Nassau Health Office

Welcome to the new school year! For many of you, this is your first experience sending your child off to school full time! As the school nurse here at Nassau, I am looking forward to a wonderful year ahead for all of us. Here you’ll find some important tips and information. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at 845-463-6390.

Nora Bergstraser, MSN, RN

When Your Child Is Too Sick To Come To School

Our school policy states that you must not send your child to school if he/she has:

• Fever in the past 24 hours

• Vomiting in the past 24 hours

• Diarrhea in the past 24 hours

• Chills

• Sore throat

• Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)

• Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night

• Head lice – until your child has been treated according to the nurse’s or doctor’s instructions

• Pink-eye (must have been taking antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours before returning to school)

Emergency Contact Card

Emergencies such as illness, injuries, etc. are certain to arise during the course of the school year. It is important for the welfare of the students that the school be able to contact some person who is available and responsible for a particular student at all times. Please make sure your emergency cards are up-to-date and that any changes in phone/cell/work numbers and addresses are submitted so all information is current and accurate.

** Please submit all changes in writing.

Screening Reminders

As required by NYS Education Law, all new students will be screened for distance and near visual acuity, color perception and hearing. Annually, all students will be screened for distance visual acuity. Hearing screenings will be conducted on students in grades K and 1. Screenings may also be done at other times as deemed necessary by school personnel. The minimum requirement for heights and weights are on the years that health appraisals are completed. The goal of the requirement is to assess each student’s status, identify problems that may impede learning, notify parents of results which will need further evaluation by a vision/hearing specialist and notify teachers when appropriate.

Screenings are conducted by the school nurse in each building as an integral part of the total school health program. Early detection will provide a child more opportunity for educational success. The earlier impairments are diagnosed and treated the more favorable the outlook for correction or improvement of the child’s well being.

School Health Regulations Effective 7/1/18

Health examinations will be required for new entrants and in grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.

  • Vision screening for color perception, distance, and near vision acuity will be required for new entrants within 6 months of admission to school. Distance and near vision acuity will be required in grades Pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
  • Hearing screening utilizing pure tone testing will be required for new entrants within 6 months of admission to school and in grades Pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
  • Scoliosis screening will be required in grades 5 and 7 for girls and grade 9 for boys.
  • Changes for screening grades are not effective until 7/1/18 and will not be implemented until the 2018-2019 school year.

Click here for New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance

Letter to Parents/Guardians of New Students Entering Nassau 2019-2020

Health Appraisals

Mandated health appraisals (physical examinations) are required for new entrants, Kindergarten, and grade 1. Parents are encouraged to have their children examined by their family physician. Results of the examination must be noted on health forms signed and dated by a physician and returned to the appropriate school health office. Students who do not present a signed form by the family physician will have a medical examination by the school physician. Any health conditions which seem to require more complete diagnosis or treatment will be referred to the parents for appropriate medical follow-up.

Medication Policy:

If it is necessary for students to have medication during the school day, the nurse will cooperate with the physicians and parents; however, certain procedures must be followed:

• The nurse cannot administer medication unless there is a written order from a doctor and a written request from a parent. The written order, signed by the doctor, should contain the following information:

Name of student/patient

Name of medicine

Reason for giving the medicine


Number of days

Doctor contact information

The medication must be placed in a pharmacy container and brought to the health office by an adult.

Over the Counter Medications:

Over the counter (OTC) medications may be given by the school nurse if there is a prescription or OTC medication form signed by the physician as well as written parental consent. The medication must be in the original package and must be brought to the health office by an adult.

Head Lice

Head lice are a common community problem.  An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States, most commonly among children ages 3 to 11 years old.  Though a head lice infestation is often spotted in school, it is usually acquired through direct head-to-head contact elsewhere, such as at sleepovers or camp. Head lice are not dangerous, and they do not transmit disease. Additionally, despite what you might have heard, head lice often infest people with good hygiene and grooming habits. Your family, friends, or community may experience head lice.  It’s important to know some basics, including how to recognize symptoms and what to do if faced with an infestation. Please see the attached information sheets.

Head Lice 101 English Version

Head Lice Spanish Version

If you have any further questions please call the Health Office 845-463-6390.

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