Health Updates and Notices

Important information regarding NYS required Health Examination form January 2021

Please note - Beginning January 31, 2021 physical examinations for school per the New York State Education Department are to be documented on the NYS Required Health Examination FormPDF download or an electronic health record equivalent form. Healthcare providers were informed of this change by NYS and the form was disseminated to healthcare professional organizations.

The NYS Required School Health Examination Form will be used for New Entrants and students in grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, & 11, annually for interscholastic athletics (sports), working papers as needed, and for the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE).

Parents/Guardians should bring the approved form with them to their child’s medical appointment, so it can be completed at the time of the visit.  Starting January 31, 2021 the healthcare provider must complete and sign the required form or an EHR equivalent form. A healthcare provider cannot staple another completed health exam form (which is not an EHR equivalent) to a blank NYS School Health Examination form.  Forms may be found on the district website under Departments/Health Office/Health Office Forms. Please contact your School Nurse if you have questions.  



Message from your School Nurse 

 January 2021  Newsletter from your School Nurse (Spanish VersionPDF download)

Happy New Year! To keep our Lakeland Community healthy continue to avoid large gatherings, maintain social distancing, hand washing, and mask wearing. 

As a reminder, please continue to contact your Principal and School Nurse immediately via phone call during the school day or email after hours if a student tests positive for COVID-19. Parents making prompt notification of positive test results have assisted the Administration in providing timely responses. 

Please do not forget to send your child to school with their daily COVID-19 Screener slipPDF download which includes a temperature check at home.  Students exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or answering YES to any question on this form, must stay home. Please call in your student’s absence and contact their Health Care Provider for guidance. Keep in touch with your School Nurse regarding all absences including illness, being in close contact with someone with COVID-19, or testing positive for COVID-19. 

 For testing information call NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 NYS COVID-19 testing  

UPDATED NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GUIDELINES 

Under the new guidelines per Governor Cuomo, individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end their quarantine after 10 days without a testing requirement, as long as no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period. After day 10 is reached, individuals must continue monitoring for symptoms through day 14, should any symptoms develop during this time, they should immediately self-isolate, and contact the local health department or their Healthcare Provider to report this change and determine if they should seek testing. Individuals should continue strict adherence to all recommended safe behaviors to stop the spread.

When to Quarantine/Isolate

The difference between Quarantine and Isolation is that Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the COVID virus away from others while Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the COVID virus away from others, even in their home.

  • Quarantine starts from the last day of contact with a positive COVID-19 case and lasts for 10 days (individuals must continue monitoring for symptoms through day 14)
  • Isolation starts for 10 days from symptom onset or 10 days from testing positive, whichever comes first 
  • If a student tests positive, they must isolate for 10 days. Symptoms must be resolving and student must be fever free, without tylenol or motrin, for 72 hours before returning to school. Parents should contact their School Nurse and DOH for further guidance
  • If a student tests positive for COVID, please provide a copy of the result to the School Nurse. Proof of a positive test, exempts individuals from quarantining if re-exposed or if they travel out of New York for 90 days. Verbal proof is not acceptable

Travel advisory information 

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests come back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
       
  • For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

All travelers must continue to fill out the traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.

COVID-19 Online Resources: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

WCDOH quarantine protocolPDF download

WCDOH isolation information

Managing stress tips from the CCD

Signs and symptoms of mental health problems in children during COVID-19PDF download

Resources for Parents




Message from your School Nurse - December 22, 2020

Dear Lakeland Families,

Wishing you all a healthy and safe holiday season. Enjoy the season but continue to reduce the risk of infection by wearing face masks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing. For more information please click on the following link:

Winter Holiday tips to avoid the spread of Covid  

Just a reminder  COVID-19 symptoms include fever (100.0 F or above) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.  Students exhibiting any symptoms should  stay home and contact their Healthcare Provider for guidance. For testing information call NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065  or NYS COVID-19 testing

During the pause and holiday break please report all positive COVID-19 results, close contact with someone with COVID-19, or travel to a quarantined state to your health office via email or phone. Please see the school website for contact information. 

New travel guidelines allow out of state travelers to 'test out' of the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Remote Absences should be called in daily to your school health office.

Please fax or email any clearance notes and COVID-19 lab test results to the school health office.  Please email the nurse or call the Health Office directly regarding documentation needed to return. Please click on the following link for your health office nurse contact information: Directory of District Nurses and Health Offices

Thank you for doing your part in keeping the Lakeland community healthy.

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2021.

Stay well and keep in touch!



