Nurse's OfficeConstance F. Griffin, BS, RN, AE-C, NCSNDistrict School Nurse Coordinator845-457-2400ext. 16700 or 16701
Fax 845-457-8591If you are unable to access any form or information on this site, please click here, to email the request that it be provided to you in an alternate form.Physical ExaminationsPhysical examinations are required for all new entrants, which include: PK, and/or Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th graders. We urge you to have the physical completed by your child's own medical provider.
Physical exams can or will be done by the school doctor or nurse practitioner while the child is in school if requested or if a physical form is not on file with the health office.Sports PhysicalsValley Central School District is using FamilyID to sign up for sports, including physicals requirement information. Please click on the link below for details.
LINK TO NYS Required Immunizations for the 2019-2020 School Year
Concussion InformationA Parents Fact Sheet on Concussion from the Centers for Disease ControlParents / GuardiansThe following is information on what will occur if your child is diagnosed with a concussion
Student Athletes in the Middle and High School will have the Return to Play Protocol done with the Athletic Trainer, Sharon Delmonico, ATC after school. Athletic Trainer Office: 845-457-2400 x 17860Health Forms for Parents: If you are unable to access any of these forms, please click here to request that they are provided to you in an alternate form.7th grade Meningococcal Vaccine RequirementAs of September 1, 2016, New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164 requires that all students entering 7th and 12th grade must show proof of the meningococcal vaccine prior to entry. 7th graders require one dose of this vaccine. 12th graders require 2 doses of the vaccine unless the first dose was administered after the age of 16. Students will not be permitted to attend school without having proof of this vaccine on file with the health office.For more information from the NYS Dept. of Health, https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization/meningococcal/
- The students health care provider should provide a note stating the child has a concussion and what accommodations may be needed
- Forms will be provided to the parents / guardians about concussions and for the students health care provider to fill out
- Forms for health care provider - click on links > ACE Form 1, ACE Form 2, Concussion Form 3
- Completed health care provider forms should be given to the School Nurse after each appointment so that the students progression, needs and recovery may be known and shared with appropriate school personnel
- The School Nurse (RN) will collaborate with appropriate school personnel to monitor and assist the student during the recovery process. Both physical and cognitive activities will be monitored
- The School Nurse will keep student out of PE and Recess until cleared completely from concussion
- Once student is asymptomatic and cleared by their health care provider, the School Nurse will begin Return to Play protocol
- The School Nurse will begin Return to Play paperwork and talk with student about the Return to Play protocol which is done in collaboration with the physical education teachers
- There are four steps that must be done before full activity. For each step, the student must check in with the School Nurse who will ask questions about symptoms. If symptom-free the student will proceed to PE and participate for a short amount of time and with minimal exertion. The PE teacher will observe for symptoms. After completion, the PE teacher or coach will send student back to School Nurse who will again ask about symptoms. If asymptomatic, the student will move to next step. There must be a minimum of 24 hours between each step. Students advance in level of exertion for each step until full exertion/activity during step 5. If the student experiences any symptoms before, during or after a step, they will begin at the previous step during which symptoms were experienced.
- If the student experiences worsening symptoms or symptoms that do not go away, your child will be referred back to their health care provider
- When the 5th step is successfully completed the students paperwork will be forwarded to the school physician for final clearance. Once this final clearance is obtained, the student will be cleared for PE and recess without restrictions
- This procedure takes time and is done to help the student successfully recover
Immunization requirements for New York School Attendance in 6th Grade
These are required as per Public Health Law Section 2164. The school must be provided with acceptable proof of immunity. Failure to provide this proof may lead to exclusion from school. The key points regarding the requirements of the law and its implementation are as follows:
- Students who are entering 6th grade on or after September 1st, 2019 and who are 11 years of age or older must receive an immunization containing tetanus toxoids, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap). This immunization may be given at 10 years of age.
- 10-year-old students who are entering 6th grade in September 2019 will not be required to receive a Tdap vaccine and will not be excluded from school, but they must be flagged, tracked and immunized when they reach the age of 11.
- Students who are entering 6th grade in the 2019/2020 school year will need 2 doses of Varicella vaccine.
- Students will need 4 doses of Polio regardless of age prior to 6th grade entry in the 2019/2020 school year.
Medication Administration in SchoolMedication may be administered to a student during school hours with the proper written documentation. Forms may be obtained from the school nurse or through the links below.A written request by the parent which gives permission for the administration of the medication is required.The written order of the prescribing medical provider, which will include the date, name of the medication, the purpose of the medication, the dosage, time, and route of medication, and the length of time the medication is prescribed. The possible side effects of the medication should also be listed.Both documents will be kept on file in the Health Office.The medication, in its original labeled container with the student's name, date, route, dose, and name of the medication, along with the above documents, should be brought to the health office by the parent(s), guardian(s), or designated adult. Students are not permitted to carry medication to school. **If your child needs to self-carry emergency medication, documentation is still required. A note from your health care provider must also state that the child is allowed to use and carry his/her medication independently. However, the school nurse must make an assessment as to whether your child understands when and how to use his/her medication, and knows possible side effects of his/her medication. Self-carried medication is only allowed for sports/emergency purposes.
- Students will require a 4th dose of Hepatitis B if the 3rd dose was given before 6 months of age.
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