Jr. / Sr. High School
High School Fax # 518-692-8503
Guidance Fax # 518-300-1443
Seasonal Influenza Information
for Childhood and Adolescent Immunization
In order for medications to be administered to a student correctly and safely the following guidelines have been established by New York State.
Medication will not be administered to your child without parental and physician written authorization. This guideline includes the administration of prescription and over the counter (OTC) medication. Over the counter medication includes Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, medicated cough drops, ointments, creams, eye and ear drops, cough syrups, etc. OTC orders must come from your child's primary care physician. The school physician will not sign OTC forms. PHONE CALLS WILL NOT BE MADE HOME FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF OTC MEDS. Please make sure orders are on file before the start of school. Ibuprofen, Tylenol and Benadryl will be stocked at school. Any other OTC meds your PCP authorizes must be provided from home in a new unopened container with your child's name on it. If your child cannot swallow pills you will need to provide liquid medication for them from home.
Prescription medication must be brought to the Health Office by a parent/guardian in the original container, or an appropriately labeled container supplied by the pharmacist. Please request an extra, labeled empty container from the pharmacist for Health Office use. An extra container is very helpful for use during classroom field trips. Parents must assume responsibility for the safe delivery of medication. Your child’s medication will then be kept in the Health Office and administered according to your physician’s orders.
Students who are ten years of age or older and use prescribed inhaled medication may be determined by their physician to be responsible to self-administer an inhaler. The physician must provide documentation stating they "attest" the student is independent in their use of the MDI. In this case we would not monitor your child’s inhaler use unless your child experiences difficulty and requires medical assistance.
The Health Office requires written authorization from the parent/guardian and the physician to discontinue use of a prescribed medication. This includes the use of inhalers and epipens. A parent may call the Health Office to notify me of discontinuation, but written notice from both parent and physician should follow within 48 hours.
Please feel free to contact the Health Offices with any questions:
Thank you for helping us to provide a healthy school environment for us all.
Physical Requirements K-12
New York State Education Law requires an annual physical examination for students upon entrance to school (including those transferring from other states or other school districts within the state of New York) and routinely at grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. As well as when they:
Participate in interscholastic sports (see Sports and Yellow Card Requirements below)
Need working papers
Are referred by/to the Committee on Special Education
Are deemed necessary by school authorities to determine a child’s education program
The school physician is not performing student physicals at this time. We encourage your family physician to do the exam, as he knows your child’s medical history.
New York State Education Law also requires annual health screens:
VISION: All students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11 and newly enrolled are required to have distance acuity screening and new this school year near vision screening. For new students near vision acuity and color perception are required within 6 months of entry.
HEARING: All students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11 and newly enrolled students are required to have a hearing screening.
SCOLIOSIS: Scoliosis screening is required for boys in grade 9 and girls grades 5 and 7.
These screens are basic and are used as an indicator for possible difficulties. You will be contacted if your child’s health screens are not within the normal range. If you choose not to have your child screened by the school nurse, please notify her immediately and promptly provide documentation from your child’s specialist (pediatrician, audiologist, or ophthalmologist) with complete findings. “Within normal limits” is not acceptable.
Please feel free to contact the Health Offices.
Until further notice physicals will not be performed at school.
Sports and Yellow Card Requirements
Here is the link to the website:
If you already have an account please DO NOT create another account. See Below
If you have an incoming 7th grader who has an older sibling and an account was created, go to that account and you can add a new student to the account.
You may use the information you submitted in previous seasons to save time with future registrations. Please use the following steps:
1) Click on the Current Season registration form on your school’s FamilyID
Landing page. https://www.familyid.com/greenwich-csd-ny-athletics
2) Login using the e-mail address and password you created previously (do not create a new account)
3) Choose the sport.
4) Click on “Add Participant Below or Click to Select” and pick your child’s name.
5) Update health and demographic information, if necessary.
6) Sign-off on seasonal agreements.
7) Save and Submit
Physical examinations are required yearly for those students playing sports. The procedure regarding participation in interscholastic sports is as follows:
Physical Form: May be done by the school physician or the students own doctor. Sports physicals are valid for 12 months. If the student will have the physical done elsewhere the school form must be used starting in the 2018-2019 school year. The doctor must specify that the student is cleared to participate in sports. Any restrictions required must be listed
Health Assessment Form; Parent/Athlete Info Sheet-concussion: The Health Assessment form provides an in-depth look at the student’s health and the concussion form provides parents/student with information regarding signs/symptoms of concussion. Both forms are included in the FamilyID website and are filled out there.
Once the above criteria for sports participation have been met coaches will be notified via the FamilyID site that a student is eligible for participation.
If an injury, operation, or illness lasting more than five days occurs, the student is automatically removed from sports. A written release from the student’s doctor is needed prior to returning to sports. If an injury occurs and your student seeks medical attention, a physician's note is required to return to play. If they were not held out of sports there still needs to be a note to state that. The school physician will also review and re-approve the student for participation in sports.
Var/JV fall sports begin August 23, 2022
Modified fall sports can begin August 30, 2022
Until further notice physicals will not be performed at school.
