School nurses and assistants are assigned to each building to implement the Health Services Program through teaching, counseling and administering first aid. They also conduct state required screenings for height, weight, vision, hearing and scoliosis.
Nurses are available to students and families for health information, advice and medical questions as well as to implement student medication schedules during the school day. Nurse’s offices are open whenever school is in session and students are always welcome.
Student Emergency Information
Each year students bring home a “Student Emergency Information” form. The purpose of this form is to update emergency contacts and student health information. If at any time, however, there is a change in a student’s medical status, it is imperative that the parent/guardian notify the school nurse to assure the student’s safety and well-being.
Medications in School
The school nurse is not allowed to use any medical products, such as Calamine lotion, antibacterial creams, Tylenol, etc. Medication can only be taken in school when the parent/guardian submits the following information:
- A note from the family doctor containing the student’s name, the date and name of the medication, dosage and time to be administered, and list of possible side effects; and
- A note from the parent or guardian giving the school nurse, teacher, principal or other school staff permission to administer the medication; or
- A medication request form (which includes the family doctor and parent signatures) must be filed with the school nurse.
Students are not allowed to bring medication to school. This includes over-the counter medications such as aspirin, Tylenol or Claritin. If students are found to be in possession of these types of any medication, severe disciplinary action may result.
Under certain circumstances health care providers may request that a student carry and self-administer their own medication. This requires a specific request by the health care provider and must show that the student has been instructed in and understands the purpose and appropriate method of administration and frequency of use.
Safe storage, drug disposal at home
Supplies to help families safely store and dispose of medication at home are available, including:
- Lock bags for secure storage and lock caps, with combination
- Destruction products (Dispose RX or Deterra) to safely dispose of unneeded prescriptions
- Prescription Trackers to keep track of when medications were taken
These items are provided by Catholic Charities and Sullivan BOCES. To request these items email Luisa.Parker@cccsos.org or call 845-794-8080, ext. 2531.
In Sullivan County, two organizations provide free or low cost dental care:
- The PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program, a mobile clinic and school-based health center, visits local schools and provides dental health education and preventive and restorative dental services so parents don’t need to take time off from work or drive anywhere. PRASAD also has an office in Liberty and a Spanish/English bilingual staff. Learn more on PRASAD’s website.
- Sun River Healthcare (Lakewood Avenue, Monticello) includes a dental clinic and serves people of all ages, regardless of ability to pay, and has a Spanish/English bilingual staff. Learn more on the Sun River website.