Updates From the Health Office
As of July 1, 2018, New York State law requires a health examination for all students entering the school district for the first time and when entering Pre-K or K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th grade. The examination must be completed by a New York State licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner and on the approved NYSED Student Health Examination Form for School.
During this school year, the following screening will be required:
Health Appraisals (COMPLETED BY PARENT / GUARDIAN)
A physical exam should be performed by your child’s NYS licensed healthcare provider. It is required for all new students and students in Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. It must include Body Mass Index and Weight Status Category information. A copy of the health examination must be provided to the school within 30 days from when your child first starts at the school. Physicals should be completed within 12 months of the start of the current school year.
- Distance and near vision acuity for all new entering students and students in Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
- Color perception screening for all newly entering students.
- Hearing screening for all new students and Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
Scoliosis: will be completed at school
- Scoliosis (spinal curvature) screening for girls in Grades 5 and 7 and boys in Grade 9.
A dental certificate is requested for all new students and students in Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. You will receive a phone call and a letter if there are any findings on the screening done at school that would cause concern.
If at any time you do not want your child screened at school, please send in a written request stating so. Please feel free to call the health office with any questions or concerns.
Too Sick For School
Red Jacket Elementary works with the Ontario County Department of Public Health to protect children from communicable diseases. Keeping children home when they are too sick for school protects students and staff from potential illness. Our school guidelines state that you should NOT send your child to school if he/she has:
- Fever: Temperature of 100 degrees or higher. Your child must be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
- Vomiting/ Diarrhea: Child should not return to school for at least 24 hours following the last episode of vomiting and/or diarrhea.
- Lice: Children may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of live lice. (Please call Mrs. Huber to advise)
- Cough and/or a runny nose: Continuous coughing and/or constant nasal drainage as these conditions may be contagious and may require treatment from your healthcare provider.
- Sore Throat: With fever or swollen glands in the neck.
- Rash: any rash, especially with fever or itching.
- Ear Infection: Without fever, can attend school, the child may need medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
- Eye Infection: Pink-eye (conjunctivitis) or thick mucus or pus draining from eye should not return to school for 24 hours after starting treatment.
- Unusual Appearance/Behavior: Abnormally tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is a sufficient reason to exclude a child from school.
If your child becomes ill at school and/or I feel the child is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be called to pick your child up. Please be sure that arrangements can be made to transport your child home from school. If your daytime or emergency phone number changes during the year, please notify the Elementary main office or the nurse immediately.