Welcome to Highview School's Nurse Health and Wellness Page
Dana Denise R.N., Highview School Nurse
We have entered the Flu season. While the Flu has been kept to a minimum so far, Highview has had its share of Strep, Viral Bronchitis and the stomach bug. Please remind your children of the importance of hand-washing and personal space. Eating healthy and plenty of fluids are important especially this time of year.
Please make sure all emergency contacts are aware that they are your emergency contacts and are available to assist if needed. Emergency contacts should be more local if parents work out of the area. Contagious children must be picked up in a timely manner.
If your student requires the use of Tylenol or Motrin in the morning chances are you will be getting a call to come pick them up within 3 or 4 hours. Please have your cell phones nearby and have someone available to pick them up. Most children who are given medication in the morning come right to the Health Office upon arrival to school. Plan accordingly.
Dry skin and lips are prevalent. Children should have chapstick or small tubes of Vaseline to apply to their lips. Skin moisturizer in the morning is very helpful in preventing dry skin and itching.
If your child has a non-contagious chronic cough please send them with plenty of water. Cough drops with a physicians note can be stored in the health office, as well as cough medicine.
Children may not have medication of any kind in their possession. All meds (including over-the-counter) must be brought into Health Office by an adult, with a note to prescribe from a physician. Medications can not travel on the school bus. Forms can be found on web-site. Parents may come in during the school day to administer in the absence of a physicians note.
Any child attending school with stitches, splints, wraps or casts must have a note from parent or physician. Children requiring the use of elevator, and/or other assisted devices (crutches, wheelchairs etc) must have a note from physician. Note should state reason for use and time frame. (ex. until 1/2/17 or until cleared by physician.)
PE clearances can be given with a parents note for 1 day. Anything more requires a physician’s note.
Any forms can be faxed to 845-627-0340. Please, any questions, always feel free to call me at 627-3490.
Revisions to School Health Services Regulations Effective 7/1/18
Effective 7/1/2018, the mandated years for health exams and screening will change. In addition, only the approved NYS School Health Examination Form may be used to document health exams to provide consistency across the state.
The Changes Are Provided Below
- Health examinations will be required in grades PreK or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
- Vision screening for distance and near vision acuity will be required within 6 months of admission to school and in grades Pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
- Hearing screening utilizing pure tone testing will be required within 6 months of admission to school· and in grades Pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
- Scoliosis screening will be required in grades 5 and 7 for girls and grade 9 for boys.
What You Need To Know
The use of the approved health form and changes to the grade level requirements are not effective until 7/1/18.
- Schools should use the current form and follow the current guidance for the remainder of this school year.
- 2018-2019 is a transition year and any health exam form signed by a NYS Physician, Nurse, Practitioner, or Physician Assistant may be accepted.
- Changes for screening grades are not effective until 7/1/18 and will not be implemented until the 2018-2019 school year.
- Schools should notify parents/guardians whose students will be in grades PreK or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 in the 2018-2019 school year now of the need to obtain a health examination for next school year.
- For the 2019-2020, ONLY the approved NYSED form will be accepted.
What You Need to Do
Make sure you read HIP emails and encourage colleagues and medical directors who are not members to sign up to assure you receive notification when the updated guidelines for Health Examination and resources to implement the requirements are placed on the NYSCSH website.
What NYSED and NYSCSH Are Doing To Assist Schools
The Center will provide sample notification letters for parents, providers and a sample transition plan for schools, as well as sample screening notification letters and signs and symptoms for classroom teachers. They will be available in early spring.