7th and 8th grade players can be notified by their coach for the possibility of playing at a higher level of skill other then modified sports. In order to be Selectively Classified, you must be notified by a coach and 3 steps are required:
Parental Permission must be obtained in order for the process to start. Permission forms will be emailed via the FamilyID website once coaches have informed Karen Strope who they would like to have classified. If your student has classified for another sport they will not have to take the physical fitness test again. If the sport they are playing THIS season is one they have not participated in yet but have passed the physical fitness test for a different sport, only the parent permission portion is needed for the new sport.
Medical clearance must be performed by our school physician.
Once medically cleared a physical fitness test must be passed. This test is performed by the athletic director.
Concussion Management Policy
(BOE District Policy Manual - Section 7522)
Healthy After School Snacks
Snack Kebabs: Cut raw vegetables or fruit into chunks and place on a wooden skewer. Be creative and make patterns! To prevent discoloration, dip apples, bananas, or pears in orange juice after they have been cut.
Veggies with Dip: Cut celery, zucchini, cucumbers or carrots into sticks or coins. Dip them into salsa or low fat dip.
Banana Pops: Peel a banana. Dip it in yogurt, then roll in crushed breakfast cereal and freeze
Sandwich Cut-Outs: Using cookie cutters with fun shapes, cut slices of cheese, meat, and whole-grain bread. Put them together to make fun sandwiches.
Ants on a Log: Fill celery with peanut butter or cream cheese. Arrange raisins along the top.
Ice Cream-Wiches: Put a small scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt between two oatmeal cookies or graham crackers. Make a batch of these sandwiches and freeze them.
Peanut Butter Balls: Mix peanut butter and bran or corn flakes in a bowl. Shape them into balls then roll them in crushed graham crackers.
Smoothie: In a blender mix an 8oz berry yogurt (the berrier, the better) ¼ cup orange juice, 1 bananas, 6 frozen strawberries. If your strawberries aren’t frozen, then you need to add ice cubes to thicken the mix).
Lunch Box Makeovers
Include a fruit!!!
Include a vegetable!!!
Use whole grain bread instead of white.
Limit cookies, cakes, and other sweet baked goods.
Skip the chips (don’t get caught in the convenience trap).
Pack pretzels, Cheerios, bread sticks, or low fat crackers.
Pack 100% juice.
Pack lunch the night before school, when you have a little more time plan on what to pack.
Be creative! Mix foods, cut foods differently, have a theme (Wacky Wed.), add new foods, (exotic fruits…)
Grocery shop with your child, and decide on nutritional items for the lunch box together.
Watch out for foods advertised as “health foods” that may not be so healthy; examples are yogurt high in sugar, granola bars loaded with chips.
Childhood obesity in the United States has grown considerably in recent years. Between 16 and 33% of children and adolescents are obese. It is among one of the easiest medical conditions to recognize, but one of the most difficult to treat.
Obesity occurs when a person eats more calories than the body burns up. A few extra pounds do not suggest obesity, but they may indicate a tendency to gain weight easily. Generally a child is not considered obese until the weight is at least 10% higher than what is medically recommended for the height and body type. Obesity commonly begins in childhood between the ages of 5 and 6, and during adolescence.
Many different factors can play a role in childhood obesity. Our society has become very sedentary. Television, computer and video games contribute to a lack of physical activity. Many adolescents watch more than 2 hours of television each day. Fast food restaurants and “on-the-go type foods “ are high in fats, carbohydrates, and calories. Medical conditions such as thyroid disease, medications such as steroids and some psychiatric medications, and stressful events such as divorce, moving, and deaths can play a major role in overeating.
Doctors and other health care professionals are the best people to determine whether your child’s weight is unhealthy. They also can rule out medical problems as the cause. Health professionals often use growth charts and body mass index to assess whether a child or adolescent is overweight. The physician will also consider your child’s age and growth patterns to determine whether his or her weight is healthy.
Risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes occur with increased frequency in overweight children. The most immediate consequence of obesity as perceived by the children themselves is social discrimination. This is associated with poor self-esteem and depression.
Let your child know he or she is loved and appreciated whatever his or her weight. An overweight child probably knows better than anyone else that her or she has a weight problem. Overweight children need support, acceptance, and encouragement from their parents.
The following are suggestions for physical activity and healthy eating:
Plan family activities that provide everyone with exercise and enjoyment.
Encourage swimming, biking, skating, ball sports, walking, track, and other activities
Reduce the amount of time spent watching television and playing video games.
Encourage your child to only eat when hungry and to eat slowly.
Eat meals together as a family as often as possible.
Cut down on the amount of fat and calories in your family’s diet.
Don’t place your child on a restrictive diet.
Avoid the use of food as a reward and avoid withholding food as a punishment.
Encourage water intake and limit the intake of beverages with added sugars, such as soft drinks, fruit juice drinks, and sports drinks.
Plan for healthy snacks. Stock the refrigerator with low calorie drinks, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Discourage eating meals or snacks while watching television.
Encourage eating a healthy breakfast every day.
Your child’s diet should be safe and nutritious. Any weight management program should be supervised by a physician. Always check with your child’s physician before beginning a weight management or exercise program.