March 20, 2018

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.

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Cold weather safety

It is a good idea for parents and guardians to talk with children about cold weather safety. Extra care is needed, especially in younger children, to be sure that frostbite does not occur.

Strep throat

Strep throat is caused by bacteria and is passed to others through mouth and nose secretions. It usually starts with a very sore throat and a fever. Taking antibiotics usually works well. Without medicine, strep can go on to more serious problems, such as rheumatic fever, scarlet fever and kidney problems. Strep may also cause a skin infection called impetigo, which looks like yellow-crusted sores around the nose and mouth.

Flu (influenza)

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.

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

State requires two doses of meningitis vaccination before grade 12

In 2016, 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.

NYSED policy regarding sunscreen in schools

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." [5/2015]

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.

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.

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.

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]

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]