Health Reminders


June 2021

 
Message from your School Nurse:
 
Parent/Guardians,
 
This has been a year with many challenges and we would like to thank you for your continued support and collaboration in keeping our kids healthy. 
 
As a reminder, reach out to your Healthcare provider to schedule your child's physical appointment to ensure students have received all doses of recommended/required immunizations and physicals they may have otherwise missed. 
 
New York State law requires a health examination for all students entering the district for the first time and when entering UPK or K, 1, 3 , 5, 7 , 9 and 11th grade. The examination must be completed by a New York State licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner on the required NYS School Health Examination Form or electronic equivalent. Physicals dated after 9/1/2020 will satisfy this requirement. Please submit your records to the Health Office of your child's school, either by email to your school nurse or by mail to your school Health Office.
 
 
A dental certificate which states your child has been seen by a dentist or dental hygienist is also requested not required for students in grades UPK or K, 1,3,5,7,9, and 11
 
Medication Orders
NYSED requires a new medication order each school year. The new medication order must be signed by both your healthcare provider and a parent/guardian.
 
 
Medication Pick Up
All medications need to be picked up by a parent or guardian on or before the last day of school. Please make arrangements with your school nurse to pick up the medication the week of June 21, 2021. Any medication not picked up by the close of the school day on June 24, 2021 will be discarded.
 
 
2021- 2022 SCHOOL YEAR NYS Immunization Requirements https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2370.pdf 
 
Meningococcal Vaccine All students entering grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 in New York State will be required to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease as recommended by the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Students in Grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 will require 1 dose of MenACWY vaccine (sometimes abbreviated as MCV4; brand names Menactra or Menveo) and students in Grade 12 will require 1 dose of MenACWY on or after age 16 years.
 
Tdap Requirement for incoming 6th grade students:
LCBMS students who are 11 years old and entering 6th Grade are required to have a Tdap. Updated immunization records should be sent to your elementary school health office before June 21, 2021. Any records after June 21, 2021 should be mailed or faxed directly to LCBMS fax # 914-245-1828. Please make a copy for your records.
 
Incoming UPK and kindergarten students:
Your child’s immunizations must be up to date before the first day of school. Pediatricians are scheduling well visits and keeping children current with their immunizations during the pandemic. The nurse from your school will be sending home a reminder of any vaccines still needed so that your child is ready for school. All updated records should be sent to your school health office when you receive it. Please make a copy for your records.
 
Information about the COVID-19 Vaccinehttps://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ 
All individuals 12 years of age and older that reside in the United States are eligible to receive the vaccine. FDA fact sheets for recipients and caregivers on each vaccine are available: PfizerModernaJohnson & Johnson.
 
COVID vaccines are widely available at pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, Visit Vaccines.gov to find appointments near you or contact your local pharmacy or provider. 

 




January 31, 2021

Important information regarding NYS required Health Examination form

Please note - Beginning January 31, 2021 physical examinations for school per the New York State Education Department are to be documented on the NYS Required Health Examination Form or an electronic health record equivalent form. Healthcare providers were informed of this change by NYS and the form was disseminated to healthcare professional organizations.

The NYS Required School Health Examination Form will be used for New Entrants and students in grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, & 11, annually for interscholastic athletics (sports), working papers as needed, and for the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE).

Parents/Guardians should bring the approved form with them to their child’s medical appointment, so it can be completed at the time of the visit.  Starting January 31, 2021 the healthcare provider must complete and sign the required form or an EHR equivalent form. A healthcare provider cannot staple another completed health exam form (which is not an EHR equivalent) to a blank NYS School Health Examination form.  Forms may be found on the district website under Departments/Health Office/Health Office Forms. Please contact your School Nurse if you have questions.  



Message from your School Nurse 

 January 2021  Newsletter from your School Nurse (Spanish Version)

Happy New Year! To keep our Lakeland Community healthy continue to avoid large gatherings, maintain social distancing, hand washing, and mask wearing. 

As a reminder, please continue to contact your Principal and School Nurse immediately via phone call during the school day or email after hours if a student tests positive for COVID-19. Parents making prompt notification of positive test results have assisted the Administration in providing timely responses. 

Please do not forget to send your child to school with their daily COVID-19 Screener slip which includes a temperature check at home.  Students exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or answering YES to any question on this form, must stay home. Please call in your student’s absence and contact their Health Care Provider for guidance. Keep in touch with your School Nurse regarding all absences including illness, being in close contact with someone with COVID-19, or testing positive for COVID-19. 

 For testing information call NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 NYS COVID-19 testing  

UPDATED NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GUIDELINES 

Under the new guidelines per Governor Cuomo, individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end their quarantine after 10 days without a testing requirement, as long as no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period. After day 10 is reached, individuals must continue monitoring for symptoms through day 14, should any symptoms develop during this time, they should immediately self-isolate, and contact the local health department or their Healthcare Provider to report this change and determine if they should seek testing. Individuals should continue strict adherence to all recommended safe behaviors to stop the spread.

