The Health Services department staff includes 39 nurses working directly with students in the schools with 14 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.
Important Information About Tuberculosis
One individual at the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler (PSLA) has been diagnosed with tuberculosis. The Onondaga County Health Department has developed a list of PSLA students and staff who should be tested for Tuberculosis in the event that they were exposed. Testing will be conducted at PSLA on Friday (11/17) and results will be given on Monday (11/20).
If your child received a consent form at school on Wednesday 11/15, it is very important that this form is signed and returned immediately. Students and staff who have been given a consent form MUST be present in school on Friday and Monday.
Please see below for a press release provided by the Onondaga County Health Department. Links to additional resources can also be found below.
Tuberculosis Case Reported in the Syracuse City School District
Onondaga County Health Commissioner Dr. Indu Gupta reported today that a case of active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) was reported in an individual affiliated with the Public Service Leadership Academy (PSLA) at Fowler High School. Dr. Gupta explained, “While TB is less common than it once was, it still remains a public health concern. Anyone can contract the disease after exposure to an active TB case. It is treatable and curable by specific antibiotics treatment.”
Tuberculosis is caused by bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is an airborne bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs. TB is spread when an infected person coughs, speaks, laughs, sings or sneezes into the air and the germs are inhaled by others. Symptoms include: persistent cough, feelings of weakness or lethargy, weight loss, low-grade fever, and/or night sweats. Active TB can take several months after infection to develop.
Those who may have been in close contact to this individual, should be evaluated for their symptoms and should be tested for any evidence of TB.
The Onondaga County Health Department is working collaboratively with the Syracuse City School District to identify and screen those who may have been exposed. The Health Department will continue to monitor the situation and inform the public.
For more information about tuberculosis visit www.cdc.gov/tb
Please see below for additional information provided via FAQ's, videos, posters and more.
Poster: How to stop the spread of TB
Pamphlet: Tuberculosis: Get the Facts!
Questions and Answers about TB
Video: 5 things to know about TB
Video: How TB spreads
Important Information About Mumps
Mumps is a disease caused by a virus that can be caught through direct contact with mouth or nose secretions. Mumps can also be transmitted through the air. While generally uncommon among children with up-to-date immunizations, it is still possible to contract the disease. For more information about mumps, please see this information provided by the New York State Department of Health. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school nurse or call our Health Services Department at (315) 435-4145.