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The Flu - A Guide for Parents
For information on the flu and how to protect your child from getting it, CLICK  HERE for a guide from the NYS Department of Health  and CLICK HERE for a guide from the Centers for Disease Control.

Before school in September:

  • One dose of meningococcal vaccine is required before 7th and 8th grade. If your child had the first dose as a sixth grader, then another dose is not required until 12th grade.
  • total of two doses will be required before 12th grade. Most students entering 12th grade got their first dose when they were younger and are now due for their second dose, or booster. This booster is needed because protection from the vaccine decreases over time.
  • The only teens who will not need a second dose before 12th grade are those who got their first dose on or after their 16th birthday.
It's best to check with your doctor to see whether or not your child needs the vaccine. Students who are not up-to-date will not be allowed to attend school until they are vaccinated.

The following meningococcal vaccines meet the NYS requirement: Meningococcal conjugate vaccine, quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine, MenACWY, MCV4, Menactra or Menveo.  However  MenB vaccine (brand names Bexsero and Trumenba) will not meet the school meningococcal vaccine requirements.
To prevent Communicable Disease and due to New York State requirement, all students must be immunized; no student will be allowed to attend the Baldwinsville Central Schools without proof of the following minimum requirements:

Acceptable proof of immunization should be provided in a form of certificate from physician or clinic specifying types and dates of immunization or disease; or blood test results that shows proof of immunity. When a range exits, the NYS Department of health may require your child receive the higher dosage listed in the chart below.
through Grade 3
4 through 5
Grade 6 and 9 Grades
10 through 12
Diphtheria and Tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine (DTaP/DTP/Tdap) 4 to 5 doses 4 to 5 doses 3 doses 3 doses
Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine booster (Tdap) (Required only for students enrolling in grades 6-12 who have not previously received
a Tdap at 7 years of age or older.)
Not applicable Not applicable 1 dose 1 dose
Polio vaccine (IPV/OPV) 3 to 4 doses 3 doses 3 to 4 doses 3 doses
Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR) 2 doses 2 doses 2 doses 2 doses
Hepatitis B vaccine 3 doses 3 doses 3 doses 3 doses
Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine 2 doses 1 dose 2 doses 1 dose
Meningococcal  Vaccine   Required: 1 dose to enter Grade 7 or Grade 8 and 1-2 doses at Grade 12

After June 21st, please send proof of immunization to the school nurse where your child will be attending school in the Fall.
Proof of immunization must be any 1 of the 3 items listed below:
  • An immunization certificate signed by your health care provider
  • Immunization Registry report (NYSIIS or CIR from NYC) from your health care provider or your county health department
  • A blood test (titer) lab report that proves your child is immune to the diseases
    • For varicella (chickenpox), a note from your health care provider (MD, NP, PA) which says your child had the disease is also acceptable.


Head Lice 101
An Overview for Parents, Teachers & Communities
(pdf version)

Video: 10 Things Children with Food Allergies Want You to Know


Dental Certificates now requested at Registration.
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Do not come to school when you are sick.
Read some helpful information:
• "When you are Sick"

• Is Your Child Too Sick for School?

Is it a cold or is it the flu?
Check this table to compare the symptoms for each illness. 

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 procedure is to have your child stay out of school for the following conditions:

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.

Doctor examining child's throat

Physical Exams are required for: kindergarten, second grade, fourth grade, seventh grade and tenth grade. 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 8/1/07 is valid until 8/31/08. 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.


Last updated on 2/7/2018
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