The Health Services department staff includes 48 nurses working directly with students in the schools with 22 health aides supporting the nursing staff with clerical services and basic first aid. The school nurses provide care for the majority of the health issues seen in our schools. They are a compassionate and passionate group working to keep your child healthy.
Health Services monitors physical exams and hearing and vision screenings for mandated grades. The department also approves transportation and homebound instruction for medical reasons. Additionally, we provide medical reviews and clearances for employees returning to work after illness.
Comprehensive health services are offered at eight of our schools: STEAM @ Dr. King Elementary , Dr. Weeks Elementary , Delaware, PSLA at Fowler, HW Smith, Syracuse STEM at Blodgett, Franklin Elementary, and Grant Middle School. For more information, please visit our School Based Health Centers Page.
Important Onondaga County Phone Numbers
Local Health Department | (315) 435-3252
Upstate Triage line | (315) 464-3979
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- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place; hand sanitizer is also acceptable if it contains 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Keep 6 feet between you and other people
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
Important Note to Families: Religious exemption from immunizations for religious reasons
On June 13, 2019, the New York State Legislature passed an amendment to public health law section 2164, eliminating the exemption from immunizations due to religious beliefs for school attendance. The new law is effective immediately. All families of previously exempt students will receive a letter with more details on what is now required.