The Huntington School District is striving to have its classrooms filled with healthy students and is doing everything that it can to make that goal become reality. Trustees recently readopted administrative regulations designed to implement the district’s wellness policy during the 2017/18 school year.
The Huntington School District’s health services include fully staffed nurse’s offices in all eight buildings. These offices routinely conduct vision and hearing tests and other health screenings as needed. Each office also maintains a cumulative health folder on each student in attendance at that specific school.
Parents should familiarize themselves with their child’s school nurse and health office and maintain communication in case of illness or injury. Nurses are available to provide first aid when necessary. They are not able to offer diagnoses or treat injuries. Should a physician prescribe a medication for a student to be taken during school hours, the medicine should be brought to the nurse’s office with a written note of instructions from the doctor.
A school doctor is available to provide state mandated physicals. Parents are also free to have their child examined by their own personal physician. This website contains a link to many health office forms, which are available for downloading. Forms are also available through each school’s nurse’s office. Doctor’s notes can be dropped off in the nurse’s office or FAXed to the nurse at each school.
To protect the good health of students and staff members, parents are asked not to send sick children to school. Any communicable diseases should be reported to the school health office immediately. Sneezing, excessive coughing, running eyes and nose, swollen glands, nausea, headache, dizziness, skin rashes or unusual tiredness are some of the symptoms which are sufficient for keeping a child home from school. Adequate time for convalescence should be allowed following any illness, no matter how slight.
A positive attitude toward school health services should be encouraged from the earliest ages. The nurses are there to provide for the care of students and to promote good health. Offices are well-equipped and stocked with supplies and conveniently located in each building. Parents should feel free to call the nurse’s office in their child’s school whenever a need arises.
Diana Rich assumed the position of district director of special education and student support services in May 2017. She had earlier served as Huntington’s K-6 chairperson of special education.
Ms. Rich earned a BA degree in education at Niagara University in 1998 and a master’s degree in special education at CUNY-Queens College in 2001. She obtained state administrator’s certificate in 2005 after studying at CUNY-Hunter College.
Prior to coming to Huntington, Ms. Rich worked for AHRC (Assn. for the Help of Retarded Children) July 2000 to March 2012 as a special education program curriculum coordinator, director of early intervention and universal pre-kindergarten, director of special education pre-school and center based early intervention program and principal of a special education pre-school. Earlier in her career, she worked as a special education administrator in the New York City public schools.
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