2014 - 2015
The CDC announced that a predominant circulating flu virus strain that is not included in this year's vaccine was detected in September, after the year's vaccine was already being dispersed. When this particular strain has circulated in the past, it has been a particularly bad flu season.
The flu vaccine is still the single most effective way to protect you from influenza.
The best way to reduce the severity of the flu is to start an antiviral medication early. They work best when started within 2 days of the start of symptoms.
The best way to prevent the spread of flu is to stay home when you are ill.
Sometimes it can be difficult for a parent to decide whether to send children to school when they wake up with symptoms of an illness or complaints that they do not feel well. In general, during cold and flu season, unless your child is significantly ill, the best place for them is in school where they have all already been exposed to the same germs and where they are less likely to expose other more vulnerable people, like the very young or very old. Remind your children to discard used tissues promptly, not to share personal items, to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, to keep their hands away from their face, and to wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and warm water. However, there are some situations in which it is best to plan on keeping your child home for a day to rest or to arrange for an appointment with your health care provider.
When should my child stay home from school due to illness?
Keep your child home from school for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone.
(Fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol or Motrin.) A fever is defined as 100°F (37.8°C) or higher.
Child is too sleepy or ill from an illness, like vomiting and/or diarrhea
Bad cold, with discolored nasal drainage & cough, accompanied with a fever.
Strep Throat (must have been taking an antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)
Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth
We play outdoors as the weather permits at NECC, so please send your child to school in layered clothing and items needed to ensure warm and dry fingers and toes whether they be inside or outdoors. Also, as we begin to wear boots more frequently, be sure that your child has a pair of shoes packed for them to wear in school and / or sneakers for PE.
All medications, including over the counter medicines like cough drops and medicated lip balm require a physician's note and written parent permission to be used at school. They also must be delivered to school by an adult. Medications sent in backpacks or carried by students are in violation of our school district's code of conduct.
Affordable Care Act (new federal health insurance law) For information specific to New York and plans available in Niagara County, visit www.newyorkstateofhealth.com
IMMUNIZATION UPDATE FROM
NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH:
Immunization Requirements for School Attendance
changes take effect July 1, 2015. 2 doses of Measles and Mumps
vaccines required for Kindergarten. Children will no longer be
able to wait until age 7 to meet this requirement.
NYS Education Law requires that students receive vision & hearing
screening as part of the school health services provided by the school
district. The purpose of this requirement is to detect the presence of
vision & hearing problems likely to impede a student's learning.
We will conduct Vision Screening in grades PK-3, 5, 7 & 10 ,
Hearing Screening in grades PK-1, 3, 5, 7, & 10 and
Scoliosis Screening in grades 5-9 at some points during
the school year. If the results of the screening indicate that your
child requires further follow-up, you will receive written notification.
NYS requires physicals in grades PK or K, 2, 4, 7, 10 and all NEW ENTRANTS to the district. A dental health record is requested at the times that a phyiscal is required.