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Lynnette Jones, RN
Mary Casella, RN
Cecelia Munn, RN
Jill Cross, RN
Kelly Smith, RN
Lorraine Ryan, RN
Marcia Rebmann, RN
Donna Ryan, RN
Canandaigua, New York 14424
Medication Information Sheet For Parents
The school district discourages the use of medications during school hours. However, when medication is necessary, we ask that you follow the following guidelines. Please call the Health Office if you need further clarification.
A. All prescription and non-prescription medications taken at school require a doctor’s order and a parent’s permission on file in the permanent health record.
B. Students may carry medications and self-administer only if the following conditions have been satisfied:
1. The medication permission form and request to carry and self-medicate with an attestation stating both the diagnosis, and that the student has demonstrated they can effectively administer the medication(s).
( available in the health office- or on web site) is signed by the physician and parent and is on file in the Health Office.
2.School nurse assesses the student to be responsible.
3.Only inhalers, Epi Pens or diabetic supplies may be carried.
4.If medication is lost or if there is a failure to cooperate, the privilege will be rescinded.
5.Life-saving medicines are also kept in the health office for emergency use.
C. Students may not transport medication on the bus to or from school unless previously arranged.
D. When A CONTROLLED medication, such as Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine, is brought in, the nurse and the parent will count the number of pills and note this on the medication sheet. Parents will be notified if the diminishing count appears incorrect.
E. All medication maintained within our schools will be kept in a locked and secure place. This means if your child has been granted permission to carry and self-administer medicine, their supply must be locked in their lockers, kept on their person, or handed to a supervisor for safe-keeping when either of the above cannot be assured. Please educate them.
F. HELPFUL HINT: If the medication must be administered in school, please have the pharmacist divide the prescription into two labeled containers. If your child uses an inhaler at school, Have the pharmacist label the inhaler itself, not just the box.
G. The parent must pick up all unused medication, or it will be destroyed after one (1) month. If a parent requests in writing that a medication be discontinued before a physician’s order, the physician will be notified by the RN of the discontinuation of the physician’s order.
H. The District may intervene, confiscate, and discipline the student for in-school use of any medication outside the health office unless the following conditions are met:
1. The student has a note from a parent stating the name of the medication that the parent permits the student to use in school and specific dosing instructions concerning the safe use of the medication. There must be a private provider’s patient specific order. (only inhalers, Epi Pens and diabetic supplies may be self carried)
Thank you for your cooperation and support in the matter.
The Canandaigua School District must comply with all the New York State laws and regulations related to school health.The State requirements for school health services include:
- A physical examination for new entrants, grades UPK, K, 2, 4, 7, and 10.
- A complete immunization record for all students.
- Scoliosis Screening in grades 5 through 9.
- Vision Screening for new entrants and grades UPK, K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10.
- Hearing Screening for students who are new entrants and grades UPK, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10.
- A physical examination each year for interscholastic school sports.
- A physical examination for work permits.
We recommend that your own healthcare provider give your child’s physical examination. A dental examination is recommended on the same schedule as the physical examinations. These appraisals/examinations must have been given within the last twelve months of the first day of school. A form, available on the web site, is to be filled out by your healthcare provider. Please have your provider complete it and return it to your child’s School Health Office as soon as possible.
We encourage parents/guardians to contact your child’s school nurse with questions or concerns. If you wish your student’s screening (scoliosis, vision, and hearing) done by your own physician, please call your school nurse.
Superintendent's Letter to Community - November 22, 2016
November 22, 2016
Dear Canandaigua City School District Residents,
Safe and healthy school environments can foster healthy and successful children. To protect public health, the Public Health Law and New York State Health Department (NYSDOH) regulations require that all public schools and boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) test lead levels in water from every outlet that is being used, or could potentially be used, for drinking or cooking. If lead is found at any water outlet at levels above 15 parts per billion (ppb), which is equal to 15 micrograms per liter (µg/L), the NYSDOH requires that the school take action to reduce the exposure to lead.
In recent months and in consultation with the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership Health and Safety Services Department, the Canandaigua City School District administered a water testing plan for school district facilities following the New York State Department of Health guidelines. These guidelines indicate any level of lead above 15 parts per billion is considered an “actionable” level for schools – meaning that, if detected, additional corrective and educational actions are recommended, but the level does not directly correlate to increased blood-lead levels in individuals. The Canandaigua City School District is using 15 parts per billion and also will undergo a second phase of New York State recommended testing.
Leader Professional Services conducted testing in 849 locations throughout all of our District facilities. Within these locations, we have learned that 2 water fountains in our Primary Elementary School exceeded the threshold; it is not unusual for fixtures in older buildings to have slightly elevated results, especially when the water has been sitting for some time. Access to these fountains, which were already limited in use, was removed immediately.
Please note, all other drinking fountains in our District facilities met guidelines for water consumption.
The testing agency also found that there were sinks in school facilities that exceeded the threshold. These sinks have been either completely shut off during the next phase of testing, or in limited circumstances, have been designated as hand-washing stations only with non-potable water. The sinks are safe for hand-washing according to the Center for Disease Control because human skin does not absorb lead in water. When necessary an alternative water supply has been added at these locations.
The water for the Canandaigua City School District is supplied by the Ontario County Water and Sewer Authority and the City of Canandaigua. The drinking water supply for the Canandaigua City School District is tested regularly by our water providers. Water tests have been performed routinely by the Ontario County Water and Sewer Authority and the City of Canandaigua. The results of the most recent tests of the actual water supply to the District indicated levels of lead were within normal quality ranges for all sites.
Given the recent results, Canandaigua has engaged in the next phase of the New York State recommended guidelines specific to certain water sources. Because of the high demand for water testing, a date has not yet been provided for receiving the report of results from this next phase of water testing.
We will continue to consult with the New York State Public Health Department and follow NYS guidance in the next steps regarding retesting and mitigation measures. The health and safety of all users of our facilities is very important to us.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
Lynne H. Erdle
Superintendent of Schools
A student should stay home from school if he or she:
• Has a fever of 100 degrees or more
• Has had a fever above 100 degrees in the last 24 hours
• Has vomited in the last 24 hours
• Has had diarrhea in the last 24 hours
• Has a runny nose that requires a great deal of management time
• Has a persistent cough that interferes with concentration
• Is too tired to engage in usual activities
• Has a significantly decreased appetite
• Has eye(s) that are red, watery, or draining
• Has been on a medication for an infection for fewer than 24 hours
Generally, after the above listed symptoms disappear, students require an additional 24 hours to recover. If you are in doubt about whether or not to send your child to school during or following an illness, please call the health office at your child's school for advice. If your child has a persistent cough, rash, fever, bump, or other bothersome symptom, you should contact your pediatrician.