Purchase Nurse

Important District Health Notices

April 25, 2018

A Few Very Important Reminders From The Purchase School Nurse

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to Purchase School!  I look forward to a healthy and happy school year for everyone.

First and foremost, please keep sick children home. The school district policy requires that children with a fever (Temperature of 100 or above), diarrhea and/or vomiting remain home until symptoms have subsided for 24 hours, without the use of medication, prior to returning to school. Students  with pending throat cultures should also remain at home. Strep throat diagnosis requires 24 hours of antibiotics prior to returning to school. Rashes require a diagnosis and written clearance from a health care provider (HCP) to return to school. Children experiencing eye drainage must see their HCP. Conjunctivitis, “pink eye”, is very contagious. Student must receive 24 hours of medication, be free of eye drainage, and submit a HCP’s note prior to returning to school.

With current health concerns, it is especially important to keep your child home if they complain of or experience any of the above mentioned symptoms and/or any signs of illness such as a sore throat, cough, body aches, and extreme fatigue. There are many childhood illnesses that can harm other students and staff members. An ill child is uncomfortable at school and is also more susceptible to other illnesses.

To prevent a Pediculosis (head lice) outbreak, I am recommending that parents examine their child weekly throughout the entire year. Look for clear, white or silver colored rice type debris that cannot be easily removed from the hair. Live lice may also be found. Start your search close to the scalp. The most common sign of head lice is scratching the head. Common places of irritation are behind the ears and the nape of the neck. Be sure to examine the entire head. Consult your HCP if your child has signs of head lice and notify me as soon as possible. Students must be driven to school and cleared by the nurse prior to riding the school bus and returning to school. It is very beneficial to periodically remind your child to never share hats, combs, brushes or any other personal items. Children who play sports should have their own helmet. Coats and other personal belongings should be stored separately during the school day. The backpack can be used to store all personal items. We had a few cases of head lice last year. Let’s have another good year!

Please report any communicable disease to me as soon as possible. This can prevent additional cases. All reports are confidential. The parents/guardians of classmates and other staff will be notified, without revealing personal information.

New state regulations for Immunizations took effect on September 1, 2015. Please submit documentation for theses required immunizations as soon as possible.* Children must meet the new requirement to attend school.*

As of September 1, 2018 New York State will require a recent physical for new entrants and for students in Kindergarten, First, Third and Fifth Grades.  Any physical less than one year old as of the first day of the current school will be acceptable.  If you have yet to submit a required physical, please do so as soon as possible.  For your convenience, see the health form section.

Dental certificates are requested once per year. You may download this form from the Harrison Central School district web page or submit a signed certificate from the dentist.

Due to many life threatening food allergies, please do not send Peanut or Tree Nut items to school. Remind your child to never share food. If you are providing a class snack, do not send any Peanut or Tree nut items, and the ingredient list must be provided. The snack must also be cleared by the teacher and/or nurse prior to distribution. Home baked products are more dangerous due to the risk of cross contamination.  

If your child has a life threatening allergy, the district requires an Allergy protocol along with any prescribed medications.  Medications (including “over the counter” medications) to be administered by the nurse, require a completed Medication Authorization form. Each medication requires a separate form. These forms and medications need to be resubmitted every year. *Always have a non-perishable snack available in the classroom for your child.*

Parents may submit a note to excuse a student from physical education for two classes.  A health care provider's note will be required for additional excuses.

Please inform me of any pertinent health information, allergies, new diagnoses or other important health information.

Also, I encourage everyone to wash their hands after using the bathroom, tissues, playing and before consuming any foods. Hand sanitizer may be used when soap and water is not available. This simple task is crucial to prevent many illnesses.

Please call with any questions or concerns.


Sharon Gainsburg, RN, NCSN 

2995 Purchase Street

Purchase, New York 10577

Office 914- 630-3175   Fax 914 946-0286 Email Gainsburgs@harrisoncsd.org



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