The Hudson Falls Central School District recognizes that “Healthy Students are Better Learners” and has been committed to implementing a Coordinated School Health Program since 2002. Our Healthy Schools System addresses all eight components of the coordinated system model:
- Learning and adopting healthy behavior
- Achieving lifelong physical fitness
- Encouraging healthful nutrition
- Enhancing school health services
- Creating positive learning environments
- Supporting social and emotional well-being
- Promoting faculty and staff wellness
- Connecting school, parents, and community
We are fortunate to have a number of supports provided by both staff and outside agencies. Please visit the (above) site for more information about student support services.
Illness and Attendance Guidelines
Not sure if your child is sick enough to stay home from school? Here are a few guidelines that might help you with this decision.
Based on our school protocols, do not send your child to school if they have:
- Fever (temp of 100 or greater) in the past 24 hours. The child must be fever free and not using fever-reducing medication (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin) for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
- Vomiting in the past 24 hours (last episode of vomiting 24 hours prior to return to school).
- Diarrhea in the past 24 hours (last episode of diarrhea 24 hours prior to returning to school).
- A sore throat that is severe or has a fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours.
- Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for a full 24 hours before returning to school).
- Bad cold with a very runny nose, especially if the nasal discharge is discolored or a bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night or could disrupt the class.
- Head lice, until your child has been treated according to the nurse or doctor’s instructions. No live lice present (please notify your school nurse and discuss re-entry procedure).
- Eyes: If your child has crusty, runny or sticky drainage along with redness to the eye your child may have “pink eye” and will need to be cleared by your doctor before coming to school.
- Unexplained rash: Especially if fever and itching-Need to see a primary doctor and have your doctor write a note that student is not contagious with rash and may return to school.
- Impetigo (honey- crusted sores by mouth or nose), Scabies, Ringworm– need to be seen by the doctor and start treatment follow doctor instructions (on medication for 24 hours before school re-entry). Doctor’s note allowing the student to return to school is needed.
The protocol may vary a little between buildings and age levels. If your child has any of the above, they will need to stay home until the symptoms subside or the doctor says it is OK to return. Sending them back to school while still contagious puts other children and staff at risk for acquiring their illness.
If your child becomes ill at school and the school nurse feels the child is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be called by the school nurse to come and take him/her home from school. 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 changes during the year, please notify your school nurse or main office immediately. Only people you have listed on your child’s emergency card will be allowed to pick up your student. If your student calls or texts telling you they are sick, please make sure they have been to the nurse and have them call you from the nurse office.
Please call the school’s Health Office if you have any questions or concerns.
If you have any questions as to whether your child should be in school or have concerns regarding your child’s symptoms, please contact the Health Office or your child’s healthcare provider. The importance of good hand-washing in the prevention of illness cannot be over emphasized. Hands should be washed with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds after using the restroom, after sneezing/coughing, before eating and other times as needed throughout the day. Students should also not share water bottles, eating utensils and/or toothbrushes. Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer Fact Sheet has additional tips for when a sink and soapy water is not nearby.
New Grade-Level Requirements for Health Exams and Screenings Are On The Horizon
Beginning July 1, all new students enrolling in the district for the first time — along with children entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 in the fall — will be required to have a health exam.
Other changes for students include vision screening for distance and near vision acuity as well as hearing screening within 6 months of admission to school and for students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
In addition, girls in grades 5 and 7, and boys in grade 9 will require scoliosis screenings.
School officials are encouraging families not to wait to schedule medical appointments. Please also take the time to review your child’s immunization records with their pediatrician to ensure your child has the required vaccinations for their age and grade in school.
This will help ensure all children meet their health-care requirements before the start of the 2019-20 school year.
Medical exemptions to immunizations
Medical exemptions to immunizations must now be reissued annually. Please contact your child’s health office if you have questions regarding your child’s immunization status or contact Michelle Burke, School Nurse-Teacher, at (518) 681-4218.
- View the state immunization requirements for school entrance/attendance.
- Download a religious exemption form here.
- View vaccine information statements.
Dispensing Medication in School
In order to comply with New York State Law, the following procedures must be followed for all students requiring medication during school hours:
- A written physician’s order to administer the medication must be provided to the Health Office.
- Signed written parental/guardian consent to administer the medication must be on file in the Health Office.
- The medication must be brought to the Health Office by the parent/guardian in the original labeled container including prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Medications not in their original containers will not be accepted.
- The above orders are for both prescribed and OTC medications including Tylenol, Advil, cough/cold medications, etc.
- Students are NOT permitted to carry medications (prescribed and/or OTCs) with them during school at any time.
- Exceptions in special circumstances are students requiring inhalers and/or emergency medications such as epi-pen. A signed written order from the physician and parent/guardian for permission for self-administration is required in these special cases. Permission to allow these students to carry their medications is at the discretion of the Health Office.
- If you have any questions regarding medications in the school setting, please contact the nurse in the school your child attends.
- Download an Administration of Medication in School form.
- Download a Permission to Self-Administer Medication in School form (i.e. Inhalers)
School Health Advisory Council
School Health Advisory Council or SHAC meets quarterly to address our “Healthy Schools” initiative. Representation includes administration, teachers, social workers, nurses, parents, students and community members. The vision is to work with staff, students, families and the community to empower them to become healthier individuals who are better learners and higher achievers through a coordinated system that addresses all eight coordinated school health components.