Student Life

Health Office

Please remember to update your child’s phone contacts if there are any changes during the year. Our health office needs to be able to reach parents in the case of emergency or illness.

It is 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.

Nurse’s Notes

To keep our students safe and healthy, Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls has established the following guidelines:

Please do not send your child to school if she has the following:

  • a temperature of 100 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours. They need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine for example, Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
  • diarrhea or has been vomiting during the night or early that morning. They must be symptom free for 24 hours.
  • body rash with or without itching and with or without fever
  • red, itchy and or crusty eyes or complaint of sore throat longer than 24 hours.
  • a bad cold with a very runny nose and/or bad cough

If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease for example, strep throat, pink eye, pneumonia, etc, please notify the school. Students are not allowed to return to school for 24 hours for diseases that require antibiotic treatment.

Requirements and Resources

New Students

All new students must submit a copy of a recent physical done by a New York State healthcare provider.  Annual physicals are required for all new, 9th, and 11th grade students. Students also need updated physicals for working papers and yearly physicals to participate in sports.   

Medication

Any medication, including over the counter medication, must have an order written by a licensed provider, delivered to the school by the parent in the original container, and must have a parent note granting permission for the school nurse to administer the medication.

Immunization

Communicable disease control is a primary responsibility of school and public health authorities. Mandatory immunization is one aspect of a comprehensive communicable disease control program.

New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164, mandates that schools not permit a child to be admitted unless the parents/guardians provide the school with a certificate of immunization or proof from a physician that the child is in the process of receiving the required immunizations.
All juniors who will be seniors in the Fall of 2020 are required to receive a meningococcal vaccine after their 16th birthday. Seniors will not be able to start the school year in September if they have not received the vaccine. Please check with your doctor or me if you have any questions.

View the full list of required immunizations here
Meningococcal Vaccine Information

Physicals

New York State Education Law now requires students to have a physical examination when they:

  • Are in new and in grades, 9 and 11.
  • Participate in interscholastic sports
  • Need working papers – This includes the summer youth employment program.
  • Are referred to the Committee on Special Education

Require an appraisal deemed necessary by school authorities to determine an appropriate educational program for the individual

If a report of a child’s examination is submitted from a primary health care provider, it must be signed by a physician, a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant working in collaboration with the physician.

Submitted reports of examinations must describe the condition of the student when the examination was given and must state whether such student is in a fit condition of bodily health to permit her attendance.

The physical appraisal must be no more than 12 months prior to the commencement of the school year in which the examination is required.
Students must have a physical prior to participation in interscholastic sports. Physicals may be completed 12 months prior to the first day of practice for the season in which the student is participating. An Interval Sports Health History must be completed by the parents of the student-athlete prior to each sports season. In addition, the parent must complete and sign the Athletic Consent Form each season in which their child participates in interscholastic sports.

Required NYS School Health Examination Form
Seasonal Sports Health History Form

Student Working Papers

If your daughter is planning on working during the spring or summer and has not received working papers yet, please have her stop in the Health Office. The application is short and requires a parent/guardian signature. She must also have a current physical on file in the office. If your daughter does not have a physical, she may receive one from the school physician in early March. The city employment applications are usually released in mid to late March. The working papers must be completed in early March if your daughter needs a physical as the doctor will not be able to return for another day of physicals.
Thank you for your cooperation in the health and safety of the students.

New York state law requires minors to obtain an employment certificate before they can begin working.

A student may obtain working papers by going in person to the health office OR the City School District of Albany Pupil Personnel Services, located in the Harriet Gibbons Students Services Center at 75 Watervliet Ave. Albany, NY

The State Education Department requires that the following information be provided:

Please contact the School Nurse if you have any questions.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

We would like to share information about practices you can take at home to help reduce the spread of a variety of illnesses, including the flu and COVID-19, and help your family stay healthy.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. We have asked our building principals to make sure that all students have the opportunity to wash their hands before lunch each day, and over the next few weeks we will be installing hand-sanitizer dispensers in high-traffic areas at each school.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of flu – fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache and feeling very tired. Some people may also have nausea or vomiting.
  • If you or a family member show any of these symptoms, particularly symptoms of a respiratory illness, talk with your health-care provider.
  • Teach your children to cover their mouths with a tissue or the inside of their elbow or arm – instead of their hands – when they cough or sneeze.
  • Keep sick children home while they have flu symptoms, and for 24 hours after the fever goes away without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Teach your children not to share items like toothbrushes, drinks, food or eating utensils.
  • If your child has chronic health problems and displays flu-like symptoms, contact your health-care provider immediately.
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