The Charles Finney School Nurse's Office
Mrs. Julie Pancio, RN
Phone: 585-387-3770 x 230.
From Nurse Pancio:
Dear Parents and or Guardians,
The Penfield school district nurses have been working closely with the district administration, the local and state health departments, and our school physician to ensure a safe return to school. Please note the following for the 2020-2021 school year:
NY State requires that in order to attend school, immunizations must be up to date and health appraisal are required for all new entrants and all students entering PK, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
Provide your child with a properly fitted cloth facemask every day. Before school begins give your child opportunities to independently and properly take on and off a mask. Masks will be worn when social distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. If your child’s mask is lost or soiled during the school day, a new one will be provided. Please review the CDC information regarding masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html
Please educate and remind your child to utilize proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette (coughing into the elbow). Please review proper hand washing technique with your child by the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html
The Charles Finney School requires that students have their temperature checked daily and a screening questionnaire completed weekly BEFORE the school day. Please complete and document this every morning. If not completed, this will be completed at school as soon as possible. Failure to comply and document temperature and screening may result in the disruption of your child’s morning instruction.
If your child does show any symptoms of COVID before school, PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL. If they are running a temperature (a temperature is 100 degree Fahrenheit or greater) DO NOT give them Ibuprofen or Tylenol and send them to school. Please keep your child home and see your health care provider. Please review the symptoms of COVID: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
Please note, if your child has a chronic underlying condition whose symptoms may mimic COVID, written documentation of that condition from your health care provider must be on file in the health office. Typically documentation is included on the child’s health appraisal. A few examples may include a cough due to asthma, nasal congestion due to allergies or headaches due to migraines. If there is no documentation, your child will be sent home.
If your child is sent home or stays home from school with any possible symptoms of COVID, see their health care provider. After an absence you must provide the following to the school nurse in order to return to school:
Written documentation of the visit to your health care provider.
Diagnosis and or any underlying chronic medical condition that may have precipitated the illness.
COVID testing results (A child may not return until the results of the COVID test have been confirmed).
Clearance from your health care provider to return to school.
If your child is sent home or stays home from school with symptoms of COVID and has not been seen by your health provider, they are required to remain out of school for 10 days since their symptoms began.
A positive COVID test will be reported immediately to the health department by the testing center. The Department of Health will contact the school and the school will be directed on how to proceed with quarantine and contact tracing procedures.
Thank you for your assistance in keeping our students, staff and families safe during this pandemic.
Julie Pancio BSN, RN
Charles Finney School Nurse
Questions regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
What can I do to keep from getting sick?
The same steps you take to reduce the spread of flu or other respiratory illnesses are key tools for reducing the spread of coronavirus.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the length of the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end, twice). If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve or a tissue (then throw the tissue in the trash).
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
How can I stay up to date the most recent COVID-19 Information?
Parents can stay up to date on the most recent COVID-19 developments through the following local, state and federal health agencies:
Monroe County Health Department’s website: https://www2.monroecounty.gov/healthcoronavirus
New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at (888) 364-3065 and website: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
The CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html