Health Services Update – 2018


June 18, 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian,
We would like to take this opportunity to explain the role of the School Health Services and ask for your help in our work with your children.


Please be sure to let us know of any special health needs or concerns
your child may have whether it be on a temporary or permanent basis. This information may be shared with school personnel to ensure your child’s safety unless otherwise requested.
Examples of such needs are as follows:

  1. Food or Bee Sting Allergy (severity and treatment)
  2. Allergy to any other substance (be as specific as possible, severity & treatment)
  3. Need for special aids such as crutches, wheelchair, splints, etc.
  4. Head Lice – children should be checked periodically at home and the school nurse should be notified if live lice or nits are found.
  5. Surgical procedures, for example tonsillectomy & tooth extraction.
  6. Diagnosis of communicable disease such as, but not limited to, Fifth Disease, Impetigo, Scabies, Pneumonia, Chicken Pox.
  7. Difficulty with vision, hearing or speech.



Every effort should be made to administer medication at home.
However, if your physician feels that medication is necessary during the school day, please keep in mind that NYS law requires that ALL medication (even “over the counter” medications like Tylenol, cough drops, throat lozenges, eye drops, and antibiotic/cortisone creams) :

  1. Must be accompanied by a doctor’s order.
  2. Must be accompanied by written parental permission requesting administration of the medication as ordered by the licensed prescriber.
  3. Must be in the original container.
  4. May not be transported to or from school by a student. The pharmacy label on the bottle does not take the place of a doctor’s order. A new order from a physician must be submitted to the Health Office for any change in a previous medication order (i.e. dosage or time to be given).

Medication orders must be renewed each school year.


Please keep Emergency Information up-to-date. It is essential for the protection of your child to be able to reach someone in case of an emergency. Please list only names of people that you would entrust your child to in case you cannot be reached.


WRITTEN PARENTAL EXPLANATION IS REQUIRED BY STATE LAW FOR ALL ABSENCES. Please notify the Elementary School (518) 661- 8251 or 8254 or the High School (518)661- 8211 by 9:00 a.m. if your child is going to be absent or arrive late. Please keep your child home for 24 hours after a fever (100 F or above) has returned to normal for his/her protection as well as the protection of the other students.


If an accident occurs in school, the parent will be notified. The student will be treated with appropriate first aid measures until the person in parental authority can authorize further treatment. The Mayfield CSD maintains a Student Accident Insurance Policy which is non-duplicating. If an accident occurs during school or a school sponsored activity, this policy will pay claims in excess of other coverage you may have on your child, up to the usual and
reasonable expense as determined by the insurance carrier.
If your child is injured in a school sponsored activity, you have 30 days from the date of injury to seek medical treatment. You must notify the school nurse that your child’s injury was medically treated so that claim procedures can be initiated.

IMMUNIZATIONS: Due within 14 days of starting school in year they are required.

Please check with your child’s health care provider to be sure all immunization requirements have been met. Here is a listing of current immunization requirements.
Acceptable proof of immunity for school attendance must be on record in the Health Office.
Please update the appropriate health office with any new immunization records as soon as they are received.

SCHOOL PHYSICALS: Due within 30 days of starting school in year they are required.

As of July 1, 2018 NYS Education Law requires all new entrants, Pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, & 11 grades and those participating in sports, have a health examination by a NYS licensed provider and on the approved NYSED student health examination form for school.
Acceptable health exams may be dated anytime within the 12 months prior to the start of the current school year in which they are requested. A dental Health Certificate is also requested at the same time as the required physicals. Forms may be found on the district website.


New Entrants will be screened for color perception.
New entrants and students in grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11 will be screened for near and distance vision.
New entrants and students in grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11 will be screened for hearing.
Scoliosis: Girls in grades 5 & 7; Boys in grade 9.
Parents/ Guardians will be informed of any abnormal findings.
If you do not wish for your child to be examined at school, physicals and screening results must be submitted to the appropriate health office within 30 days of the start of school.


  • A Doctor’s Note is required to be excused from Physical Education.
    When a doctor restricts a student from an activity, a note from the doctor will be needed to resume the activity. If a student has sutures, is wearing a cast or splint s/he will not be allowed to participate in Physical Education and/or recess.
  • Be sure your child comes to school every day with warm enough clothing for outdoor activities (Hat, gloves, coat, boots, and snow pants).
  • A change of clothing is highly recommended for all students.
  • Please be sure to keep us updated on any new health related issues – i.e. injuries, illnesses, medications, immunizations.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate health office. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Janine Kilpatrick, R.N., High School Nurse’s office: (518) 661-8211 Fax: (518) 661-7666
  • Rebecca Lestage, R.N., Elementary School Nurse’s: (518) 661-8254 Fax: (518) 661-6590