Health Updates and Notices

Important information regarding NYS required Health Examination form January 2021

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 FormPDF download 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.  


Important information regarding COVID-19

We encourage our Lakeland community to continue hand washing, mask wearing, social distancing and avoidance of large crowds. This is an effective way to keep our community well and our students in school and school related activities. We thank you for helping our students to thrive and achieve. As vaccine approval extends to our entire school population we urge you to consult with your student’s healthcare provider and to investigate your best options. We have provided resources below which may help you.
COVID-19 NYSDOH information on Vaccines for Children and Adolescents          
WCDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Information                                                                    
Putnam CountyDOH COVID-19 Vaccine  Information

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. 

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • fever (100.0 F or above) or chills 
  • cough 
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • fatigue
  • congestion or runny nose 
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea 
  • muscle or body aches 
  • headache 
  • new loss of taste or smell 
  • sore throat 

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

If an absence is due to COVID-like symptoms and a COVID test is recommended by your Healthcare Provider, then please stay home until you have provided the school nurse with a copy of a negative COVID PCR test. In addition, monitor your student for symptoms. 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 

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. 

NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GUIDELINES 

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 (called “DAY 0”) with a positive COVID-19 case and lasts for 10 days.  Return to school if no symptoms develop may occur on “DAY 11”. (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. Following this, symptoms must be resolving and the student must be fever free, without tylenol or motrin, for 24 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 within 90 days. Verbal proof is not acceptable.

COVID-19 Online Resources: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
WCDOH quarantine protocol PDF download                                                        
WCDOH isolation information                                                                                 
Managing stress tips from the CCD                                                                                 
Signs and symptoms of mental health problems in children during COVID-19PDF download

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19 QUARANTINE PROCEDURES 

     Q #1.  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 until the end of  10 days from the last date of contact (Day of contact is “Day 0”) 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 10 days - even if they feel healthy, and /or have a negative COVID-19 test result.

     Q #2.  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
10 days and can return to school on the 11th day after exposure (the day of exposure is counted as day 0) if they are symptom-free.

     Q #3. 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 #4 If one of my children is required to quarantine due to possible exposure to a positive individual, can my other children attend school?A.  

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


     Q
#5 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​

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources
CDC
 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html                                                   
NY Department of Health - What you need to know.               
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home                                                                    
NYS Department of Health - Protect Yourself and Your Family             
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/protect-yourself-and-your-family-coronavirus-covid-19#symptoms                                                                                                Westchester County - Coronavirus Update                
https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus                     
Understanding the Difference Between COVID-19, Allergies & Flu (Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network) 
https://allergyasthmanetwork.org/news/covid-19-vs-asthma/                       
Information about Type 1 Diabetes and Coronavirus: 
https://www.jdrf.org/coronavirus/                                                                               
OMH Guidance for Managing Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19       
https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/guidance/covid-19-managing-stress-anxiety.pdf


Influenza Season

The NYS Department of Health would like you to know that information regarding influenza and the benefits of influenza immunizations is free and accessible on their website http://www.nyhealth.gov.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot.

What are the symptoms of the flu?
The flu usually starts suddenly and may include these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

If your child shows any symptoms of illness:  temperature over 100° and flu-like symptoms (see above), 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

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.   

Below are links to websites and guides containing information about the flu and flu shot:
NYS Department of Health - Fight the Flu at Home and School
NYS Department of Health Seasonal Flu Guide
CDC Everyday Prevention Guide
NYS Department of Health Flu Fact Sheet
NYS Influenza (Flu) Fact Sheet


Measles

Westchester County Health  Department  Offering  Free  Vaccination  Clinics

Measles
New York State Health Department: Measles Vaccination Remains Vital to Protecting Against Highly Contagious Disease. Measles case confirmed in Ulster County. Additional information on Measles 


Winter Health and Safety Tips
Due to the recent extreme cold weather, Lakeland's school health professionals would like to share some winter health and safety tips with our Lakeland families. Children need extra attention to stay warm, safe and healthy when temperatures drop. Please review the tips provided.

Guidelines for Cold Weather Safety
Winter Safety Tips - Westchester.gov http://health.westchestergov.com/winter-safety-tips  
Winter Safety Tips - NY.gov http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/publicsafety/winter.cfm   
Cold Weather Tips - NY.gov (NYS Department of Health) http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/cold/cold_weather_tips.htm 
Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips - CDC.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/  

Frostbite and Hypothermia https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/documents/hypothermia-frostbite_508.pdf


Chickenpox (varicella zoster)
NYS Department of Health Chickpox Fact Sheet


Pertussis

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a contagious bacterial infection that can begin like a common cold, but progresses to severe bouts of coughing followed by a high whoop or crowing sound that can last for weeks or months. It is primarily spread from person to person by direct contact with mucus or droplets from the nose and throat of infected individuals. For the NYS Department of Health Fact sheet on Pertussis please visit:

The Westchester County Department of Health has advised us that the best way to prevent pertussis or whooping cough in your child and others is to be up to date with your vaccinations. We are thus advising that you contact your family physician to check your or your child‘s pertussis vaccine history. The CDC, New York State and Westchester County Departments of Health recommend that all children receive 5 doses of a pertussis-containing vaccine by kindergarten entry and that all individuals 10 years of age and older, including teachers and staff, receive another booster with a different pertussis-containing vaccine.

NYSDOH has a fact sheet on Pertussis and encourages all adults over 19 years of age who have or who anticipate having close contact with an infant should receive a single dose of Tdap to protect against pertussis and reduce the likelihood of transmission.

Pertussis Fact Sheet (English)
Pertussis Fact Sheet (Spanish)


Head Lice
Children should be checked periodically at home and the school nurse should be called if head lice are found. Call your health care provider for best treatment. Please inform the parents of your child’s playmates so that they can check their children’s head. As a precaution the student’s class will be checked. A note will go home to inform parents of that class.

Lice (Pediculosis) - NYSDOH Fact Sheet  
Head Lice Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Lice)