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Gilbertsville-Mount Upton welcomes Kelly Ingham, RN BSN as its new school nurse in 2020-2021! Kelly takes over for Carol Angelone, who retired after the 2019-2020 school year. For more information about anything listed below or that otherwise affects the health of the GMU community, email Kelly at [email protected] or call her at 607-783-2207, ext. 108.
 
Physicals
School physicals are required for students in grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11, as well as for new students in any grade. If you chose to take your child to your own physician, a copy of the physical must be submitted to the health office within 30 days.
 
Immunizations for Grades K-7
Please click here for the NYS Immunization Requirements (also at right) to see the required immunizations for students in grades K-7.
 
Immunization for Grades 7 and 12
According to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), beginning September 2016, students entering grades 7 and 12 in New York State public, private and parochial schools will be required to be fully vaccinated against meningococcal disease. In anticipation of the upcoming school year’s requirement, please work with your healthcare provider to ensure all adolescents are fully vaccinated against meningococcal disease. The complete adolescent meningococcal vaccine series includes a first dose at age 11 or 12 and a second (booster) dose at age 16.
 
Medications
New York State law requires that:
• Parents or guardians must personally deliver all medications to the school health office (unless a self-carry order form is signed by parent and physician). All Controlled Medications must be brought by an adult.
• All medications must remain in properly labeled pharmacy containers or original over-the-counter (OTC) containers.
• A new prescription/medication form signed by the medical provider is required at the beginning of every school year.
• Parent/guardians must sign a medication permission form.
• Permission forms for medication administered must be filled out completely, meaning both parent/guardian and provider need to fill in their designated areas. Should we receive a form that is not fully completed, the form will be considered null and void. We are not responsible for obtaining signed permission from your provider; it is your responsibility as their parent/guardian.
 
Mandatory Screenings
Typically, New York State mandates the annual completion of health-related screenings in our schools. However, because of the COVID-19 health crisis, New York State has waived all student screenings for hearing, vision and scoliosis for the 2020-2021 school year.

Reporting Absences
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.
* 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.
Note: For updates, tips and helpful links regarding COVID-19, visit our Coronavirus Information and School Reopening pages online. 
 
Cold Weather Precautions
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.
 
Posted 9/16/2020
 
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