Health Services

Kathryn O'Hara, RN, School Nurse

845-265-9254, ext 125

kohara@haldaneschool.org

If you have concerns regarding the health or wellbeing of your child, or would like to notify us of any important changes, please feel free to contact the Health Office.

Special Health Considerations

Please notify the health office of any special health needs your child may have, including:
  • Bee sting or other allergy as well as any required medication (see policy below)
  • Any illness or condition requiring special care
  • Any difficulty with vision, hearing, or speech
  • Need for medication during school hours
  • Need for special aids such as crutches, wheelchairs, special transportation, etc.

Illness During School Hours

If your child becomes ill during the school day, we will manage the illness here in the health office and assist him/her in returning to class if possible. However, if your child has a temperature of 100.0 or higher, he/she will not be allowed to return to the classroom. A parent or guardian will be contacted. Please allow at least 24 hours after a fever before bringing your child back to school. This is important for the health of your child, as well as the safety and wellbeing of other children, faculty, and staff.

School Injuries & Health Emergencies

You will be notified of any serious injury or health emergency that occurs during the school day. Your child will be given appropriate first aid until you, or someone designated by you, can authorize further treatment. If your child should require transportation by ambulance to an emergency room, an adult designated by the school will accompany your child to the hospital. With the exception of lifesaving measures, no treatment will be given at the emergency room without proper consent from you or your designee.

A student diagnosed with a concussion will be prohibited from returning to PE for at least 7 days as per school policy. In addition, the student must provide written medical clearance from his/her private physician in order to return to PE.

Medication

New York State schools must adhere to very specific education laws pertaining to the administration of medication (including over-the-counter medications) in school. If your child needs to be medicated in school, the following must be provided:

1. Written orders from the health care provider

2. Written parental permission

3. Medication in its original container, clearly labeled. Please check expiration dates.

Please do not send medication to school with your child unless we have a written doctor’s order on file for him/her to self-carry. NYS law requires a NEW medication order each school year.

Screenings

The following screenings will be performed during the school year:

Vision: grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10

Hearing: grades K, 1, 3, 5,7 and 10

Scoliosis: grades 5-9

Parents/guardians will be notified in writing of any results which are not within normal guidelines as provided by the New York State Education Department. Education Law requires that schools check each student in grades five through nine for scoliosis (curvature of the spine). This screening is performed by the school nurse in the privacy of the health office. The purpose of the school scoliosis screening is early discovery and treatment of any spinal abnormalities. If a child's health care provider notifies us in writing (e.g. notation made on physical form) that a check for scoliosis has been performed, the screening will not have to be repeated in the health office.

Physical Examinations

Per New York State, physicals are mandated for all NEW students and those in grades K, 2 4, 7 and 10. Exams performed within one year prior of the first day of school are acceptable. If for some reason a physical cannot be performed by the child’s own doctor, a school physical can be arranged. However, a private physical is recommended and a form is attached for that purpose. Please have the form completed at the time of the visit and return it to this office. If your child’s private physician provides a copy of the physical, there is no need to complete the attached form.

Any student in grades 7-12 who plans to participate in interscholastic sports is required to have a physical exam each year. A physical performed within 1 year of the first official day that sport begins will qualify unless there has been a recent injury or prolonged illness.

The height and weight measurements from the physical examinations are used to determine the student’s body mass index or “BMI”. The BMI lets the physician know if the student’s weight status is in the healthy range or is too high or too low. New York State is now requiring that BMI and weight status be included as part of the student’s physical. A sample of school districts will be selected to take part in a survey by the NYS Department of Health. If our school is selected to be part of the survey, we will be reporting information about our students’ weight status groups. No names or information about individual students are sent. However, if you do not wish for your child’s weight status to be included in this survey, please notify us in the Health Office in writing.

Immunizations

Dental Examinations

New York Education Law now requires us to request a dental examination. A Dental Certification Form is attached. If your dentist provides a copy of the examination visit, there is no need to fill out the attached form.

Sports Paperwork

Fall sports paperwork can picked up outside the health office during the summer. Mrs. O'Hara is available most mornings during July, as well as the last few weeks of August. Please contact the health office with any questions.