The EUFSD recognizes the concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its potential impact on our schools. An email was sent by Dr. Baiocco on February 3, 2020 notifying our school community that at that time there were no known cases of the novel coronavirus in our area.
On March 3, 2020, a case was confirmed Westchester County and the person is hospitalized, additional cases continue to be reported, and the virus is now widespread. The EUFSD continues to monitor the situation and is receives periodic updates from federal, state, and local departments of health on this matter. Additionally, we continue to take proactive measures toward cleaning our schools and reducing the spread of illnesses. We do have a confirmed case in the school community.
The following are some ways to avoid viruses during cold and flu season:
- Avoid exposure – Avoid close contact with people who are sick with fever and cough.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
- If someone in your home is sick, clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as door knobs and faucet handles with a bleach solution. This is especially helpful during flu season, and any time.
- Stay home when you are ill to avoid exposing others.
- And of course, get a flu shot if you have not already done so.
The following are non-pharmaceutical interventions that we are advised to take during the outbreak of any communicable disease:
- Stay home when sick
- Sick students and staff should be excluded from school and all school-related activities - It was noted that schools are not expected to screen students or staff to identify cases of COVID-19.
- Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
- Routine cleaning of our schools
Health officials said that if one comes into contact with someone who tested positive, you should:
- You must stay at your residence all the time, during the period you are quarantined. You should avoid having company at your residence, and keep a log (list of names, phone numbers, and addresses) of anyone who goes into or out of your residence while you are under quarantine. Others in your residence are not restricted from their activities.
- You will need to take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day: in the morning and later in the day, and record your temperature in a temperature log.
- You can live with other family members in your home, but you should sleep in a separate bedroom and use a separate bathroom until the quarantine period is over.
- During this time period, you should avoid close contact of social and dining activities. Food should be delivered to your individual quarters.
- You may walk outside your house on your own property, but should not come within six feet of neighbors or other members of the public. You must refrain from walking in your neighborhood.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, cough, and / or shortness of breath. If you develop any of these symptoms, you should put on a face mask immediately to prevent other people in your household from becoming sick.
- If you have a true emergency, call 911 and let the person that answers know that you are under quarantine for COVID-19.
- If you have any questions or if you need assistance with daily living (e.g. food, laundry, etc.), you can call 311 and ask for assistance.
- If you have concerns about your employment status, SCDHS can provide you with a letter asking your employer or school to excuse you from work or school.
For more information about novel coronavirus, go to www.westchestergov.com/health or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Additionally, below is information to learn more about this virus and how to assist with keeping our schools healthy:
If you have any concerns about COVID-19 you may also call 2-1-1. The staff is available from 8am – 10pm seven days a week and will have the most up-to-date information.
- Video: Introduction to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Article: Talking to Your Child About the Coronavirus
- Parent Handout: How to talk with your child about Coronavirus (COVID-19) (English)
- El Folletto: Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (español)
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
- Parent Resource: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus)
- Un recurso para padres: Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus)
Letters sent to our community:
- February 3, 2020 Letter - Coronavirus (COVID-9) Update
- March 3, 2020 Letter - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
- March 6, 2020 Letter - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
- March 10, 2020 Letter - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
- March 12, 2020 Letter - Cornonavirus (COVID-19) Update
- March 13, 2020 Letter - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
- March 19, 2020 Letter - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
- March 24, 2020 Letter - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
- March 27, 2020 Letter - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
- March 31, 2020 Letter - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
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NYS Education Department requires a physical exam for all new entrants and students in Grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11; annually for interscholastic sports; and working papers as needed; or as required by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Pre-School Special education (CPSE). Health forms are available in the Health Office of each school, and under the Health Department Tab on the District's Web Site under "Forms". Dental certificates are requested at any time a health certificate is required.These forms must be on file in the health office no later than October 1. Forms will be mailed home in June.
Parents, please schedule appointments so your children can have these exams completed over the summer.
Absence & Tardiness
Under the School Attendance Laws of New York State, parents are responsible for their children's regular attendance and punctuality. Illness of the child, emergency illness in the family, death in the immediate family, inclement weather, and specific religious observations are the only legal reasons for absence.
To report your child's absences, call the attendance office at your child's school. Please send a note with your child when they return to school explaining the reason why they were absent. If the child is absent more than 3 days, please bring a note from the doctor.
Each time a child is absent or tardy, a written excuse is required. This excuse should be sent with the child when he or she returns to school or on the day that he or she is tardy. The note must include the reason for the absence or tardiness, the dates covered, and a signature only by the parent or guardian. Parents should call the school in the morning on each day the student is absent, providing a reason for the absence.Hamilton Parents - (914) 592-6349
Grady Parents - (914) 592-2252
Dixson Parents - (914) 592-1063
During allergy season the following reminders apply: Students are NOT permitted to carry any type of medication (even over the counter medicine) with them on school property. The only exceptions are asthma inhalers and Epipen autoinjectors provided it is approved by the student's health care provider. Proper use must also be demonstrated to the School Nurse. If your child needs to have medicine during the school day, you'll need to speak with the nurse. You will also need a permission slip and doctor instructions completed. If there are any questions please call the school nurse.
OverviewThe district’s School Health Services program supports your student’s academic success by promoting health in the school setting. One way that we provide care for your student is by performing the health screenings as mandated by the State of New York.
During this school year, the following screenings will be required or completed at school:Vision
- Distance and near vision acuity for all newly entered students and students in Pre-K or Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
- Color perception screening for all newly entered students.
- Hearing screening for all newly entered students and students in Pre-K or Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
- Scoliosis (spinal curvature) screening for girls in Grade 5 and 7, boys in Grade 9.
- Parents will be notified of screening results, and recommendations for medical follow up for concerns. Please call the school’s Health Office if you have any questions.
- A physical examination including Body Mass Index and Weight Status Category Information is required for all newly entered students and students in Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.
- Physical exams are valid for the 12 months prior to the beginning of the current school year.
- A dental certificate is requested for all newly entered students and and in years when health appraisals are required.
NY State law permits schools to request an oral health assessment at the same time a health examination is required. Your child may have a dental check up during the school year to assess their fitness to attend school. See form below. Please complete with your dentist. Return completed form to your child's school health office.