Health & Nursing

  • Help Stop The Spread Of Illness

    The Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District asks for the community's help in reducing the spread of illness in Midlakes schools. Please remember the following guidelines:

    • Keep your child home if he/she has had a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
    • Help us teach kids about the importance of hand washing, and that handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of any illness.
    • Remember to update a child’s phone contacts if there are any changes during the year. District staff needs to be able to reach parents or legal guardians in the case of emergency or illness.
    • Be sure to call your child’s school nurse in the morning to report and state the reason for any absence. A written excuse MUST also be given when the child returns to school.
    • Contact your child’s doctor or Ontario County Public Health at (800) 299-2995 regarding a flu vaccination.

    Children should NOT be sent to school if:

    • They have a temperature over 100.5 degrees
    • They have vomited at any time in the last 24 hours
    • They have had diarrhea any time in the last 24 hours
    • They have started antibiotics within the last 24 hours
    • They have red eyes with thick or crusty drainage
    • They have open sores that are red and draining

    Keep your child home from school until he/she has gone a FULL 24 hours:

    • Without a fever (this is without the help of Tylenol or Ibuprofen)
    • Without having any diarrhea
    • Without any vomiting
    • On antibiotics (if they are prescribed for a contagious condition)

    We rely heavily on parents’ good judgment about sending a child to school. Parents should use your best judgment before sending a child to school with:

    • A green runny nose; red and itchy/painful eyes
    • A persistent cough
    • A low-grade fever (under 100.5, but above 99)
    • Any persistent complaints that the child does not feel well
    • A persistent sore throat
    • An open sore that is red or draining

    The schools are doing its part to stop the spread of illness by:

    • Reminding kids to wash their hands after using the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, before eating, and any time they may be dirty.
    • Reminding kids to cover their coughs and sneezes
    • Keeping all open wounds covered with a bandage  

    What is Staphylococcus aureus?

    • Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a bacteria normally found on the skin or in the nose of 20 to 30 percent of healthy individuals. When S. aureus is present without causing symptoms, it is called colonization. If symptoms are present, it is called an infection.

    What is MRSA?

    • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a strain of S. aureus that is resistant to methicillin, an antibiotic in the same class as penicillin and is traditionally seen in people who have been recently hospitalized or who have been treated at a health care facility (such as treatment at a dialysis center).

    What is CA-MRSA?

    • Community-associated MRSA infections (CA-MRSA) are MRSA infections in healthy people who have not been hospitalized or had a medical procedure (such as dialysis or surgery) within the past year.

    Who gets CA-MRSA?

    • Anyone can get CA-MRSA but outbreaks have been seen among athletes, prisoners, military recruits, daycare attendees, injection drug users and other groups of people who live in crowded settings and/or routinely share contaminated items. Poor hygiene practices, such as lack of hand washing, may spread the bacteria easily.