High School-Notes from the Nurses

March 2019 –  Notes from the Nurses – Posted on March 14, 2019

What’s on the Schedule?

Eleventh grade hearing and vision screenings have been completed. Referral letters have been mailed out if your child failed either portion of the exam. Please return the referral forms once they have been evaluated by their medical professional. Deficits in hearing or vision can have significant impacts in the classroom and we want all of our students to be as successful as possible!

We will be having Dr. Daly come into the office in April to complete required 9th and 11th grade physicals. A letter will be mailed out this month notifying you if we haven’t received an up to date physical. There will also be a health questionnaire that will need to be filled out and returned to the health office prior to the physical date. If your child has had a physical completed please provide us with a copy of their up to date physical. We strongly encourage students to be seen by their own physician, as he or she will know them best. As always, please contact the health office with any questions or concerns!

Gym Notes

If your child is out of gym due to illness or injury please provide the health office with a copy of the medical note. Once your child is cleared from illness or injury please provide us with a follow up note to release your child back to gym. A note is required before they can return to gym or sports. The paperwork can be faxed to 315-487-2270, handed in directly or emailed to cprior@westgenesee.org or khancock@westgenesee.org.

Vaping Epidemic

Tobacco use has made a resurgence back into the hands of youth with e-cigarettes. They are also commonly referred to as “e-ciggs”, “Juuling” and “Vaping”. These products are marketed towards teens with social media advertisements and fruity flavors. The CDC noted that from 2017 to 2018 there was a 78% increase in the number of high-schoolers who reported using e-cigarettes.

Some teens are unaware that these products contain nicotine. Nicotine affects every organ in the human body including the teenager’s developing brain. E-cigarettes are not safe for children or youth and the long-term effects have yet to be studied. Take a minute to look at the attached link below and discuss e-cigarettes and their negative impact on health. Help us keep our youth tobacco free.

The attached link is a great resource from the CDC:
https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/index.htm

Stay Tuned for more information from the Health Office Next Month!

February 2019  –  Notes from the Nurses – Posted on February 11, 2019

What’s on the Schedule?

Hearing and vision screenings have started for all 11th graders. Parents will be notified by the nurse if their child does not pass any part of the screenings. A follow up letter will be mailed home.

Medical Paperwork

If your child has any medical related paperwork please provide the health office with a copy. Once we receive a copy, all necessary staff members will receive notification (coaches, athletic trainer, guidance, etc.) This is in an effort to provide your student with the best possible care! The paperwork can be faxed to 315-487-2270, handed in directly or emailed to cprior@westgenesee.org or khancock@westgenesee.org.

11th Grade Parents

By the first day of 12th grade students in New York State MUST HAVE proof of receiving the required Meningococcal vaccine. Your student MUST either have:

  • 2 doses of meningococcal vaccine with the booster dose given on or after age 16
    Or
  • 1 dose if your child’s first dose was given on or after age 16

Please provide the office with a copy of your student’s immunization record once they have received the vaccine. As always please contact the health office with any questions or concerns.

Stay Tuned for more information from the Health Office Next Month!

January 2019  –  Notes from the Nurses – Posted on January 15, 2019

What’s on the Schedule?

Hearing and vision screening has been completed at the high school for any students who are new to the district this year. Scoliosis Screening for 9th grade boys took place January 7 through January 14. After Regents week we will begin screening all 11th graders for hearing and vision. Parents will be notified by the nurse if their child does not pass any of the screenings.

Cold vs. Flu

It’s that time of year and New York State Health Department has begun to identify the first cases of the flu. The vaccine remains the most effective way to protect yourself and can make the illness milder in certain cases where an individual was vaccinated but still contracted influenza. The Onondaga County Health Department can provide you with the vaccine if you don’t have insurance to obtain one: 315-435-2000.

The biggest noticeable difference between the cold and the flu is that the flu will have an abrupt onset with chills, fever, and a headache. See the below link from the CDC to learn how to differentiate between the cold and the flu.

More on the Flu:

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/seasonal/what_everyone_should_know.htm

Cold vs. Flu

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/coldflu.htm

When to Keep You Child Home

During the winter months we begin to see an increase in sickness. We would like to remind you that your child must be free of fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before returning to school. In addition if the doctor prescribes antibiotics they must be used for 24 hours before returning.

Stay Tuned for more information from the Health Office Next Month!