Thank you to our School Nurse, RN Carol Angelone, for sharing the following information from the Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Health Office. For more information about anything listed below or that otherwise affects the health of the GMU community, email Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 607-783-2207, ext. 108.
New York State mandates the annual completion of these health-related screenings in our schools:
Pre-Kindergarten: Hearing; Vision (distance acuity, near vision, hyperopia, color perception)
Kindergarten: Hearing; Vision (distance acuity, near vision, hyperopia, color perception)
Grades 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10: Vision (distance)
Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 10: Hearing
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9: Scoliosis
Note: Health appraisals are required for students in grades PK, K, 2, 4, 7, 10 and all newcomers.
Screenings start in September and continue until all are completed. In the event of unusual findings or causes for concern, parents/guardians will be contacted by the School Nurse. If further evaluation is necessary, a referral home for your healthcare provider will be sent home.
If your child is absent from school, please provide a specific reason for the absence when notifying our Attendance Office via phone or written note. This helps us keep track of illnesses at GMU, which may prevent them from spreading.
NYSED: Tips to beat the flu
The New York State Education Department has shared these general recommendations for preventing the flu and/or reducing its chances to spread in the GMU community.
* Wash your hands with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizer often.
* Stay home if you are sick.
* Avoid people who are sick.
* Cough and sneeze into tissues or your elbow/upper-sleeve.
* Use a no-touch trash receptacle to dispose of tissues.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Regularly clean shared items such as phone receivers, keyboards, steering wheels, etc.
Please talk to your child about how to stay warm and safe during cold/extreme weather. Regardless of a student’s age, it is important to check your child’s outerwear every day. Winter jackets, hats, scarves, boots and an extra pair of dry gloves are recommended to help prevent frostbite and/or illness when cold weather strikes.
Be sure to develop an emergency cold-weather plan with your child, too, so he/she knows when to ask for help, where to find safe shelter, how to identify danger signs (body numbness, burning sensation, pain) and what to wear for protection from the elements. This is particularly important for kids who may be early or late to a bus stop, especially if any of their outerwear is cold and/or wet.