MOUNT PLEASANT NURSING AND HEALTH SERVICES
Parent/Guardian Letter for all Health Forms needed for the 2019-2020 school year.
Medication Information for the 2019-2020 school year.
Parents, Vaccination Requirements have changed.
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.
Hawthorne — 769-5500 x4700
Columbus — 769-5500 x 3700
WMS/WHS — 769-5500 x 1507 (attendance office)
Helpful Tips for Parents . . .
Many parents ask, “When is my child sick enough to stay home from school?”
This is not always an easy question to answer. We hope that these tips can help!
A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and may possibly spread their illness to other children and staff. We suggest making a plan for childcare ahead of time so you will not be caught without a comforting place for your child to stay if he/she is ill.
We request that you NOT send your child to school if he/she has:
- Fever within the past 24 hours
- Vomiting within the past 24 hours
- Diarrhea within the past 24 hours
- Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
- Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night
If your child becomes ill at school and the teacher and/or school nurse feels the child is too sick to benefit from school, or is contagious to others, you will be called to pick your child up from school. If your day time or emergency phone number changes during the year, please notify the school. Thank you for helping us keep our Mount Pleasant students and schools healthy!
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YEARLY HEALTH EXAMINATIONS
Physical and dental health exams from health care providers are required for students entering grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 and new entrants. Download forms here:
Student Health History Update forms should be filled out by parents / guardians 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.)
If your child has food allergies, please fill out the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan in English or in Spanish. Please return it to the school nurse.
If your child is allergic to any nuts, please fill out the Nut-Free Table Form and return it to the school nurse.
If your student self carries medication for allergies, please fill out the Independent Medication Carry and Use Form.
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.
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.