examinations. You will then present your child’s private certificates to the school prior to screening dates. The administration may grant a religious exemption for screening exams of families with a sincerely held religious belief. Please contact the nurse for information about how to apply for a religious exemption. If you have not provided a certificate or notified the nurse of your plan to have the screenings done privately by the time the nurse conducts the school screenings, the district will follow NYS Education Department mandates and will conduct the screening as scheduled. Please communicate regularly with your school nurse to avoid confusion.

The following screening evaluations are conducted by the school nurse who will advise you of any concerns:

1. Distance visual acuity for all new entrants and for children in kindergarten, grades 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10 and at any other time deemed appropriate.
2. Near visual acuity for all new entrants within six months of entrance.
3. Color perception for all new entrants within six months of entrance.
4. Hearing acuity for all new entrants and for those in kindergarten, grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 and at any other time deemed essential.
5. Scoliosis screening (curvature of the spine) students in grades 5-9 annually.

Please note when your child has a routine complete health exam at mandated grades K, 2, 4, 7, and 10. It is also a good time to schedule a complete dental examination with your dentist. You may give the dental certificate to your school nurse either with or separately from your health certificate, but both should be submitted to the school nurse by September 30 for students in the aforementioned grades. Thank you for your cooperation.

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