Illness or Emergency at School

Sick PersonRegular check-up and up-to-date immunizations help prevent illnesses. If your child becomes ill or an emergency occurs during school hours, the parent/guardian will be contacted. Again, it is extremely important that parents/guardians keep the information on Blue Emergency Cards current, and that alternate emergency numbers are provided should the school be unable to contact you directly.

Parents/guardians should understand that the Lower Lab staff, including the school nurse, are prohibited from doing any invasive procedures (including splinter removal!) and dispensing medications without prior approval, such as a Department of Education Medical Administration Form.

  1. Please check your child’s temperature at home in the morning if he/she seems feverish.
  2. Please make sure to notify the school immediately if your child contracts a communicable disease (i.e. strep throat, scarlet fever, chicken pox), so that classmates and staff can be alerted.
  3. Notify the teacher and nurse if your child has an ongoing medical condition, i.e. food allergies, asthma. (This may require the filling of a MFA and 504 form).

Prescribed medications for chronic health conditions such as Diabetes, Asthma, Food Allergy, Seizure Disorder can be administered by the school nurse during school hours following approval by the Department of Education and the Department of Health with a signed Medication Administration Form (MAF) . Please contact Ann Flores or the School Nurse for information about obtaining a MFA form to administer medication during school hours. If you don’t receive a renewal MFA form in the mail over the summer, please contact Ann Flores and the School Nurse. Very important to remember—a new renewal MFA form must be filled out each school year. Medicine prescribed for short periods of time (such as to treat a cold, earache, or strep throat) that must be administered during the school day, must be administered by the parent or a designated adult care taker. Do not send medicine to school with a note requesting the nurse or teacher administer it. Due to the possibility that a child might have an allergy to an over-the-counter medication, medicines such as Motrin, Tylenol, and Advil are not stored in the medical room, nor can they be left for a child by a parent. The nurse can only administer pre-approved medicine as designated on a MFA form that has been authorized and signed by a physician.

Should your child require additional accommodations due to a medical condition, parents should complete a 504 Accommodations Form. This form must also be renewed every school year. Please see Elana Hoffman our Guidance Counselor if you have any questions about this procedure. For more information visit the Office of School Health Website http://schools.nyc.gov/offices/health/schoolhealthforms/default.htm. 

Children diagnosed with contagious infections need a medical doctor’s note stating the diagnosis, medications and date the child may return to school. Contagious infections may include: strep throat, ringworm, scabies, conjunctivitis (pink eye), fifth disease and scarlet fever. Parents of a child prescribed crutches by a physician need to notify the principal and school nurse before the child returns to school.

If your child is feeling sick and becomes ill with any of the following: fever, vomiting, sore throat, unusual spots or rashes, diarrhea, loss of appetite, unusual behavior, conjunctivitis (pink eye), headache, stiff neck or infected skin patches–Please consult a doctor, keep them comfortable at home or arrange other childcare. Please be considerate of the other children, teachers and families. If your child develops any of these symptoms, we will call you and ask you to take your child out of school. We strongly suggest you consider plans for unexpected sick care for your child before he/she becomes ill.

If a serious emergency occurs at school, we first contact the parent/guardian, caregiver and emergency contact person. If the school is unable to reach any of the previously mentioned people and/or the principal or medical personnel deems it necessary, the child will be taken by ambulance to the emergency room. In the meantime, all attempts will be made to continue contacting all the names on the blue emergency cards.