When to Quarantine/Isolate

The difference between Quarantine and Isolation is that Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the COVID virus away from others while Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the COVID virus away from others, even in their home.

  • Quarantine starts from the last day of contact with a positive COVID-19 case and lasts for 10 days (individuals must continue monitoring for symptoms through day 14)
  • Isolation starts for 10 days from symptom onset or 10 days from testing positive, whichever comes first 
  • If a student tests positive, they must isolate for 10 days. Symptoms must be resolving and student must be fever free, without tylenol or motrin, for 72 hours before returning to school. Parents should contact their School Nurse and DOH for further guidance
  • If a student tests positive for COVID, please provide a copy of the result to the School Nurse. Proof of a positive test, exempts individuals from quarantining if re-exposed or if they travel out of New York for 90 days. Verbal proof is not acceptable

Travel advisory information 

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
       
  • For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

All travelers must continue to fill out the traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.

COVID-19 Online Resources: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

WCDOH quarantine protocol

WCDOH isolation information

Managing stress tips from the CCD

Signs and symptoms of mental health problems in children during COVID-19

Resources for Parents




Message from your School Nurse - December 22, 2020

Dear Lakeland Families,

Wishing you all a healthy and safe holiday season. Enjoy the season but continue to reduce the risk of infection by wearing face masks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing. For more information please click on the following link:

Winter Holiday tips to avoid the spread of Covid  

Just a reminder  COVID-19 symptoms include fever (100.0 F or above) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.  Students exhibiting any symptoms should  stay home and contact their Healthcare Provider for guidance. For testing information call NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065  or NYS COVID-19 testing

During the pause and holiday break please report all positive COVID-19 results, close contact with someone with COVID-19, or travel to a quarantined state to your health office via email or phone. Please see the school website for contact information. 

New travel guidelines allow out of state travelers to 'test out' of the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Remote Absences should be called in daily to your school health office.

Please fax or email any clearance notes and COVID-19 lab test results to the school health office.  Please email the nurse or call the Health Office directly regarding documentation needed to return. Please click on the following link for your health office nurse contact information: Directory of District Nurses and Health Offices

Thank you for doing your part in keeping the Lakeland community healthy.

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2021.

Stay well and keep in touch!




Message from your School Nurse  - November 24, 2020

 As a reminder, before coming to school each day, Parents/Guardians are responsible for taking their child’s temperature at home and then completing the COVID-19 screening slip. All students must arrive at school with a completed COVID Screener Slip. Please ensure your student has their COVID Slip in hand before leaving the home. Students exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or answers YES to any questions on this form, must stay home. Please call in your student’s absence and contact their Healthcare Provider for guidance. Please keep in touch with your School Nurse regarding all absences including illness, being in close contact with someone with COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19.  For testing information call NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 NYS COVID-19 testing  Please review the new Travel advisory information and adhere to the guidelines.

If a student tests positive for COVID, please contact your Principal and School Nurse immediately via phone call during the school day or email after hours.  Parents making prompt notification of positive test results have assisted administration in providing timely responses.

If an absence is due to COVID-like symptoms and a COVID test is recommended by your Healthcare  Provider, then please stay home until the COVID PCR test results are received. In addition, monitor your student for symptoms. Notify your School Nurse with the COVID test result prior to your child returning to school via email or phone call. Keep in mind paperwork must be reviewed prior to boarding the bus and for school entry. http://www.lakelandschools.org/departments/health_office/index.php 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19 QUARANTINE PROCEDURES 

Q.  Does my child need to quarantine if he/she is in contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19?
A.  If your child has been identified as a contact of someone who is COVID-19 positive your child will need to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact.  People with known contact to a positive COVID-19 case are at a higher risk for developing COVID-19 infection.  It may take up to 14 days for them to develop illness.  That’s why they must quarantine (separate from everyone, including household members) for 14 days - even if they feel healthy, and /or have a negative COVID-19 test result. 

Q.  If my child has been exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, and tests negative for COVID-19, when can my child return to school?

A.  Even if your child tests negative, your child must be quarantined for 14 days and can return to school on the 15th day after exposure if they are symptom-free.

Q.  What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

A.  Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others. Isolation keeps someone who tested positive for COVID-19 away from others, even in their own home.

Q.  If one of my children is required to quarantine due to possible exposure to a positive individual, can my other children attend school?

A.  Yes, they can attend school as long as they have no symptoms and pass the COVID Screener questionnaire. Quarantine is only required for someone who has had contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.

