School Nurse/Health Office at the Goshen High School
222 Scotchtown Avenue
Goshen, NY 10924
Winter is here and so is the flu season!
is between December to March and peaks in February. Signs and symptoms
of this respiratory illness may include a high fever, body aches,
chills, cough, nausea and vomiting. If left untreated it could lead to
pneumonia, bacterial infections or hospitalization. It is not too late
to get the flu vaccine. Protect yourself.
Students may come to the Health Office for health
information, advice, medical questions, illness, medication
administration, physical exams and assessments, care of injuries or
short rest periods for headache or minor discomforts. Students who do
not feel improved or are unable to attend classes will be sent home.
All students may go to the Health Office with
permission and a pass/signed pass book from the teacher of the class
they are missing unless it is a genuine emergency.
Students may not carry or keep medications on their
person or in their locker or athletic bags with two exceptions:
Rescue asthma inhalers
They must have a prescription from the doctor filed
in the Health Office giving administration advisory and permission to
carry. All other medications including prescription, over-the-counter
medications such as Tylenol, Advil, Midol, sinus medications, eye drops,
etc., must have a doctor's note and be kept in the Health Office.
All medications must be in each student's own
original containers and properly labeled. The nurse will store all
medications and dispense from the Health Office as needed. There are no
stock supplies so the student must supply his or her own bottles of
The School Nurse will phone parents, when necessary,
and assess and administer first aid should a student become ill or
injured in school. The nurse will transfer a student to the emergency
room via EMS ambulance should a higher level if care be needed or if the
parent can not reach the student in a reasonable and safe amount of
time. Students will be sent home ill or injured by the nurse with either
the parent or a responsible person listed by the parent on the emergency
card. Students can not be released to other students to be transported
home. Driving students will only be allowed to drive themselves home if
assessed to be safe to do so and after notifying the parent and
obtaining their permission. In the event that a student is unable to
drive, the parent or emergency contact person should bring the child
home. The student's vehicle may remain in the parking lot while plans to
pick up later are arranged. In some situations, the school may be able
to arrange emergency transportation for a child who is well enough to go
Students are required by the State Education
Department to participate in Physical Education classes. If not able to
participate, a doctor's note with the specific restriction and expected
time period of restriction must be clearly stated. Students should
report to their PE teacher for each PE class for attendance and receive
a written packet to be completed in the library and then placed in their
teacher's mailbox. These packets must be done in order to receive
credits for the class. PE participation is mandatory to meet graduation
credit requirements. Students who have had a medical exemption from
PE/sports must have a written clearance to return to participation in
their PE class/sport.
An application for employment must be filled out with
social security number, signature of applicant and signature of parent
or guardian giving permission. The form must be submitted with a health
certification obtained at the health office. One set of working papers
are produced for ages 14-16 and a new set for ages 16-18. A recent
physical (within one year) is a requirement for all certificates.
Physicals for working papers may be done in the Health Office or by your
family physician. For more information, contact the Health Office.
A limited accident insurance covers students during
school hours as well as intramural and interscholastic athletics (also
PE programs) and is provided by the Board of Education. This policy only
supplements your own health insurance coverage. Please be aware that the
school coverage is secondary. If you are injured while in school and
have medical expenses, they must be submitted through your insurance.
For more information, contact the Health Office.
Students/parents must fill out a sports permission
form, health questionnaire, emergency card and have a current physical
report (within the last year) on file in the Health Office. All forms
must be in the Health Office prior to tryouts or students will not be
able to participate.
Any student injured while participating in a school
activity should notify a teacher, coach, advisor or nurse immediately,
who will then complete an accident report.