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West Elementary School

Nurse's Notes


Mrs.Lori Burrell , West School Nurse 

Ms. Christine O'Driscoll, Health Office Secretary


Information about MRSA

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year. 

Our Health Office serves our entire school family, handling all health records, daily care emergencies, medications, first aid referrals and education through  awareness and prevention!    

PREVENTION is our friend! We will be reminding your children to "WASH YOUR HANDS" before eating and after the bathroom and messy projects.  It is very polite to not share our germs!

All belongings should be labeled with your child's name, in order to prevent cross contamination.


Please inform the Health Office, at 897-2218, if your child is diagnosed with any communicable diseases, such as: chicken pox, conjunctivitis (pink eye), coxsackie virus, fifth disease, impetigo, pediculosis (head lice), pinworms, ringworm, scabies, scarlet fever, shingles, or strep throat.

Please do NOT send your child to school with symptoms of infection, such as:

  • Fever in the past 24 hours
  • Vomiting in the past 24 hours
  • Diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • Chills
  • Sore Throat
  • Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
  • Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night
  • Head Lice-until your child has been treated according to the nurse or doctor's instructions.


Be Proactive! Examine you child's head, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for crawling lice and nits if your child exhibits symptoms of a head lice infestation (excessive head scratching) . If crawling lice or nits are found, all household members should be examined for crawling lice and nits every 2-3 days. Persons with live (crawling) lice or nits within 1/4 inch or less of the scalp should be treated.

If your child is sent home from school due to illness or is diagnosed with a contagious condition, please be sure to contact the Nurse, first, upon returning to class. A note stating the reason for any absence is required upon returning to school.

If your child is entering grades K,2 or 4 , a current  PHYSICAL EXAM* must be on file by October 15, 2015 (NYS law)!

*Recent changes to the NYS Education Law require that BMI (body mass index) and weight status group are included as part of the student's health examination.

In addition, please be sure all paperwork is submitted by the first day of school: (pink) emergency card and if applicable: medication, food/activity restriction, or any doctor's notes. Please notify the Nurse of any changes in your contact numbers.

MEDICATION --Students are not permitted to carry medication of any type; except for an inhaler with the proper doctor's forms. Please contact the NURSE first! NYS Law requires a doctor's prescription/note for any medication given during school time; that includes over the counter remedies!
In case of an emergency that would require the School District to shelter your child for longer than the regular school day, please send in a three day supply of medications that your child must receive. The doctor's note and the medication container (from the pharmacy) must indicate the child's name, the medication's name, the dose, and the time of administration for ALL medication sent to the health office.
SAFETY FIRST!--Please send your child to school EVERY DAY wearing socks & sneakers, especially on GYM days!  (please avoid sandals and high heeled shoes of any kind.)
If at any time during the school year your child's physician recommends any physical restrictions PLEASE inform the nurse immediately.

Only those children with adult supervision may play in our playground before school hours! Otherwise all children should report to the cafeteria, where supervision begins at 8:45 A.M.  If either one is not convenient for you, please be sure to make other child care arrangements.

We need to know our students and their health issues, i.e., allergies, severe anaphylactic reactions, food restrictions, physical limitations, and need for medication.  Appropriate confidentiality will be maintained.


Breakfast.  Let's get off to an energetic start each morning by eating a healthy breakfast each and every morning, either at home or by making arrangements to obtain breakfast in school.  Research shows children perform better in school with a nutritious start to their day. Studies also indicate that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated with it being the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue and constipation causing tummy aches.     

Health is wealth...may we enjoy its benefits abundantly!