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State Road Health Office

School Nurse
Katherine (Katie) Vorndran RN, Long Term Substitute for Christine Derks, RN BS MHA

Phone: (585) 217-5307   
Fax: (585) 872-7781
Office Hours: 7:15 AM - 3:10

Attendance Line: 585-217-5306 

The NEW Department of Health (DOH) process changes as of 10.2.20 for return to school are now:

  1. The student MUST be evaluated by their Health Care Provider (HCP) for any symptoms of COVID-19

  2. The HCP will determine if a COVID test is required OR provide alternative diagnosis.

  3. Alternative diagnosis- The HCP MUST provide the diagnosis of a known chronic condition with unchanged symptoms or acute illness (such as strep throat, flu) AND if COVID 19 is not suspected, then a note signed by their HCP explaining the alternate diagnosis. (NOTE: a signed HCP note documenting an unconfirmed acute illnesses such as viral upper respiratory illness (URI) or viral gastroenteritis, will not suffice per DOH). 

  4. ALL documentation MUST BE provided to the school for review PRIOR to student return. The MD can fax to the Health Office or email by parent. The Health Office will review and contact the parent via phone call or email the student is cleared for return. Students cannot arrive at school with documentation in their back pack.

IF a COVID -19 Diagnostic test is recommended but not done and no alternative diagnosis provided OR child is not evaluated by HCP- the student must remain in isolation at home and is not able to go back to school unless the local health department (not school) has released them from isolation

A "fever" is now defined as any temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit and considered a possible COVID symptom. 

ATTENTION Parents of State Road Students:
It is imperative that school staff be able to reach you or your contact if necessary and that they be kept apprised of any pertinent medical information concerning your child. Please be sure to advise the Health Office of any changes in your child’s emergency contact/medical information that may occur during the school year. 

Please let us know of any allergies your child has. If your child has a serious allergy (e.g., latex allergy, food allergy) that may be affected by school activities or programs it is your responsibility to inform the School Nurse, and the child’s teacher so that appropriate accommodations can be made. When necessary, a sign noting a student’s allergy will be posted on the outside of his/her classroom door (e.g., “Food Allergy Inside”). Please educate yourself regarding any allergies in your child’s class.

Immunizations must be up to date within 14 days of starting school. 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.

Field Trips
A school nurse does not regularly attend field trips.  If your child requires medication to be given, they will be administered by other school staff. Please refer to the District Health Office link for more information:  Field Trips

According to New York State law, any medications administered at school (prescription and over-the-counter medications) require written permission from both a physician and a parent/guardian. If your child needs to receive medications in school, please have your child’s physician write the medication orders.  All medications must be brought to school by an adult, in the original container, and parent/guardian written permission will be obtained for the medication administration.

Physicals and Screenings
Physicals completed by a doctor are required for new students and all students entering Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grades. New York State requires they be on file in the Health Office within 30 days of the new school year or admittance to school for new students. The physical must be dated on or after September 1st, 2019 to be acceptable for the 2020-2021 school years.  Your physician may also fax physical information directly to State Road Health office @ 585-872-7781. More information can be found at the District Health Office Link: Physical and Dental Exams

Vision/Hearing and height and weight screenings are required in the school for grades K-5.  Students in fifth grade are screened for scoliosis. If the Health office has a current physical on file and the physician has performed the required screen, usually during the Well Child Checks, the nurse does not need to screen your child. If your child is screened at school, you will be notified if there are any concerns about screening results.

Physical Education Excuses
All students are expected to participate in physical education classes. A physician’s statement is required if your child will miss physical education classes, or will have limitations due to illness or injury. Physical Education excuses from the Medical Doctor must be submitted in writing to the School Nurse.   A student who has been excused from physical education will not be permitted to participate in recess or after-school sport until they resume clearance by the physician for regular participation in the physical education program.
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