Health Services

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Health Services

The Oneonta City School District provides health services to all its students through the Health Offices at each school building. The Health Office is responsible for managing student medical records and medications, and caring for students who are ill or injured while at school. The Health Office also helps manage information about student absences or tardiness related to illness or injury.

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When to Keep Your Child Home From School

Please call the school if your child will be tardy or absent.  If you don’t call before 9:30 a.m., you will get an automated phone call checking on your child’s absence.  We want to make sure your child is safe, and if they are not in school, that they are home.   
Upon return to school, you will need to provide a written note regarding your child’s absence or late arrival.  Your child will be considered illegally absent from school (even if you call) until we receive a written note from you.
Illness: If your child is running a fever of 100 F or higher, is vomiting or has diarrhea, they should stay home.
Parents are asked not to give children Tylenol or something similar to lower their fever and send them anyway, or the school will call parents to have the child picked up when it wears off.
A child needs to be without a fever, vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before sending them back to school. If they are on an antibiotic for a contagious illness, such as strep throat, they need to be on that medication for a full 24 hours before returning to school so they don’t spread the strep throat to others.
Lice:  Oneonta City School District has a no-nit policy. If a child has lice and/or nits, they will need to be treated and clear of lice/nits before returning to school. When they do return to school, they need to see the school nurse first thing.

Student Entrance Requirements


State education laws require students to provide proof of vaccination before enrolling in the school district. Additional information about required immunizations is available from the New York State Department of Health.

As of June 2019, families may no longer receive a religious exemption for vaccinations, and will be required to provide proof of vaccination to enroll students in our school district.
All incoming 6th graders must have a Tdap vaccine.

All incoming 7th and 12th graders must have a Meningitis Vaccine. Please check with your doctor to see if your child is up to date. You will need to provide the heath office with proof of these vaccines before school begins.

Physical Examinations

Proof of a physical examination is also required for all new students enrolling in the district for the first time, along with children entering prekindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. Parents/guardians will also be asked to provide a Health History Form for incoming students. 

Current students may have the option of having a physical examination performed at their school Health Office, with their parent's permission. Otherwise, students may be examined by their physician/medical provider.  

Other Screenings

Vision and hearing screenings are required within 6 months of admission to school, as well as in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11. Scoliosis screenings will be required for girls in grades 5 and 7, and boys in grade 9.


If your child takes medication regularly or even periodically — whether it is over-the-counter (such as Tylenol, allergy medicine, etc.) or prescription (such as an inhaler or antibiotics) — the school must have permission to administer the medication. The nurse's office cannot give out any medication that is not specified and provided, and the school nurse does not keep medication on hand
If your child needs to take medication in school, please provide: 
  1. A signed doctor's order -AND-
  2. A note from the parent/guardian

Parents may authorize permission by completing the OCSD Medication Form. This form will require a provider's signature. 

All medication must be brought to school in the original labeled medication bottle by a parent/guardian. DO NOT send medication in with your child. All medication must be given through the health office. Children are not allowed to carry and take their own medication. This keeps everyone safe.


School Health Contacts

Greater Plains Elementary
Ms. Nicole Brew, RN
Phone: (607)- 433-8272, ext 4402
Fax: (607) 433-8207 
Riverside Elementary
Mrs. Catie Lane, RN
Phone: (607)-433-8273, ext. 5402
Fax: 607-433-8210    
Valleyview Elementary
Mrs. Sarah Zakala, RN
Phone: (607) 433-8252, ext. 6402
Fax: (607) 433-8211 
Oneonta Middle School
Mrs. Tiffany Carr, RN
Phone: (607) 433-8262, ext. 3427
Fax (607) 433-8203 
Oneonta High School
Mrs. Kristen Marino, RN
Mrs. Kim Eastman, Attendance Secretary
Phone: (607) 433-8243, ext. 2124
Fax: 607-433-4642


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