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What to know about pertussis as county
Albany County Department of Health reports that several cases of
pertussis were diagnosed this fall in the county, including two in the
City School District of Albany.
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease
known for uncontrollable, violent coughing that makes it hard to
breathe. A person with pertussis can spread the disease when coughing or
sneezing while in close contact with others.
Pertussis generally is treated with antibiotics and early treatment is
The infected people in our schools have been treated
successfully and cleared for return to school by their doctors,
and letters about the illness went home to families of children in those
Health tips for families to review as the new
school year begin
School is back in session, and that means flu season
isn’t far behind. The City School District of Albany would like to take
this opportunity to remind families about important steps you can take
to help avoid contagious germs and stay healthy year-round.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Albany County Department of Health
provide lots of information about the flu and other diseases. Some easy
tips to review with your children include:
Wash hands often with soap and water.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Throw
the tissue in the trash after you use it.
If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into
Stay away from people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs
spread this way.
For more information about
flu prevention and good hygiene, you can
download the CDC’s “Flu
Guide for Parents.” You also can visit
CDC and Department of
Health websites for additional resources. Have a safe and healthy
School Community Wellness
The City School District of Albany
is committed to providing school environments that
promote and protect children’s health, well-being
and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating
and physical activity.
The district formed a Wellness Committee represented
by administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents
and community members. That committee reviewed
existing programs and practices, identified needs
and established goals that would promote a healthy
school community. Those goals are reflected in the
district's Wellness Policy.
School Health Services
School Health Services
personnel care for the emotional as well as the physical needs of all
children in the City School District of Albany. Parents and guardians
should contact the nurse in their child's school if they have concerns
or to report any changes in the health status of their child.
health-related links and information for parents are listed below.
Health Registration form. All students are required to have on
file a Health History Registration form, which is typically
completed during student registration.
Requirement for physicals
Dental certificates. Poor dental health can
cause pain, lead to significant life-long health problems and be a
barrier to academic achievement.
New York State
law requires school districts to request dental certificates for
students when they enter school and in grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10. Please
follow this link to
download a form that you can bring to your child’s dental care
provider to be completed. The dental assessment may be completed
during or 12 months prior to the school year in which it is
required. Please return the completed form to your school
nurse. If you have questions or do not have a dental care
provider for your child, please contact the school nurse for
Medications in school
Medical excuses from physical education
screening is provided for new entrants and students in grades K-3,
5, 7 and 10. A hearing screening is provided for new entrants and
students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10. Parents and guardians will
be notified only if a problem is identified.
Height, weight and
body mass index screening.
New York state law requires school districts to measure the height,
weight, body mass index (BMI), and determine weight status
categories for students when they enter school and in grades K, 2,
4, 7 and 10. The purpose of this screening is to detect previously
undiagnosed health problems related to growth and development that
may, by early intervention, be more readily corrected. School
districts also are required to take part in a survey by the New York
State Department of Health. Districts will report information about
weight status categories gathered from private physicals or school
screenings. Only summary information is included in the
survey. No names or identifying information about individual
students is shared. Information on any child whose
parent/guardian has objected to the survey will be excluded from the
reported survey data.
law requires that public schools, day care providers and nursery
schools "obtain evidence" of lead screening for all children under
6. Please follow
this link for information on lead exposure and poisoning. If you
have any questions, contact your child’s school nurse.
Emergency contact information
the responsibility of the parent or guardian to inform the school of
any contagious diseases, changes in health status or unusual health
concerns that a child may have. With this information, we are better
able to meet the health and safety needs of your child.
Health Information and Alerts
A flu guide for parents
from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New York State Smokers'
Quitline -- If you smoke, and are thinking about quitting, talk
to your doctor, or call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at
1-866-697-8487 or visit
www.nysmokefree.com for free help. The New York State Smokers’
Quitline is free and confidential service that provides effective
stop-smoking services to New Yorkers who want to stop smoking. The
A free two-week nicotine
replacement therapy starter kit.
Telephone counseling in English and Spanish (translations
through Language Line; services are available for additional
A 24/7 personal online quit coach.
A listing of referrals to local stop-smoking programs.