School Medical Director: Dr. Geoffrey Ostrander
You MUST contact your building nurse to sign your student up for the physical at least 1 week prior to the date.
Physicals are offered through Dr. Ostrander's office and held at the Nurse's office
No cost-dates posted above
Mandated for New Students
Mandated for students entering Pre-K, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11th grade
Students wanting to obtain working paper
Contact your student's school nurse to sign student up
Students wanting to play a modified or varsity sport
Physical exams are valid for one calendar year. If you choose to have a physical by your primary care physician, a copy of the exam must be given to the school nurse. The link above is NYS mandated physical form to be filled out by your student's physician.
- Concussion Info
- Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
- COVID Info 2023-2024
- Dental Certificates
- Flu Season
- Head Lice
- Keep Your Child Home
- Medication Information & Release
- Medical Release Form
- Screenings (Important)
- Working Papers
From: Robert J. Ostrander M.D.
"Pink Eye" or Conjunctivitis, is a common problem in school aged children. this brief note should clear up some common misconceptions about "pink eye" and outline a reasonable policy for children in school with this problem.
The most common type of conjunctivitis is caused by a viral infection with one of the common cold viruses. This is the only type that is highly contagious. It is not dangerous and gradually clears on its own over several days. Since it is caused by a virus, it is NOT eliminated and it is NOT MADE LESS
CONTAGIOUS by the use of antibiotic drops (even though it has been common practice to use them). In
fact, these drops may actually help spread the virus. Frequent hand-washing and avoiding touching
others, especially if there is a lot of drainage, is the best way to reduce the spread of this.
Other types of conjunctivitis exist (for example, allergic and bacterial), which may require different
treatment, but these are not significantly contagious. Only a discussion with your child's physician can determine what treatment might be appropriate.
If your child has "pink eye":
1. Talk with him/her about the importance of not touching the eyes or other people until after the
infection has cleared.
2. Hands should be washed mid-morning, before lunch and mid-afternoon.
message at my office (554-3119), and I will try to address them.
Marcus Whitman continues to deal with positive COVID cases. If your student has COVID symptoms, please test them at home and contact your building nurse to let them know if the test is positive. They will need to remain quarantined at home for 5 days from the start of the symptoms and can return to school on day 6. The day your symptoms started is considered day 0. Your 10 day count starts the following day. The CDC recommends that they mask through day 10. Please let your school nurse know if you need any test kits. There are plenty available.
They do NOT need to be out of school if a family member has COVID. They can continue to attend school, but we ask that they wear a mask and test at home should they become symptomatic. Please contact your building nurse with any questions or concerns.
New York State has recommended that students new to our district, entering grades Pre K, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11th grade provide the school nurse with a copy of a dental certificate (form posted below) filled out by their dentist with in the last 12 months.
Is seasonal flu more serious for kids?
Flu vaccine may save
your child’s life.
Most people with seasonal flu are sick for about a week, and then they feel better. But, some people, especially young children, pregnant women, older people, and people with chronic health problems can get very sick. Some can even die.
A flu vaccine is the best way to protect your child from seasonal flu.
What is seasonal flu? The flu, or influenza, is a viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu can
spread from person to person.
Flu shot or nasal spray
- Flu shots can be given to children 6 months and older.
- A nasal-spray vaccine can be given to healthy children 2 years and older.
- Children younger than 5 years who have experienced wheezing in the past year --- or any child with chronic health problems --- should get the flu shot, not the nasal-spray vaccine.
- Children younger than 9 years old who get a vaccine for the first time need two doses.
How else can I protect my child?
- Get the seasonal flu vaccine for yourself.
- Encourage your child’s close contacts to get seasonal flu vaccine, too. This is very important if your child is younger than 5 or if he or she has a chronic health problem such as asthma (breathing disease) or diabetes (high blood sugar levels).
- Wash your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes. This will prevent the spread of germs.
- Tell your children to:
- Stay away from people who are sick;
- Clean their hands often;
- Keep their hands away from their face, and
- Cover coughs and sneezes to protect others. It’s best to use a tissue and quickly throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
What are signs of the flu?
The flu comes on suddenly. Most people with the flu feel very tired and have a high fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and sore muscles. Some people, especially children, may also have stomach problems and diarrhea. The cough can last two or more weeks.
Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents
How does the flu spread?
People who have the flu usually cough, sneeze, and have a runny nose. The droplets in a cough, sneeze or runny nose contain the flu virus. Other people can get the flu by breathing in these droplets or by getting them in their nose or mouth.
How long can a sick person spread the flu to others?
Most healthy adults may be able to spread the flu from one day before getting sick to up to 5 days after getting sick. This can be longer in children and in people who don’t fight disease as well (people with weaker immune systems).
What should I use to clean hands?
rubbed into hands until the hands are dry.
What can I do if my
child gets sick?
Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks lots of fluids. Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child over-the-counter medicine. If your children or teenagers may have the flu, never give them aspirin or medicine that has aspirin in it. It could cause serious problems.
Can my child go to school/day care with the flu?
No. If your child has the flu, he or she should stay home to rest. This helps avoid giving the flu to other children.
