Health Office Information

Medical Examinations
Medical examinations are required by New York State law of each student who is a new entrant, regardless of grade level, and of all students when they reach grades Pre-K or K, 2, 4, 7, and 10. A medical form, to be completed by the parent and physician, should be returned to school by October 1. An examination done any time after June 1 is acceptable for the following school year. Camp and working paper examinations are acceptable. If your child is not seen by your physician, he or she will receive a school medical appraisal by the school physician. An annual medical examination is also required of secondary school students prior to participation in interscholastic sports and cheerleading.

If it is necessary for your child to receive medication during school hours, the following process must be followed.
  • A written request from a physician, directing that medication should be administered, must be submitted in the following format:
    1. name of medication,
    2. dosage and frequency, and
    3. adverse or suspected reactions.
  • A written request must be submitted from the parent stating that medication should be administered to their child as requested by their physician.
  • Any medication to be administered by the school nurse must be
  • delivered to the Health Office (in its original bottle) by the parent. This includes over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol®, Advil®, cough syrups, decongestants, etc. Forms are available from your
  • school nurse. 
Head Lice
Head lice are tiny (2 to 3 mm. long) insect parasites that are confined almost exclusively to the head region. Their body color is grayish except after feeding, when it acquires a reddish hue.
Its favorite hiding place are those areas behind the ears and on the back of the neck, although lice can be almost anywhere on the hair or hairy surface of the scalp.
  • People get head lice from direct contact with others who are infested, wearing infested clothing, using infested combs and brushes, lying on infested carpets or beds, and from resting the head against upholstered furniture or car seats formerly used by an infested person.
  • Head lice proliferate rapidly and a mild infestation, if not checked early, can soon grow to large proportions and may infest others. This is especially true in the school environment where close
  • personal contact is common in classrooms, playgrounds, and on school buses.
  • Intense itching caused by feeding of lice, is the major symptom of lice infestation. Reddish papules or tiny bite marks on the neck and scalp are also associated with lice. Occasionally, bacterial infection may be present from scratching, and the lymph glands on the back of the neck may become swollen.
  • Direct inspection of the hair and scalp is the best way to detect the actual presence of crawling forms of head lice and eggs (nits). Both are most commonly found at the nape of the neck and behind the ears.
  • A student with head lice may return to school the day after treatment if the school nurse determines that there is no presence of active head lice. Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at for treatment information. Type in the words “head lice.”
Scoliosis Screening
Mandatory screening for scoliosis is the law New York State. School nurses will annually screen each student in grades 3-11. In the event possible scoliosis is detected, parents will be notified and a recommendation for referral to the family physician will be made.

Disease Control
In order to prevent the spread of disease and to ensure rapid recovery with a minimum of after affects, children should be kept out of school when they have the following symptoms, and until they are “symptom free” for 24 hours: nasal discharge, fever or chills, sore throat, vomiting, upset stomach, severe headaches, skin disease, ear ache, red discharging eyes. If these symptoms develop into a communicable disease, other than the common cold, parents are asked to notify the school immediately.

If you have questions, please contact your school nurse.
  • Bell Elementary - Barbara Adams (775-1778)
  • Weeks Elementary - Denise Everett (775-4833)
  • Palmer Elementary and Middle School - Mary Monopoli (655-8244)
  • High School - Dawn Giannone (655-8249)
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