From the Health Office

Medications in School - Policy
Update on Requirements

With the cold and flu season upon us, we occasionally have parents send cough drops/ syrups, decongestants, and even prescribed medication to the Health
Office for us to dispense to their children.  New York State Law requires that all over the counter medicines (such as Tylenol, Dimetapp and cough drops/syrup) and
all prescription medications (such as antibiotics and inhalers) that need to be given in school must be ordered by a physician.  A written order from the doctor and
parent or guardian must be completed before any medication can be administered in the Health Office. A copy of this form is available from your doctor, the Health
Office, or you may access it on the Health Office website located on the LACS home page.
Medication must be brought to the Health Office by a parent or responsible adult; medication should never be sent with a student. It must be in a labeled
prescription bottle (ask your pharmacist for a separate bottle for school when the prescription is filled), or the original bottle if it is an over-the-counter medication.
Normally, medications ordered three times per day can be given at home at breakfast, right after school, and then at bedtime. If your physician requests that the
medication be given during school hours, please ask him/her to complete the required request form.
If you have any questions, please call the Health Office at 315-376-9007.

Head Lice - Don’t Panic
From time to time we encounter students who have contracted pediculosis, or head lice.  When this occurs, parents are contacted so they can take steps to
reduce the incidence of this contagious condition.
Please take a few moments and check your child’s head for signs of head lice.  If you find either nits (eggs) or head lice during your check, please proceed with the
treatment procedures.
While having this condition can be unpleasant for children and their families, it should not be an embarrassing one.  Pediculosis can be obtained in a variety of
ways from different sources, and in most instances is not reflective of personal and family habits.
Head lice affects more people than all other childhood communicable diseases other than the common cold.  But like a cold, when children come in close contact
with each other, it is easy to pass head lice along.  Shared hats, clothing, brushes, pillows, and other personal articles are perfect vehicles to transfer lice from one
person to another.  It is important to act immediately to prevent their spread to other classmates and to your family as well.
Head lice are small - only about 1/16 of an inch long.  They are grayish-white with dark edges.  While they cannot fly and do not jump, they move quickly.  That's
why it's difficult to find them in a child's hair.
Diagnosis of head lice is generally made when lice eggs (called nits), which are fastened to the hair shaft, are clearly evident.  Nits are teardrop in shape and also
very small, only about 1/32 of an inch.  They are "glued" to the hair and cannot be washed or brushed out like dandruff.  Clusters of nits may be found in any
section of the hair, but they are more apt to be behind the ears and at the nape of the neck.
Getting rid of head lice and nits need not be difficult.  It is a matter of washing the hair with a lice-killing product, and then very carefully removing all the nits. 
Removal of the nits is important to avoid re-infestation. A special nit-loosening rinse is available which makes the job easier.
If your child is found to have head lice . . .
Don't panic.  Anyone can get head lice.  It has nothing to do with cleanliness, nor does it reflect on you as a parent.  The problem is easily eliminated.  Simply
follow these instructions.
Examine your child's head to be sure you know what the nits look like.  They are tiny grayish-white eggs attached to the hair, near the scalp, especially
behind the ears and at the nape of the neck.
Check all other family members to see if they are infested.  Any family member with evidence of head lice must also be treated.
Use an effective head lice treatment.  Your pharmacist can recommend an effective product.  When used as directed, it will be very effective in killing head
Remove the nits (lice eggs).  Because no pediculicide product kills all the eggs, it is very important to remove all traces of the nits to prevent re-infestation.  A
special comb for this task is usually provided with the lice treatment product.
Wash all clothes, bed linens and towels in hot water and dry on hot cycle for at least 20 minutes.  Items that cannot be safely washed, such as stuffed
animals, should be dry cleaned or stored outside the home for a minimum of two weeks.
Clean combs and brushes in hot, soapy water. It is advisable to let combs and brushes soak in the hot water for 10 minutes.
Vacuum everywhere to be sure your home is free of lice.  Vacuum carpets, pillows, mattresses, upholstered furniture; anything that might hold lice.  Do a
thorough job and promptly discard the vacuum bag.
Head lice survive only on humans, and do not affect family pets.  To eliminate head lice and nits from your home, follow the directions above.  Following this
process thoroughly will prevent their spread.

Should you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to call the LACS Health Office at 315-376-9007.

Winter Sports Sign-Up

Block 2 of winter sports, including modified basketball, will begin January 13, 2020.  The sign-ups will begin on December 14, 2019.  If your child needs a physical,
the school physicians will be in the health office a week in December TBD.  Please have your child promptly turn in their paperwork because a pre-physical
screening needs to be completed before seeing the school physician.

Dry Lip Season
The air in the school building tends to get dry in the fall and winter seasons, leading to very dry, cracked lips for our students.  Please consider sending some lip
balm to school with your child so they can apply it as needed throughout the school day.

7668 North State Street
Lowville, NY  13367
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Sylvia Beiler, RN
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