Nurses’ Office: Policies

Reasons for which a child may be sent home or for a parent to keep the child at home from school:

  • A fever of 100 degrees or above. The child should remain home until fever free for 24 hours without the use of any fever reducing medication like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye), strep throat, ring worm, and impetigo are all infections that must be treated with medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Diarrhea or vomiting. The child must remain home until symptom free for 24 hours
  • Head injury
  • Rash of unknown origin
  • Severe coughing or difficulty breathing
  • Inadequate immunizations with known disease outbreak in the school (chicken pox, pertussis, mumps, etc…). The child should remain home for the duration of the incubation period.

Saint Ann’s School Health Form and Immunization Policy

The Child and Adolescent Health and Examination Form, to be completed by your child’s medical practitioner, is required as part of the enrollment process for school and camp for:

  • all new students
  • all preschool and all kindergarten students
  • all returning 1st, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade students
  • all middle and high school students who plan to play sports

An Interval Health History Form is required BEFORE tryouts for all middle and high school students who wish to participate in team sports unless the student has had a physical exam less than 30 days prior to the start of the season’s practices and has submitted the Health and Examination Form at that time.

In accordance with New York State Public Health Law, all students must be immunized. Proof of vaccination or immunity from the following is required for all students: measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), tetanus, diptheria and pertussis (TDAP), varicella (chicken pox) and Hepatitis B. All 12th graders need proof of two meningococcal immunizations prior to the first day of school. Additionally all preschool students need proof of vaccination or immunity from the following: a current annual influenza shot, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and pneumococcal conjugate (PCV).

The School will not offer any exemptions to this policy, except in the case of a New York State licensed physician certifying that such immunization may be detrimental to the student’s health. Such certifications must be submitted to the Head of School. If you are seeking a medical exemption, you must provide a letter from a New York State licensed physician certifying that one or more of the required immunizations are detrimental to your child’s health. The letter should specify which immunizations may be harmful to your child and for how long the immunization(s) would be detrimental.

Additionally, in order to promote health in our School community, the School requires all age-eligible students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencement of School. Students wishing to apply for a medical or religious accommodation pursuant to applicable law must do so by May 1, 2022 by contacting the school nurses at Accommodations are not guaranteed and are decided on a case by case basis. Further, as the pandemic continues to evolve, the School reserves the right to change or supplement its COVID-19 protocols, including its vaccination requirements, at its sole discretion. Families will not be entitled to a tuition refund in the event that (a) the School does not grant an accommodation/exemption request and the Student is not able to attend the School; or (b) the School changes its COVID-19 protocols in any way.

Student Elevator Use

Elevator passes are issued by the nurses for those students who:

  • Have a physical disability
  • Are injured during the school day
  • Have a doctor’s note requiring activity restrictions
  • Are experiencing an asthma exacerbation and are unable to participate in activities


Any injury that requires activity restrictions or has a child using a cane or crutches must be accompanied by a physician’s order describing the restrictions. In order for a child to return to full activity and participate in Recreational Arts a child must have a written medical clearance from their physician.

Concussion Information
Parent Concussion Letter
Information about ImPACT

Student – Parent Concussion Information
Concussion Management Plan
Head Injury Letter

Prescription Medications

Any prescription medication must be accompanied by a current written doctor’s order. The medication must be in a prescription bottle where the label matches the doctor’s written order and states the child’s name, dosage, route and expiration date. All prescription medication is stored in the nurse’s office and may only be given by the nurse as ordered. For short term medications (eg antibiotics) please ask your physician to write the dosage for three times a day or two times a day, as opposed to four times. No employees other than the school nurses may administer any form of medication to a student. It is against NYS Department of Health regulations to do so.