I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Jan Metz. I am a Registered Nurse, employed through the Lockport City School District and I have been working at DeSales Catholic School since 1994. I want to bring your attention to a few highlights and policies from the Health Office.
If your child is going to be absent or late to school, please let us know first thing in the morning, by calling either my office at (716)434-4680 or the main office at (716)433-6422 x408. This is done partly to monitor illness among our students, and also to insure each child’s safety so we all know that the students are where they are supposed to be.
New York State has certain requirements that must be met if your child needs to take any medication in school. I will first need a note from their physician, and a note from you. Most importantly, the medication must be brought to school in a labeled container. All medication (with the exception of inhalers) should be brought to school by an adult. No medication – including over the counter drugs – will be given to a student unless all of these conditions are met. A parent or guardian may at any time come to school and administer medication as needed.
We are required to have a health history form on file for all students. I have enclosed this for you to complete and return as soon as possible.
Also a physical form (link below) will need to be filled out by your child’s physician, usually at the time of their annual checkup. Students in grades K, 2, 4, and 7, along with any students new to the district, are mandated to have a physical. Vision and hearing screening will be done according to NYS guidelines. In addition, if there is not a current physical on file, students in grades 5-8 wil be checked for scoliosis. Parents will be notified if any concerns are noted.
In addition, at the start of each year, parents are asked to fill out an Emergency Contact form. This provides me with updated health information for your child, along with updated phone numbers where parents or a designated alternate contact may be reached, in the event of an illness or injury at school. This form is very important to insure the proper care of your child in the event of an emergency. This will be sent home the first week of school. Please complete and return it as quickly as possible.
I am here to take care of any student illnesses or injuries that happen at school. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health, please don’t hesitate to call me at (716)434-4680, or visit my office located on the ground floor next to the Pre-School classroom.
All of the forms mentioned in this letter can be found below. Please contact us if you are having trouble printing or require a hard copy.
Welcome to the DeSales community. I am looking forward to meeting you and your child. Again, please don’t hesitate to call me if you have any questions or concerns.
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