Welcome to Valley Cottage Nurses Office

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Contact info

Patricia Kozar, (Nurse Patti)

845-353-7290

pkozar@nyackschools.org

Fax 845-353-7287

Announcements

  • ANNOUNCING MEASLES VACCINATION CLINICS THIS WEEK

    10/18/18 (Thursday)    Community Outreach Center         4:30pm-6:30pm

                                                   21 Remsen Avenue

                                                    Suite 201

                                                    Monsey, NY

    10/19/18 (Friday)             Pascack Community Center         9:30am-11:30am

                                                    87 New Clarkstown Road

                                                    Nanuet, NY

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  • INFORMATION ABOUT COXSACKIE VIRAL INFECTION (HAND,FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE)

    Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection caused by a strain of Coxsackie virus. It causes blister-like rash that, involves the hands, feet and mouth.  The infection usually occurs in children under 10 years of age, but occasionally can occur in young adults. The virus is spread by direct contact with nose and throat discharges, blisters and feces of infected people.

    Symptoms of fever, poor appetite, runny nose and sore throat can appear 3-5 days after exposure. A blister-like rash on the hands, feet and mouth usually develops 1-2 days after the intial symptoms. A person is contagious  when the first symptoms appear and may continue until the blister-like sin lesions disappear. The virus can be shed in the stool for up to several weeks.

    There is no specific treatment. Treatment is aimed at fever control and maintaining good oral hydration.

    Children who feel ill or have a fever should be excluded from group settings until fever is gone and the child feels well. Thorough hand washing is important.

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  • GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT'S HEALTH RELATED ISSUES AT SCHOOL

    ILLNESS:

    *If your child becomes ill at school, he/she should report to School Nurse's Office for assessment. If your child needs to go home, the School Nurse will contact you.

    *All absences require a written note from parent/guardian when the child returns to school. If your child is out for 3 or more days, a doctor's note of explanation is required when he/she returns to school.

    *If your child is going to be absent from school due to illness, please notify the School Nurse's Office or Attendance Clerk. There is a message center at these numbers, available for receiving messages 24 hours/7 days a week. It is the parent responsibility to notify the school if a child is to be absent from school.

    Nurse Patti 353-7290

    Mrs. Breshin 353-7281

    *Children must be fever-free for a full 24 hours before returning to school.

    Keep your child home if he/she exhibits gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea/vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours prior to returning to school.

     

    PHYSICAL &DENTAL EXAMS:

    NY State Law mandates that ALL New student's in 1,3,5,7,9 and 11th grades submit a current physical and proof of dental exam to the Nurse's Office. Mandatory screenings by the School Nurse will be done fore above grades if the MD has not documented height, weight, vision, hearing and scoliosis. Physical exams are good for one year from the date of exam.

    Student's that fail to submit a mandatory physical may be required to have an in school physical by the School MD at the district's discretion so that we may be in compliance with NY State.

     

    IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS:

    When your child receives immunizations, please remember to send an updated legal MD or clinic record to the Nurse's Office. All student's are required to have their immunization record's on file in the Nurse's Office prior to September 1st.

    NEW YORK STATE IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT'S FOR SCHOOL ENTRANCE ARE AS FOLLOWS:

    Diptheria Toxoid Containing Vaccine: 5 or 4 doses if 4th dose was received at 4 years or older. A Tdap booster is due when child turns 11 years old

    Polio (IPV or OPV) 4-3 doses if the 3rd dose was received at 4 years old

    Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) 2 doses

    Hepatitis B 3 doses

    Varicella (Chicken Pox) 2 doses

    *RCDOH IMMUNIZATION CLINIC IN POMONA IS AVAILABLE TO GIVE NEEDED VACCINATIONS- 845-364-2520

     

    The NY State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has recently required all school districts to audit their student immunization database. The purpose of this audit is to ensure each child has been immunized properly by their health care provider. When immunizations are given outside the recommended NYS DOH time table, chances of vaccine failure increase. You will be notified by the School Nurse's Office if there is an interval issue and which vaccines are non-compliant.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • MEDICATIONS

    A completed medication form is required to allow students to use, carry or store medications in the Nurse's Office.  Please have physician complete the Allergy Action plan and/or Asthma Management Plan. 

    OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION:  New York State law  requires that a medication form for OTC medications be completed by physician and signed by parent, to be kept on file in the School Nurse's Office. Please do not ask us to administer any form of medication without your doctors signature. This includes Tylenol or Ibuprofen for mnor discomfort and headaches. Try to anticipate your child's needs ahead of time and have everything n place for the time that he/she may need it. You should be aware that the School District does not supply medications. You will need to supply the medication in the original container. They will be kept in the School Nurse's Office and labeled with your child's 

    DAILY MEDICATIONS/ANTIBIOTICS/SHORT-TERM MEDICATIONS:  The medication must be supplied to the school nurse in its original, labeled pharmacy container. As with al medication orders, this order must be renewed annually. A prescription from MD may be attached to the signed Medication form for unlisted or short term medications (i.e. antibiotics, eye drops, ADHD medications.

