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Elementary School

Welcome to the ES Health Page

Elementary School Nurse
(315) 986-3521, ext 1530
Paige Buckner - pbuckner@gananda.org
Elementary School Fax: (315) 986-2318

 

Hello! My name is Paige Buckner, RN, BSN and I am the Richard Mann Elementary School Nurse. I strongly believe that a student's health is directly connected to a students ability to learn and engage in the educational school day. My role in the school is to keep your children healthy, safe and ready to learn!

Any forms that may be needed are under the Health Services Forms & Information tab to the left of the screen. 

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please reach out to me at my contact information listed above.

Health Appraisal/ Dental Certificates:

New York State law requires a health examination for all students entering the school district for the first time and when entering Pre-K or K, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade. The examination must be completed by a New York State licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. 

A dental certificate which states your child has been seen by a dentist or dental hygienist is also asked for at the same time. 

  • If your child has an appointment for an exam during the school year please notify me at the Health Office with the date.

Health Conditions:

If a child has asthma, allergies/anaphylaxis, diabetes or any other serious health condition, appropriate emergency care plans will need to be provided by the child’s doctor for the school year. Please contact me to discuss the yearly paperwork needed.

Immunization information: 

New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164 requires that schools will not permit a child to attend school unless the parent/guardian provides the school with a certificate of immunization or proof from a physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant that the child is in the process of receiving the required immunizations. Below is the link with the updated immunization requirements.

2019-2020 NYS Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance

As of June 13th, 2019, New York State Legislation amended the laws governing immunizations for school children. Schools are no longer permitted to exempt students for non-medical exemptions (specifically religious exemptions) from school vaccination requirements. The deadline for obtaining the first dose of vaccinations for children attending school in the fall is 14 days from the first day of school. Within 30 days of the first day of school, parents/guardians of children must show proof of all follow-up dose appointments made. 

Failure to follow the above deadlines will result in exclusion from school for the student. 

Vaccination Requirements Applicable to All Students   

Frequently Asked Questions Non-medical Exemption

Wayne County Immunization Clinic:

Call (315) 946-5749 for available times. Make sure to bring a copy of your child's current immunizations received.

Medications (Daily & Over the Counter):

If a child takes a daily medication during the school day, the child's doctor will need to provide yearly authorization for the prescribed medication to be given in school. 

For a child to be able to use any over the counter medication options in school, the OTC medication form needs to be filled out yearly by the child's doctor and supplied to the school. Both of these forms require the doctors signature and the parent/guardian's signature.

Screening Requirements:

During the school year, the following screenings are required and may be completed at school. 

Vision:

  • Distance and Near Acuity for all newly entering students and students in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade.
  • Color Perception screening for all newly entering students. 

Hearing:

  • Hearing screening for all newly entering students and students in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade.

Scoliosis:

  • Scoliosis (spinal curvature) screening for all girls in 5th grade. 

If the Health Office has a current physical on file and the physician has performed the required screen, the nurse does not need to screen your child.

 
Questions or comments can be directed to: Paige Buckner:  pbuckner@gananda.org