Information from the School Nurse
It is important to stay up to date on relevant health information during the school closure. This page will continue to be updated with health information in regards to COVID-19 as well as how to keep your family healthy. There are links for websites that contain the facts of what is going on around New York state. It is important to gather information from credible websites to avoid obtaining misinformation.
If there are any questions about students' health or where you can find the best information, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be available throughout the school closure to help guide the Junior-Senior High School students and their families.
Alyssa Ganzhorn, RN
Junior-Senior High School Nurse
Please note: If there are any emergent issues with your child, for example, difficulty breathing, please call 911.
New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Onondaga County Health Department
When to keep a child home for illness
It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well. Usually, the best place for them is in school, but there are some times when keeping them home to rest or a call to your health care provider is recommended.
School Health NY recommends that you please keep your child home and/or contact your child’s doctor for:
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Severe sore throat along with fever or after exposure to Strep throat infection
- Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts
- Large amounts of drainage from their nose, with face pain or headache
- Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear
- Severe headache, especially with fever
- Severe cough, especially with muscle aches, fatigue, or other noted symptoms above
Please keep children home for 24 hours after a fever ends without the use of fever reducing medication or for 24 hours after starting an antibiotic.
If your child has a fever, it is not a good idea to give them medicine like Tylenol or Advil and send them to school because they may be contagious. The fever may return and you will be called to come and pick up your child.