Health Services

  • Health Services at Lyons Central School District

    Mrs. Alecia Young, R.N. 
    Lyons Elementary School
    946-2200 ext 3504

    Mrs. Jessica Buisch, R.N.
    Lyons Middle/High School
    946-2200 ext 2504

    This section provides information for parents in the Lyons Central School District. Links located on the left side are the current resources that will lead to related information.  

    The District adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Private health care providers must follow other laws called Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In instances where the school needs to communicate with private health care providers, the parent will need to complete the required form(s) from their health care provider in order for school officials to be able to speak with them. Please be advised that confidential medical information will be shared with district personnel who need to know. This may include understanding the impact a medical condition may have on a child within the classroom setting and/or how to recognize and potentially manage significant medical concerns until medical help arrives. If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.

    Medical Concern/Medication
    If your child has any medical concerns -- diabetes, asthma, seizures, or allergies to bee stings/foods -- please contact your child’s school nurse as soon as possible to discuss or to set up an appointment to take in medications and notes. 

    A physician’s order is good for one school year only; therefore, all students receiving medication at school will require a physician’s order and signature of approval from parent/guardian each new school year.

    A physician’s order and written permission from the parent is required for ALL medications required during the school day and or school-related activities – prescription medications and non-prescription medications.Students are NOT permitted to have any medication (other than inhalers or Epi Pens with prior medical approval) on their person or in their lockers. Students must have Doctor's written order on file in the Health Office to carry an inhaler or an Epi Pen.

    Provisions can be made for your student to have medication on hand in the Health Office to be administered by the school nurse. A form is required that must be completed and returned to the school nurse. Any MD form is acceptable. It is important that you contact the nurse as soon as possible to make arrangements to drop off medication and permission forms. For your convince a form is available under Medical Forms if one is needed.

    Importance of Attending School
    The daily attendance of all students is an important concern for your administration. Attendance is an indication of a student's physical and mental health, as well as his/her social adjustment. A student's frequent absence from school may denote a loss of interest in school for reasons that are important to know and understand early in the school year. 

    Attendance for Elementary, Middle and High School:
    Please call all absences and late arrivals into the school as soon as possible in the morning. Without this call, the Attendance Office will call home, work, or emergency contacts to inquire about your child’s absence. Students arriving late to school should always sign in with the attendance clerk and get a pass to proceed to class. New York State Law requires a written note to the Attendance office upon the student’s return to school, explaining the nature of the absence or tardiness. Your student’s absence will be considered unverified until the written excuse is received. 

    Mandated Screenings
    The New York State Education Department requires certain screening exams to be done on certain ages or grades of children. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) also requires that your private health care provider reports and that the school district collects information on your child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) and Weight Status Category (WSC). Any information requested by the DOH regarding BMI or WSC will not contain identification of your child. However, if you do not wish to have your child’s unidentified assessment included on the survey, please advise the school nurse.

    The following screening evaluations are conducted by the school nurse who will advise you of any concerns:
    1. Distance visual acuity for all new entrants and for children in grades Pre-K or Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11, or at any other time deemed essential.
    2. Near visual acuity for all new entrants within six months of entrance.
    3. Color perception for all new entrants within six months of entrance.
    4. Hearing acuity for all new entrants and for those in grades Pre-K or Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, and at any other time deemed essential.
    5. Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) for girls in grades 5 and 7 and boys in grade 9 who did not have a scoliosis screening noted on their health certificate should be screened.

    Dental Health
    Taking good care of your teeth is an important part of good health.  Regular dental exams and treatments will help you avoid dental problems and preserve healthy teeth that will last a lifetime.  The Rochester Primary Care Network, located at the Wayne County Public Health Offices on Nye Road in Lyons is now accepting patients for affordable dental care.  They offer screenings, regular exams, school dental certificates, x-rays, fillings, sealants and other services as needed.  All insurance carriers are accepted, such as Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Medicaid and all other state-sponsored insurance programs.  If you do not have dental insurance, they offer a sliding scale fee for services for you and your family.  If you have any questions, please call your school nurse.

    Health/Physical Requirements for School Entrance
    A birth certificate or other proof of age is required to be eligible for school admission. A certificate of immunization is required upon entrance to school from a physician, clinic, or school setting with date or dates that the child has received or is in the process of receiving:

    1. 5 doses of Diphtheria toxoid (or 4 doses if the 4th dose was received at 4 years or older or 3 doses if 7 years or older and the series was started at 1 year or older)
    2. 4 doses of Polio vaccine (3 doses if the 3rd dose was received at 4 years or older)
    3. 2 doses of live measles vaccine administered after the age of 12 months or certification that the child has had the disease.
    4. 1 dose of live mumps vaccine administered after the age of 12 months or certification that the child has had the disease.
    5. 1 dose of live rubella vaccine administered after the age of 12 months or serology evidence of immunity.
    6. 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.
    7. 2 doses of Varicella vaccine (chicken pox).
    8. 2 doses of Meningococcal vaccine (or 1 dose if the dose was received at 16 years or older).

    Students who are entering 6th grade or a comparable age-level special education program and who are 11 years of age or older must receive an immunization containing tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap).

    A child may be exempt from the immunization requirements only with: 
    1.  A physician’s certificate stating the immunization would be detrimental to the child’s health
    2.  A written and signed statement from the parent, parents or guardian of such child, stating that the parent, parents or guardian objects to their child’s immunization due to sincere and genuine religious beliefs which prohibits the immunization of their child in which case the principal or person in charge may require supporting documents.

    A physical examination is required within 30 days of school entrance and upon entry for grades Pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.  A physical is acceptable if administered not more than 12 months prior to the commencement of school in which the physical examination is required. 

    Is My Child Too Ill to Attend School?
    Parents are often confronted with this decision when their child complains of not feeling well.  The guidelines shown below may be helpful to you. It will not cover every medical condition and does not take the place of seeking medical attention. Please consult your doctor for specific medical advice.

    • Fever - 100 degrees or higher - A fever is a sign of illness.  A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher should not attend school.  The child should be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school.

    • Sore throat/Colds/Cough - Minor cold symptoms are common and usually don't interfere with school attendance.  A persistent, frequent cough and /or constant nasal drainage may affect your child's performance at school, and he/she may be more comfortable at home.

    • Rash - A rash may cover the entire body or only one area.  A child that has a rash that is draining, has open areas or is causing the child to itch excessively should not attend school.  A rash accompanied with other symptoms such as: a fever, sore throat, irritability, vomiting etc. should not attend school.

    • Vomiting/Diarrhea - A child who has vomited should wait 24 hours and be able to retain solid food before returning to school.  A child who is having frequent diarrhea stools should not attend school.  If there is cramping/abdominal pain with diarrhea, the student may be more comfortable at home.

    Head Lice Alert
    Head lice reach a peak time for infestation during the summer because of overnight camps, slumber parties and vacations. Consider checking your child’s head for the presence of lice regularly during the summer and several times the week before school reopens.  Information about identifying lice can be found at:

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