Health Services

Overview

The School Nurses of our district are committed to providing your child with the highest level of care possible and value a proactive approach to overall student wellness. Our goal is to assist and care for all students with any health related issues so they may enjoy and get the most from their educational experience. To that end, the school-parent partnership is vital. Please be sure to communicate any important information regarding your child’s medical condition(s) and/or medication(s) directly to his/her respective school nurse.

School Absences/Illness

When to keep your child home

In the event your child is absent from school, you must notify the Main Office. The following are some important guidelines as to when a child should return to school after an illness.  These guidelines have been developed in conjunction with our district physician, Dr. LeGuillou. We hope that you will refer to these guidelines as you determine the timing of your child’s school return. Our goal is to ensure the health and well-being of the entire school community.

  • Fever greater than 100.4° at any time in the previous 24 hours
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • Strep, unless treated with antibiotics for at least 24 hours
  • Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts

Children should not return to school until symptom-free for 24 hours. This includes having a normal temperature for 24 hours without the use of fever reducers.

If your child has a fever, please do not give them medicine like Tylenol or Advil and send them to school because as soon as the medicine wears off, the fever will return and you will be called to come and pick up your child, and they will not only infect everyone around them, they will also not be able to heal properly.

Remind children to throw away used tissues, cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze, keep their hands away from their face, and to wash hands often with soap and warm water. This will help keep everyone healthier.

With any contagious disease it is necessary to keep the school informed.  Please call your school nurse with any concerns or questions.

Please note, these recommendations replace the previous protocols regarding COVID-19 and include other illnesses such as flu and RSV. 

Administering Prescription, Over-the-Counter, & Topical Medications

In order for a school nurse to administer medication(s), NYS law requires that each student have a patient-specific order from a licensed prescriber and written parent/guardian permission for any prescription or over the counter medication, including topicals (i.e. ointment, Calamine lotion, Benadryl, skin lotions, Vaseline, etc.). All medications (prescription and over the counter) must adhere to these guidelines and must be brought in by a parent in the original container.

Download the Parent Authorization Form

Additional permission is required for those students who request permission to carry their own medication on campus or keep this medication in a P.E. Locker. Please contact your school nurse directly.

Nurses and Contact

Colonial School

Denise McCarthy, 914-738-2680 ext. 1504

Hutchinson School

Daniele Jaime, Nurse Coordinator, 914-738-3640 ext. 1702

Prospect Hill School

Michelle Murray, 914-738-6690 ext. 1405

Siwanoy School

Christine Keller, 914-738-7650 ext. 1603

Pelham Middle School

Margaret McCarthy, 914-738-8190 ext. 1214

Pelham Memorial High School

Kelly Henry, 914-738-8110 ext. 1128

Nurse Coordinator

Daniele Jaime