• Nurse's Office Section from the Student Handbook

    The Health Office is open from 7:40 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and a Registered Nurse is on duty. Students must obtain a pass from a teacher prior to reporting to the nurse’s office and should not report between classes. Students must report to their regularly scheduled class first. Any student not following this procedure may face disciplinary action.

    In order to ensure the health and well-being of all students at Canaseraga Central School, parents and students must abide by the following health-related policies. The following services are offered:

    • Sudden illness or injury – Each injury and any subsequent medical treatment must be reported to the nurse as soon as it occurs. An accident report will be made out for any school-related injury requiring medical attention. If a student becomes ill during school hours, the student should report to the Health Office for proper evaluation and referral. Only the nurse can excuse a student from class in case of illness. A student may be excused to go home with parental permission. If the School Nurse is unable to reach a parent within 20 minutes, she will begin to call emergency contacts in order listed, to reach someone to take affected child home.
    • Screenings – The School Nurse conducts vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings per the New York State guidelines, if not performed by your child’s personal physician.
    • Counseling – Our health office staff is available for counseling on personal health matters.
    • School physicals: Education Law and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education require physical examinations of children when they:
    • Enter the school district for the first time.
    • Are in Pre-K or K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th or 11th grade.
    • Annually for those participating in interscholastic sports.
    • Need working papers. (School not required to provide a physical for this)
    •  Are referred by or to the Committee on Special Education.
    •  Are deemed necessary by school authorities to determine a child's education program.

    IT IS ENCOURAGED THAT A STUDENT'S OWN PHYSICIAN SUBMIT A HEALTH REPORT TO THE HEALTH OFFICE EVERY YEAR. AT THE START OF PRE-K or KINDERGARTEN, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th or 11th GRADE; IT IS MANDATORY. If a report is not submitted, it must be turned in within 30 days of enrollment. If it is not, a physical will be performed by the school's medical director.

    • Sports physical – Each student is required to have a sports physical prior to any participation in interscholastic sports. The sports physical is valid for a full calendar year with the exception of the student who has been absent from school for five or more consecutive days due to illness or who has sustained an injury. This student must be re-qualified by a physician before returning to practice or competition, providing the absence or injury is relevant to sports participation. Proper documentation supporting medical release is required.
    Required Immunizations by Grade Level - Each student’s record will be evaluated for compliance with New York State Department of Health requirements.
    • Four doses of Diphtheria (DTaP)
    • Three doses of Polio (OPV or IPV)
    • One dose of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
    • Three doses of the Hepatitis B Vaccine
    • One dose of Varicella (chickenpox)
    • One to Four doses of Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib) - age specific
    • One to Four doses of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) - age specific
    Kindergarten - 4th grade:
    • Four to Five doses of Diphtheria (DTaP) - age specific
    • Three or Four doses of Polio (OPV or IPV) age specific
    • Two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
    • Three doses of the Hepatitis B Vaccine
    •  Two doses of Varicella (chickenpox)
    5th grade:
    • Same as Kindergarten with exception that three doses of Polio are acceptable and one dose of Varicella is acceptable.
    6th -10th grade:
    • Three doses of Diphtheria (DTaP)
    • One dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis Booster (Tdap)
    • Three or Four doses of Polio (OPV or IPV) *age specific
    • Two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
    • Three doses of the Hepatitis B Vaccine
    • Two doses of Varicella (chickenpox)
    • One dose of Menactra (meningococcal conjugate) *in 7th, 8th, 9th grades only*
    11th -12th grade:
    • Three doses of Diphtheria (DTaP)
    • One dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis Booster (Tdap)
    • Three of Polio (OPV or IPV)
    • Two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
    • Three doses of the Hepatitis B Vaccine
    • One dose of Varicella (chickenpox)
    • Two doses of Menactra (meningococcal conjugate) *1 dose if given after age 16, 12th grade only*


    • Physical education restriction – If a student is not to participate in Physical Education because of a health problem, an excuse from a physician is needed and should be given to Nurse Porter. A copy of the restriction will be given to the PE teacher and sports coach if applicable. When the student is to return to P.E. class, proper documentation supporting medical release is required.
    • Medication – No student under any circumstances will be allowed to take any type of medication (including over the counter medications), unless the following guidelines are followed:
    1. A written authorization form (white sheet with green bar across the top) signed by BOTH the prescriber and the parent/guardian with the following:
      1. Child's name
      2. Drug name and dosage with directions for administration
      3. Duration of time for medication to be used (for example; entire 2018-19 school year or for 1 full calendar year)
      4. Doctor's signature and date 
    2. The medication in the original bottle is to be labeled with child's name, delivered to the school by the parent or another responsible adult. Students cannot bring medication in to the Nurse’s Office themselves.
    3. Students who have conditions that may require emergency medication or treatment should have a new statement (each year) on file at the school with a fresh supply of medication and an update on the condition and its treatment as described in #1.
    4. Medication will be kept, locked securely, in the Nurse's Office unless the parent/guardian AND physician completes a self-medication form. This form must be kept on file in the Nurse’s Office. The medication MUST be kept in its original labeled container.
    • No Nit Policy- Head Lice (Pediculosis) Procedure It is recognized that head lice is an on-going public health issue in schools. Students will be excluded from school and school buses if they have live lice and/or nits. The school nurse will notify parents of the condition and provide information for lice/nit eradication steps. The school nurse will notify the principal if a student should be excluded from school/bus. The principal will notify the transportation department of any necessary pick up change. The students must be cleared by the school nurse before he/she is allowed to ride the bus or return to school.

    Many parents ask, “When is my child sick enough to stay home from school?”

    This is not always an easy question to answer! I hope that these tips can help!

    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 childcare ahead of time so you will not be caught without a comforting place for your child to stay if he/she is ill.

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

    • Fever (temperature over 100.4 degrees) in the past 24 hours; including a fever that requires control with medication such as Tylenol or Advil.
    • Vomiting in the past 24 hours
    • Diarrhea in the past 24 hours
    • 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, we have a no nit policy. Students with head lice will need to be cleared to return to school by me.
    • Any condition that you think may be serious or contagious to others.

    If your child becomes ill at school and it is determined that the child is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be called to come and take him/her home from school. It is essential that we have a phone number where you can be contacted during the day and an emergency contact number in the event you cannot be reached. Please be sure that arrangements can be made to transport your child home from school and that childcare is available in case of illness. If your daytime or emergency phone number changes during the year, please notify your child’s teacher immediately. Please, if possible, notify the school if your child is going to be out of school that day for any reason and send in an excuse when they return. You can leave me a voicemail at any time. (607) 545-6421, ext 106. Thank you!