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Health & Safety

District-Wide School Safety Plan

The Salmon River Central School District-Wide Safety Plan can be viewed and downloaded here..

Immunizations

New York State Law requires students to have a number of vaccines in order to enter school.

2018-19 Requirements

 

New York BMI School Survey

As part of a required school health exam, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured.  These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or ‘BMI.’ The BMI helps the doctor or nurse know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range, or is too high or too low. Recent changes to New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health exam.  Our school district has been selected to take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health.  We will be reporting information about the weight status groups for students who were in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and in grades 2, 4, 7 and 10 during the 2017-2018 school year (this year’s Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th and 11th graders).  Only summary information will be sent.  No names and no information about individual students are sent.  However, you may choose to have your child‘s information excluded from this survey report.

If your child is in one of the grades which will have BMI information reported on the state survey, and you DO NOT wish to have your child’s weight status group information included in the survey, you are asked to submit a letter to the school nurse stating this.  Please contact your school nurse for more information.

For more information on BMI and healthy weights:

Medicine in School

In order for students to take medicine in school, the district must have written permission from a doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner, written parent permission, and the medicine in the original container.

The district is not able to give or allow children to have cough drops, Tylenol, cough syrup, etc., at school without written permission from the doctor and parent. Learn More

Contagious Illness

If your child has signs of contagious illness, it may be a good idea to keep him or her home for the day, in order to recover and to avoid spreading the illness to classmates. Contagious illnesses include:

  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Frequent cough
  • Rash
  • Yellow discharge from the eye or ear
  • Lack of sleep   

Flu Resources

Keep your kids safe. Get their flu vaccine every year.

 

 

Is the flu more serious for kids?

 

Infants and young children are at greater risk for getting seriously ill from the flu. That’s why the New York State Department of Health recommends that

all children 6 months and older get the flu vaccine.

 

Flu vaccine may save your child’s life.

 

Most people with the flu are sick for about a week, and then they feel

better. But, some people, especially young children, pregnant women, older people, and people with chronic health problems can get very sick. Some can even die. An annual vaccine is the best way to protect your child from the flu. The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older

every year.

 

What is the flu?

 

The flu, or influenza, is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu can spread from person to person.

 

Who needs the flu vaccine?

 

• Flu vaccine can be given to children 6 months and older.

• Children younger than 9 years old who get a vaccine for the first time need two doses.

 

How else can I

protect my child?

 

• Get the flu vaccine for yourself.

• Encourage your child’s close contacts to get the flu vaccine, too. This is very important if your child is younger than 5, or if he or she has a chronic health problem such as asthma (breathing disease) or diabetes (high blood sugar levels). Because children under 6 months can’t be vaccinated, they rely on those around them to get an annual flu vaccine.

• Wash your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes. It’s best to use a tissue and quickly throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. This will prevent the spread of germs.

• Tell your children to:

• Stay away from people who are sick;

• Clean their hands often;

• Keep their hands away from their face; and

• Cover coughs and sneezes to protect others.

 

What are signs of the flu?

 

The flu comes on suddenly. Most people with the flu feel very tired and have a high fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and

sore muscles. Some people, especially children, may also have stomach problems and diarrhea. The cough can last two or more weeks.

 

 

 

How does the flu spread?

 

People who have the flu usually cough, sneeze, and have a runny nose. The droplets in a cough, sneeze or runny nose contain the flu virus. Other people can get the flu by breathing in these droplets or by getting them in their nose or mouth.

 

How long can a sick person spread the flu to others?

 

Most healthy adults may be able to spread the flu from one day before getting sick to up to 5 days after getting sick. This can be longer in

children and in people who don’t fight disease as well (people with weaker immune systems).

 

What should I use to clean hands?

 

Wash your children’s hands with soap and water. Wash them for as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. If soap and water are not handy, use a hand sanitizer. It should be rubbed into hands until the hands are dry.

 

What can I do if my child gets sick?

 

• Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks lots of fluids.

• Talk with your child’s health care provider before giving your child over-the-counter medicine.

• Never give your child or teen aspirin, or medicine that has aspirin in it. It can cause serious problems.

• Call your child’s health care provider if your child develops flu symptoms and is younger than 5 or has a chronic medical condition like asthma, diabetes, or heart or lung disease.

• If you are worried about your child’s illness, call your health care provider.

 

Can my child go to school or day care with the flu?

 

No. If your child has the flu, he or she should stay home to rest. This helps avoid giving the flu to other children.

 

When can my child go back to school or day care after

having the flu?

 

Children with the flu should be isolated in the home, away from other

people. They should also stay home until they have no fever without the use of fever-control medicines and they feel well for 24 hours. Remind your child to protect others by covering his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing. You may want to send your child to school with some tissues, and a hand sanitizer, if allowed by the school.


For more information about the flu, visit health.ny.gov/flu

 

Or, www.cdc.gov/flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention