Health Services

The school nurse’s office is open from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. when school is in session.

The nurse works together with the Bassett Healthcare school-based health center to coordinate care for students, and provides care for students in accidental or unexpected medical situations. The school nurse also serves as the district’s Foster Care Point of Contact.

If a student is ill or injured, the nurse will call parents to have the student picked up, or will call an ambulance in the case of an emergency.

Student medications are kept in the nurse’s office, and administered by the nurse or other school employee, unless other arrangements are made. More information is in the Medications link on this page.

Students who need to be excused from physical education class for medical reasons  should submit a note from their physician to the nurse’s office.

Student Illness

Many parents ask, “When is my child sick enough to stay home from school?” A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff. We suggest making a plan for child care ahead of time so you will not be caught without a comforting place for your child to stay if he or she is ill.

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

  • Fever, vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours (condition must be resolved for 24 hours before the student may return)
  • Chills (especially if accompanied with a fever)
  • 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 or doctor’s instructions)

DO NOT give your child medication to reduce a fever and then send your child to school. It is in the best interest of your child and the others in the class if you follow these guidelines.

Student Medications

To assure the safety of our students while in school and comply with the New York state laws, no medications are allowed in school without prior approval. If your child has a condition that requires him or her to take medication during the school day, you will need to provide the following:

  • A doctor’s note stating what medication to be given including time, dose, frequency and reason.
  • Self-administration orders, if indicated (Please be advised that if a student does not properly use this privilege it will be revoked.)
  • Signed permission slip from a parent or guardian

Medication need to be in their original containers, whether it is prescription or over-the-counter. Prescription medication MUST HAVE a pharmacy label which contains the student’s name, pharmacy name and number, medication name, dose, frequency and time if indicated and route in which medication such be administrated.  Controlled substances MUST BE counted by the nurse and parent; a form will be signed by both parties.

Please call 607-638-5831 and let us know if your child will be absent or late from school. If we have not heard from you, we will call to verify absences. Even if you have notified us of your child’s absence, a note is still required.

If your child will be leaving school for an appointment, please send a note, and arrive 10 minutes early to allow staff to notify your child and bring him or her to meet you.