Parent Information



Field Trip Procedures

PROCEDURE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS (Oral, Topical or Inhalant) FOR FIELD TRIPS AND DURING AFTER-SCHOOL HOURS WHILE PARTICIPATING IN A SCHOOL-SPONSORED ACTIVITY
 
A list of students going on a field trip should be submitted to the school nurse two weeks in advance of the field trip to ensure that medical issues are addressed in a timely manner.
 
School nursing personnel should use the following guidelines when addressing the administration of medication.
 

  1. If a student is assessed by the nurse as a “Supervised Student”:
  • Signed parent permission form should be present.
  • The presence of a voluntary staff member who has been appropriately instructed by the school nurse to assist the self-directed student. (Student self-administers his/her medication under the supervision of the staff member. Staff may carry the medication.)
  • Preparation of the medication. When oral medication is to be given off school grounds or during after school hours, the medication must remain in a properly labeled pharmacy container, or original over the counter container, in the possession of a supervising adult; until it is handed to the self-directed student to self-administer on a field trip or other school event.  Children needing medication on extended trips must have their medication in a properly labeled pharmacy container.
  • Teachers or other staff should carry the student’s medication, and provide that medication to the student to take at the appropriate time.
  1. Administration of oral, topical or inhalant medication to non-self-directed students and injectable medications to anyone, must remain the responsibility of the school nurse or parent/guardian.**
  2. If a student is “Nurse Dependent”:
  • The parent or guardian may attend the activity and administer the medication;
  • The parent or guardian can arrange for someone not employed by the school district to administer med, or
  • The student’s healthcare provider can be consulted and may order the medication time be adjusted or the dose eliminated.
  • If no other alternative can be found, the medication must be administered by the school nurse, or substitute school nurse, since the child may not be prevented from participating in an educational activity, such as a field trip, solely on the basis of a special health need.
  • A student may not be held back from a field trip because there is no one available to administer required medications. If a parent or guardian is unable to attend, and a nurse is not available, the field trip will have to be cancelled.

 
**Exception: The administration of epinephrine by Epi-pen or Epi-pen Jr., prescribed by a licensed prescriber, to a student with a known severe allergy needing an anaphylactic treatment agent may be performed by a trained school staff member responding to an emergency situation.

Bed Bug Prevention

All families are encouraged to be diligent about checking for bed bugs. Please see the information below to learn how to search for bed bugs in your home, how to get rid of them if they are discovered and more. Here are some additional resources for families:

Onondaga County Health Department
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Preventing & Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Guide

Bed Bud Insecticide Information


Attention Parents: Changes in Immunization Requirements for 2017-2018 School Year

 
The New York State Department of Health has issued new immunization regulations for the 2017-2018 school year.
 
Parents, please note that all students must have proper immunizations to begin the school year. If your child has not received the immunizations or required doses listed below, please call your child’s doctor to make an appointment as soon as possible.
 
If you do not have insurance or you have Medicaid, the Onondaga County Immunization Clinic will continue to be available from 9:00 am to 12 noon every Wednesday morning to give immunizations. It is located in the John H. Mulroy Civic Center (421 Montgomery Street, basement level, Room 30). Please bring your child’s immunization record with you.
 
If you have any questions or concerns about immunizations, please contact the SCSD Department of Health Services at 435-4145.
 

Vaccines

Prekindergarten (Day Care, Head Start, Nursery
or Pre-k)

Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2

Grades 3, 4 and 5

Grades 6, 7 and 8

Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12

Diphtheria and Tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine (DTaP/DTP/Tdap)2

4 doses

5 doses
or 4 doses

if the 4th dose was received at 4 years of age or older or
3 doses
if aged 7 years or older and the series was started at 1 year of age or older

3 doses

Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine booster (Tdap)3

 

Not applicable

 

1 dose

Polio vaccine (IPV/OPV)4

3 doses

4 doses
or 3 doses

if the 3rd dose was received at 4 years of age or older

3 doses

4 doses or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was received at 4 years of age or older

3 doses

Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR)5

1 dose

2 doses

Hepatitis B vaccine6

3 doses

3 doses
or 2 doses

of adult hepatitis B vaccine (Recombivax) for children who received the doses at least 4 months apart between the ages of 11 through 15 years of age

Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine7

1 dose

2 doses

1 dose

2 doses

1 dose

Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY)9

Not applicable

   By Grade 7
      and 8:
      1 dose

Grade 12: 2 doses or 1 dose
if the dose was received at 16 years of age or older

Haemophilus influenza type b conjugate vaccine (Hib)9

1 to 4 doses

Not applicable

Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine (PCV)10

1 to 4 doses

Not applicable

 

Health Insurance Assistance


If you need help obtaining health insurance, you may call the Salvation Army at 479-1382 or ACR Health at 475-2430. They will connect you with a "Navigator," a person who can assist you with getting insurance through the New York State Insurance Marketplace.



 

Health Forms for Parents

Follow the links below to view forms of interest to parents on these topics:

Influenza Resources
General Health Forms
Immunizations
Head Lice



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