From The Health Office
Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!
The LACS Health Office is located across the hall from the elementary cafeteria and is staffed by Mrs. Sylvia Beiler, RN and Mrs. Jackie Blunt, FNP. Please contact us at any time during the year if you have any questions, concerns, or updated information that you’d like to share about your child’s health.
Immunization Requirements for
School Entrance and Attendance
A detailed explanation of the 2019-2020 immunization requirements can be found on the LACS Health Office website or the NYS Department of Health website: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2370.pdf
Please contact the LACS Health Office if you have any questions regarding your child’s immunization status. Proof of immunization may be delivered, mailed, or faxed to the Health Office at any time during the year.
Lewis County Public Health holds immunization clinics every Tuesday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and the first Wednesday of each month from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Their phone number is 315-376-5453 if you have questions regarding your child’s immunization needs and/or eligibility for vaccines through their agency.
In order to maintain health and provide the best learning environment possible for all students, some medications may need to be administered during the school day. The school nurses are responsible for the administration of medications. Note: unless there is a self-carry order in place, no student is allowed to carry any medication (prescribed or over-the-counter) on school property. NYS law has implemented certain procedures that must be followed before any medication can be given in the school setting. This includes all prescribed and over-the-counter medications, such as Tylenol and Advil. Medication orders must be updated each school year; they do not carry over from one school year to the next.
A written order from the prescribing physician is required. The order must state the student’s name, medication name, dosage, time/frequency to be dispensed, possible side effects, and duration of the prescription.
A written statement from the parent/guardian requesting the administration of the medication in school as ordered by the physician.
The medication must be delivered to school in the original, properly labeled container. This is true for both prescription and over-the-counter medications.
The medication is to be delivered to one of the school nurses by a responsible adult. Medication may not be sent to school with the student.
A Request for Administration of Medication form is available from the LACS Health Office and also on the LACS website. Please ask your physician to complete and return this form to the LACS Health Office when you bring your child’s medication. Your signature is also required on this form.
Food Allergy Information
We have found an increase in students who are being diagnosed with different food allergies that vary in severity. While many reactions can be mild, some students may experience serious, life-threatening reactions. Please clarify with your physician if an Emergency Action Plan is required for your child’s food allergy. This form can be accessed on the school’s website. All Emergency Action Plans should be updated on an annual basis, with an updated copy being provided to the LACS Health Office at the beginning of each school year. It is important that this information is shared with the Food Service department and appropriate school personnel (teachers, teacher aides/assistants, etc.) to reduce the risk of your child being exposed.
Encourage your child to be sensitive to other children who may have food allergies by following these precautions:
Wash hands before and after eating to reduce the chance of leaving food residue on door handles, stair railings, etc.
Do not share food with other children.
Students should keep their own food on their own tray.
Do not expose another child to possible allergens to “see what will happen.”
If your child is bringing food to share with their class, please refrain from sending snacks with peanuts (especially peanut butter) or any nut products, or other foods that may cause allergic reactions.
NYS requires a health examination for new entrants, students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11, and annually for all students who play sports.
You are encouraged to have your family physician examine your child and forward a copy of your child’s physical exam to the LACS Health Office. Your child’s physician is more familiar with your child’s health history and can conduct a more comprehensive examination than the school physicians. This form is available on the school’s website and is due to the LACS Health Office the first week of October.
If you opt to have your child’s physical exam conducted at school or if we haven’t received a copy of your child’s exam from your family physician by the first week of October, your child will be scheduled to be seen by the school doctors. Please contact the LACS Health Office if you have any questions regarding physicals.
Hearing and vision screenings (distance and near) are required for all new entrants and students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11. Scoliosis screenings (checking for abnormal curvatures of the spine) are required for boys in grade 9 and for girls in grades 5 and 7. You will be notified in writing if any abnormalities are discovered in any of these screenings when the health exam is conducted at school. We are willing to conduct screenings for your child regardless of grade level if you have concerns about your child in any of these areas.
Dental Examinations Requested
NYS law requires that health screenings include an assessment of the student’s dental health. Therefore, a Dental Certificate is also requested when your child goes for a dental exam. This form is available on the LACS website. Once completed, this form should be provided to the LACS Health Office so that your child’s health record can be updated. Please contact the LACS Health Office if you have any questions.
Student Accident Insurance Available
We are pleased to announce that the District will continue Student Accident Insurance for the 2019-2020 school year. This coverage is for all school-sponsored, employee-supervised activities, including interscholastic athletics and field trips. This is secondary coverage that provides backup benefits for medical, dental, and hospital services. The policy pays after the claim has been processed by the student’s private insurance company, where applicable. Parents are reimbursed directly or assignment of benefits is accepted.
Note: all student accidents must be reported to the school nurse as soon as possible. The appropriate claim form will be distributed by the Health Office upon request of a parent/guardian.
7668 North State Street
Lowville, NY 13367
Jackie Blunt, RN
Sylvia Beiler, RN