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Departments

School Health Office

CHRIS ZAENGLE, SCHOOL NURSE
Contact: 607-397-8785 ext. 126
Email: czaengle@worcestercs.org
 

Legislative Statement - School Vaccination Requirements (click on the link below)

Statement on Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemption
from School Vaccination Requirements

 FAQ Non-Medical Vaccine Exemption

 
The Health Office is the link between your child and health and safety. There are very important items below that must be addressed in order for the school to appropriately manage health concerns that can arise while your child is at school. Please help us to keep children safe.

Emergency Contact Forms
Annual Health History and Emergency Forms are sent home the first week of school. Please complete these forms and return it quickly. Please keep this information up to date; it is the only way we have of reaching you in an emergency.

Taking Medication In School
To assure the safety of our students while in school and comply with New York State Law, no medications are allowed in school without prior approval. If your child has a condition which requires him/her to take medication during the school day we will gladly cooperate with you and your doctor if you bring to us:

1.  A provider’s order indicating the name of the medication, dosage, time of administration, days to be given.??
  • a.  If order states student can self-carry/administer medication, the provider must sign an attestation permission form.
2.  Permission note from parent or guardian.
  • a.  If order states student can self-carry/administer medication, parents must sign an attestation form.
3.  Medication in the original container. This includes both prescription and over the counter medicine, including Tylenol, Advil, and cough drops. Medication must be brought to school by a parent of guardian.

MEDICATION CANNOT BE PROVIDED BY WCS.

Physical Exams
NYS law requires a health examination for all students entering the school district for the first time and before entering pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, 7th grade, 9th grade and 11th grade. A dental certificate, stating that your child has been seen by a dentist or dental hygienist is requested at these same intervals. Law requires that copies of these examination records be provided within 30 days of entry. Should these examination certificates not be provided to the school, you will be contacted regarding keeping your child home from school until certification of these exams is presented.

Determining When To Keep Your Child Home From School:
  • Keep your child home if she/he has a fever.
  • Keep your child home if she/he is vomiting and/or has diarrhea.
  • Keep your child home if she/he is too sick to eat breakfast.
  • Keep your child home if she/he has a bad cough or cold.

Children MUST be fever-free WITHOUT fever reducing medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
Attendance

If your child is absent from school, please call the school at 397-8785. A written excuse indicating the reason for the absence is required upon your child’s return to school.

Thank you!

Mrs. Christine Zaengle, RN
School Nurse


Immunization Requirements
Meningitis Vaccine: New York State Public Health Law (Section 2164) requires children entering 7th, 8th, 9th and 12th grades to receive a vaccine against meningococcal disease. Vaccine names are Menactra or Monveo. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) requires this vaccine to be administered to all adolescents at age 11 or 12 years and a booster dose on or after their 16th birthday.
TDAP (Tetanus diphtheria and Pertussis): Students entering 6th grade are required to have an immunization called Tdap.
Please send proof of immunization to the School Nurse, Mrs. Christine Zaengle, RN, prior to the start of school.

Weight Status Category 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 this office by January 20, 2019 at 607-397-8785.

Thank you.
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