Health, Attendance, Safety
Ensuring students’ social/emotional health and physical safety is a top priority.
District safety information
New law requires testing of school water outlets for lead
In September, 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts to test water for lead. The law requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that may be occupied by students and to submit those samples to a state-approved lab for analysis. Regulations call for testing to take place again in 2020 and every five years thereafter, unless the Commissiioner of Health requires testing sooner.
The state established an action level of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).” If a sample from a water outlet exceeds this level, schools must take steps to prevent the use of the outlet for drinking or cooking purposes until it is remediated and follow-up testing confirms it is no longer above the action level.
WVCSD water test results
The Warwick Valley Central School District began testing of all water outlets in accordance with the new law in September, 2016. The results of those tests, as they are received from the lab, are available here.
Beginning Sept. 1, 2016, students entering seventh and 12th grades must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in New York state. More about this new requirement.
Students must have an up-to-date immunization record, which complies with New York State Department of Health requirements. New requirements for school attendance became effective Sept. 1, 2015. View requirements
NYS law requires students in grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10, as well as new entrants, to have a physical examination. NYS law also requires Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight-status-category for students in grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10, as well as new entrants, to be reported for these grade levels.
Note about medications in school
Medication administration in school requires a written order from a licensed prescriber along with written parental permission. All medications (prescription and over-the-counter) must adhere to these guidelines. Medication must be brought in by a parent in the original container.
Flu season is here!
The Orange County Department of Health and the Warwick Valley Central School District want all parents to be aware that flu season is upon us. Please read our detailed Seasonal Flu page for information about the flu and recommendations from the district.
The importance of school attendance
Daily attendance is one of the most important factors in whether or not a student will succeed in school. Research shows that students who attend school regularly learn more, have fewer discipline problems, acquire better study habits and are generally more successful than students who do not. Yet we recognize there are circumstances in which children will be absent from in school.
If your child is absent from school (K-12), it is important for the parent/legal guardian to call your child’s school on the day of the absence.
- District Coordinator of Health and Attendance
ESSA Foster Care Transportation Coordinator
Maggie Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org, (845) 987-3050, Ext. 12710
- Central Registration
Helena Hagen, email@example.com, (845) 987-3000, Ext. 10901
- High School Attendance
Donna Doucette, firstname.lastname@example.org, (845) 987-3050, Ext. 12507
- Middle School Attendance
(845) 987-3100, Ext. 16507
- Park Avenue Attendance
(845) 987-3170, Ext. 14507
- Sanfordville Attendance
(845) 987-3300, Ext. 13507
Please also send in a written note when your child returns to school and hand in to the health/attendance office. If your child is absent for more than a few days, the school nurse may request a written note from your child’s doctor. Legal reasons for an absence from school include sickness, health treatments, death in the family, religious observance or a court appearance. Upon returning to school, or when asking for early dismissal, all students (K-12) must have a note of explanation signed and dated by a parent or guardian.
Health History Disclosure
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurring in young athletes has been in the news recently. Often an underlying genetic heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common cause. This is a genetic abnormality causing an enlarged left ventricle in the heart, which can trigger fatal heart rythms. Rythm disturbances are a second reason.
Currently there is no national screening standard for high school and college athletics in the U.S. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend that schools conduct pre-participation screening that consists of a physical examination and a medical history (which some consider just as important as the physical itself).
A series of questions have been recommended by the AHA for cardiac screening. WVCSD includes these on the health history form for Sports Participation. If you answer yes to any of these questions the Warwick Valley Central School District Medical Doctor is requiring cardiac clearance before your student can participate in sports. This requirement is to ensure the safety of your child when there is a personal or family history of heart disease.
If you have any questions regarding this requirement please contact your family physician before submitting a sports physical for clearance by the WVCSD Medical Director AND before the start of high school sports seasons. This will ensure that your child is ready to participate in the sport of his/her choice.
Information available at http://www.sca-aware.org
Marguerite Adams RN, BSN
Coordinator Health & Attendance
Parents who host lose the most
Don’t be a party to teenage drinking. It’s against the law.
The Orange County Legislature unanimously voted to pass a social host law on February 4, 2016. Under the new law, it is illegal for homeowners or any host 18 years or older to knowingly allow underage drinking at their home or a party, or to not take action to stop underage drinking once they find out about it.