Health office: Tricia Smith, School Nurse Phone: (607) 295-7471, ext. 1136, Fax #: 295-9799
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Tricia Smith
New York state has strict immunization requirements, and all children must provide adequate proof of immunizations to attend school. A table listing NYS Required Immunizations for School Entrance and Attendance for the 2019-20 school year is available online.
PLEASE NOTE: In June 2019, New York state enacted a law that repealed non-medical exemptions from vaccinations for children attending school. It is imperative to schedule medical appointments as soon as possible to review your child’s immunization records with their pediatrician to ensure your child has the required vaccinations for their age and grade in school. Children not in compliance will not be permitted to attend school after a 14-day grace period.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse or pediatrician.
Medical and Dental Exams
New students to the district, as well as in kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth, eleventh, and when playing a sport are required to have a current physical examination. Physicals are good for one year. Completed physicals provided by your health care provider may be brought to the health office or faxed to 295-9799. If a physical is needed and you did not receive a physical form in the mail, the form can be found here:
In addition to the required physical examination, the state has also expanded upon the health screenings to request a dental health certificate as well. A dental certificate is available for you to take to your child's dentist and upon completion, it may be returned to the School Nurse. This certificate will be filed in your child's Cumulative Health Record. the form can be found here:
Height, weight, vision, hearing, scoliosis screening will be performed during the school year.
Illness and injuries occur during the school day and parent contact is vital. Please be sure that we have up-to-date emergency telephone numbers and transportation arrangements on file with the school. Emergencies arise when you least expect them.
Prescription and Nonprescription Drugs and the School
Medications needed in school, including nonprescription drugs (Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin, even cough drops), cannot be carried by the students or administered by the nurse without a written order from a health care provider. This order must be given to the school nurse and kept on file for inspection by State authorities. All pills or medication must be in the original containers and submitted to the nurse by the parent for administration. For the medication form and self medication release form click HERE:
Students in grades 7-12 that require an emergency inhaler may have the self-medication release form completed by their physician. This must also be signed by the parent and student.
Pupil Accident Insurance
Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc. is the supplemental student injury insurance plan of Arkport School. This insurance coverage is for injuries from accidents only and is payable after all other family coverage is exhausted. It does not include any payments for damage to dentures, braces, eyeglasses, or other appliances. The insurance plan also does not cover injuries from fighting or other unauthorized activities.
When an injury is reported, an insurance form and instructions will be mailed home. Please do not request hospitals and physicians to bill Arkport Central School directly since this will only delay coverage.
Please call the nurse at 295-7471 ext. 1136, if you do not receive insurance information in the mail after a school injury.
Anyone can get head lice and each year; millions of children experience the unwanted guests due to close contact with one another. Lice can be treated effectively. If head lice or nits (tiny oval specks that are firmly attached to the hair shaft) are found, your doctor or pharmacist can instruct you regarding medicated shampoo. Read the directions very carefully.
Please note that no over-the-counter lice medication is 100% effective. If a nit is not killed by the shampoo and the nit hatches, the whole process must begin again. Because of this, you must remove all nits before the child can attend school. Arkport Central School does have a “NO NIT” policy.
During the first week of school, the nurse will be checking students for head lice. Any child with nits or head lice will be sent home. Please check your child's hair before school begins.
Sometimes the decision to send a sick child to school is difficult. If your child is experiencing any of the symptons below you should consider keeping him/her home until the symptoms subside: (Remember this guideline is to help to keep everyone well)
- Fever greater than 100 degrees fahrenheit (should be fever free for 24 hours without medication).
- Strep throat - should be on antibiotics for 24 hours
- Unexplained rash
- Head lice - Arkport Central School has a "No nit" policy
- Pink eye