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Dr. John Wat, School Medical Director

Heather Bender, RN

Sherri Monnat, RN

What We Do

Among many tasks, the school nurse performs and coordinates mandated NYS screenings and advises parents on immunization and physical examination requirements. The school nurses also provide first aid, emergency response, acute illness related care and management of chronic health conditions including medication administration and other procedures. Requests for regular or routine and ongoing medical care require parent permission and a medical order from your primary care provider.

The district’s health services will provide parent/guardian notification of student illness, injury, or need of emergency health services in a timely and expeditious fashion by phone call, e-mail, and/or written notification as appropriate.  Appropriate health alerts are also provided on the district’s website which parents should review on a periodic basis.

Emergency Contact Information & Parent's Responsibilities
It is important for the school to be able to communicate with parents by phone in the event of an emergency, or regarding an injury or illness. Therefore, it is important that parents keep their emergency contact information current at all times. Parents who discover that information is outdated should contact the respective school's Main Office to notify them of any changes. To ensure your child's safety while here at school, please update your child's school nurse with any changes in health conditions including new health conditions that may arise during the year, and any medications your child takes at home or may need here at school.

The District adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Private healthcare providers must follow other laws including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In instances where the school needs to communicate with private health care providers, the parent will need to complete the required form(s) from their health care provider in order for school officials to be able to speak with them. Please be advised that certain confidential medical information will be shared with district personnel who need to know. This may include understanding the impact a medical condition may have on a child within the classroom setting or on the bus, and/or how to recognize and potentially manage significant medical concerns until medical help arrives.  If you have any questions about the re-disclosure of information on your child to supervisory staff responsible for their safety, please contact your school nurse.

Important Health Information

Medications in School – Reminder
Any child who needs to take medication during school hours must have a written request from the prescriber stating that the medication is to be given in school, as well as the time and the dosage to be given.  The school nurse must have a written request from parents to give the medication as specified by the prescriber.  This requirement includes all medications – those given daily and as needed, and all over-the-counter medications including cough drops, Tylenol, etc.

No medication should be brought to school by students.  Medication must be delivered to the school nurse by a parent/guardian, unless the prescriber indicates otherwise.

All medication orders must be renewed annually.

When to Keep a Child Home With Illness
Sometimes it can be difficult for a parent to decide whether to send children to school when they wake up with symptoms of an illness or complaints that they do not feel well.  We suggest that you keep your child home if they are not feeling well and have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The following are a few other situations that warrant watching and possibly calling your healthcare provider in addition to staying home:

  • Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts; OR a rash in various stages including boils, sores and bumps that may be chicken pox; OR a significant rash accompanied by other symptoms of illness such as fever
  • Red, runny, crusty eyes that distract the child from learning       
  • Severe ear pain or drainage from the ear        
  • Any condition that you think may be serious or contagious to others.

Finally, if you know your child is still running a fever, please do not give them Tylenol and send them to school.  As soon as the medicine wears off, you will receive a call from the school nurse asking you to come pick up your feverish child. 

If you find a pattern of your child asking to stay home from school, especially if they are falling behind or appear anxious by the thought of attending school, or if there does not appear to be any obvious physical symptoms, it may be a good idea to contact your school nurse and healthcare provider to discuss your concerns. Whenever you keep your child home from school, please call the attendance office in advance of the start of the school day and leave a message that your child will be absent.

Food Allergies - How Friends and Classmates Can Help
More and more students are being diagnosed with food allergies.  These allergies can range in severity.  A few of these students have severe peanut/nut, seafood, or other food allergies.  While many reactions can be mild, some students may experience serious symptoms that can be life-threatening.  It is important to share this information with you so that you and your children are aware that other students are impacted by these allergies.  By working together, we can reduce the risk of students having allergic reactions.  

 We would like to take precautions to prevent/reduce the likelihood of these students being exposed to peanuts, nut products, or other foods that can cause these allergic reactions.  Please encourage your children to be sensitive to students with food allergies while in the cafeteria by keeping their food on their trays and not sharing their food with others. If bringing treats in to share with the class, we suggest bringing store bought that has a clear ingredient list in order to ensure those with food allergies can participate safely. 

 Thank you for making LACS safe for all students.

Weight Status Survey
As part of a required school health examination, 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 will be selected to take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health. If our school is selected to be part of the survey, we will be reporting to 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 call the health office at 315-376-9007.