The Schuylerville Elementary School Health Office coordinates many different services, including arranging physicals, dispensing medications, and providing health-related counseling and on-site health screenings.
All student visits are documented. Parents/guardian are welcome to call the Student Health Services if they would like information regarding their child’s visits. Also, if we have concerns regarding a child’s health, we’ll give parents a call. It is not within the scope of our licensure to diagnose your child. Please call your physician if you are unsure of the nature of your child’s illness or injury.
Emergency Health Contact Forms
Emergency contact forms are given out at the beginning of each school year. It’s very important that parents complete this form and return it to the health office as soon as possible. Please be sure to list more than one contact person; this is very important in the event of an emergency involving your child. When there are changes in your child’s health or changes in contact names and phone numbers, please call the health office so the information can be updated in the school’s records.
Physicals are required within 30 days for all students in grades K, 1, 3 and 5, and for any new student entering the districts. Physicals also are required for those newly referred to CSE (special education) services and for students who are having triennial CSE reviews. A dental certificate is requested for all newly entered students and students in grades K, 2 and 4.
Physicals can be done by the school physician (Dr. Robert Neilson) or by your child’s regular physician. If physicals are done in school, any health problems that do not fall within normal limits will be reported to parents/guardians. If the physical is done outside of school, the parent will need to provide the Health Office with a copy of the physical form.
By law, physicals must be done by a physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner licensed in the United States completed within on year prior to the date the student entered school.
Physical Education Information
Regular physical education class participation is expected. However, if your child needs to be excused for medical reasons, a note from the personal physician or a one-day parent excuse should be given to the Health Office. If the student is excused from physical education, this will include recess.
As per New York State law, Schuylerville Elementary School students are screened in grades K, 1, 3 and 5 and as new entrants for vision problems. Hearing screenings are also given to every student in grades K, 1, 3 and 5 and to new entrants. The scoliosis screening is done in grade 5.
If any abnormalities are found, you will receive notification and a referral form to take to your child’s physician. Please request that this referral form be completed once the doctor has tested your child. The form should be returned to the Elementary School Health Office. The Elementary School Health Office staff may be able to assist families in obtaining eyeglasses.
Medications in School
Any medication that has to be taken by a student during school hours or during school activities, even if it’s over-the-counter medication (non-prescription) requires a doctor’s order and written permission from a parent.
All medications must be brought by an adult to school in the original containers. The instructions on the label for administering the medication must match the written instructions provided by the child’s physician. Medications cannot be dispensed unless the two sets of instructions match. Problems with this policy can often be solved with a phone call to your child’s physician.
Health Insurance Assistance
Free or low-cost health insurances is available for most uninsured children under age 19 living in New York State. Two programs are available: Medicaid and Child Health Plus. Your child may be eligible regardless of your family income or your child’s immigration status. The Schuylerville Elementary School Health Office staff is available to refer families to the appropriate agencies to obtain insurance.
If your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy, please notify the School Health Office so that appropriate safety measures may be initiated. For information on food allergies, click here.