GCS Health Office
Greece Christian School has registered nurse support and follows local and state public health guidelines and requirements. Our health office is overseen by the Greece Central School District's medical department. New York State requires immunization and health records to be on file for all school children. Parental cooperation in compiling these records is imperative. All students in grades K, 2, 4 and 7 are required by law to have a physical examination. If parents do not provide us with the completed examination form, a physical will be given to the student by the school doctor appointed by Greece Central School District.
1 - Illness. Any child, who has symptoms, or the beginning of an illness, should be kept home. Should a child present symptoms of sickness upon arriving at school or during the school day, you will be called to come and take your child home.
2 - Immunizations. New York Public Health Law 2164 requires that in order or a child to attend school he/she must be properly immunized against: diphtheria, poliomyelitis, measles, varicella, rubella, Hepatitis B, and mumps. Proof of immunization or a letter requesting exemption based on religious convictions (and approved by the principal) must be in the GCS Health Office before a child enters school.
3 - Medicine at school. If a student must take medication during the school day, the medication must be brought to the Nurse’s Office by a parent or guardian. Medication must be in the original pharmacy container or a sealed “over the counter” container with a written consent form from your child’s doctor. Two pictures of the child must be provided for identification purpose. One picture will be attached to the medication card and the other to the corresponding medication container.
4 - Accidents. The teacher is responsible, by law, for students in his care. Any accident of a serious nature which occurs in the classroom, on an activity field, or on a school sponsored trip will be reported to the office. Parents will then be notified. Minor first aid will be given at the Health Office.
5 - Sports. Students participating in competitive sports must have a physical within the past 12 months and be certified by the school nurse for each sport.
6 - Dental Examinations. New York State Education law requires that students entering in a school district be advised of the importance of having a complete dental exam done. Please provide proof that a dentist has performed this examination during the previous 12 months or that such an exam is scheduled. Your dentist may submit a form or note. If the dental exam is scheduled after school has started, we require a note stating the scheduled date of the exam.
7 - Allergies. Food allergies can be life threatening. At GCS we work to reduce the risk of accidental exposure to food by working with students, parents, and physicians to minimize the risks and provide a safe environment for food-allergic students. A family should notify the school of any allergies your child might have by completing an allergy form and, if merited, develop an accommodation plan with the school leadership.
The GCS Student Success Support (SSS)
The goal of the Greece Christian Schools Student Success Support system is to address barriers to learning in four main areas:
1. Academics: Speech, Learning disabilities, English Language Learners (ELL)
2. Health: Problems with focus/attention, Hearing, Vision, Child abuse
3. Behavioral/Spiritual: Acting out, Bullying, Discipline, Disrupting the class
4. Attendance: Home issues, Parent issues
Although students identified with disabilities are in the Student Success Support, the SSS is also a “process” to ensure success for all our students through pre-referral strategies and collaborative meetings. The Student Success Support consists of three levels:
First Level of Intervention- Teacher/Parent.
What can be done without entering a child in the SSS. The key to this level is understanding reasonable accommodations. The teacher contacts the parents/guardian to discuss strategies to assure success in the classroom. A GCS Pre-Strategy Form is filled out. Documentation should be entered into RenWeb. After a marking period the strategy is reviewed for effectiveness. If there is progress, then it may continue. If insufficient progress is made, then there will be a consideration to change the approach or move the student into the SSS.
Second Level of Intervention- Teacher/Parent/Administrator
After using the strategies agreed upon, should the concern still exists after a five weeks, the teacher will elevate the concern to the lead teacher and team to identify alternate strategies, if any. The teacher is responsible to alert the parent of the changes, and to put a copy of the meetings notes in the student’s cumulative folder and changes into RenWeb. An observation by the lead teacher or administrator may be agreed upon after which the observer will share her notes with the teacher and administrator (if done by the lead teacher). The administrator is responsible to record and document decisions and actions taken from this point forward. The option of assigning a Title 1 tutor in grades 1-5 may be examined. Any tutoring given in school will require developing measurable goals and a meeting with the teacher, parent, administrator and tutor.
Third Level of Intervention - (Outside agencies)
Students falling into this category may: be functioning two years behind in two or more subjects, have severely poor organization skills, have a poor self-image as a learner due to repeated lack of success, and/or have: auditory processing, speech/language difficulties, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, or dyslexia. In these instances the school will work with the family for possible additional testing, private or through Greece Central School District. In addition, private tutors or agencies and/or GCSD tutors may get involved.