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Things to consider throughout the school year:
IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS:
- If your child will need medication at school you can find the protocol and the authorization form needed on my web page under documents manager.
- Head lice don't take a summer vacation so please check your child's/children's head(s) periodically throughout the summer and treat if needed. Also please discuss with your child that lice do not jump or fly. They only spread through direct head-to-head contact or by sharing items such as combs, hats, pillows, etc so the best way to prevent lice is to avoid that type of contact with others. Remember that lice cannot be spread at school if they don't come to school in the first place so being vigilant about checking your children and treating if needed will help. Please do not send them to school with live lice
- Space is limited in the health office so there is not a lot of clothing available to students who have accidents at school (bladder or bowel). I highly encourage all parents of kindergarten students (and any other parents who feel it is a good idea) to send an extra set of clothes in your child's backpack (pants, shirt, underwear and socks). It makes it much easier and less embarrassing for your child if he/she has something of his/her own to change into in the event of an accident. Please consider this even if you don't think it is likely to happen because, with a change in routine, even children who haven't had an accident in years might have one.
- Physical exams are required for students in kindergarten, second, and fourth grades and for any students who are new to the district. Forms can be obtained from the health office.
- The NYS Health Department has revised the immunization regulations regarding immunization requirements for school attendance effective July 1, 2014. This means that every student's immunization record (grades 1-5) must be checked to ensure that the proper doses of each vaccine were given at the appropriate intervals. This also means that you may get a letter from me advising that your child needs an immunization or immunizations in order to comply with these new regulations. Failure to have your child immunized will result in exclusion from school so please try to get him/her to the doctor as soon as possible after receiving a notice. I thank you for your cooperation with this. ☼ Please contact Mary Beth at 897-1551 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
- Diphtheria,Tetanus, Pertussis: 4-5 doses
Polio (IPV or OPV): 3-5 doses
Measles,Mumps, Rubella: 2 doses
Hepatitis B: 3 doses
Varicella (Chicken Pox): 2 doses
Please note these have recently been changed (effective July 1, 2014) based on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Requirements have also been changed for students in grades 1-5. Records are being reviewed to make sure each student has the correct number of doses of vaccine and that they were administered at the appropriate intervals. You will receive a letter if your child needs any vaccinations as a result of this review. Please respond promptly as students must be excluded from school if not properly vaccinated.
BMI/WEIGHT STATUS REPORTING:
As part of a required school
health examination (done by a private physician or at school), a student is
weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out
the student’s body mass index or ‘BMI’. The BMI helps the doctor or nurse know
if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low. Recent
changes to the New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status
group be included as part of the student’s school health examination. A sample
of school districts is selected to take part in a survey by the New York State
Department of Health. Our school district has been selected to be part of the
survey for this school year. We will be reporting to the New York State
Department of Health information about our students’ weight status groups. Only
summary information is sent. No names and no information about individual
students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child’s information
excluded from this survey report.
The information sent to the New
York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs
that make it easier for children to be healthier.
If you do not wish to have your
child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health
Department’s survey this year, please notify Mrs. Pelletieri in writing by
January 20, 2016.
Mary Beth Pelletieri, RN, SNT
Petrova Health Office
Fax: (518) 891-6548 Phone: (518) 897-1551REQUIRED SCREENINGS:
Vision Screenings: New Entrants, K-3, and 5.
Hearing Screenings: New Entrants,K,1,3, and 5. Health Appraisals: New Entrants,K, 2, and 4.
Scoliosis Screenings: 5