Health Services

  • School nurses perform a variety of services to help insure the children’s health on a daily basis and to help them develop habits beneficial to long term health. Each year, nurses screen students for scoliosis and vision or hearing problems and conduct a general health screening. Our nurses are available to counsel students and parents on health related problems. They are also vital to the district’s health education program, working with teachers to help students learn good health habits.

    Immunization
    All students are required by law to be immunized against polio, diphtheria, measles, German measles (Rubella), and mumps. School districts may not admit students without proof of immunization. In addition 6th graders are required to have a TDAP booster and 2 Varicella immunizations BEFORE starting 6th grade.

    Starting next year, New York State has added the following immunization requirement for 7th and 12th graders:  Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY)8.  One dose by Grade 7; 2 doses by Grade 12 (or 1 dose if the dose was received at 16 years of age or older).

    Illness or Injury at School
    If your child becomes sick or injured during the school day, you or the person whom you designate will be called. The school nurse will administer first aid if it is needed. If you cannot be reached or if the situation appears to be an emergency, family or school doctors will be called and the student will be taken to the hospital. Your child will not be sent home unless the school can reach you, a neighbor you designate, or another family member who can arrange to be home when the child arrives.

    If a student is diagnosed as having a contagious disease or a condition that can be easily spread, the school nurses will notify the parents of students with whom he/she may have been in contact and assist in recommending the necessary treatment. Tutoring services during an extended illness (generally two weeks or longer) may be arranged through the principal’s office.

    Physical Examinations
    Kindergarten, second, fourth, seventh, and tenth grade students are asked to bring a report of a health examination by their family physician. This examination is also required for those students participating in team sports and club sports (ski club and cheerleading). If such a report is not provided, the school physician will examine the student and report any concerns to the parent/guardian.

    Health Screenings

    According to NY State law routine health screenings are required.  If we do not receive these screenings by your child’s primary care physician, they will be performed at school.  A letter will be sent home for any child that fails a screening for further follow up with your primary care physician.  The following are the screenings with grade levels that will be performed:

    Scoliosis Screening: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades.

    Color perception and near vision: pre K, Kindergarten or new entrants

    Distance visual acuity: pre K, kindergarten or new entrants, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 10th grades

    Hearing Screening: pre K, kindergarten or new entrants, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 10th grades

    Health Examinations: pre K, kindergarten or new entrants, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, and 10th grades

    BMI’s are performed with health examinations every other year per state instructions.

    If you have any questions please contact your child’s school nurse.  Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep our children healthy.

    Pupil Accident Insurance Program

    Pupil accident insurance coverage is carried by Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc. Claims and communications regarding this plan should be addressed as follows:

     

    Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc.

    101 Dutch Meadows Lane

    Glenville, NY 12302

     

    The district’s student insurance contract is a supplemental one.  This means that it is designed to assist in paying medical bills which are not covered by the family policy or to cover limited expenses in the event that the family does not have an accident policy.  This insurance program does not guarantee 100% coverage.  Claim forms and a brochure outlining coverage through the district’s accident policy can be found in the forms below.

    Services to Non-Public School Students
    Students in the non-public schools are provided with the following services: health examination, hearing & vision testing, speech correction, psychological examination (on request), school social work services (on request), library materials under Chapter II, Chapter I remedial reading and math for grades 1-8, transportation, textbooks, vocational instruction, and computer software.

    Contact Us:

    TJ Connor Elementary School
    Bonnie Casagrande
    School Nurse
    (585) 889-6238

    Middle & High School

    Kathy Hiltunen
    School Nurse
    Phone: (585) 889-6221
    Fax: (585) 889-6217
    Email: Katharine_Hiltunen@Wheatland.k12.ny.us

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