Student & Parent Handbook

Student Support Services

School Nurse

The School Nurse is responsible for the health and safety of your children. When necessary, all attempts will be made to contact the parents of any ill or injured child. Parents fill out Student Contact Information Forms each September, and if any changes occur, the school nurse/office should be notified immediately.

The School Nurse is responsible for vision screening in grade 2, and vision and hearing screening in grades 3 and 5. A scoliosis screening for grade 5 students is also required. Physical exams are required for all new district enrollees and for grade 2 and grade 4 students. A dental report is also requested at these times. These physical exam reports are due in the Nurse’s office by October 1st.

If your child requires prescription or non-prescription medication during school hours, the School Nurse must have written parental permission, medication in an original pharmacy container, and a written physician's medication order. If the parent does not provide a written physician's medication order, the Nurse may call the physician to obtain verbal permission. Medication must be brought by the parent to the School Nurse's office.

The School Nurse will also alert parents, by written notice, if a student in their child’s class has been diagnosed with a communicable illness. Although it is difficult to control the spread of viruses and infections when children are clustered together for long periods of time as they are in school, there are measures that can be taken to reduce the incidence of illnesses. The early stages of illness are generally considered the time when viruses and infections are most easily spread despite the lack of fever or other observable symptoms. Children may complain of a headache, feeling tired or lack of energy, loss of appetite, or achiness. Other signs may include a restless night’s sleep due to nagging cough or stomach upset. As a rule children who require an analgesic such as Tylenol, Motrin or Advil before school to control symptoms should remain at home.

The following guidelines have been developed in conjunction with the district pediatricians to provide a healthy environment for all students:

  1. Children with a persistent cough, runny nose, or sneezing, should remain at home.
  2. Children who are taking antibiotics for strep throat should remain at home for 2 hours after starting treatment. He or she may still be harboring the infection even if the acute symptoms are gone.
  3. Children should remain at home for at least one day after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea has stopped. If stomach upset or pain persists, the child should continue to rest at home.
  4. Your child should be fever free without use of medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.
  5. A note from the doctor is required for any child who misses 3 or more consecutive days of school due to illness. All other absences require a note from the parent upon the child’s return to school.
  6. Children who are sent home from school due to fever, vomiting, or pink eye, may not return to school the following day.
  7. Physical education classes are required by NYS. Children may not choose to sit out of a class without a note from parent/guardian for one class period or a doctor’s note for longer exemptions.
Food Allergies

At the elementary level, foods/snacks containing peanuts/nuts or manufactured in a facility that uses peanuts/nuts are not allowed to be brought into the classroom. Peanuts/nuts and foods containing peanuts/nuts may be eaten in the cafeteria. The Greenvale School has a designated table in the cafeteria that is maintained as a peanut/nut free zone. A monitor is specially assigned to that table and oversees the children who eat there. A form that must be signed by the parent/guardian and the treating physician is available for those who would like to have a child with an allergy sit at the regular lunch room table. Another letter is sent out before the start of the school year to all parents/guardians informing them of any child in the class who has a food allergy (this letter is not confined to peanut/nut allergies but includes all food allergies). When a child with a food allergy has a prescription for an EPIPEN, the teacher is instructed in the administration of this antidote should the need arise during a class trip when a nurse or parent/guardian is not in attendance. Parents/guardians of students with a known allergy are informed in advance of class parties or celebrations so that they can provide a special treat for their children.

Head Lice

When a child is identified or suspected of having head lice (pediculosis), he or she is checked by the school nurse. If the child does in fact have head lice, the child’s entire class at the elementary school level is checked. Any school age sibling in the district is also checked by the nurse in that school. Once identified as having head lice, the child or children are excluded and instructions for treating the condition are provided. After treatment, parents/guardians should check the hair every 2-3 days and use a nit comb to remove any nits or lice they see. The child may not return to his or her class until a determination is made by the school nurse that he or she is nit free since a single nit can lay up to 100 eggs with a 2 week period. A Health Alert Form is sent home to all parents/guardians in the class(es) in question. The parents/guardians are advised to continue checking their child or children at home for the presence of nits. Nits are small oval yellowish-white sacs that cling to hair shaft and can only be removed by pulling down with one’s finger or a fine tooth comb. Dandruff flakes tend to be larger and white in color, and are easily dislodged from the hair. At the elementary level, trash bags are provided to all students in that particular class for storing coats and book bags over a period of 2-4 weeks.

Parents are encouraged to call with any questions concerning the health and safety of their children.