COVID-19 Health Information for 2021-22 School Year
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Cumulative Health Record
A confidential health record is maintained on each child indicating his/her medical history and immunization dates. All findings from screening procedures are required on the student’s health record. Please help us keep the record up to date by notifying the Health Office if there is any change in your child’s health status, recent immunizations, surgery, etc.. This record is transferred onto each school your child will be attending.
A recent update in New York Education Law, effective July 1, 2018, requires a complete physical exam for all students entering grades Pre-K, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. We ask that you schedule an appointment with your child's physician if they will be in one of those grades in September.
Health appraisal forms should be forwarded or faxed to the school nurse within 14 days of the child's first day of school and must be completed by a New York State physician. Please contact your child's school nurse with questions.
- Orchard Park High School, Michelle Lucidi, RN Fax 209-6451 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Orchard Park Middle School, Bailey Bond, RN Fax 209-6413 email@example.com
- Eggert Elementary, Rebecca Banks, RN Fax 209-6371 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ellicott Elementary, Melissa Odrzywolski, RN Fax 209-6203 email@example.com
- South Davis Elementary, Allison Bessel, RN Fax 209-8195 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Windom Elementary, Sarah Johnson, RN Fax 209-6490 email@example.com
Dental Health Screening
NYS law (Chapter 281) permits schools to request an oral health assessment in the following grades: all new students entering school, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, & 11. This sample dental assessment may be completed by a registered dentist or NYS registered dental hygienist. Click here to access the Dental Health Certificate.
Additional Screening Information
- Scoliosis Screening will occur for students in grades 5 and 7 for female students and Grade 9 for male students.
- Distance Acuity and Near Vision Screening will occur for students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
- Hearing Screening(pure tone)will occur for all new entrants and students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
Notification to Parents
Following all screening procedures which include scoliosis, vision, hearing, and color perception testing and physical examinations, parents are notified by phone or letter of any problems detected and are counseled regarding medical follow-up.
Requirements for Immunization
Please do not send medications of any kind to school with your child. No medications (including Tylenol and cough drops) may be given during school hours, unless you comply with the following regulations of the New York State Law:
A written order from the doctor, indicating the name, frequency, and dosage of the medication.
Written permission from the parents, allowing the school nurse to administer the medication.
A supply of the medication properly labeled in its original container from the pharmacist must be brought to the health office by an adult. Do not send medication with a child.
Attendance records are kept by the school per New York State Requirements. New York State and district procedure requests notification if a student is going to be absent or tardy. Please notify the health/attendance office. A written excuse is required on your child's return to school. If you anticipate your child being absent for an extended period of time due to illness, please call the School Nurse to inform her of your child's condition. We also request notification if your child will be absent due to vacations, family emergencies, etc. You will receive an automated call from the district if you do not call your child in absent.
All pupils are required to participate in the physical education program in school. If it is necessary for your child to be excused from gym, please comply with the following:
Daily – pupils are to present a note to the school nurse from their parents requesting the child be excused and indicating the reason.
Extended - if an excuse is necessary for longer than one week a note from the doctor is required indicating the reason and expected duration
In some instances when a child is returning to school following an extended illness or injury, a note must be obtained from the physician allowing your child to resume gym activities.
Be sure to have all phone numbers up to date in the Orchard Park Central School District Parent Portal. The information is kept up to date by the parents so the school has the ability to reach a family member in the event of an illness or emergency.
Illness and Accidents
The school nurse will provide emergency care for illness and injuries which occur while children are under the jurisdiction of the school. Treatment is limited to first aid only. Any necessary subsequent treatment is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. When it is necessary for the child to be sent home, transportation of students during school hours is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.