Plank South Health Office
Michelle Smoyer-Mallo, BS, RN
Office Hours: 6:45AM-2:45PM
P: (585) 670-4054
F: (585) 670-5932
Karla Millan-Mercado, Health Aide
Office Hours: 7:45AM-3:15PM
P: (585) 217-5996
RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER ILLNESS
WCSD follows the NYSDOH guidance for return to school after a student or staff member exhibits symptoms associated with COVID-19: fever, chills, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, fatigue, nasal congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and body aches.
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, they may return to school when they meet the all of the following criteria:
1. test negative for COVID-19
2. has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without medication
3. exhibit significant improvement of symptoms
You may call your school's main office if you need home test kits. You may also call the school nurse to arrange testing in school.
IF YOUR CHILD TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19:
1. Notify the school nurse immediately
2. Isolate your child at home for a minimum of 5 days
3. Your child may return to school on day 6-10 of isolation if
a. Remains fever-free for at least 24 hrs without mediation
b. Symptoms are significantly improved or resolved
c. Able to wear a well-fitting mask over the mouth and nose through day 10
d. Is cleared by the school nurse
Students who do not meet this criteria need to stay home through day 10 and may return on day 11.
IF YOUR CHILD IS EXPOSED TO COVID-19
The NYSDOH strongly recommends that your child:
1. Wear a well fitting mask over the mouth and nose in school and on the bus for 10 days following exposure
2. Test for COVID-19 as soon as you learn of exposure and then at least 5 days after the exposure date
3. If it is a household exposure or your child is not fully vaccinated, test every other day or everyday
4. Students who are not fully vaccinated should quarantine at home for the first 5 days if they do not test at least every other day.
5. If your child develops symptoms at any time during the 10 days following exposure, please keep your child home, test for COVID-19 and consult with your school nurse.
6. Notify your school nurse immediately if your child tests positive.
Thank you for adhering to these NYSDOH School Guidelines so we can keep our schools healthy!
Vision and Hearing ScreeningsI will be conducting screening for the 2021-2022 school year. Starting the end of October, I will start with the kindergarten students and then fifth grade, third grade and first grade. Finally any new Plank South students. I will be using a Snellen chart for distance vision, Titmus machine for near vision, pseudoisochromatic plates for color vision, and Pure-tone audiometer for hearing screenings.
If a student does not pass the hearing, I will schedule a rescreen in a few weeks. If a student does not pass any of the screenings, I will notify the parents/guardians via phone, mail or both.
Health Concerns: Please email me with any concerns you may have regarding your child's health. If you child is ill or injured and cannot fully participate in school activities, please have the doctor write a note for the nurse. Refer to these District Health Office links for more info: Illness/Communicable Disease and Injury/Activity Restrictions
Medications: If your child needs to receive medications in school, please have your child's doctor write orders. An adult will need to bring the medication to school along with a parent/guardian written permission for the medication. No medication can be given otherwise. See link above.
Physical Exams: If your child has a well-child physical, please be sure to request a copy for the school nurse. NYS requires physicals for kindergarten 1st, 3rd and 5th for the 2021-22 school year plus ANYONE NEW TO THE DISTRICT. However, all physicals are welcome throughout the year!! Refer to the District Health Office link for more info: Physical and Dental Exams
Immunizations: If your child receives any immunizations please ask for a copy for the school nurse. Refer to the link above for a list of immunizations required by NYS for school attendance.
Screenings: Students new to the district, grades first, third, fifth and kindergarten will be screened. Students will be screened by the school nurse during the school year for vision, hearing and scoliosis (fifth grade girls) as required by NYS Law. If the Health Office has a current physical on file and the physician has performed the required screening, the nurse does not need to screen your child.
Field Trips: Remember that we need an extra labeled prescription container for daily medications so we can send medication on field trips. A school nurse does not regularly attend field trips, therefore medications are usually administered by other school staff if needed on field trips. Please refer to the District Health Office link for more info: Field Trips
Attendance: please call 585-670-4062 for absences - leave your name, your child's name (please spell the last name), your child's teacher and the reason for the absence. You may be contacted by the school nurse for further information and evaluation.