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Health Services


Parents, we've posted a great Seasonal Flu Guide here!


Click here, for information about what the New York State Depatment of Health requires schools to do regarding influenza.


Prescription medicine

The school is frequently asked to give internal medication to students during school hours. New York State Education Law and Health Practice Acts require certain procedures when circumstances necessitate giving internal medication to a child in school.

  1. A written request from the family physician must accompany the medication. It should include:
    1. Name of medication
    2. Amount to be given
    3. Time of day to be given
    4. Length of time to be given (i.e. until end of school year)
  2. A parent permission form must be signed.
  3. The medication must be in the original container
  4. Medication may be sent with teacher on field trips if the student is self-directed. A self-directed student is consistently able to do all of the following:
    1. identify the correct medication
    2. identify the purpose of the medication
    3. determine the correct dosage is being administered (e.g. one pill)
    4. identify the time the medication is needed during the school day
    5. describe what will happen if medication is not taken
    6. refuse to take medication, if the student has any concerns about its appropriateness


Medication requests must be renewed each school year. All medications must be brought to the school by a parent/guardian. Students may not carry any medications on their person.

Requests for students in middle and high school to carry their own inhalers during school hours or school sports participation must be approved in writing by the physician, the parent, and the school nurse.

We ask for your cooperation in this matter for the protection of all our students.


Physical examinations

Routine physical screening examinations will be done by the school physician for grades kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 7 and 10 and any other students as needed. All students trying out for any team sport in grades 7-12 must also have a school physical.

Urine specimen testing is included in all grades screened, with the exception of kindergarten. You may be asked to send a specimen to school before the scheduled examination. If you wish, you may have the physical examination performed by your family physician and a report of such examination submitted, by October, for the school record.


Immunizations Guidelines

  Requied Number of Doses (K-12)
Diphtheria (DTaP, DTP) 3 doses
Polio (IPV, OPV) 3 (OPV, oral)
4 (IPV)
Measles 2 doses (anyone born after 1/1/85)
Mumps 1 dose (preferably as mmr)
Rubella 1 dose (preferably as mmr)
Hepatitis B 3 doses (born after 1/1/93)
Varicella (chicken pox) 1 dose (born after 1/1/98)

Pre Kindergarten (daycare, nursery, or pre-K only)
Haemophilius influenzea type b (HIB) 3 doses if less than 15 months of age or
1 dose on or after 15 moths of age


Pediculosis Guideline

  1. Children found to have pediculosis (active head lice) will be excluded from school.
  2. Student will be sent home with parent/guardian. The school nurse will instruct the parent/guardian in the proper treatment of the child, cleaning of the home and checking of other family menbers for lice and nits, and send home information containing procedures for same. Any family menbers found positive for lice or nits should also be treated appropriately.
  3. The school nurse will notify other health offices in the school district to check children in those schools that live in the home of the affected child.
  4. Elementary School Nurse will check the heads of students in the classroom of the affected student.
    Middle and High School Nurse will inquire of affected student any close friends in school and check the heads of those students.
  5. Re-entry to school:
    • Parent/Guardian must accompany student to school and report to the health office with the student.
    • School nurse will examine the head of the child to determine the status of infestation.
    • Student should not have nits or live lice in the hair at the time of reentry. However, the school physician and school nurses recognize the intensity of head lice infestation for families and do not want children and families to lose time from school and work. Therefore, in the following guidelines set forth by the Red Book Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, the Elmira Heights School District has adopted a modified no nit pediculosis guideline.
      • ** If nits are found:
             *Approximately 10-15 nits on the child's head, the child may return to school that day based upon the understanding with parent/guardian that these nits will continue to be removed daily by the parent/guardian. The school nurse may assist the parent in the removal of these nits while in the health office.
             *The school nurse will check the child's head on a daily basis until that child is nit free. If the number of nits in the child's hair increases, the parent will be notified to remove their child from school for appropriate treatment and removal of nits.
  6. After those individuals found to have head lice are nit free they will have regular interval head checks over the next two or three weeks to assure that there is no reinfestation.


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