Elementary School Nurse-Donna Briner, RN
Middle School/High School Nurse-Deborah Kirkpatrick, RN
District-wide RN-Patty Golden, RN
HEALTH OFFICE NOTICE
Lately, our health offices have had to evaluate numerous rashes. We have had confirmed cases of Fifth Disease and are following our standard protocol for these.
Fifth disease is a viral infection which often affects red blood cells. It is caused by a human parvovirus (B19). People cannot be infected with animal parvoviruses.
For many years, fifth disease was viewed as an unimportant rash illness of children. Recently, studies have shown that the virus may be responsible for serious complications in certain individuals, such as those with sickle-cell disease or similar types of chronic anemia. More information about fifth disease can be found at http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/fifth/fact_sheet.htm .
We are seeing and hearing more about ticks this Spring season. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and local health departments monitor the spread of Lyme disease throughout New York State. Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected deer tick. Untreated, the disease can cause a number of health problems. Patients treated with antibiotics in the early stage of the infection usually recover rapidly and completely. A tip sheet with more information about ticks and how to remove them can be found at: http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2813.pdf
Parents, please note! If your child is tested for Pertussis (whooping cough) , he/she must stay home until they have finished their antibiotic OR until your child’s doctor has confirmed your child does NOT have the disease. We are not permitted to allow children tested for Pertussis or with Pertussis to attend school. More information about Pertussis can be found at http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/pertussis/fact_sheet.htm . If you need more information, please call your school nurse: Donna Briner, RN for Elementary School at 654-2960 OR Deborah Kirkpatrick, RN for MS/HS at 654-9005.
BODY MASS INDEX
As part of a required school health examination, a student is weight and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out a student's body mass index or "BMI". Recent changes to the NYS Education law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of a student's health record. Also, BMIs are randomly reported to NYS DOH. Parents may choose to opt out of this reporting (for their child) by submitting this request, in writing, to the appropriate school nurse.
PHYSICALS (K, 2, 4, 7, 10)
As a part of your child’s requirements for school, a physical examination has been required for students in Prekindergarten or Kindergarten and in Grades 2, 4, 7 and 10. A law was recently enacted that expands health screenings to include the dental health of students in New York State.
After September 1, 2008, when we require that your child have a physical examination, we will be requesting a dental certificate as well. There is a sample certificate available for you to take to your child’s dentist and once it is completed, it should be returned to the School Nurse as it will be filed in your child’s Cumulative Health Record.