Nurse’s Office

Welcome to the Middleburgh Elementary School Health Office.

Returning to school after illness

Schools must follow CDC, NYSDOH and local health departments for “Return to School” guidance. Additional information can be found in the Returning to School After Illness section in the Capital Region BOCES Reopening Plan.

Student with symptoms

If a student has symptoms of possible COVID-19 illness, but is determined not to have COVID-19 by a health care provider (MD, NP, Physician Assistant) they can return to school when:

  • There is no fever, without the use of fever reducing medicines, for at least 24 hours;
  • They have been diagnosed with another condition (not COVID-19) and have a healthcare provider written note stating they are clear to return to school; or has a DOCUMENTED NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST;
  • They are allowed to return to school based on existing school district illness policies/protocols.

A note from your health care provider clearing your child to return to school is required and must be given to the school nurse before riding the school bus or entering the building.

Physician notes can be dropped off to the school nurse, emailed or faxed. Parent/Guardian must reach out to the school nurse with updated information from the health care provider as necessary.

Student who is diagnosed

If a student is diagnosed with COVID-10 by a health care provider based on a test or their symptoms, they should not be at school and should stay home until:

  • It has been at least TEN days since the student first presented symptoms;
  • It has been at least THREE days since the student has had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); AND
  • It has been at least THREE days since the individual symptoms improved, including cough and shortness of breath.

A note from your health care provider clearing your child to return to school is required and must be given to the school nurse before riding the school bus or entering the building. 

Physician notes can be dropped off to the school nurse, emailed or faxed. Parent/Guardian must reach out to the school nurse with updated information from the health care provider as necessary.

COVID-19 Testing On Campus

Bassett’s School-Based healthcare practitioners have the ability to do COVID testing for any symptomatic student as long as you are enrolled in the school-based health program.

Our Bassett school based health center will be open when school is in session virtually or in-person. Telehealth visit options are also available. Please call 518-827-3793 or 844-255-7242 Mon – Fri 8:00-4:00 to schedule an appointment. Schedules are subject to change.

Other Local Testing Sites in Schoharie County:

·Bassett Healthcare Network, Cobleskill Regional Hospital: Appointment required, referral NOT required, tests limited to certain patients, drive through. 518-234-3456

· CVS Pharmacy, Cobleskill, NY: Appointment required, referral NOT required, drive through. 518-234-8150

Other Testing Sites Outside of County:

The following are Well Now Urgent Cares; no appointment or referral required:

· Well Now, Oneonta (rapid test): 5001 NY-23, Oneonta, NY (607-376-5346) 

· Well Now, Albany: 1438 Western Ave, Albany, NY (518-649-9986)

· Well Now, Clifton Park: 1694 U.S. 9, Clifton Park, NY (518-930-7496)

· Well Now, Latham: 800 New Loudon Rd, Latham, NY (518-218-4220)

· Well Now, Schenectady: 445 Balltown Rd., Schenectady, NY (518-264-9000)

Taking Medications in School

Here is a letter from the nurse to parents about the use of medicines at school.

NYS Guidelines: Every effort should be made to administer medications

Student Physicals

A physical is required for the following elementary school students:

  • New students registering at the elementary school
  • Pre-K students
  • Kindergarten students
  • First grade
  • Third grade
  • Fifth grade

School physicals may be done in the child’s birth month if required for
insurance purpose. Otherwise, they should be done prior to entering
appropriate grade levels.

Physicals can be done at the school if your child is enrolled in the school based health center.

If the physical is done outside of school, please turn in completed physical to the school nurse along with any updated immunizations. To contact the School-Based Health Center, call 518- 827-3793.

Influenza

Here are some simple guidelines that can help protect you and your family:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds (long enough for children to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice). Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself.
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue. (If a tissue is used, throw the tissue away immediately).
  • Stay at least six feet away from people who are sick.
  • Stay home from activities if sick, and stay away from sick people until they are better. Your child may develop flu-like symptoms that include a fever of over 100.0 degrees F and a cough and sore throat. If that occurs, please contact your healthcare provider and follow medical advice before your child returns to group activities.

Medications

If medications are to be administered in school, they must be accompanied by a prescription from their primary care provider and a note from the parent or guardian giving permission for the medication to be taken at school.

All medications are to brought in a properly labeled container labeled with the student’s name, name of the medication, dose and strength, and what it is being given for, time medication is to be given, and student’s grade. This applies to all medications, including those sold over the counter such as Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or Motrin and Advil (Ibuprofen).

Parents MUST bring medication to school nurse. It is not appropriate for students to carry medications on the bus or in their backpacks.

Please remember to pick up your child’s medication by the last day of school. Medications will not be sent home with students.

Dental Health

Another bill that has been passed by the New York State Assembly requests that students enrolling in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, or first grade in a public elementary school present a dental health certificate. Such a dental certificate must contain a report of a comprehensive dental examination performed on the child.

Vaccinations and Physicals

Just a reminder that vaccinations can be given at the school-based health center as well as physicals. If you haven’t enrolled your child and would like an enrollment form, you can call the school nurse at 518-827-3686.

Please click here for the district’s policy on immunizations.