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.
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.
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
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, R.N.at 295-6660, or Jr./Sr. High School Nurse Suzan
Weber, R.N. at 295-6634.
When your child
Please call Mrs. Roy at 295-6660 to report any
absence, and please note your childs 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:
Fever higher than 100.4 degrees in the past 24 hours
Strep throat (if on medication less than 24
Conjunctivitis (if on medication less than 24
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
childs 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
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Resources for parents & guardians
Flu Facts - Helpful info for parents, guardians, all
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
Common symptoms of the flu include:
Fever (usually high)
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.
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