MOUNT PLEASANT NURSING AND HEALTH SERVICES
School nurses support our students to keep them at an optimal level of health through timely assessment, appropriate intervention, evaluation and referral. They contribute to a healthy and safe school environment through infection control, accident prevention, health promotion and education.
Flu Season is Here!
There is Still Time to Get Vaccinated!
Symptoms of the flu may include fever, chills, runny nose, sore throat, cough, stomach pain, with or without vomiting and diarrhea, headache and body aches. If these symptoms develop and you suspect it may be the flu, it is best to seek care from your healthcare provider.
In order to help diminish the spread of the influenza virus it is important that people take a few simple steps:
- Get vaccinated against the flu now....it's not too late!
- WASH YOUR HANDS with soap and water or alcohol-based hand gels
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing (cough into your elbow)
- Stay home when sick! People with the flu or any febrile illness should not attend school or work until they are fever free and feeling well for 24 hours.
View the Parent/Guardians Letter for all health forms needed for the 2017-2018 school year, here.
View required immunization information for incoming sixth graders, here.
View the Meningococcal Vaccine Flyer for students entering 7th, 8th and 12th grades, here.
View the Meningococcal Vaccine Letter to parents/guardians of WHS students, here.
View the Meningococcal Vaccine Letter to parents/guardians of WMS students, here.
Mylan has issued a major recall of a life-saving allergy shot, Epipen. View recall information, here.
REPORTING AN ABSENCE
It is essential to call your child in each day he or she is absent or late, even if it is weather related.
Parents are required to provide a written excuse each time a child is absent or late. The note should be sent with the child when he or she returns to school.
To report an absence, call the numbers below or e mail your school nurse directly. See Contact Us→
Hawthorne — 769-5500 x4700
Columbus — 769-5500 x 3700
WMS/WHS — 769-5500 x 1507 (attendance office)
When to keep your child home from school:
- Persistent fever greater than 100.4°, including a fever that requires control with medication
- Child is too sleepy or ill from an illness, like vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class
- Sore throat that is severe along with fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours, OR after known exposure to a confirmed case of strep throat infection
- Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or any rash on other body parts that may be chicken pox; OR a significant rash accompanied by other symptoms such as fever
- Red, runny eyes that distract the child from learning
- Large amount of discolored nasal discharge, especially if accompanied by facial pain or headache
- Severe ear pain or drainage from the ear
- Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever
- Any condition that you think may be serious or contagious to others
Call the main number 769-5500 and the nurse's office extension.
Hawthorne: x 4700
Columbus: x 3700
Middle School: x 2700
High School: x 1700
YEARLY HEALTH APPRAISALS
Yearly health inventory forms should be filled out by parents each year and submitted to the school nurse in the first week of school.
If your child has allergies or takes medication, those forms should also be completed and submitted the first week of school. (See applicable sections below.)
Grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10:
Physical and dental health exams from health care providers are required for students entering grades K, 2, 4, 7, 10 and new entrants. Download forms here:
If your child has food allergies, please fill out the Food Allergy Action Plan and return it to the school nurse.
If your child is allergic to peanuts, please fill out the Peanut Free Table Form and return it to the school nurse.
If you child has an allergy to bees, please fill out the Bee Sting Medication Form.
DISPENSING MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
To comply with NYS Medication Guidelines, school nurses are not permitted to dispense ANY medication to students without an order from your child's physician. This includes all over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Motrin or Advil, allergy medications (Benadryl), cough drops as well as asthma inhalers.
Please have your child's physician complete a medication authorization form for each medication to be given. (Please note, there are separate forms for elementary and middle/high school.)
A parent must deliver the medication in the original, correctly labeled pharmacy container to the school office or nursing office personnel.
BMI REPORTING NOTICE AND OPT OUT FORM
Changes to the NYS Education Law require Doctors to include BMI (Body Mass Index) and related Weight Status Category on the mandated School Physical Exams. BMI and Weight Status Category are based on your child’s current height and weight.
The Weight Status Category provides us with information regarding your child’s BMI-for-age percentile, for example, less than 5th percentile, 25th percentile, 50th percentile, etc. This information allows us to know if your child’s weight is in a healthy range.
NYS Department of Health mandates our district to take part in a BMI/Weight Status Category Survey. We will not be submitting any personal student information on the survey. Names will be withheld. We will only be sending tallied Weight Status Category information which will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier.
You may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report. If you do not wish to have your child’s Weight Status Category included, please complete the form below and return it to the Nurses Office by December 1st. If the form is not returned, your child will be included in the survey.
APPLYING FOR A JOB
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