Q.  If my child has any symptoms related to COVID-19, can he/she attend school?

A.  NO, your child may NOT attend school if he/she has any COVID-19-related symptoms. Please call your School Nurse for more information.


Flu and  COVID-19​
Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19​

Call your healthcare provider regarding the flu vaccine.   The Flu: A Guide for Parent

To keep the Lakeland Community healthy continue to practice healthy habits such as mask wearing, washing hands, social distancing and remaining at home.



Physical and Dental Examinations:

Student Health Examination
New York State law requires a physical examination for students entering Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7,9, and 11, and all students transferring into the Lakeland Central School District. These examinations must be completed on the approved NYS Student Health Examination Form for School. The form is due in the Health Office 30 days from the date of school entry.

It is suggested to have your New York State licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner complete on the approved NYSED Student Health Examination form for School. Click here for the form. New students must present a verified copy of all immunizations. Students whose immunizations are already on file only need to present proof of any additional immunizations that they receive.

Students who do not return evidence of a physical examination or the date of an appointment will have a health appraisal scheduled with our school doctor. Parents/Guardians will be informed of the date of the school physical. If you have any questions, please call your child's school health office.

Dental Certificates

  • A dental certificate is requested for all newly entering students and students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.

Medication
For your child's safety, medication of any kind cannot legally be dispensed to any student in school without a Physician’s written order and parental consent.


The Authorization for Medication Administration form must be properly completed with healthcare provider's signature and stamp and returned to the health office along with the medication by the first week of school. School Nurses will be in their office the first week of school to accept medication and medical documentation.

An adult must bring the medication to school. It must be in the original labeled prescription container and an inhaler must be labeled.

New York State law requires a new medication order for each school year.

Click here to download the Authorization for Administration of Medication form
Food Allergy Action Plan, click here

Reminder all medication must be picked up by a parent or guardian by the last day of school. All medication not picked up by the last day of school will be disposed of.

Please feel free to call your School Nurse with any questions or concerns.

Click here for the School Nurse Staff Directory.

Alert the health office during the school year to discuss these medical issues with the school nurse:

  • Your child has or has recently recovered from a serious illness
  • Your child has been hospitalized
  • Your child has had surgery
  • Your child has sustained an injury requiring medical treatment

Documentation from your health care provider will be needed to return to school with or without restrictions.

Absences:
Please call absences in daily. Absences should be reported by 9:00 a.m. For high schools student absences call the Attendance office, middle school student absences call the Attendance office and elementary schools absences call the main telephone number and follow the prompts.

  • Provide your name
  • Student’s name, grade and teacher
  • Reason for absence – if illness state particular complaint, such as stomach ache, chicken pox, fractured arm, etc.
  • Give length of absence if known
  • Documentation from your health care provider will be needed to return to school with or without restrictions.
  • Parent/Guardian must be sent in when your child returns to school.

During school, if your child is ill and/or found to have flu-like symptoms, parents/guardians will be called to pick up student. Please have updated contact numbers on file.  Emergency contacts should be local and available to pick up students promptly.  When parents call to report an absence, please identify the illness your child is experiencing including symptoms.  Absences should be called in daily by parent/guardian.

If your child shows any symptoms of illness:  temperature over 100° and flu-like symptoms, please keep him/her home.  Notify your health care provider if there is no improvement.

Children may not return to school unless:

  • They are fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication for fever 
  • They have not vomited for 24 hours

Screenings
The district's School Health Services program supports your child's academic success by promoting health in the school setting. One way to provide care for your child is by performing the health screenings as mandated by New York State.

During the school year, the following screenings will be required or completed at school.

Vision

  • Distance and near acuity for all newly entering students and students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
  • Color perception screening for all newly entering students.

Hearing

  • Hearing screening for all newly entering students and students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.

Scoliosis

  • Scoliosis (spinal curvature) screening for girls Grades 5 & 7 and for boys Grades 9.

Health Appraisals

  • A physical examination including Body Mass Index and Weight Status Category Information is required for all newly entering students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.

Dental Certificates

  • A dental certificate is requested for all newly entering students and students in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.

A letter will be sent home if there are any findings on the school screening that would cause concern or need medical follow-up. If you have any questions, please call your child's school health office.

ALLERGY ALERT REMINDER - Many children have developed serious allergies to various foods, particularly NUTS. We also have children who have serious allergies to other products such as chocolate, eggs and wheat. It is important to check with your child’s teacher before sending in snacks or baked goods that are intended for class distribution. The teacher will be able to advise you as to whether or not there are any restrictions in your child’s class. It is also important to discourage your child from eating on the school bus, trading lunches or snacks.

Please read all labels & send labels in with all treats sent in. After checking the ingredients list, look on label for phrases like these: “may contain nuts”,“produced in a facility that also processes nuts”, “produced on a shared equipment with nuts or peanuts”