    PLEASE NOTE:  A parent/guardian must pick-up all medications on or before last day of school. If medications are not picked up, they will be discarded.

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  • INJURIES

    If your child is unable to participate in physical education/sports for any reason, A DOCTOR'S NOTE IS REQUIRED. The length of restriction should be noted and if no return to activity date is provided, a second doctor's note will be required to allow your child to resume physical activities. A good rule of thumb is if the injury requires a doctor's visit, a note is required for the Nurse's Office. All notes should be turned into the Nurse, who will notify P.E teachers.

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  • WELCOME TO VALLEY COTTAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NURSE'S OFFICE : INFORMATION CONCERNING ALLERGIES/ASTHMA

    If your child has any allergies or asthma, please make sure it is documented on their health examination form. If the allergic reaction is severe and may require rapid medical intervention (i.e. allergy to latex, peanuts, tree nuts or bee stings)with Epi Pen and/or Benadryl, please make sure your physician completes the Allergy Action Plan.

    If your child uses an inhaler or nebulizer, please make sure your physician completes the Asthma Action Plan.

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  • PHYSICAL AND DENTAL EXAMS

    NY State Law mandates that ALL New student's and student's in 1,3,5,7,9 and 11th grades submit a current physical and proof of dental exam to the Nurse's Office. Mandatory screenings by School Nurse will be done for the above grades if the MD has not documented height, weight, vision, hearing and scoliosis. Physical exams are good for one year from the date of the exam.

    Student's that fail to submit a mandatory physical may be required to have an in school physical by the School MD at the district's discretion so that we may be in compliance with NY State.

    Immunization:

    When your child receives immunizations, please remember to send updated legal MD or clinic record to the Nurse's Office. All student's are required to have their immunization record's on file in the Nurse's Office prior to September 1st.

    New York State Immunization Requirement's for School Entrance are as follows:

    Diptheria Toxoid Containing Vaccine: 5 or 4 doses if the 4th dose was received at 4 years or older. A Tdap booster is due when student turns 11 years old.

    Polio (IPV or OPV) 4-3 doses if the 3rd dose was received at 4 years old

    Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) 2 doses

    Varicella (chicken Pox) 2 doses

    Meningococcal 1st dose required prior to start of 7th grade

     

    IF YOUR CHILD IS MISSING ANY REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS, THEY ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT RCDOH CLINIC IN POMONA. PLEASE CALL 845-364-2520

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  • GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT'S HEALTH RELATED ISSUES AT SCHOOL

    Illness:

    If your child becomes ill in school, he/she should report to the School Nurse's Office for assessment. If your child needs to go home, the School Nurse will contact you. Please make sure all contact numbers are up to date.

    All absences require a written note from the parent/guardian when child returns to school. If your child is  out for 3 or more days, a doctor's note of explanation is required when he/she returns to school.

    If your child is going to be absent from school due to illness please notify the School Nurse's Office or Attendance clerk. IT IS THE PARENT RESPONSIBILITY TO NOTIFY THE SCHOOL IF A CHILD IS TO BE ABSENT FROM SCHOOL.

    Children must be fever-free for a full 24 hours before returning to school after an illness.

    Keep your child home if he/she exhibits gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea/vomiting or diarrhea, within 24 hours prior to returning to school

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  • Medications

    A completed medication form is required to allow students to to use and/or carry Asthma inhalers and/or EpiPen.

    Over-the -counter medication:  New York State law requires that a medication form be completed by the physician and signed by the parent, to be kept on file in the School Nurse's Office.PLEASE DO NOT ASK US TO ADMINISTER ANY FORM OF MEDICATION WITHOUT YOUR DOCTOR'S SIGNATURE. This includes Tylenol or Motrin for minor discomfort and headaches. Try to anticipate your child's needs ahead of time and have everything in place for the time that he/she may need it. You should also be aware that the School District does not supply medications. You will need to supply the medication in the original container. They will be kept in the School Nurse's Office and labeled with your child's name.

    PLEASE NOTE: A parent/guardian MUST pick-up all medications and inhalers on or before the last day of school. If the medications are not picked up , they will be discarded.

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  • Welcome to Valley Cottage elementary Nurse's Office: Information Concerning Allergies/Asthma and Injuries

    If your child has any allergies or asthma, please make sure it is documented on their health examination form. If the allergic reaction is severe and may require rapid medical intervention (i.e. allergy to latex, peanuts, tree nuts or bee stings) with Epi-Pen and/or Benadryl, please make sure your physician completes the Allergy Action Plan.

    If your child uses an inhaler or nebulizer, please make sure your physician completes the Asthma Action Plan. (Please download forms).

    If your child is unable to participate in physical education or sports for any reason, a doctor's note is required. The length of restriction should be noted and if no return to activity date is provided, a second doctor's note with return date to resume physical activities is needed. All notes should be turned into the Nurse's Office, and copies will be given to PE teachers.

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Resources

New York State Department of Health

www.health.ny.gov