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 or nora.bergstraser@sufsdny.org.

Nora Bergstraser, MSN, RN



When to Stay Home From School

  • COVID 19: If your child is displaying any signs or symptoms of COVID or they have been designated a direct contact to someone who has COVID, please stay home and call or email me for further directions. Please note that we do not accept rapid antigen test results of any type. It must be a PCR or PCR rapid. Please do not send your child to school until he/she is cleared by the health office. Results can be emailed to me at nora.bergstraser@sufsdny.org or faxed to 463-2738.
    As per the CDC, signs or symptoms of COVID in children may present as:
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Myalgia
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion or rhinorrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Poor appetite
  • Strep Throat- must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school). A negative COVID PCR test is also required. 
  • Head lice – until your child has been treated according to the nurse’s or doctor’s instructions
  • Pink-Eye (conjunctivitis) - must have been taking antibiotic eye drops for 24 hours before returning to school)
   
Emergency Contact Information

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 contact information is up to date. Updates can be made through your Parent Portal or by submitting a written request to the main office.

Health Screenings

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.

As required by NYS Education Law, The required screenings are: 
  • Scoliosis screening for girls in grades 5 & 7 and boys in grades 9.
  • Vision screening for distance, near vision acuity & color perception required for all new students; distance & near vision acuity in grades Pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, and at any other time deemed necessary.
  • Hearing screening to all new students within six months of admission to the school and in grades Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11, and at any other time deemed necessary.
Health Examinations
  

Required for all new entrants and in grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 within 30 days of the start of school.

Parents are encouraged to have their children examined by their family physician. Health examinations must be completed by a New York State physician, NP, or PA and recorded on the New York State Health Examination Form(see link below). Students who do not submit a completed health examination form 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.

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/documents/health-exam-form.pdf

Immunization Requirements

As per New York State Public Health Law 2164, proof of having received all mandated immunizations must be received within the first 14 days of school.

Click here for New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance

Medication Policy

If it is necessary for students to have medication during the school day, please contact the health office for further direction. The nurse cannot administer medication unless there is a written order from a doctor and a written permission from a parent. The written order, signed by the doctor, must contain the following information:

Name of student/patient

Name of medicine

Reason for giving the medicine

Dosage/time

Number of days

Doctor contact information

The medication must be placed in its original pharmacy container and brought to the health office by an adult. For safety purposes, medications cannot be transported to or from school in a child’s backpack.

 

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.  hough 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.

Health Notices:

https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2370.pdf