The school nurse is here to help your child have a healthy, safe and productive school year.
The district has always asked parents to keep students at home if they are not well enough to participate in school activities. With the heightened risk of COVID-19, parents are now asked to consider the health of the entire household, not just the child.
Everyone entering a district building or facility is required to screen for possible COVID-19 symptoms:
Can my child go to school today?
Each morning, parents should assess their child’s health, and the health of others in the household.
If your child or anyone in the household is showing the following symptoms without a known cause, the child should stay home:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- Recent loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
Your child should also stay home if any of the following have happened within the previous 14 days:
- Your child tests positive for COVID-19;
- Your child has had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19;
- Someone in your household has been directed by a health-care professional to self-monitor, self-isolate or quarantine;
- Your child has traveled to a state or other location that requires a 14-day quarantine upon return.
If your child is ill
- A child with a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above should remain home until temperature is within normal range.
- If your child is ill, vomiting or has diarrhea, he/she should remain home from school until symptom free.
- When your child is sent home from school due to illness, he/she should remain home from school until symptom free.
It is important to remind your child that coughing or sneezing spreads illness. Please encourage your child to wash their hands. Frequent hand washing is one of the best methods for preventing illness.
New York state law requires a health examination for all students entering the school district for the first time and when entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. The examination must be completed by a New York state licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner, and provided to the school within 30 days of the student’s first day of school.
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has revised immunization requirements for school attendance to be consistent with recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP is a national group of medical and public health experts.
Current requirements were developed to reduce the number of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles and whooping cough. No new vaccines are required, but the number of doses required and the time intervals between doses has changed.
Students entering kindergarten or grade 6 are required to have two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine and three to four doses of poliomyelitis (polio) vaccine.
All other students will be able to attend school with one dose of varicella and three doses of poliomyelitis.
Students in pre-K-grade 6 will be required to have age-appropriate doses of DPT or DTaP, in accordance with the ACIP schedule.
Two doses of MMR are no longer required for entrance into kindergarten, though students must have two doses by age seven.
A student who is “in process” must be allowed to attend school. A student who is in process is defined as one who has had the first dose of all required immunization series and has appointments to complete the series in accordance with the ACIP catch-up schedule.
For more information on immunization requirements, contact the School-Based Health Clinic at (607) 847-6050.
The following is the policy for the administration of medication(s) at Unadilla Valley:
- Prior to the administering medication (including over-the-counter medication, creams, or lozenges) to any student, the school nurse shall have on file a written, signed authorization from the student’s physician.
- Prior to the administering medication to any student, the school nurse shall have on file the authorization by the student’s parents/guardians.
- All medication shall be stored in a safe and secure fashion to assure that only authorized personnel have access to such medication. Medications shall be delivered directly to the school nurse by the student’s parent/guardian.
- No student shall be permitted to possess medication on school premises without appropriate documentation provided by the child’s physician.
- All medications must be in the originally labeled pharmacy bottle.
New York state requires schools to track each student’s body mass index (BMI) and weight status category as part of school health examinations. Every year, the New York State Department of Health surveys some schools for the number of students in each of six possible weight status categories.
If Unadilla Valley School District is surveyed by the state, the district will share summary group data only and will not share individual names or information. Parents/guardians who wish to exclude their child’s data from the summary group calculations must contact their child’s school.