Judy HaightKennedy Catholic, Home of the Gaels
If your child is sick and will miss school, please call the Main Office #914-232-5061 each day.
If you have questions for the nurse, please call the Health Office # 914-232-8571.
The school absence form or a note signed by a parent, is required for each absence. The form or note must be submitted to Mrs. Davis in the Main Office upon return. An absence of 5 consecutive days requires a note from a medical doctor to return to school and sports, if applicable.
Is my child too sick to go to school?
Please do not send your child to school if:
- Fever is present. Student needs to be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications to return
- Pink Eye, 24 hours on medication to return
- Vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours of school
- Strep Throat, unless treated for at least 24 hours on antibiotic and fever free to return, and able to tolerate the school day
- Severe cough that distracts student in class or keeps student up at night, or is persistent
It is sometimes difficult to determine if a student is well enough for school early in the morning. Therefore a working, reachable contact number for the parents, guardians, or a designated emergency contact must be on file in the Health Office. The Emergency Contact Form must be updated each year or when information changes.
If and when your child can drive to school and requests to leave due to illness, we need parent permission for the student to leave school.
Physical and Vaccination Record
New York State Law requires the school to maintain a copy of the student’s current physical exam and vaccination record at the following times:
- Within 12 months of the start of the freshman year
- All sophomore students
- At the start of school for all transfer students
- When working papers are requested
- Annually for athletes. Refer to sports information
Please send completed Health Appraisal Form and vaccination records to the Health Office. A doctor’s office issued physical form may be attached to the school form.
Medical Physical Requirements for Athletes
All students participating in High School Sports are required to have a physical every 12 months. If the physical was performed over 12 months prior to the start of try-outs, the athlete will not be permitted to try out or practice until the physical is obtained.
For each sports season, the Sports Permission Form must be be filled out by the parent/guardian, signed, and submitted not earlier than 30 days before the sport begins.
Any injury requiring an medical doctor visit or school absence of 5 days or more must be reported to the Health Office during your child’s sports season. Your child will need medical clearance to resume gym and team activities.
All physicals, doctor’s notes, and clearance notes must be mailed or brought in to the Health Office. These forms are part of the student’s medical file. If a note is given to a coach, a duplicate copy must be sent into the Health Office.
All medications including Tylenol or Advil, taken at school, must have parent and medical doctor written permission and administered by the school nurse.
If your child has medication that has not been approved with parent and doctor permission, it will be locked up in the Health Office.
An updated Medication Form must be on file in the Health Office each year. A parent must bring the medication to the Health Office. Prescription medication must be in the original container and the label must be attached with the student’s name, drug name, dosage, dose time and length of time to be administered. Over the counter medication must be unopened.
If your child requires an inhaler for asthma or an Epi-Pen for a severe allergy they may self-carry these with written parent and MD permission. An additional Self Medication for Inhalers Form or Self Medication for Epi-Pens or Anakit Form must be completed by the doctor and parent. These medications should be at school at the start of the school year and brought in by the parent.
Any medication that can be taken at home before school or after school should be given there.
Medications not picked up by the parent, at the end of the school year, will be disposed of.