Health Office

If you have a question for the Health Office, please contact:

Ms. Tricia Gibbs, RN
Phone: (518) 283-4600 ext. 18
Fax: (518) 283-0362

Sick Child?School Attendance and Reporting of Absences

A student’s absence, or anticipated lateness, must be reported to the Health Office by 8:30 a.m. by calling 283-4600 ext. 18. This number may be called at any time, day or night. If we do not hear from you, you can expect to hear from us to be sure your child is safe and accounted for.

Please send in a note with the date and reason for your child's absence when your child returns to school.

Health Forms

If Your Child Is Sick

If your child is sick, they should be fever-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.  The same rule applies to vomiting.  If your child has vomited within the last 24 hours, they should stay at home.  Please help us keep everyone healthy!

Parent Information to Help Prevent the Flu

To help parents keep their children healthy during the flu season, a Guide for Parents with helpful tips is available by clicking here.

Medication Administration in School

Please be reminded that students are not to transport or carry medications with them in school. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.).

All medications must be brought to school by a parent/guardian, or another adult they designate. The medication will then be kept secure in the Health Office.

A doctor's order and written permission from a parent are required for medication administration in school.  Please call the health office for the recommended form.  A doctor and parent may write their own.

The exception may be an inhaler, or Epipen which the doctor feels the student needs to carry. In that case, the doctor and the parent need to provide written documentation that this is necessary. The student must be capable to carry the responsibility of caring for, and self-administering the medication.  A doctor's order and parent permission are still required.

Thank you for your attention to this very important medication policy.

Student Emergency Contact Forms

Each year, a Student Emergency Contact form is sent to parents and guardians for updating. It is critical that parents take the time to update this information for all their children so the school can contact parents or guardians in case of an emergency.

The information provided is used for our automated emergency calling system, which is used to contact parents during an emergency. The information on this form also stipulates where your child will be dropped off in the event of an emergency closing. Pick up at school during emergencies will not be available as our goal is to evacuate students as quickly as possible.

Any changes throughout the school year must be sent in writing to your child’s teacher.

Immunization Requirements

Wynantskill UFSD follows the immunization requirements established by the NYS Department of Health, which are consistent with the most current childhood and adolescent immunization recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Detailed information is available in this Health Department guide or please contact your child's physician.

Injuries

If your child is injured and unable to take part in Physical Education class, a note from a physician must be submitted to the Health Office indicating the reason, time restrictions, or limitations. A release note from a physician also must be given to the Health Office when your child is capable of resuming activity.

Important Dental Information

Dental health is part of good general health. Having regular dental check-ups can often save teeth that otherwise may be lost through damage and decay. The following are suggestions for dental care:

  • Your family dentist

  • Rensselaer Health Center for St. Peters Hospital
    Full dental services.  Accepts all insurances including Medicaid.
    53 Columbia Street, Rensselaer, NY (518) 463-9809

  • Drs. Hill, Sundstrom and Gamache
    Full dental services. Accepts all insurances including Medicaid.
    1 Eastview Road, Averill Park, NY (518) 674-3174

  • Dr. DeGenero
    Full dental services. Accepts most insurances but does not accept Medicaid.
    4482 Route 150, West Sand Lake, NY (518) 674-8500

  • Dr. Tim Healey
    Full dental services. Accepts most insurances but does not accept Medicaid.
    406 Main Avenue, Wynantskill, NY (518) 283-4822

  • Dr. Jeff Adams
    Full dental services. Accepts most insurances but does not accept Medicaid.
    765 Pawling Avenue, Wynantskill, NY (518) 283-6285

  • Albany County Health Department
    5 Ferry & Green Street, Albany, NY (518) 447-4581 or (518) 447-4616

  • Albany Medical Center
    66 Hackett Blvd., Albany, NY (518) 262-4730

  • Whitney Young Jr. Health Center
    920 Lark Drive, Albany, NY (518) 465-4771
    6 102nd Street, Troy, NY (518) 833-6900

  • Small Smiles Dentistry of Albany
    Dental care for children from first tooth to 21 years with Medicaid or CHP.
    Full dental services.
    1839 Central Avenue, Albany, NY (518) 464-0402

Physicals

New York State Law requires that mandatory physicals be completed BEFORE students enter kindergarten and grades 2, 4 and 7. Physicals must also be completed for all new students to the district. In order to remain in school, any student who does not have a completed physical when entering these grades will be scheduled for a school physical.

Many parents prefer to have their own physician do the exam. A private physician provides the extra benefit of not only consulting with the parent on the child’s growth and development, but can also provide the needed immunizations and follow-up care.

Reports of physical exams done by private physicians must be dated within 1 year previous to the start of the school year, and no later than 30 days after entering school.

The school district also provides this service by our School Health Provider during the school year. Students who do not have a physical exam on file in the Health Office will be scheduled for the exam in school.

Sports physicals must be reviewed and signed by the school physician before a student is cleared for sports. This will be done when the school doctor is scheduled to come in prior to each season. It is very important that physicals be done by that time. The signing of these physicals will be handled through the Health Office.

Also, before entering grade 6, students must have verification from a doctor of either having had chicken pox or receiving the varicella vaccine.

Student Athletes

All students need to be approved/cleared to play school sports by the school medical director prior to tryouts. Paperwork for student athletes must be handed in by the first day of try outs/practices. Physicals must be dated within one year of that date, and Health Histories are required within 30 days of the start of each sport season. New Health Histories are required for each sport. These forms are available above.

Concussion Information

Any student athlete who is believed to have sustained a concussion must be immediately removed from all athletic activities. They cannot participate in athletic activity until they have been symptom free for 24 hours and have been evaluated by a licensed physician. More information about concussions available here.

Mandated Health Screenings

The State of New York mandates that health related screening be completed in our schools each year. The requirements are as follows:

  • Vision and hearing screening: all new entrants.
  • Vision Screening: (Distance Acuity) in Kindergarten and Grades 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10.
  • Hearing Screening: Completed in Kindergarten and Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10.
  • Scoliosis: Completed in Grades 5 – 9.

If there are any usual findings, or cause for concern, the school nurse will contact you. In the event that additional evaluation is needed, a referral form will be sent home for you to take to your private health care provider.

Vaccinations

All incoming 6th graders in 2017 are required to have two varicella (chicken pox) vaccines prior to starting 6th grade and a Tdap (tetanus, pertussis booster) vaccine (at their 11th birthday if they are not 11 when they enter 6th grade). Please check with your physician to verify what your child will need and plan ahead by making an appointment for these vaccines. Please send in a copy of your child's vaccine records with any updates as soon as possible.

All incoming 7th graders in 2017 are required to have a meningococcal (Meningitis) vaccine prior to starting 7th grade. Please plan ahead and make an appointment for your child to receive this vaccine before September. Please send in a copy of your child's vaccine records with updates as soon as possible.

The NYS Education and Health Departments has provided a helpful letter with information about vaccinations.