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Medication Information for Parents/Guardians
When medication is necessary during school hours we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines. Please call your child’s health office if you have any questions and need further clarification.
A. All prescription and non-prescription medications taken at school require a health care provider’s order and a parent/guardian’s permission on file in the health record.
B. Students may self-carry and self-administer medications only if the following conditions have been satisfied:
- The medication permission form (available in the health office or on the website) is signed by the health care provider and parent/guardian, and is on file in the health office. The completed form must have an attestation from the health care provider stating both the diagnosis and that the student has demonstrated he/she can effectively self-carry and self-administer the medication.
- The school nurse will assess the student to be responsible before allowing a medication to be self-carried.
- Self-carry orders may include inhalers, epi-pens, and diabetic supplies. Independent students with other health conditions warranting timely administration of their medications may also be permitted to self-carry and self-administer their medication to prevent negative health outcomes.
- If a self-carry medication is lost, left unattended, shared with another individual, or if there is a failure to follow school rules, the privilege of self-carrying medication will be rescinded.
- A back up of emergency medication or supplies should be stored at the health office.
C. Students may not transport medication on the bus to or from school unless a self-carry order is in place.
D. When a controlled medication is brought in by an adult, the nurse and the parent/guardian will count the number of pills together and note this on the medication sheet.
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 self-carry and self-administer medicine, their supply must be locked in their lockers, kept on their person, or handed to an adult or to the health office for safe-keeping when either of the above cannot be assured. Please educate your child.
F. For medications administered in school, please have the pharmacist provide two properly labeled containers. The second bottle is needed for field trips. If your child uses an inhaler at school, please have the pharmacist label the inhaler itself, not just the box.
G. At the end of the school year, or if a medication is discontinued the parent/guardian must pick up all unused medication. If it is not picked up after one (1) month, the medication will be properly disposed of by the school. If a parent/guardian requests in writing that a medication be discontinued before the school receives a health care provider’s order to discontinue, the health care provider will be notified by the school of the parent/guardian’s discontinuation of the order.
H. The District may intervene, confiscate the medication, and discipline a student for any in-school use of any medication that does not have a current order and signed parent permission on file.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
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.