Welcome to the Middle and High School Health Office
Nurse Meg Geer, R.N.
Phone: 585-538-3454 Fax: 585-538-3496
Protect yourself against the flu and COVID-19 Disease
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for atleast 20 seconds. Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains atleast 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay at home if you are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Maintain 6 feet social distancing when out in public and wear a face mask if unable to maintain social distancing.
For the most up to date information regarding COVID-19 disease visit:
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
If your child is having COVID like symptoms listed below we ask that they be evaluated by their doctor, tested for Covid if deemed necessary, inform the school nurse and send in a note from their doctor stating the results of the test. This note can be faxed to 585-538-3496
When to keep your child home from school
- COVID like symptoms - fever/chills of 100.0° F or greater or any of the following: headache, fatigue, nasal congestion or runny nose, cough, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, muscle or body aches, shortness of breath or sore throat.
- Fever - A student with a temperature of 100° F or above will be excluded from school. The student's temperature must be below 100 degrees for a full 24 hours (without taking a fever reducing medication) before returning to school.
- Colds/Flu - Frequent, hard cough or chest congestant. Large amounts of discolored nasal drainage especially with facial pain, headache of fever.
- Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) A student with red, painful, itchy eyes, especially with discharge or crusting, should have a medical evaluation by a physician. Children with infectious conjunctivitis are considered contagious and will be excluded until 24 hours after treatment has begun.
- Vomiting - A child must be excluded from school if vomiting two or more times in 24 hours unless a physician feels the cause is not an infectious disease and the child is in no danger of becoming dehydrated. Your child may be sent home from school for vomiting one time.
- Diarrhea - A child with any diarrhea illness will be excluded from school until they are diarrhea free for 24 hours.
- Strep Throat/Impetigo - If your child is diagnosed with strep throat or Impetigo, they must be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school. This means if they are diagnosed today they can not return tomorrow. Please notify the school nurse if your child is diagnosed with strep or impetigo.
- Head Lice - If your child has a known or suspected case of head lice, please notify the school nurse. If your child has active head lice, it is recommended that they be treated with a medicated shampoo or lotion.
- Rash - Students with a questionable rash should be referred to a physician for a medical diagnosis and determine if the rash is caused by an infectious disease.
Please note: Your child will be sent home from school if they have any of these symptoms for the health of your child and the health of all the other children in school.
Physical Requirements for Entering School
New York State law requires a health examination for all students entering the school district for the first time, when entering Prek-K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades and for all sports, working permits and every 3 years for the Committee of Special Education. Dental certificates which states your child has been seen by a dentist or dental hygienist is also requested at the same time as grade level requirements. Forms are available below.
It is recommended that your child goes to their own physician for a complete physical. If you prefer, a licensed medical professional will be at our school when it is decided that it is safe for us to do so due to COVID-19.
Sports: Student athletes are allowed to participate in the Fall 2020 season if they previously had a health examination for school attendance in the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 school year and provide a completed health history form within 30 days of the start of the fall 2020 season. At this time, no extension has been granted to Winter or Spring athletes. (See NYSED May 21, 2020 MEMO in Attachments).
Vision and Hearing Screenings will be given to students in grades 7 & 11 and all newly enrolled students.
Per the New York States Education Department, hearing, vision and scoliosis screenings have been waived for the 2020-2021 school year due to the COVID-19 crisis.
What Immunizations Does My Child Need to Enter School?
For Incoming 6th graders:
New York State Public Health Law, section 2164 requires students enrolled in the 6th grade and are 11 years old to be immunized against tetanus, diptheria and pertussis (Tdap booster) and 2 doses of the varicella vaccine.
Please have your primary care physician send an updated copy of your child's immunization record which includes the Tdap and varicella vaccines before the start of the school year. They will not be allowed to enter school without it.
If your child is not yet old enough to receive the Tdap immunization, please notify the school nurse of the date your child is scheduled to receive it.
For students entering 7th through 12th grades during the 2020-21 school year:
Students entering 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grades will be required to be fully vaccinated against meningococcal disease according to the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP recommends that all adolescents receive a first dose of MenACWY vaccine at 11-12 years of age and a booster dose at 16 years in order to boost their immunity during the years at which they are at greatest risk of meningococcal disease. If the first dose was administered on or after their 16th birthday, a booster dose is not necessary.
Medications at school:
School Nurses are prohibited by New York State Law from administering medications to school children without written authorization from your family physician. This applies to prescription and over-the-counter medication (Tylenol, Advil, eye drops, cold medicine etc).
- An adult must drop off the medication. Your child is not allowed to carry medication to and from school.
- Medication must be in the original container with your child's name on it.
- Over the counter medication must be in an unopened bottle.
- A new medication order must be filled out each year by your physician.
- Parent /Guardian must fill out the medication authorization form.
- Medications must be picked up at the end of the year or they will be disposed of.
Recommended Health Information see links below