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Important District Health Notices

 

 September 06, 2016

 

A Few Very Important Reminders From The Purchase School Nurse
2995 Purchase Street
Purchase, New York 10577      

 

Dear Purchase School Parents/Guardians,

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

First and foremost, please do not send sick children to school. 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 must be diagnosed by a physician, and a physician’s note is required prior to returning to school.

There are many childhood illnesses that can harm other students and staff members. Anill child is uncomfortable at school and is also more susceptible to other illnesses.

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.

Children experiencing eye drainage must see their physician. Conjunctivitis, “pink eye”, is very contagious. Student must receive 24 hours of medication, be free of eye drainage, and submit a physician’s note prior to returning to school.

To prevent a Pediculosis (head lice) outbreak, I am recommending that parents examine their child weekly throughout the school year.  Please refer to the Critter card sent to all families. 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 pediatrician if your child has signs of head lice. Notify me as soon as possible.  It is also 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 must be stored separately during the school day. The backpack can be used to store all personal items.   A student diagnosed with head lice must be cleared by me before riding on the school bus and returning to class. We had a few cases of head lice this year. Let’s have another good year!

Please report any communicable disease to me immediately. This can prevent a massive outbreak. All reports are confidential. The parents of classmates and other staff will be notified, without revealing personal information.

New York State requires all new entrants and those in grades Kindergarten, Second and Fourth grade, to submit a recent physical to school. Fifth graders must be examined for Scoliosis, this is usually part of a routine physical exam. Any physical less than one year old on the first day of school is acceptable for that school year. If you have not submitted a required physical, please do so by September 30, 2016. The district physical form and other required forms may be downloaded from the Harrison Central School District web site.

Dental certificates are requested once per year.

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. The snack must always be cleared by the teacher and/or nurse. Never distribute any food without the teacher’s permission. Home baked products are more dangerous due to the risk of cross contamination. The ingredient list for any class snack must be provided. 

If you child has a life threatening allergy, the district requires a protocol along with any prescribed medications. The forms must be submitted each school year.  Medications (including “over the counter” medications) to be administered by the nurse, require a completed Medication Authorization form. The medications are supplied by the parents/guardian.

Parents may submit a note to excuse a student from physical education for two classes. A physician’s note will be required for additional excuses.

Please inform me of any pertinent health information, allergies, new diagnoses etc..

Please call with any questions or concerns. I am in the office from 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M..

Sincerely,

 

Sharon Gainsburg, RN, NCSN
Office Phone # (914) 630-3175

School Fax 946-0286
Email: Gainsburgs@harrisoncsd.org