Currently, NYS requires physicals for all new students AND for students entering Pre-K or K, 2nd, 4th, 7th and 10th grade. A Dental Certificate is also requested for the same grade levels. Please provide your school nurse with copies of physicals, immunizations, and certificates so we may update your child's health record. Students that have not met the NYS physical requirement may be scheduled for a physical with our school physician.
Clyde-Savannah Elementary School
Mrs. Wende Edwards, LPN
902-3100, ext. 2
Clyde-Savannah Jr./Sr. High School
Mrs. Kelly Smart, RN
Clyde-Savannah School Physician
Heather Hosking, RPA-C
Jay Ellie, MD
How can the school nurse help my child at school?
The nurse’s primary responsibility is to act as advocates, liaisons, and consultants on health related issues for students, families and school personnel. They are an integral part of the school program in supporting an optimum physical, mental, emotional and social climate for all students.
Some examples of what the school nurse’s duties include:
- Protecting and maintain student’s health by providing professional nursing services in accordance with Nursing Standards and NYS Licensing.
- Providing NY State-mandated and annual screening programs including vision, hearing, height, weight and scoliosis.
- Facilitating NY State-mandated immunization and communicable disease control requirements.
- Identifying and assessing students’ health needs, implementing services, and evaluating plans of care which impact student learning and achievement or safety.
- Participating as members of the school’s multi-disciplinary team, interpreting medical data and writing objectives for the health component of the IEP and/or 504 plan as needed.
- Identifying and reporting school building safety or environmental issues which impact student or staff health to the building administrator.
- Participating as members of the school’s Emergency Management, Health and Safety and Crisis Response Teams.
- Review Health Appraisal and Sports Clearance forms for student athletes prior to the start of each sport season.(requires some summer hours).
- Follow-up contact with parents and primary care providers regarding clarification or missing medical information.
What is a school nurse not allowed to do for a student?
The school nurse however is not a doctor and should not be acting as or filling the role of the child’s primary care physician. The school nurse is only allowed to practice within the guidelines of NY State Nursing laws and in accordance with Educational Law Article 139.
The following are some examples of activities that fall outside of the nurse’s legal scope of practice:
- The school nurse is not allowed to administer any medication including over-the-counter medication without physician orders and the correct paperwork filled out. This includes cough drops, tums, Tylenol, motrin, and topical antibiotic creams.
- The school nurse is not allowed to perform any procedures on students. This includes any invasive splinter removal.
- The school nurse can make assessments on children and decide if they are well enough to stay in school. Their responsibilities however do not include determining care and treatment plans. All ill students should be seen by their pediatrician.
- No herbal supplements are allowed to be given at school.
Health and Dental Exam Requirements
New York State law requires a health examination including Body Mass Index and Weight Status Category Information for all students entering the school district for the first time and when entering Pre-K, K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th grade. Note that this is a change from previous years. The examination must be completed by a New York State licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. A copy of the health examination must be provided to the school within 30 days from the start of the school year. A dental certificate which states your child has been seen by a dentist or dental hygienist is also asked for at the same time.
During this school year, the following screenings will be required or completed at school:
• Distance and near vision acuity for all newly entering students and students in Pre K, K, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11
• Near vision and color perception screening for all newly entering students
• Hearing screening for all newly entering students and students in Pre-K, K, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11
• Scoliosis (spinal curvature) screening for all students in Grades 5 and 7 for girls and grade 9 for boys
A letter will be sent home if there are any findings on the screening done at school that would cause concern or need medical follow-up. Please call the school’s Health Office if you have any questions or concerns.
Kelly Smart, RN
Wende Edwards, LPN
Cold Weather Safety
It is a good idea to talk with your children about cold weather safety. Extra care is needed especially in younger children to be sure that frostbite does not occur.
Make sure all children including teenagers have appropriate outerwear every day. Warm jackets, hats, scarves, boots, and an extra pair of gloves in their pockets will protect them during extremely cold temperatures.
Develop an emergency plan and review it with your children in case you are not home either before or after school. If a bus is delayed, they need to know where, when, and how to get help. Tell your child that if you are not home while they are waiting outside for the bus, how long they may wait outside, where to go in the event the bus is delayed, and what the dangers and risks of extreme weather are.
Teach your child about:
- When to ask for help.
- Where to find safe shelter in an emergency.
- Who is the designated adult to go to in your neighborhood?
- How to protect themselves with proper winter clothing.
- The danger signs of frostbite.
Advise your child to seek help if they have:
- Wet clothing boots or gloves, snow or ice next to bare skin which cannot be removed.
- Pain or numbness or burning anywhere on their skin (especially hands, feet, ears, or nose).
- Not to wait longer than five minutes if temperatures have dipped into the teens, especially on a windy day.
Is My Child Too Ill To Attend School?
Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well. The guidelines shown below may be helpful to you. It will not cover every medical condition and does not take the place of seeking medical attention. Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice.
Fever - 100 degrees or higher - A fever is a sign of illness. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school. The child should be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school.
Sore throat/Colds/Cough - Minor cold symptoms are common and usually don't interfere with school attendance. A persistent, frequent cough and /or constant nasal drainage may affect your child's performance at school, and he/she may be more comfortable at home.
Rash - A rash may cover the entire body or only one area. A child that has a rash that is draining, has open areas or is causing the child to itch excessively should not attend school. A rash accompanied with other symptoms such as: a fever, sore throat, irritability, vomiting etc. should not attend school.
Vomiting/Diarrhea - A child who has vomited should wait 24 hours and be able to retain solid food before returning to school. A child who is having frequent diarrhea stools should not attend school. If there is cramping/abdominal pain with diarrhea, the student may be more comfortable at home.
District Wellness Committee
The Clyde-Savannah District Wellness Committee invites you to join us this year for our monthly meetings. Meetings are open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend!
These meetings will be held at 3:15 p.m. in the Training Room that is located by District Office.
Please come join us for an encouraging talk about growth for our district around the topics of health and wellness. An ongoing discussion on ways to enhance entire district’s personal and professional health goals, including the community - is our goal. Come join us, and we are most welcoming of fresh ideas or feedback!
For more information about the District Wellness Committee please contact our District Wellness Coordinator, Ms. Kristen Seyfried, at email@example.com.