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Health Information

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Elementary School Nurse Secondary School Nurse
Colleen Demuth
Joyce Besha


Notice: The Albany County Department of Health has informed us that an individual who attends our school has been diagnosed with pertussis (whooping cough). This individual has sought and received the appropriate care, and all close contacts to this individual will be identified and treated. Because your child may have been exposed to pertussis through interaction we encourage you to be mindful of the signs and symptoms of pertussis. Click here to read more about the signs and symptoms of whooping cough.


Health officials expect an increase in ticks and thus in cases of Lyme disease this summer. This year's unusually mild winter has caused the warmer weather to begin sooner than normal, and the deer tick's life cycle to begin early. Tick bites are more common in children 15 and under, so please have your kids use repellant and check them for ticks. If you'd like more information on how to prevent Lyme disease, please visit the Center for Disease Control's website.


When should my child stay home?

To help prevent the spread of infection, our school nurses recommend keeping your child home when they exhibit any of the following symptoms:



•Fever over 100.4 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).


When your child is sick

Please call the main office of your child's school to report any absence. While it is not required, it is helpful to note your child's major complaint or illness.



State education law requires new students entering school for the first time, transfer students and those entering grades 2, 4, 7 and 10 to undergo a physical and provide a physician's health certificate. We ask for your help to arrange this necessary physical for your child with your family doctor and subsequently provide the completed physical form to your school nurse.



Due to a change in New York Public Health Law effective last year, all students entering sixth grade are required to be immunized against varicella, or chicken pox. This law applies to all students born on or after January 1, 2004. If your child has had chicken pox, the new state law requires written documentation from your child's physician or a blood test to determine immunity.


Vision and Hearing Screenings

New York State Education Law regarding vision and hearing tests has changed. Schools will now only screen students in seventh and tenth grades, new entrants and any student deemed necessary for screening or requesting screening. If you have any questions, please call School Nurse Joyce Besha.


Health alerts and allergies

If your child is allergic to insect bites, bee stings or certain foods, please contact the health office regarding emergency measures. This can mean life or death in some instances. If you child has any health problems, the school nurse should be made away of them.


Medications at school

Note: A parent is to bring in any medication to the school nurse. NO medication is to ever be brought in on the school bus with a students.

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 medication to be given, dosage and time to be given.

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


Is it the flu?

Get answers to your questions by visiting the Centers for Disease Control Web site at


Are your child's vaccinations up to-date?

Check out the Center for Disease Control website for a schedule of immunizations from childhood to adolescent.