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Seasonal Flu Guide

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The New York State Department of Health has released its flu guide for parents for the 2016-17 school year. Keep your children safe. Make sure they are vaccinated every fall or winter. Find clinics, test your "Flu IQ" and track flu activity HERE.

For even more information, please see the CDC seasonal flu guide HERE.

 

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Providing a safe, positive, stimulating environment...

In Glens Falls City Schools, we value the health, safety and well-being of every student and staff member. We are committed to our mission of “providing a safe, positive and stimulating environment” for learning—by providing health assessment and health information to enhance the quality of education and the quality of life for our students.

Safety at glens falls city schools

The district-wide safety plan can be viewed HERE.

photo of students/staffGFSD buses and vans earn a perfect “100” on DOT safety inspection

June 10, 2016—The New York State Department of Transportation has commended the Glens Falls City Schools bus maintenance program as among the best! Fully 100 percent of the district’s vehicles passed NYSDOT’s semi-annual bus safety inspections for the entire previous year. [ MORE ]

Safety improvements made in 2013

December 20, 2013 — In the year that has passed since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, Glens Falls administrators redoubled efforts to strengthen the security of district buildings—and those efforts continue today. Some of the safety enhancements that have been made within the last year include:

  • At Jackson Heights, card swipes were installed at additional exterior doors for more controlled access to the building, and some interior doors were replaced with doors containing smaller glass panels to limit accessibility to intruders.
  • At Kensington, three windows were replaced with units that allow for emergency egress.
  • At Big Cross, the main office entrance was modified so that visitors can no longer walk into the office without checking in.
  • At all schools, red lights were installed at each front entrance. The lights will flash when a school goes into a lockdown or lockout situation, alerting people outside the building that they should not try to enter.
  • At the Middle and High Schools, Glens Falls Police officers are on hand for arrival and dismissal daily. Officers also perform daily building walk-throughs, on a randomized schedule.

“Our efforts persist as we work together to ‘provide a safe, positive and stimulating environment’ for our students, through the use of emergency drills, staff trainings, and continued review of protocols for building security,” says Superintendent Paul Jenkins.

THIS POWERPOINT presentation from Engage NY was delivered to the Board of Regents on Monday, January 14, 2013. It explains various elements of the Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) act, and can serve as a helpful resource.

 

Health Office general information

School health services at GFSD are provided by professional registered nurses, and at times, Drs. Emblidge, Evans and Tedesco, our school physicians. Our school nurses provide a variety of school health services, functions and programs.

In addition to giving first aid and assisting students who have accidents or are ill during school hours, the nurse is available to advise students regarding problems, health and hygiene. The nurse also maintains the students’ health records and is responsible to see that all required medical examinations and inoculations are up-to-date.

Whenever children are together in large groups, concerns arise regarding the transmission of communicable diseases. The following guidelines have been developed to optimize the health and school attendance of all children:

  • A child is to remain out of school for 24 hours following the last incidence of fever over 100 degrees, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • A child should remain out of school if he/she is actively coughing or sneezing.
  • A child will not be allowed to attend school if any unidentified rash is present.
  • If diagnosed with Strep Throat or Conjunctivitis (pink eye), the child must be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school.

The nurse evaluates incidents of illness and injury in school. If she deems the child too ill or requiring further medical evaluation, she will notify the parent or other designated responsible party. A parent or another responsible adult is expected to pick the child up in the Health Office promptly. In selecting an individual to act as an emergency contact for your child, please ensure that they live locally, can be available if needed, can arrange transportation, and have the authority to seek medical care for your child in your absence.

NO MEDICATION is given in school (including cough drops, ointments, Tylenol, etc.) unless a physician has determined it is essential during school hours. If your child’s doctor feels a medication is needed in school, NYS Education Law requires:
1. A written doctor’s order
2. A parent/guardian’s written authorization
3. The medication in its pharmacy or drug company-labeled container
(Your pharmacy will give you a second labeled container if needed for school.)

Under no circumstances should a child bring any medication to school. Parents should bring any authorized medication directly to the nurse.

By New York State regulation, nurses are also prohibited from administering any medical treatment other than first aid and treatment of minor cuts and burns classified as first aid. Second dressings to out-of-school treated wounds cannot be applied. If a child's problem is more than minor, appropriate arrangements will be made for care, and parents/guardians will be notified.

All health concerns should be discussed with the school nurse so a plan of care or action can be developed. Physical Education and outdoor recess participation may be excused for one session with a parent’s written request. Any additional exclusion requires a written physician’s statement.

PHYSICAL EXAMS AND SCREENINGS

Following NYS regulations, each student in grades K-3, 5, 7, and 10 receives a vision test for distance. Hearing tests are done on each student in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10. Scoliosis screening is done on all students in grades 5-9. Parents are notified if the student fails to pass the screening tests.

Physicals are required prior to kindergarten entry and again in second, fourth, seventh, and tenth grades. Also any student transferring into the district for the first time must provide a health certificate from his/her family physician or the school district previously attended. The child’s physician can complete the physical or the school doctor will perform a physical. Any condition needing medical attention which is discovered by the school physician will be reported to the parent for follow-up by the family physician.

Students wishing to participate in interscholastic athletics must undergo a special examination and be found to be physically fit by the school physician before being permitted to be on a team. Nurses are in attendance or on call in each of the district’s six schools to administer aid and to help with each student’s health problems. Individual student records indicating medical history, height, weight, sight, hearing and color perception are maintained by the school.

REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS

The following immunizations are required by New York State for entrance into school:

Graphic of required immunizations from NYS DOH

All of the above immunizations must be documented by your physician or local health department where your child received the immunization, or must be from an official copy of the immunization record from your child’s previous school. All immunizations must specify the exact date each immunization was administered. Your child will not be permitted to attend school without the necessary verification of immunizations.

No immunizations are performed by the Glens Falls City School District. Immunizations must be obtained privately or by the county Health Services.

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES INVESTIGATIONS

Consistent with the district’s commitment to keep students safe from harm and the obligation of school officials to report to child protective services when they have reasonable cause to suspect that a student has been abused or maltreated, the district will cooperate with local child protective services workers who wish to conduct interviews of students on school property relating to allegations of suspected child abuse, and/or neglect, or custody investigations.

 All requests by child protective services to interview a student on school property shall be made directly to the building principal or his or her designee. The building principal or his or her designee shall set the time and place of the interview. The building principal or his or her designee shall decide if it is necessary and appropriate for a school official to be present during the interview, depending on the age of the student being interviewed and the nature of the allegations. If the nature of the allegations is such that it may be necessary for the student to remove any of his or her clothing in order for the child protective services worker to verify the allegations, the school nurse or other district medical personnel must be present during that portion of the interview. No student may be required to remove his or her clothing in front of a child protective services worker or school district official of the opposite sex.

A child protective services worker may not remove a student from school property without a court order, unless the worker reasonably believes that the student would be subject to danger or abuse if not he or she was not removed from school before a court order can reasonably be obtained. If the worker believes the student would be subject to danger of abuse, the worker may remove the student without a court order and without the parent’s consent.