District HEALTH


Dr. George Ruggiero, Medical Director

Offices are located at:
Peconic Bay Medical Group
54 Woodville Road
Shoreham, NY 11786

Phone: (631) 929-1256 (Office)

       Pupil Personnel

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     Director Elizabeth Chappell
    Ph. 631.369.6800
   elizabeth.chappell@riverhead.net
Elizabeth Chappell, the Director
of Pupil Personnel, oversees
the School Nurses.

Change in Immunization Requirements

(June 15, 2015 - RCSD) Immunizations--New York State has changed the immunization requirements for school attendance, effective September 1, 2015.
For information about these changes, please consult your child's health care provider or the school's nurse. Also see the information
HERE.

This is the new
chart of required immunizations we must follow for the
201
5-2016 school year:
Click HERE

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Downloadable Booklet

Downloadable Health Forms:

Head Lice Information

Medication Policy and
Physicians Orders Form

Physical Form

If you have any questions,
please contact your school
nurse. They are listed
in the directory for each of
the schools in the district.
See Our Schools and
School Information on each
of the school sites.

Website HEALTH LINKS


Website SAFETY LINKS

 

         UPDATE ON HEALTH ISSUES IN THE DISTRICT

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT REQUIRED VACCINATIONS
FOR 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

(June 6, 2017) Please see the following flyers (click on image to see pdfs or click on links below images). (Do not remove until October 1st.)

For More Information: See https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/meningococcal/

VACCINATIONS    SPANISH

https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/meningococcal
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2169.pdf
https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2172.pdf

As of September 1, 2016, all public and private school students entering 7th, 8th and 12th grades in New York State must be fully vaccinated against meningococcal disease types A, C, W and Y in order to attend school.

The meningococcal vaccine protects against serious and sometimes deadly diseases such as meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (blood infections). That's why the vaccine is sometimes called the meningitis vaccine.

The vaccine is administered as a shot.

For the 2017-18 school year:

One dose of meningococcal vaccine is required for students who will be in 7th or 8th grade. If your child had the first dose before 7th grade, then another dose is not required until 12th grade.

Two doses will be required before 12th grade. Most students entering 12th grade got their first dose when they were younger and are now due for their second dose, or booster. This booster is needed because protection from the vaccine decreases over time.

A small number of teens who received two doses before their 16th birthday may need a third dose on or after their 16th birthday in order to enter 12th grade. The only teens who will not need a second dose before 12th grade are those who got their first dose on or after their 16th birthday.

It's best to check with your doctor to see whether or not your child needs the vaccine. Students who are not up-to-date will not be allowed to attend school until they are vaccinated.

Thank you,

Dan Hull, RN
School Nurse Coordinator
Riverhead High School
Health Office
631-369-6748 Phone
631-369-6831 Fax


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE ZIKA VIRUS

(September 8, 2016) Below is a four-page pamphlet shared by the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents based on information for schools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/zika/schools.html#key-points. The CDC site has more detailed information about the Zika virus and their publications are in English and Spanish.

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MESSAGE FROM NY STATEWIDE SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES CENTER

(February 24, 2016) Please be advised that the newest mandate from NYS is that every incoming 12th grader (in September of 2016) will need to show evidence of having received the Meningitis (Menactra) Vaccine. Click HERE or on image below for more details.

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MESSAGE CONCERNING ILLNESSES

Please review with your children the benefits of handwashing and personal hygiene for their own safety, as well as the other children in the district. If your son or daughter has a fever, it is expected that you will keep them at home to minimize the transmission of disease. Please be assured that our custodial staff continues to adhere to strict cleaning standards to minimize transmission.

FLU Information Flu Information in ESPANOL / Flu Information in English

A virus called Enterovirus D68 (EV D68) has been found in school aged children in many states. Most people infected with enteroviruses do not have symptoms or have only mild flu-like symptoms. There is no treatment for illness caused by EV-D68.

The virus can be found in saliva and nasal mucus. It spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or touching surfaces.

Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and body/muscle aches. Most of the children who got very ill with EV-D68 infection had trouble breathing, and some had wheezing. Many of these children had a history of breathing problems due to asthma or cystic fibrosis.

If your child develops a fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, body and muscle aches, please do not send your child to school until he/she does not have a fever, is not taking any medicines to reduce the fever, and is well enough to stay in class all day and learn. Until then, please allow your child to rest and get better at home. If your child is not having serious breathing problems, you can use over-the-counter medications for pain and fever. Aspirin should not be given to children. If your child is having breathing problems, you should contact your doctor or health care provider immediately.

To help protect your child please remind them to:
Wash their hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue if possible.

Hand washing with soap and water is the best method for cleaning hands. If soap and water are not available, alcohol based hand sanitizers (60% concentration or greater) may be used. We recommend you supervise your child when using hand sanitizer. If your child is sensitive to hand sanitizer products, please notify the school.

District staff is reminding students to cover their mouths when coughing and sneezing, throw their tissue in a trash can, wash their hands, and not share any personal items. Areas that students touch frequently will be given additional attention.

Thank you for your cooperation.

INFORMATION ABOUT PERTUSSIS is available below and at the school health office which can be reached at 369-6748.  We also encourage you to contact your primary health care provider with any further questions. Visit the following websites:

www.cdc.gov/pertussis/outbreaks-faqs.html
www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/signs-symptoms.html
www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/diagnosis-treatment.html
www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/pertussis/fact_sheet.html
For more information on MRSA, see the link provided HERE.

STUDENT PHYSICALS

Student athletes must receive their physical from the school physician, Dr. Frank S. Segreto and staff.

Physician's Physical Form

If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.
They are listed in the directory for each of the schools in
the district. See Our Schools and School Information on each
of the school sites.

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