Message from your School Nurse  - November 24, 2020

 As a reminder, before coming to school each day, Parents/Guardians are responsible for taking their child’s temperature at home and then completing the COVID-19 screening slip. All students must arrive at school with a completed COVID Screener Slip. Please ensure your student has their COVID Slip in hand before leaving the home. Students exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or answers YES to any questions on this form, must stay home. Please call in your student’s absence and contact their Healthcare Provider for guidance. Please keep in touch with your School Nurse regarding all absences including illness, being in close contact with someone with COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19.  For testing information call NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 NYS COVID-19 testing  Please review the new Travel advisory information and adhere to the guidelines.

If a student tests positive for COVID, please contact your Principal and School Nurse immediately via phone call during the school day or email after hours.  Parents making prompt notification of positive test results have assisted administration in providing timely responses.

If an absence is due to COVID-like symptoms and a COVID test is recommended by your Healthcare  Provider, then please stay home until the COVID PCR test results are received. In addition, monitor your student for symptoms. Notify your School Nurse with the COVID test result prior to your child returning to school via email or phone call. Keep in mind paperwork must be reviewed prior to boarding the bus and for school entry. http://www.lakelandschools.org/departments/health_office/index.php 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19 QUARANTINE PROCEDURES 

  1. Does my child need to quarantine if he/she is in contact with someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19?
  2. If your child has been identified as a contact of someone who is COVID-19 positive your child will need to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact.  People with known contact to a positive COVID-19 case are at a higher risk for developing COVID-19 infection.  It may take up to 14 days for them to develop illness.  That’s why they must quarantine (separate from everyone, including household members) for 14 days - even if they feel healthy, and /or have a negative COVID-19 test result. 
  3. If my child has been exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, and tests negative for COVID-19, when can my child return to school?
  4. Even if your child tests negative, your child must be quarantined for 14 days and can return to school on the 15th day after exposure if they are symptom-free.
  5. What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
  6. Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others. Isolation keeps someone who tested positive for COVID-19 away from others, even in their own home.
  7. If one of my children is required to quarantine due to possible exposure to a positive individual, can my other children attend school?
  8. Yes, they can attend school as long as they have no symptoms and pass the COVID Screener questionnaire. Quarantine is only required for someone who has had contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.
  9. If my child has any symptoms related to COVID-19, can he/she attend school?
  10. NO, your child may NOT attend school if he/she has any COVID-19-related symptoms. Please call your School Nurse for more information.

Flu and  COVID-19​ Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19​

Call your healthcare provider regarding the flu vaccine.   The Flu: A Guide for Parent

To keep the Lakeland Community healthy continue to practice healthy habits such as mask wearing, washing hands, social distancing and remaining at home.


As a reminder to reach out to your Healthcare providers if your child has missed routine preventive care or follow-up appointments during the COVID-19 public health emergency, ensuring students receive doses of recommended/required immunizations and physicals they may have otherwise missed. 

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources

CDC - Coronavirus/COVID-19
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html  
NY Department of Health - What you need to know.
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
NYS Department of Health - Protect Yourself and Your Family
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/protect-yourself-and-your-family-coronavirus-covid-19#symptoms
Westchester County - Coronavirus Update
https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus

Information about Type 1 Diabetes and Coronavirus:  https://www.jdrf.org/coronavirus/

OMH Guidance for Managing Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19
https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/guidance/covid-19-managing-stress-anxiety.pdf


Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Guidance and Resources
A new coronavirus called 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was first found in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This virus had not been found in humans before. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and trouble breathing or shortness of breath. There are thousands of diagnosed cases in China and new cases being diagnosed in a number of countries including the United States.

What do we know?
Since this virus is very new, health authorities continue to carefully watch how this virus spreads. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working hard to learn as much as possible about this new virus, so that we can better understand how it spreads and causes illness. The CDC considers this virus to be a serious public health concern. Based on current information the CDC recommends avoiding travel to China. Updated travel information related to 2019-nCoV can be found at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/novel-coronavirus-china

How Does 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus Spread?
Health experts believe the virus probably spreads from animals to humans and from person to person. It’s not clear yet how easily the virus spreads from person-to-person. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) is not currently a concern for the general public and is not actively circulating among New Yorkers at this time. Therefore, there is no need to cancel school or social events, and there is no need for students or school staff to wear surgical masks at school.

Prevention
There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this virus. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all travel to China.
Symptoms
Information to date suggests that 2019-nCoV causes mild-to-moderate illness and symptoms like the flu, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Are visitors from China being screened?
Yes, as of February 2nd new screening protocols are conducted for individuals entering the US from China at designated airports. PreK-12 schools may have students who attend school and have traveled to various areas in Asia, including China. Students should not be excluded from school or any school activities based on race, country of origin, or recent travel (or a family member’s recent travel), including to any part of China. Schools may only exclude a student if a local health department informs the school that a student must comply with a quarantine order or the student is symptomatic of a communicable or infectious disease pursuant to Education Law §906.

