Bishop Grimes Jr. / Sr. High School Health Services
The school nurse assesses students for illness, provides first aid, administers medication, and provides vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings. The nurse also coordinates medical eligibility for students’ participation in physical education class and school sports, and sees that the appropriate personnel have limited, but necessary, information pertinent to your child’s specific health needs. In addition to informing the Attendance Office, please be sure to call the school nurse regarding your child’s extended absence due to serious illness, injury, or surgery. Parents/ Guardians are also encouraged to call the school nurse with specific concerns regarding your child’s health.
Illness / Injury
Students are encouraged to see the school nurse when they become ill at school and to seek first aid in the Health Office for injuries that occur during the school day. No student should leave the building because of an injury or ill health without first being evaluated by the nurse. The nurse will contact a parent/guardian as needed. Students should be instructed by parents/guardians to go to the school nurse if they are not feeling well instead of calling home or texting on their cell phone for a parent/guardian to pick them up from school. If it is necessary for a child to go home, the nurse will write a dismissal pass and the student must sign out in the Attendance Office prior to leaving the building.
Water Bottles in School
Recognizing the importance of allowing students to stay hydrated, students are permitted to carry a water bottle during the school day. Please note that water bottles should be clear plastic water bottle, and students are only permitted to have water in the water bottle.
Emergency Contact and Health Info
Bishop Grimes requires that current parent/guardian phone numbers be on file in the Health Office in the event of student illness, injury, or emergency. This information should be updated annually on the Student Emergency Contact and Health Information Card. Students receive this card in homeroom during the first week of school and are asked to return the card to either their homeroom teacher or the nurse before the end of September. Please notify the Health Office of any health or contact information changes throughout the school year.
Medication Use in School
When it is necessary for a child to take medication at school, either over-the-counter or prescription, a child’s health care provider must complete a Bishop Grimes medication order and authorization form in addition to having a parent/guardian signature on file which authorizes the school nurse to administer the medication. All medication must be brought to the Health Office by a parent/guardian in its original container/packaging with the appropriate forms. Medication must be stored in the Health Office and administered by the school nurse. An exception can be made for an Epi Pen/Auvi-Q or inhaler when an additional authorization is on file in the Health Office. This “carry” authorization is mandatory for athletes whose health care provider prescribes an Epi Pen/Auvi-Q for a bee sting allergy or an inhaler for asthma. **
Annual Screenings and Health Appraisals
It is required that all 7th and 10th grade students, as well as all new students to the building, have a health appraisal. Annual screenings are required for students in grades 7 through 10. Students in grades 7, 8, and 9 require scoliosis screening and those in grades 7 and 10 require a hearing and vision check. The school nurse performs these screenings on all students who do not show documentation of these having been performed by their own health care provider. Parents/Guardians will be notified should the results of the screenings indicate that your child requires further follow-up. If your health care provider has not examined your child, and you do not want your child screened for scoliosis by the school nurse, notify the Health Office, in writing, prior to October 3rd.
The medical requirements for participation in school sports are met when the following documents have been reviewed by the school nurse and are on file in the Health Office:
- A current health appraisal that specifically denotes sports participation
- A health history that has been completed and signed by a parent/guardian (a new one is required before each sport played)
- Documentation of a pertussis-tetanus booster given within the last 10 years
- If applicable, a release from your child’s health care provider or emergency room provider to participate after an injury, a surgical procedure, or chronic medical condition.
- ** See Medication Use in School
Schedule for School Health Appraisals
(Please Note: Written permission and completion of a health history form by a parent/guardian are required before the school’s physician will examine your child.)
August 4, 2016 9-11am at ESM High School
August 16, 2016 9-11am at ESM High School
October 25, 2016 8-9am at BG High School (by appointment)
February 28, 2017 8-9am at BG High School (by appointment)
Health Information for Prospective Bishop Grimes Jr./ Sr. High School Students
All prospective students are required to have the following documents on file in the Health Office prior to the start of the academic school year or semester. An *official immunization record and health history are required before your child’s application and acceptance can be completed. These documents are reviewed by the school nurse to establish that all New York State immunization requirements are met and that your child’s health needs are understood to ensure that pertinent information can be disseminated to the appropriate school personnel upon acceptance. At Bishop Grimes we make every effort to see that your child’s school health needs are addressed to ensure a healthy and positive school experience.
The required documentation is:
1. An *Official Immunization Record (obtain from Health Care Provider-HCP)
This official document is generated by your child’s health care provider (HCP). A school record is not acceptable. All International student immunization and health records must be translated to English by the sending Educational Organization or a Medical Translation Service.
2. A Health History (to be completed by parent)
3. A Health Appraisal (to be completed by your child’s HCP)
For admissions purposes, the health appraisal/physical exam can be dated no earlier than September of the school year just completed. Once school begins, a health appraisal is required for the current school year.
International and out of state students must have a health appraisal completed by a NYS Health Care Provider before November 1st when admitted for first semester entry or by April 1st for second semester entry.
4. A Medication Order/Authorization (to be completed by HCP and parent)
This authorization is required if your child will be taking over-the-counter or prescription medication during the school day or has been prescribed emergency use medications. (i.e., Epi Pen, Auvi-Q, Benadryl, inhaler, glucagon)
Please note: An immunization record that fulfills all NYS immunization requirements, a current health appraisal, and health history must be reviewed by the school nurse and be on file in the school’s Health Office prior to any student participating in athletics.
Please forward the required documentation to:
Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School
Attn: School Nurse
6653 Kirkville Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057
- Health Appraisal
- Health History
- Medication Order and Authorization Form
- Allergy Action Plan
- Student Emergency Contact and Health Information
- Dental Health Certificate (optional, but recommended to have on file)
School Nurse: Barbara Goode, RN
Telephone: (315) 477-4625
School’s Fax: (315) 437-0358 (Please make sure fax is labeled Attn: Barbara Good or Attn: School Nurse.)