MOUNT PLEASANT NURSING AND HEALTH SERVICES
Due to the shortage of EpiPens and some of the generic brands, the FDA has allowed for some of these auto-injectors to have extended expiration dates. View the full list of extended expiration dates. Please speak to your Healthcare Provider or Pharmacist regarding alternatives.
View the Parent/Guardians Letter for all Health Forms needed for the 2018-2019 school year.
View Required Immunization information for incoming sixth graders.
View the Meningococcal Vaccine Flyer for students entering 7th, 8th, 9th and 12th grades.
Mylan has issued a major recall of a life-saving allergy shot, Epipen.
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)
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!
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, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11:
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:
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.