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West Elementary School

Nurse's Notes


Mrs. Lori Burrell RN, West School Nurse 

Ms. Peggy Wagner, Health Office Secretary


Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year. 

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

We will be reminding all 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 including glasses 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 be 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

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.

Head Lice
Be proactive! Examine your child’s head, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck for crawling lice and nits. Signs include 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 should be treated. 

Please seek advice from your pediatrician on how to treat appropriately for your child.

Paperwork and Physical Exams 
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.

If your child is entering grades K,1,3,5, a CURRENT PHYSICAL EXAM* must be on file by October 15, 2018. This is required by 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.

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.

Administering of Medication in School
Students are not permitted to carry medication of any type; except for an inhaler with the proper doctor's forms. All medication must be sent to the Health Office. NYS Law requires a doctor's prescription/note for any medication given during school time; this includes over the counter remedies. Please make sure that the doctor’s note and the medication container indicate the child’s name, the medication’s name, the dose, and the time of administration. All medication must be sent in the original container from the pharmacy. 

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. 

Recess and Physical Education: 
In order to ensure your child is safe during recess and physical education, please send your child to school every day wearing socks and sneakers. Students are required to wear sneakers during physical education. 
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.

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. Please provide a water bottle that can be re-filled throughout the day.   

Please contact the Health Office with any questions or concerns. 

Phone: 897-2218
Fax: 897-0637