The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as:
To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate
Listed below are the resources available for the health office. For further assistance please contact Mrs. Van Ness, RN by calling 518-576-4555 or contact her by email.
Physicals: New York State Law and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education require physical examinations of children when they enter the school district for the first time at any age, and are entering grades 2, 4, 7, and 10, participate in interscholastic sports, are referred by/to the Committee on Special Education, or are deemed necessary by school authorities to determine a child’s educational program.
Health History Form: This needs to be filled out on every student every school year so that the health office is up to date and is knowledgeable about any and all accidents resulting in injury or illness over the summer months.
Dental Certificates: New York State requires a dental health certificate for new entrants into the school district, and for those entering grades 2, 4, 7 and 10. The certificate is enclosed for those that fit the stated criteria.
Immunizations: Public Health Law Section 2164(7)(a) requires that:
Medications: Under certain circumstances, when it is necessary for a student to take medication during school hours, the nurse may cooperate with the family physician and parents. In such cases, the nurse must have on file a written order from a duly New York State licensed physician and written parental permission to administer the medication. The request must state the name of the medication and the frequency and dosage of the medication.
All medications, including nonprescription drugs such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen, cough drops etc., given in school must be prescribed by a licensed prescriber on an individual basis. Permission forms are enclosed and must be completed by both the physician and the parent prior to administration of medication by the school nurse.
If your child has been prescribed an inhaler for asthma or asthma related illness, he or she must have a “self-medication release form” signed by both the physician and the parent.
In accordance with New York State law, you are required to submit new permission forms for any medication each year. Forms completed prior to the start of the school year may be mailed directly to the school.
Medication needs to be in an original, pharmacy labeled container. When you are prescribed medication, ask the pharmacist to supply a separate container to send into school. They are willing to provide the service.
Field trips; According to New York State Education Law 6908 regarding medication and field trips, we recommend that parent/guardian designate in writing another adult to administer medication, in situations where the school nurse or parent/guardian is unavailable. Click on the link below for further explanation and answers to your questions.
BMI New York State Education Law require BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination. Our school district will be reporting to New York State Department of Health information about our students’ weight status groups. Only summary information is sent, no names or information about individual students are sent. If you do not want your child’s weight status information included in the survey please sign the form below and return it ASAP; all declination forms need to be returned to Mrs. Van Ness prior to October 1st.
Shot Records over the summer: The office staff is not allow by NYS laws; FERPA and HIPAA to give out and/or send out your child’s records. Please call ahead because the nurse does not have a set schedule and will only be in her office periodically throughout the summer.
If your child is playing Soccer in the fall, all requested paperwork must be completed before the first practice.
Danielle Van Ness, RN promotes health, learning and the overall well being of our students to help strengthen and improve student academic performance. Many services are available in the health office such as delivery of all health services, medication monitoring, maintaining immunization and cumulative health records for each student, annual screenings, consultations for student and staff health concerns, and so much more. Mrs. Van Ness is ready to respond to illness, injury, accidents, allergies, seizures, and any other medical emergency that may arise throughout the day.
The nurse's office is open from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday thru Friday. Students and Parents are encouraged to discuss any health problems with School Nurse Danielle Van Ness, RN, by calling 518-576-4555 or contact her by email.