Children with the flu should be isolated in the home, away from other people. They should also stay home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours (that is, until they have no fever without the use of fever-control medicines and they feel well
for 24 hours.) Remind your child to protect others by covering his or her mouth when coughing or sneezing. You may want to send your child to school with some tissues, wipes or gels with alcohol in them if the school allows gels.
For more information about the flu, visit:
NASN POSITION It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) that the management of head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) infestations in school settings should not disrupt the educational process, including but not limited to the elimination of classroom screening, forced absences from school for nits and/or live lice and broad notification that a case of head lice has been found. As the leader who bridges health care and education, the registered professional school nurse (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) advocates for evidence-based head lice management strategies that eliminate exclusionary practices and promote positive student outcomes, including reduced absenteeism.
Exclusion from school can adversely affect students emotionally, socially and academically (Devore et al., 2015; Pontius, 2014).
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the CDC advocate for the following practices to be discontinued: • whole classroom screening, • exclusion for nits or live lice, • notification to others except for parents/guardians of students with head lice infestations
Classroom screenings are often inaccurate, not cost-effective, and notification to others may be a breach of confidentiality (Pontius, 2014).
Schools should not exclude students for active infestation or when nits remain after appropriate lice treatment.
School nurses should advocate for evidence-based prevention measures that include assisting parents with identification of lice/nits and teaching students, parents, staff, and community effective prevention measures.
Both AAP and CDC assert that treatment should only be initiated when at least one live louse has been identified. It is likely that a child’s infestation has been present for 30 days or more prior to the identification of live lice, the affected child in school poses little risk of transmission to others and should remain in class.
Children with nits and live lice continue to be excluded from school by “no nit” and “no live lice” policies due to myths and misinformation.
Parent and school staff education and re-education on the topic is the best mechanism to dispel the myths around the transmission of lice (Pontius, 2014). According to the CDC (2015), “The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice” (para. 6). Improved attendance for children who were formerly excluded along with the decrease in stigmatism of these children and families can positively impact student learning and the school environment. NASN recommends school nurses take an active role in the education of parents, students, providers, and school communities to promote proper evidence-based practices in the treatment and management of head lice. These actions include clarifying misinformation about how head lice are transmitted and advocating for a more supportive, less exclusionary approach to head lice management that does not disrupt the educational environment and promotes student attendance and academic success. REFERENCES: NASN
New York State School Boards Association
Should children with head lice be prevented from attending school?
No, for three reasons. First, it is not uncommon for a child to be misdiagnosed as having lice. Dandruff and hair products are frequently misidentified as lice. Second, by the time a child is found to have a head lice infestation, peers have already been exposed; keeping the child home is pointless. Finally, there is no evidence that keeping a child with nits or lice out of school prevents other children from becoming infested.
What's wrong with having a "no nit" policy?
A "no nit" policy means that children are not allowed to return to school or the classroom until they have no remaining evidence of infestation, which isolates them and deprives them of learning opportunities. Although such policies are common, they have no basis in science or medicine and create many problems. First, such policies set parents on a quest to remove nits, and it's a fool's errand; nits are firmly cemented to the hair shaft and are not easily dislodged. Second, the mere presence of nits does not indicate active infestation; only nits that are located a half an inch or less from the scalp are likely to be viable. Third, there is no way to tell, using the naked eye, if a nit is viable or dead.
Should students be permitted to not wear helmets during sporting activities based on concerns about contracting head lice?
Absolutely not! Unlike a head lice infestation, a head injury or concussion presents a serious health risk and has the potential for far-reaching, long-term health implications. Wearing protective helmets or equipment during a sports activity should never be discouraged due to fear of head lice infestation.
New York State School Boards Association
24 Century Hill Drive, Suite 200
Latham, New York 12110-2125
The Middle School and High School immunizations mandated for the start of the 2023-24 school year are listed below (Pre-K - 5th are shown on the NYS Immunization Requirement Sheet on the back). These immunizations MUST be completed by September 20, 2023 or they will not be able to attend school until they have received the immunization.
- 6th grade–Tdap (or age 11)
- 7th grade –Meningococcal
- 12th grade –2nd Meningococcal
When to Keep a Child Home With an Illness
It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well. Usually, the best place for them is in school, but there are sometimes when keeping them home to rest or call for an appointment with your health care provider is recommended.
Please keep your child home and/or contact your child’s doctor for:
- Fever greater than 100.4° (taken by mouth)
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Severe sore throat along with fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours, or after exposure to Strep throat infection
- Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts
- Large amounts of mucous (liquid) from their nose, with face pain or headache
- Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear
- Severe headache, especially with fever
If your child has a fever, it is not a good idea to give them medicine like Tylenol or Advil and send them to school because as soon as the medicine wears off, the fever may return, and you will be called to come and pick up your child.
Please keep children home for 24 hours after the fever ends or they have completed 24 hours of medication if prescribed by your health care provider.
If you find your child is frequently asking to stay home from school, if they are falling behind or appear anxious about school, or if there does not appear to be any physical symptoms, contact your school nurse and your health care provider to discuss your concerns.
Remind children to throw away used tissues, cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, keep their hands away from their face, and to wash hands often with soap and warm water will help keep everyone healthier.
Please call us with any concerns or questions.
Medication Administration Form
General Information based on age:
NOTE: You will need to fill out the work permit application (part one only) and attach a copy of a physical exam that has been completed within the last 12 months.