November 19, 2017

Health & Safety

The district's goal is to promote and protect the health and wellness of every student. This commitment is reflected in its school nurse offices, health and physical education curricula, its adherence to state and federal health regulations and guidelines and comprehensive wellness policy.  

School Nurses/Health Office

It is imperative that the school nurse be aware of children's existing medical conditions, such as asthma and diabetes, and allergies, including environmental, food, bees and other insects. Please keep the school updated on any changes in your child’s medical conditions and/or medications.

Please help the district prevent infection by keeping students home when they have vomiting, diarrhea, a fever higher than 100.4 degrees in the past 24 hours, uncontrollable coughing, strep thoat (if on medication less than 24 hours) or conjunctivitis (if on medication for less than 24 hours). Please call to report any absences, and note your child’s major complaint or illness. Please be aware that a written note is required by New York State law for all absences and late arrivals.

Seasonal flu

Influenza, commonly known as flu, is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs. Caused by many different and changing strains of the influenza virus, flu can be very dangerous for infants and children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with chronic health issues.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year in the United States, on average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and 36,000 people die from flu. Persons who are infected can spread the flu before they show any symptoms. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine.

READ MORE: Fight the flu - resources from the Schenectady County Department of Health

READ MORE: Centers for Disease Control: A Guide for Parents (pdf)

READ MORE: Flu Facts from Parent Today (pdf)

bulletin board that says Say Boo to the Flu with ghosts with health tips

State requires two doses of meningitis vaccination before grade 12

Updated Aug. 7, 2017


Last year, New York state began requiring students entering grades 7 and 12 to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. For the 2017-18 school year, students entering eighth grade who did not receive their first dose on or before the start of seventh grade must also meet the requirement.

Does your child need to be vaccinated before the start of the 2017-18 school year to meet this requirement? The answer depends on more than just your child’s age and grade level. READ MORE

NYSED policy regarding sunscreen in schools

May 7, 2015

The New York State Education Department policy regarding sunscreens in schools is: "The board of education or trustees of each school district and board of cooperative educational services, and the governing body of each private elementary, middle and secondary school, shall allow students to carry and use topical sunscreen products approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter use for the purpose of avoiding overexposure to the sun and not for medical treatment of an injury or illness, with the written permission of the parent or guardian of the student. A record of such permission shall be maintained by the school. A student who is unable to physically apply sunscreen may be assisted by unlicensed personnel when directed to do so by the student, if permitted by a parent or guardian and authorized by the school."

Cold weather advisory

Our DCS school nurses issued an advisory about cold weather safety, including how to prevent frostbite, during winter 2014-15. This remains as useful information. READ MORE

Body Mass Index is part of required school health check

New York State Education Law requires body mass index, or BMI, and weight status group to be included in a student’s school health examination. To determine BMI, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. The BMI helps the nurse or doctor know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low.

Each year, the New York State Department of Health will survey some schools for the number of pupils in each of six possible weight status categories. A sample of school districts will be selected to take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health.

If Duanesburg Central School District is selected to be part of the survey, the district will report information about students' weight status groups to the Health Department. Such information will then be used by state officials to develop programs to help children be healthier.

Only summary information is sent. No names or information about individual students are included. However, parents and guardians may choose to have their child’s information excluded from the survey report.

Parents/guardians who do not want their child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey should contact Elementary School Nurse Melissa Roennpagel, RN, at 895-8310 ext. 229 or Jr./Sr. High School Nurse JoAnne Newsome, R.N. at 895-5350 ext. 240.

Medications in schools

The school nurse may only administer prescription or non-prescription drugs to students in school if the parent or guardian submits a written request accompanied by directions for administering the medication from the prescribing physician. Medication should be in the original container with the child’s name on it. All medication turned over to the school nurse is kept under lock and key. These precautions are in place to protect the student’s well-being. [DOWNLOAD THE MEDICATION PERMISSION FORM]  

District Wellness Policy

The district's wellness committee, made up of parents, students and district staff assesses current activities, programs and policies in an effort to promote and protect student health, well-being and ability to learn by fostering healthy eating and physical activity. [DOWNLOAD THE POLICY - PDF] 


Head lice, school procedures

The school nurse is required to administer to all students a head lice examination throughout the school year. If head lice are discovered, a list of procedures must be followed in an effort to contain and limit the spread of the infestation. [DOWNLOAD PROCEDURES]

Food allergies and our schools

There are students at Duanesburg Central Schools with peanut/tree nut allergies. Food allergies are a growing health issue in this country and in many cases the allergies are life-threatening. It can take as little as 1/10,000 of a teaspoon of peanut or peanut butter to cause a fatal reaction. [LEARN MORE]  

School Safety

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) took effect on July 1, 2012. Just as with the district's Code of Conduct, the new law seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. [LEARN MORE]

Project SAVE

In July 2000, the State of New York enacted the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) law. Project SAVE is a comprehensive planning effort that addresses prevention, response, and recovery with respect to a variety of emergencies in each school district and its schools. [LEARN MORE]

Duanesburg recognized as a tobacco-free school

Duanesburg is recognized as a tobacco-free school by the Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition, Center for Smoking Cessation at Seton Health, Reality Check and Tobacco-Free Healthy Schools—all grant-funded programs from the New York State Bureau of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control. [LEARN MORE]  

School bus safety resources
Bus safety is everyone's concern—drivers, students, parents and school officials. To that end, the district adheres to state laws and participates in a variety of special activities throughout the school year.  [LEARN MORE]