Kara Wager, R.N.
Catskill High School Nurse
phone#518-943-5665 ext 2111
Catskill Middle School Nurse
phone# 518-943-5665 ext 2321
Meghan Jenkins, R.N.
Catskill Elementary School Nurse: Grades Pre-K – Grade 1
fax#518-943-5396 or 5397
Mary Jo Murphy, R.N.
Catskill Elementary School Nurse: Grades 2-5
fax#518-943-5396 or 5397
Please remember to update your child’s phone contacts if there are any changes during the year. Our health offices need to be able to reach parents in the case of an emergency or illness.
Please help us to teach your children about the importance of hand washing, covering their mouth when they cough or sneeze and keeping all wounds covered with a bandage.
When your child is ill…
It is imperative that parents/guardians screen each student for any symptoms of illness before boarding the bus or attending school. If they have a fever of 100 or higher, or you suspect strep throat due to an exposure or other communicable disease and/or vomiting or diarrhea, they need to be home until fever free for 24 hours without medication controlling it, on antibiotics for strep throat or other communicable disease and/or free from vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school.
Each year, there are different notifications that promote safety and public health in relation to a variety of viruses or infections (i.e. staph, flu, etc.). These general health notifications are posted on this page.
State Mandated Screenings & Reporting
Vision Hearing Screening
New York State mandates screening of vision & hearing during your student’s school year. All new students are screened for distance vision, near vision, color perception, and hearing within 6 months of entering school. In addition, each year all first, third, fifth, seventh & eleventh graders are screened for distance, near vision & hearing.
Scoliosis screening is mandated for all girls in grades 5 and 7 and boys in ninth grade. Private scoliosis screening is acceptable but must be done no earlier than July 1 of the current year and must be documented by the doctor.
New York State also requires that physical examinations be done on all students new to the district and all students in kindergarten, first grade, third grade, fifth grade, seventh grade, ninth grade and eleventh grade. These must be done no earlier than September 1 of the prior school year. Students also are able to get a free examination in school if needed. Forms are available on this website.
New York State also mandates biannual reporting of aggregate weight status categories for each school building and in addition, any health related conditions, such as asthma, hypertension or hyperlipidemia. If you do not wish your student’s information included in this report, please notify your school’s Health Office.
You will only receive notification/referral if your child requires follow up with a specialist after the screening
New York State law requires immunization records to be complete on all students upon entry to school.
- New York State Public Health Law §2164 has been amended to eliminate the exemption for children whose parents hold religious beliefs opposed to immunizations. A statement jointly issued by the Department of Health, the Education Department, and the Office of Children and Family Services explaining the timeline for families to comply with the immunization requirements in order for their children to attend school next school year can be found at the following link: NYS Law regarding religious exemptions
Catskill Central School District appoints a chief school physician annually with the following duties:
- Performs examinations of school children, as needed
- Serves as a member on the Committee on Special Education and 504 if requested
- Develops the program and provides information about school health services
- Coordinates with school nurses in scheduling for physical examinations of all students participating in interscholastic athletics
- Provides final medical clearance for a return to physical activity for all students suspected of a mild traumatic brain injury
- Determines response to potentially contagious diseases identified in conjunction with Public Health
- Serves as the Emergency Healthcare Provider concerning the District’s Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Program
- Provides consultation on any other medical issue in which the District needs medical expertise
- Attends athletic contests as needed.