Health & Attendance
The district is committed to
providing students with the comprehensive education and support that
meets their health and wellness needs. This commitment is
reflected by our school nurses,
health & physical education curricula, and ongoing attendance
Flu Season is here
- Take Action
New York State is
experiencing one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. Flu
symptoms include a fever, body aches, tiredness, and cough. The
flu is highly contagious. Orange County Health Commission Dr.
Jean Hudson is urging parents, who suspect their child has the
flu, to call your doctor and to keep the child home from school
is the best way to prevent influenza.
The Center for Disease Control
recommends everyone, over 6 months, should
Parent Letter from OC Health Commissioner
The Flu: A Guide for Parents
CDC Web Site
- Visit Flu.Gov for information on
symptoms, prevention tips, treatments and
Vaccine Finder to find a location
District revises head lice policy to keep students
from missing school
Based on recommendations from the CDC and the American
Academy of Pediatrics, Port Jervis no longer requires
students to be free of nits (lice eggs) to attend
Students with head lice will still be required to stay
home until they are free of active lice. They will be
readmitted to school after successfully completing an
examination by the school nurse.
Please see your child's school nurse if you have
questions or need additional information about head
to view the new district policy.
Automatic Phone Messages
When a student is absent from school, parents/guardians will
receive a call from the automated school message system.
Attendance calls go to the home phone number listed in the
excuse, signed by parent/guardian, should be presented by the
student on the day her or she returns to school.
Excused vs Unexcused Absences
District Attendance Policy
is a critical factor for educational success. Regular attendance
and punctuality will improve a student’s grades, enthusiasm for
education, involvement in school activities, and social life.
District Attendance Policy
Click here for tips to develop good attendance
strategies to encourage children to avoid missing school.
Guide to Common
Childhood Diseases -
Click here for a helpful
brochure from the Orange County Department of Health that
outlines the symptoms of common childhood diseases & guidelines
for returning to school.
Consumer Product Safety Commission Alert
Laundry Packets are Harmful to Children
Children who are
exposed to the chemicals in single-load liquid laundry packets
are at risk of serious injury. Some of the chemicals in these
laundry packets are toxic. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) is advising parents and caregivers to lock up
these laundry packets and keep them away from children.
Click here for more information.
New law addresses concussions in
school sports and activities
Parents should be
aware of the new state law that helps them, their children and
school personnel recognize, prevent and treat concussions and
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, caused by a
bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain
normally works. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the
body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even a
ding, or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head, can
Most people who suffer a concussion do recover quickly, however,
in more severe cases, a concussion can be fatal. Unlike a broken
bone or a laceration, outward signs of a concussion can't be
seen. By learning to identify the
symptoms and danger signs (pdf),
coaches, teachers and parents can help keep children safe. More
information is available on the
CDC Concussion Web Page.
New York State law requires all
students to be immunized against polio, rubella, hepatitis B,
diphtheria, mumps, and measles. Proof of immunization for new
students must be presented for admission.
Pre-K children born on or after Jan. 1, 2000, and sixth graders
born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, must be immunized for varicella
unless parents can present proof of vaccination or a doctor's
note verifying the date the child had the chicken pox disease.
Students entering sixth grade, who are 11 years or older, must
receive the Tdap vaccine.
Free immunizations available
All required shots are available from family doctors or at the
free Orange County immunization clinic.
150 Pike Street, Port Jervis
First Wednesday of every month
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Appointments are required, 845-291-2369
New York State requires that a
Dental Health Certificate be
distributed to students in grades K, 2, 4, 7, 10 and all new
entrants. Parents are requested to return the completed form to
the school nurse.
Click here for a list of dentists who may provide free
or reduced cost examinations.
Students who do not
have a physical will be considered ineligible for sports until they
are cleared by the nursing staff. Athletes
need to bring the required sports forms, signed by their
parents, with them to the physical.
can be downloaded below or obtained in advance from the Middle School or High School
Health Offices. Questions can be directed to the PJHS Health Office,
858-3100, Ext. 11700, or the Athletic
845-858-3100, Ext. 11880.
CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL NURSE
» Anna S. Kuhl
Ann Marie Foster
Bicentennial Elementary School
Port Jervis Middle School
DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT
NY State's Dignity
for All Students Act seeks to provide students with a
safe & supportive environment free from discrimination,
intimidation, harassment, and bullying.
Anti-Bullying Resources &
Jervis has an active Wellness Advisory Committee that
and continuously evaluates the district's
Port Jervis Health Services program supports
student academic success by promoting health in the school
setting. One way that we provide care for your student is by
performing health screenings mandated by the State of New York.
SCHOOL HEALTH SCREENINGS
MEDICATIONS IN SCHOOL
In order for a school nurse to give a
student medications during school hours, the
must be signed by the student's