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    The responsibility for a child's health belongs to the parent. A school health program is based on the cooperation with the parent, the local public health department and the entire school staff. The school health services of Newark Central School include the following:

    Physicals are required by New York State Law for all new entrants and students in PreK or Kindergarten, second, fourth, seventh and tenth grades. If you choose to have your child's physical done by your family physician, at your own expense, please return the Physician Health Report to the nurse's office by October 1. Otherwise your child will be scheduled to see the school physician.

    An annual vision exam by the school nurse is required for all children K-12. Parents are notified when conditions are found which indicate any suspected need for a professional care.

    An annual hearing screening for all kindergarten, new entrants and students in grade 1. Parents are notified when conditions are found which indicates any need for a professional hearing examination.

    Screenings for height and weight are completed on each child yearly.

    Parents are urged to communicate with the school at any time if a vision, hearing, or other problem is of concern. Parents and school working together can better provide adaptations needed for the best educational process. The school cooperates closely with the Public Health Department in maintaining a high level of immunity in this community.

    The Public Health Law requires parents or guardians to have each child immunized against polio, three-day measles (rubella), diphtheria, regular measles, mumps, varicella and hepatitis in order to attend public, private or parochial schools in New York State.

    Evidence of these immunizations must be presented at time of entrance into school.

    HEAD CHECKS

    Head checks will be done as necessary during the school year. If your child has head lice, please keep your child home and contact the nurse's office. The District has a NO NIT policy. Any student with eggs/nits will be excluded from school until cleared by the school nurse.

    ABSENCE OR ILLNESS

    Please call our school nurse, Mrs. Williams (332-3349), by 8:45 a.m. if your child is not coming to school. We will call each family of an absent child unless we get your call. A written excuse is also required on the day your child returns to school. If it is known in advance that a student will be absent or tardy, the parent/guardian should notify the teacher, in writing, prior to the absence or tardiness.

    Legal absences: sickness, death in family, doctor's appointment (part of day), religious observance, court appearance. Illegal absences: family vacation or truancy

    MEDICATIONS FOR FIELD TRIPS OR OFF SCHOOL-GROUND ACTIVITIES

    NYS Education Law now mandates indicate that any prescribed medication needed by a non-self directed student during the school day must be given by school nursing personnel. A non-self directed student means the child is unable to take medication independently in a responsible way. Administration of such prescribed medications may not be performed by school staff (teachers, assistants).

    Since there are not available substitute nurses, the nurse would most likely not be available to go to the activity. Also many times there are a number of classes going to different activities during the same time frame. Therefore, any prescribed medication required to be given routinely during the school day or on an "as needed" basis (inhalers, Epipen, bee sting kits, Benadryl) cannot be given by school staff. This means if your child's class goes on a field trip or on an activity off school grounds and he/she needs one of the above mentioned medications, the parent or a designated relative or friend would need to attend the activity. That individual would be responsible to give the medication to the student and to monitor his/her needs.

    If a student has an "as needed" or routine medication in school it would be necessary for it to be available during the field trip unless the parent and doctor sign a statement indicating that the child would not require the medication during that time. If there is no designated person available to attend the activity to administer the medication if needed or there is no written statement from the parent and doctor to indicate no need, that student would not be able to go.

    Please make special note of this change in procedure now so that the necessary arrangements will be in effect for your child if needed. When these procedures are followed, all children will be safe and able to enjoy the activity. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child's school nurse.

    MEDICATION

    During the school year, many requests are received to dispense medication. Please be sure to contact Mrs. Williams (332-3349) prior to sending any medication to school. While we want to cooperate and help wherever and whenever legally possible, there are requirements by which we must abide. These regulations are as follows:

    1) The school nurse must have on file a WRITTEN request from the family physician in which he/she indicates the frequency and dosage of a prescribed medication and/or ANY over the counter medications.

    2) The nurse must have on file a WRITTEN request from the parent to administer the medication as specified by the family physician. Verbal or telephone requests are not acceptable.

    3) The medication MUST be delivered directly to the nurse by the parent or a responsible adult.

    4) The medication MUST be in the original prescription container or over the counter container. The pharmacy is willing to give you an extra prescription container to be kept at school.

    5) The medication must be kept in the nurse's office in a locked area. These state-mandated requirements are designed to protect each and every child and the school has to adhere to them. Please check with the nurse before bringing any medication (this includes aspirin, Tylenol, cough drops, or medication for rashes or bites, etc.) to school.

    FIRST AID

    Emergency first aid is given to any child who is injured in school. In the event that it seems necessary to have further treatment, the parent will be notified. This is why it is always necessary to have an update on phone numbers where you can be reached at all times.

    MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

    Sometimes, in the course of a day, a pupil becomes ill or injured and it becomes necessary to communicate with the home. Often, we find that parents are employed or not at home. When such an emergency arises, it is necessary to have the telephone number of a relative or neighbor who will pick up and care for your child. It is vitally important that the school be kept current on emergency telephone numbers, parent's  employer telephone numbers and babysitter's name and telephone number. For the safety and well-being of all students, sick and injured students should be picked up by their families rather than riding home on school buses. Parents or other adults must sign the child out in the office and then pick the child up in the health office. The school office MUST be notified if someone other than the parents or guardian is picking the child up.

    BORROWED CLOTHES

    If your child needs to borrow any clothing from the nurse's office please be sure to wash and return them as soon as possible as we only have a limited supply.