Health Services

All Saints Catholic Academy is committed to providing a school environment that promote and protect children’s health, well-being and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. The health office is eager to cooperate with you, as parents, to be sure that your child is healthy and ready to learn.  The following information is provided to acquaint you with the activities and services of the health office at All Saints Catholic Academy.

Please keep your child home if:

1.    A fever of 100 degrees is present or has been in the past 24 hour; 
2.   The child has a cold with a nasal discharge and/or a persistent cough;
3.   The child has a sore throat, vomits before school, has an unidentified rash or is tired and generally not well;
4.   The child has the following symptoms that parallel COVID-19 symptoms: 

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If your child is sent home with any of the above mentioned symptoms, next steps include; contacting and visiting your health care provider, scheduling your child for a COVID test (Rapid tests are no longer acceptable for the return to school.),  and waiting for the resolve of symptoms before returning to school. Upon the return to school, please complete the City School District of Albany's COVID-19 Risk Assessment Form HE1901. (updated 11/3/2020) 
If your child has a chronic health condition (ie. migraines, allergies, etc.) your child's health care provider can complete the following form to assist if and when COVID like symptoms present again at school. City School District of Albany's Chronic Condition/Expected COVID-19 Symptom Form HE1904

STAFF:  All Saints' has a part time registered nurse who cares for student illnesses and accidents that occur in school. She is usually available in the mornings. Due to recent changes, the health office hours are Monday, Wednesday. and pm on Fridays. Please do not request that the school nurse diagnose or treat a child for something that happened at home.

MEDICAL CONSIDERATIONS:  A confidential list is compiled by the nurse and provided to appropriate staff on a “need to know basis”.  Please keep the health office informed of changes in your child’s health, allergies, limitations, injuries etc.

MEDICAL ASSISTIVE DEVICES (Casts, Boots, Splints, Crutches, Etc.):
Students attending ASCA who are required to temporarily use assistive devices at school such as casts, boots, splints, canes, walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, etc. shall submit notification from a healthcare provider to the school principal or nurse that states the necessity for the student's use of the device, any restrictions, and the approximate length of time that the restrictions and devices will be necessary. Parent / Guardian may use this form Medical Assistive Device Policy

ATTENDANCE:  When your child is absent or late for school, please call the school and give the reason.  When the child returns to school, he/she must bring in a written excuse signed by the parent or guardian giving the dates and the reason for the absence or tardiness.  When deciding whether or not to send your child to school, the following guidelines may be helpful.

GYM EXCUSES:  If, due to accident or illness, you feel that your child is unable to participate in physical education, you must request in writing that the child be excused from gym.  A physician’s excuse is required if the child is to be excused for more than one week.  Physical Education is a requirement for all students, even those with limitations where a modified gym program that is approved by the child’s physician, is provided.

MEDICATION:  If your child needs to take medication during the school hours, it is necessary that both the physician and the parent provide written permission.  This must include the name of the drug, dose and time to be given.  The medication must be in the original labeled container and brought in to school by the parent.  Children are not allowed to transport medication to and from school due to the danger of loss or accidental overdose by your child or another.  NO medication will be administered unless the correct procedure is followed.  These regulations apply to all drugs, including non-prescription drugs.  Whenever possible, please try to administer medication outside of school hours.  Please do not send cough drops, ointments or other over the counter products to school.

EMERGENCY CARE:  The nurse, or another staff member, is responsible to provide first aid should an emergency occur at school. It is necessary to inform the health office of telephone numbers where parents may be reached if an emergency arises.  We also request names and phone numbers of two reliable friends or relatives who could assume temporary care of your child if illness or injury should occur and you cannot be reached.

EARLY DISMISSAL FOR MEDICAL REASONS: The student must provide a note stating the reason and time of dismissal. Notes should be given to the teacher at the beginning of the school day. 

TRANSPORTATION:  The school is responsible for routine transportation.  Parents are responsible to provide transportation if it should be necessary due to illness or injury.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS:  All students new to the district and those in grades K, 2, 4 are required to have a physical examination. It is suggested that the physical exam be performed by the child’s own physician who is aware of his/her health history.  Physicals will be done at school for those students who do not furnish health certificates from their private physician.  Dental certificates are not requested for students attending ASCA. 

SCREENING MANDATES:  Height and weight is measured annually along with Vision & Hearing screenings.  Scoliosis screening (checking for spinal curvature) is done on all students in grade 5.  Referrals for further evaluation are made if there is a deviation from normal.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE:  Students who have a communicable disease such as chicken pox, impetigo, conjunctivitis (pink eye), scabies, or an undiagnosed rash must be excluded from school.  If you are suspicious of such problems, please do not send the child to school for diagnosis, refer to your private physician for diagnosis.  Please report any confirmed diagnoses to the health office so that epidemics can be avoided.

HEAD LICE (Pediculosis)                                                                                                                        
The spread of head lice can be controlled with awareness, prompt diagnosis and effective treatment. The first thing you can do to help prevent the spread of lice is to discuss the subject openly with your family.  Lice can affect anyone, regardless of background or hygiene.  If everyone knows what's going on, the risk of infestation is cut in half. Lice cannot fly or jump, and they are normally transferred during head to head contact.  Remind your child to be aware of their surroundings and not to share items that touch their heads like hats, helmets, hairbrushes, headbands, etc. Check your child's hair frequently for evidence of head lice. If you suspect your child has lice, please consult with your family physician for diagnosis & treatment recommendations and please notify the school nurse. ASCA reserves the right to deny attendance to students that have live nymphs, adult lice and / or nits.  

Please do not hesitate to call the nurse if questions or problems should arise.