Nurse’s Office

Welcome to the Junior/Senior High School Health Office page. The Health Office is located on the first floor of the High School, Room 132. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday during the school calendar year.

Please feel free to call my office or stop in anytime to discuss your child’s health care needs or if you have any questions. 518-827-3600, ext. 2609

Please remember to call or send in updates and changes to your child’s blue emergency contact forms. If you have recently moved, changed numbers or have a new emergency contact, these changes are very important to have updated in each student’s record. If an accident or emergency arises, we want to be able to reach you.

Immunization Requirements

Students who are entering 6th grade and who are 11 years of age or older MUST receive the Tdap vaccine. 

Students who are entering 7th grade MUST have 1 dose of the Meningococcal vaccine. Students who are entering 12th grade MUST have 2 doses of the Meningococcal vaccine (1 dose if your child’s first dose was given on or after age 16).

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

Student Physical Requirements

A physical is required for the following Jr./Sr. High School students:

  • New students registering at the Jr./Sr. High School
  • 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students (This New York State mandate requires all students entering 7th, 9th, and 11th grades to have a physical between January of the student’s 6th/8th/10th grade year and December of the 7th/9th/11th grade year)
  • Students who wish to participate in modified or interscholastic sports

If you do not have a physical form, please download a copy here prior to your appointment with the doctor. Please return the completed health physical form to the Health Office.

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 outside of the school setting.

When this is not possible, all medications to be taken by a student while in school must be accompanied by a prescription from their health care provider and this form filled out by a parent or guardian giving permission for the medication to be administered.

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

If your child has an allergy to bee stings or food, and needs medication in case of a reaction, there must be medication on hand and a current health care provider’s order (updated every September at the beginning of each school year).

In the event that your student must carry an inhaler for asthma or EpiPen on their person, download the Self-Medication Release Form, fill it out completely and bring it in to the nurse’s office to have on file for our records as soon as possible.

Respiratory Illness/positive COVID-19 test 

As with any infectious respiratory illness, students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 or show symptoms are asked to stay home from school and follow the Centers for Disease Control’s Isolation Guidance

  • Someone who tested positive and has no symptoms may return to school after day five. 
  • Someone who is sick (has symptoms) may return to school after day five if they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving.
  • People who have been sick or tested positive should wear a mask through day ten. 

Vaccinations 

COVID-19 vaccinations are not required to attend school. Children six months and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Children older than five are eligible for a booster. 

  • For students enrolled in our Bassett school-based health center, you can make an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine. To make an appointment, please call 518-827-3793 Monday – Friday, 8:00-4:00, when school is in session. 
  • To find other vaccination sites, go to this link – ny.gov/vaxtoschool

Masks

Any student or staff member may wear a mask while at school to prevent the spread of illness. Mask-wearing is recommended for at least ten days following a positive COVID test or COVID illness. 

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,  518-234-3456
  • CVS Pharmacy, Cobleskill, NY,  518-234-8150
  • Well Now, 721 East Main Street, Cobleskill, NY, 518-657-3539

Home test kits are also widely available at pharmacies.