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Rye City School District 411 Theodore Fremd Avenue South Lobby
Rye, NY 10580

Phone: 914.967.6100
Fax: 914.967.6957



Beginning Friday November 15th for a period of one week, the High School Health Office will be performing health screenings as mandated by the State of New York. These screenings will take place during the student’s Physical Education class.
 A letter will be sent home if there are any findings that would cause concern or need medical follow-up. 
 
The following screenings are required:
 
9th grade:  Scoliosis Screening
 
10th grade:  Distant Vision and Hearing
 
New Students: Distance vision, near vision, color vision,  
                            and Hearing.
 

Please call the High School Health Office at 914-967-6100 x1930 or x1931 if you have any questions or concerns. 

Thank you,
 
Deborah O’Gallagher, R.N.
Tracey Barnett, FNP
HEALTH SERVICES & REQUIREMENTS


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Each school is staffed by a Registered Professional Nurse. During the school year the health offices at the elementary schools are open from 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM. The Middle and High School Health Offices are open from 8:00-3:00 PM. During the summer vacation the health offices are closed. Any questions about the information below, please contact your school nurse at #967-6100, or click on the school Health Office link:
ext. #4930
ext. #3930
ext. #5930
ext. #2930
ext. #1930
 
 
Each health office maintains an e-board with specific information and forms that can be downloaded.  
MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION:
School nurses may administer medications to students during the school day with a written prescription from a physician, written permission from the parent/guardian, and the medication in the original or pharmacy-labeled container.
IMMUNIZATIONS:
New York State law requires that all children entering school be vaccinated against diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles) and Hepatitis B. Varicella vaccination is required of students born on or after January 1, 1998 and those students born on or after January 1, 1994 and entering 6th grade or above. Before entering school, students must either: show documented proof from a licensed health care provider that they have completed the required immunizations; or are in the process of being immunized (have received one dose each of diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, Hepatitis B) and have appointments for the remaining vaccinations; or show documented proof from a licensed health care provider that they have either had the disease or a blood test showing immunity.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS:
State law requires physical examinations for all new students and students entering second (2), fourth (4), seventh (7) and tenth (10) grades. New York State Law requires that a physical exam
“…(is) acceptable if administered not more than twelve months prior to the beginning of the school year in which the exam is required.” The exam must be performed by a licensed health care provider who is authorized to practice within the United States so long as the jurisdiction has
“…standards and practice comparable to those of New York.” The required exam must be submitted within thirty days of entering school.
PHYSICAL EXAM REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT ATHLETES:
Student athletes must have a yearly physical examination by either the school physician or their licensed, private health care provider. This exam is valid for one year.  Parents/guardians of student athletes must also complete a health history and sports clearance card before each sport season.
COMMUNICABLE DISEASES:
For the health and safety of other students, children who are ill should be kept home. The school nurse should be informed if a child contracts a contagious disease. Students diagnosed with strep throat may not return to school until 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotic therapy. Students with a fever (T+100º F) may return to school when he/she is fever free for 24 hours.
STUDENT EMERGENCY CONTACTS:
Parents of new students need to complete an “Emergency Contact Information Form” and, at some schools, also an Emergency Card which is returned to the Health Office. The information listed is used in the event of an emergency at school and the parents/guardians are unable to be reached.   During the school year, if there are changes in the emergency contacts, this information can be updated by contacting your school nurse.   
SCHOOL ACCIDENTS:
The school will make every effort to prevent accidental injuries and to provide first aid as necessary. In case of an accident, parents will be called immediately. If parents cannot be reached, the emergency contact will be called.


Hand Sanitizer Use:
In effort to keep our student body healthy, Rye City School District has reviewed the policy regarding hand sanitizer use. Careful hand washing with soap and water is the recommended method to keep hands clean and free of germs. We are fortunate that most areas in our schools provide access to sinks and soap.   However there are a few areas that do not.   One such area is the cafeteria.   Therefore, dispensers of non-alcohol based hand sanitizers will be mounted in the cafeterias. Each dispenser will be labeled with the product name and ingredients. Only non-alcohol based hand sanitizer will be permitted.  Parents/guardians may provide written notification to the school if they do not wish to have their child use this product. 

If you wish to learn more about the product provided, you may visit 
www.safehands4u.com
or call your school’s health office.

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