To align with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) evolving guidelines for mitigating the spread of COVID-19, Fayetteville-Manlius School District officials recently revised two sections of the district’s 2020-21 school reopening plan.
The district’s reopening plan is fluid and subject to change based on scientific findings and recommendations from the CDC and the New York State Department of Health.
- Contact Information
- In-School Health Screenings
- Immunization Requirements
- Health Exam Requirements (Physicals)
- Body Mass Index Information
- Dental Certificates
- Medication Information and Administration
- Influenza (Flu) Information
- Head Lice Information
Enders Road Elementary School
Kristin Smith, School Nurse
4725 Enders Road, Manlius, NY 13104
Fayetteville Elementary School
Christina Beam, School Nurse
704 S. Manlius St., Fayetteville, NY 13066
Mott Road Elementary School
Mrs. Linda Andrake, School Nurse
7173 Mott Road, Fayetteville, NY 13066
Eagle Hill Middle School
Frances Roehm, School Nurse
4645 Enders Road, Manlius, NY 13104
Fax: (315) 692-1060
Wellwood Middle School
Mrs. Linda Siegel, School Nurse
700 S. Manlius St., Fayetteville, NY 13066
Fayetteville-Manlius High School
Mrs. Kimberly Welling, School Nurse
8201 E. Seneca Turnpike, Manlius, NY 13104
Mrs. Kathleen Hergert, District-wide School Nurse
8201 E. Seneca Turnpike, Manlius, NY 13104
In-School Health Screenings
The district’s Health Services program supports student’s academic success by promoting health in the school setting. One way that our nurses provide care for students is by performing health screenings mandated by New York state.
During the school year, the following screenings will be required or completed at school. A letter will be sent home if there are any findings that would cause concern or need medical follow-up. Please call your child’s school health office if you have any questions or concerns.
- Distance and near acuity for all newly entering students and students in kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
- Color perception screening for all newly entering students.
- Hearing screening for all newly entering students and students in kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
New York State Department of Health recently notified schools and physicians that its immunization requirements have been slightly modified. All students must have record of having receiving the proper immunizations prior to starting school.
Health Exam Requirements
The New York State Education Department requires health exams (physicals) for students who:
- Enter the school district for the first time;
- Are in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11;
- Participate in interscholastic sports in grades 7-12.
Health exams are acceptable if administered not more than 12 months prior to the beginning of the school year in which the examination is required.
We suggest that the health exam be done by the family physician as he/she is the one who best knows the family. He/she is better able to judge any change or deviation in the child’s state of health and can discuss any recommendations directly with the parents at this time.
If a health exam form is not returned for students in the specified grades, those students will be scheduled to be examined by a school physician.
It is recommended that parents have children examined each year by the family physician whether this is required for school or not. Please have the health exam form returned to school if this is done.
Body Mass Index Information
As part of a required school health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or “BMI.” The BMI helps the doctor or nurse know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low. New York State Education Law requires that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination. At times, district schools are required to take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health (DOH). When surveyed by the state, only summary information is sent for the school district. No names or information about individual students are sent, only numbers for groups of students that are collected from their health examination.
New York State Education Law 903, Chapter 281, permits schools to request a dental examination report for all newly enrolled students and for students in grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.
A list of dentists, to which students who need comprehensive dental examinations may be referred for treatment on a free or reduced-cost basis, is available upon request at your child’s school. Certificates must be signed by a licensed dentist.
Please note the dental health certificate is a request from the New York State Education Department. Unlike the health appraisal form, students who do not submit the dental health certificate will be allowed to attend school.
The New York State Center for School Health provides a sample form that may be completed by a registered dentist or dental hygienist. Look for the Sample Dental Certificate link on its web page or ask the school nurse for a copy.
Medication Information and Administration
New York State Education Department Guidelines state that ALL medications, including over-the-counter medications, given at school, require the following:
- A completed medication authorization form stating the name of the medication, dosage, frequency and time of administration signed by the parent or guardian and the child’s physician;
- Delivery of the medication to the health office by parent or guardian in a properly labeled pharmacy container or the original packaging if it is an over-the-counter medication.
Please note: A new medication order will be required at the beginning of every school year.
Elementary students are NOT allowed to carry medications to and from school. At the secondary level, emergency medications such as epi-pens and inhalers can be carried by those students who are determined to be self-directed with written orders from the student’s medical provider. The medication authorization form will be emailed to parents/guardians prior to the start of the school year.
Influenza (Flu) Information
Influenza or flu, spreads easily and can make people very sick, especially children. Flu symptoms include:
- Fever or chills
- Body aches
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
Some people, especially children, may have stomach problems and diarrhea. Unlike a cold, the flu comes on very suddenly. Below are some informational flu resources for parents.
- Fight Flu at Home and School (New York State Department of Health)
- The Flu: A Guide for Parents (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Everyday Preventive Actions Can Help Fight Germs, Like Flu (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Head Lice Information
While they can crop up any time of year, the majority of lice outbreaks strike from September to October, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Head lice comes in three forms: nit (eggs), nymph (baby lice) and adult, and spreads from person-to-person through direct contact or by sharing personal belongings like combs, towels, hats, hair accessories and headphones.
Children who start scratching their heads more frequently or complaining of an itchy scalp might have a case of lice. Even full-grown adult lice are tough to spot—they’re only about the size of sesame seeds, and they tend to blend in with hair color as a survival mechanism.
To prevent or eliminate head lice:
- Examine your child’s head for nits. They are very small gray/white eggs that attach to the hair, near the scalp. Be sure to check behind ears and at the nape of the neck.
- Check all other family members to see if they are infested and need to be treated.
- Use an effective head lice treatment that is recommended by your pharmacist.
- Remove the nits. A special comb for this task is usually provided with the lice treatment product.
- Wash all clothes, bed linens and towels in hot water and dry on hot cycle for at least 20 minutes. Items that cannot be safely washed, such as stuffed animals, should be dry cleaned or stored outside the home for a minimum of two weeks.
- Clean combs and brushes in hot, soapy water.
- Vacuum everywhere to make sure your home is free of lice.
Head lice survive only on humans and do not affect family pets.