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Do not come to school when you are sick.
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"When you are Sick".

Pertussis Facts


MRSA Infection

Letter to Parents and Guardians of BCSD Students from Jeanne Dangle, Superintendent, regarding Staph/MRSA Skin Infections

Onondaga County Health Department
Letter from the Onondaga County Health Department Commissioner, Cynthia B. Morrow, MD, MPH

MRSA in School Settings

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NYS Department of Health
- MSRA Fact Sheet
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- A Guide for Students
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The purpose of this notice is to inform you about a recent change in the immunizations requirement for school entry that will take effect September 1, 2007.

Students who are entering 6th grade, and who are 11 years old or older, must receive an immunization containing tetanus toxoids, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap).

Students who are 10 years old entering sixth grade must be vaccinated as soon as they turn 11 years old.

It is imperative that you talk with your doctor now to verify your child has received Td, DT, or Dtap within the past two years.

To prevent your child from being excluded from sixth grade:
• Have the health care provider fill out the bottom of this form (click here to download form) OR
• Bring in a copy of your child’s official immunization record showing proof of their recent Tdap booster.

Parent Options for Children Who Required Medication on Field Trips

1. Chaperone the trip and carry your child’s medication

2. Designate someone who doesn’t work in the school district to attend the field trip – who can carry and administer the medication to your child for you.

3. Discuss with your doctor whether the medication is required for the field trip. If the medication is not required for the field trip, both you and your doctor provide written documentation confirming this. BOTH notes are necessary.

4. Discuss with your doctor whether or not your child can be self directed in administering their own medication. To be self directed your child must be able to: identify the medication, state the purpose of the medication, state the correct dose, state when the medication must be taken and what would happen if the medication is missed. This option requires a note from both you and your doctor indicating that he/she is self directed. Finally your child must be able to demonstrate to the school nurse his/her ability to meet the criteria.

If your child gets sick, it is often most appropriate to keep him/her 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. Please make arrangements for childcare ahead of time so you will not be caught without a 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:

1. Fever in the past 24 hours
2. Vomiting in the past 24 hours
3. Diarrhea in the past 24 hours
4. Chills
5. Sore throat
6. Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school).
7. Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night.

If your child becomes ill at school and the teacher or school nurse feel 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 your child’s teacher have a phone number where you can be contacted during the day and an emergency 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 change during the year, please notify your child’s nurse immediately.

These guidelines are meant to serve the best interests of all the children in our program.

Petussis Facts
This letter is written to increase your awareness of pertussis (whooping cough) and to help identify measures that you can take to prevent the spread of respiratory infections in general. The focus,as with all communicable diseases, is not WHO has the illness but on what you can do to be alert to the signs and symptoms, and to prevent contracting pertussis.

Pertussis is a bacterial infection which is spread by airborne droplet during coughs and sneezes. It generally begins as a mild upper respiratory infection with symptoms including sneezing, low-grade fever and a mild cough. Within generally two weeks the cough becomes more severe and is characterized by fits of coughing followed by a high pitched whoop. Pertussis can occur at any age but is most common in children under five, Treatment with antibiotics can shorten the contagious period.

Measures to prevent the spread of pertussis includes covering your mouth and nose with coughs and sneezes, followed by hand washing. Wash your hand after blowing or wiping your nose. Wash your hand before you touch your own hand or nose. Stay home when you feel ill.

Your physician would be happy to address any concerns that you might have about medical issues with your children. Excellent web references for pertussis can be found at WebMD, www.kidshealth.org or on the American Academy of Pediatrics site.

Click here for more information from the County of Onondaga Health Department.


Physical Exams are required for: kindergarten, second grade, fourth grade, seventh grade and tenth grade. Physicals performed from 9/1/05, through the year of the required physical, are acceptable. For example, for the child entering second grade (a required physical year) , a physical performed during the first grade school year would actually satisfy the second grade physical requirement! If you plan to schedule a physical during the second grade school year, this will work also.

Athletes must have yearly physicals. The physical is valid for 12 months, until the last day of the month in which the physical was performed. For example a sports physical performed 8/1/05 is valid until 8/31/06. If the student’s physical qualifies him/her on the first day of try-outs, he/she is set for that sport season.

It is suggested that the exam be performed by the family physician, who best knows the child. The family physician is better able to judge any change or deviation in the child’s state of health.


Important Information From the Nurses Office:

All schools now have a nebulizer in the nurse’s office!!! If your child requires nebulizer treatments, please provide the nurse with: MD order, medication and the tubing with a mouthpiece.

• Kids with asthma may carry their rescue inhaler with them if the nurse has a MD note on file indicating that
This is okay. We strongly recommend that a back up inhaler be housed at the nurse’s office. Please tell your child to notify the nurse early if they are using the rescue inhaler more than once in the day so that she can monitor his/her lungs and avert a crisis.

Medications administered at school must be carried into the nurse’s office by an adult. The medication must be presented with a MD script indicating school hour’s administration, a written parental request for school administration and be in the original container; same rules apply for over-the-counter medication.

State laws prohibit us from giving any medication without a MD order. School nurses do not have supplies of Tylenol, Motrin, Midol… in their offices.

• If your child has a medical condition (asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, allergy…), ask the nurse to complete one of our newly developed individual Care Plans with you. These new forms allow you to acknowledge your child’s unique needs. They will be kept in a secure area in the nurse’s office for reference.

Kindergarteners without proof of starting their immunizations may NOT start school. Telling the nurse the date and place of shots does not help. New York State requires actual proof (signed documents) of beginning the mandatory immunizations.

The school nurse will contact kids delayed in their immunization schedules. Once again there are clear standards that require evidence of continuing immunizations as mandated.