Important Health Information for Those Who Have Recently Traveled to Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and Experience Symptoms
If you recently traveled to Wuhan, China and feel sick with fever, cough or trouble breathing; OR you develop symptoms within 14 days of traveling there, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Call ahead and tell them about your travel and symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Stay home, except for seeking medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Contact your local health department.
This is an emerging, rapidly changing situation. For questions please contact your local department of health or the NYS DOH Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

We encourage you to keep up to date about 2019-nCoV, its treatment and prevention by visiting the following websites:

Additional Resources

NASP Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

CDC’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website at https://www.cdc.gov/nCoV

NYSDOH’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website at https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

NYSDOH directory of local health departments  https://www.health.ny.gov/contact/contact_information/

Influenza Season

The NYS Department of Health would like you to know that information regarding influenza and the benefits of influenza immunizations is free and accessible on their website http://www.nyhealth.gov.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot.

What are the symptoms of the flu?
The flu usually starts suddenly and may include these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults

* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

If your child shows any symptoms of illness:  temperature over 100° and flu-like symptoms (see above), please keep him/her home.  Notify your health care provider if there is no improvement. 

Children may not return to school unless:  

  • They are fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication for fever 
  • They have not vomited for 24 hours

During school, if your child is ill and/or found to have flu like symptoms, parents/guardians will be called to pick up student.  Please have updated contact numbers on file.  Emergency contacts should be local and available to pick up students promptly.  When parents call to report an absence, please identify the illness your child is experiencing including symptoms.  Absences should be called in daily by parent/guardian.   

Below are links to websites and guides containing information about the flu and flu shot:
NYS Department of Health - Fight the Flu at Home and School
NYS Department of Health Seasonal Flu Guide
CDC Everyday Prevention Guide
NYS Department of Health Flu Fact Sheet
NYS Influenza (Flu) Fact Sheet


Measles

Westchester County Health  Department  Offering  Free  Vaccination  Clinics

Measles
New York State Health Department: Measles Vaccination Remains Vital to Protecting Against Highly Contagious Disease. Measles case confirmed in Ulster County. Additional information on Measles 


Winter Health and Safety Tips
Due to the recent extreme cold weather, Lakeland's school health professionals would like to share some winter health and safety tips with our Lakeland families. Children need extra attention to stay warm, safe and healthy when temperatures drop. Please review the tips provided.

Guidelines for Cold Weather Safety
Winter Safety Tips - Westchester.gov http://health.westchestergov.com/winter-safety-tips  
Winter Safety Tips - NY.gov http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/publicsafety/winter.cfm   
Cold Weather Tips - NY.gov (NYS Department of Health) http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/weather/cold/cold_weather_tips.htm 
Winter Weather Health and Safety Tips - CDC.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/  

Frostbite and Hypothermia https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/documents/hypothermia-frostbite_508.pdf


Chickenpox (varicella zoster)
NYS Department of Health Chickpox Fact Sheet


Pertussis

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a contagious bacterial infection that can begin like a common cold, but progresses to severe bouts of coughing followed by a high whoop or crowing sound that can last for weeks or months. It is primarily spread from person to person by direct contact with mucus or droplets from the nose and throat of infected individuals. For the NYS Department of Health Fact sheet on Pertussis please visit:

The Westchester County Department of Health has advised us that the best way to prevent pertussis or whooping cough in your child and others is to be up to date with your vaccinations. We are thus advising that you contact your family physician to check your or your child‘s pertussis vaccine history. The CDC, New York State and Westchester County Departments of Health recommend that all children receive 5 doses of a pertussis-containing vaccine by kindergarten entry and that all individuals 10 years of age and older, including teachers and staff, receive another booster with a different pertussis-containing vaccine.

NYSDOH has a fact sheet on Pertussis and encourages all adults over 19 years of age who have or who anticipate having close contact with an infant should receive a single dose of Tdap to protect against pertussis and reduce the likelihood of transmission.

Pertussis Fact Sheet (English)
Pertussis Fact Sheet (Spanish)


Head Lice
Children should be checked periodically at home and the school nurse should be called if head lice are found. Call your health care provider for best treatment. Please inform the parents of your child’s playmates so that they can check their children’s head. As a precaution the student’s class will be checked. A note will go home to inform parents of that class.

Lice (Pediculosis) - NYSDOH Fact Sheet  
Head Lice Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Lice)