Health Information

School Nurses

Early Childhood

Corinne Fox, RN
P: 585-924-3252 x6420
F: 585-742-7048
FoxC@victorschools.org
 
 

Primary

Lori Pownall, RN
P: 585-924-3252, x2422
F: 585-742-7068
PownallL@victorschools.org
 
 
 

Intermediate

Christine Berardino, RN
P: 585-924-3252, x3420
F: 585-742-7062
BerardinoC@victorschools.org
 
 

 

Junior High

Mary Beth Brendel, RN
P: 585-924-3252, x4420
F: 585-742-7027
BrendelM@victorschools.org
Abigail Gisondi, RN
GisondiA@victorschools.org

High School

Kimberly Spitzer, RN
P: 585-924-3252, x5420
F: 585-742-7056
SpitzerK@victorschools.org
Abigail Gisondi, RN
GisondiA@victorschools.org

Screenings

The Victor School District must comply with all the New York State laws and regulations related to school health.

Our Health Services program is committed to supporting your student’s academic success by promoting health in the school setting.  One way that we provide care for your student is by performing the health screenings as mandated by the State of New York.

During this school year, the following screenings will be required or completed at school:

Vision

  • Distance and near acuity for all newly entering students and students in Pre-K or Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
  • Color perception screening for all newly entering students.

Hearing

  • Hearing screening for all newly entering students and students in Pre-K or Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.

Scoliosis

  • Scoliosis (spinal curvature) screening for all girls in grades 5 and 7, and boys in grade 9.

A letter will be sent home if there are any findings on the screening done at school that would cause concern or need medical follow-up.  Please call the school’s Health Office if you have any questions or concerns.

State requirements for school health services include:

  • Health examination is required within 12 months of admission to school and in grades PreK or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
  • Health examination is required for work permits
  • Health examination is required each year for interscholastic athletics
  • Vision screening is required within 12 months of admission to school and in grades Pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
  • Hearing screening is required within 12 months of admission to school and in grades Pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
  • Scoliosis screening is required in grades 5 and 7 for girls and grade 9 for boys.
  • Dental examination - we are requesting a dental certificate in grades PreK or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
  • Lead screening - not required, discuss with your primary care provider whether your child requires this test.

We recommend that your own healthcare provider give your child’s physical examination. These appraisals/examinations must have been given within the last twelve months of the first day of school. A form, available on the web site, is to be filled out by your healthcare provider. Please have your provider complete it and return it to your child’s School Health Office as soon as possible.

In the rare event that a certificate of private examination is not provided, a physical examination may be conducted in the school by scheduled appointment and with prior written parental informed consent.  A parent has the right to be in attendance at this examination and/or to review history questions that may be asked of your child.

Medication Information

Students, who require medication, either prescription or non-prescription, during the school day or during school related activities, must meet the following district policies on a yearly basis:

  1. Written authorization from the prescribing physician and parent. A form for Permission to Administer Medication must be on file in the nurses office
  2. Prescription medication must be in the original pharmacy container, labeled with the student’s name, medication dose, route, and time. Non-prescription medication must be in the original container with the student’s name attached. 
  3. All medication must be delivered to the nurse’s office by the parent. Students are not permitted to have any medication, other than inhalers or Epi-Pens with prior medical approval, on their person or in their lockers.
  4. Medication will be stored in the nurse’s office.
  5. Under special circumstances, self-administration may be allowed. Please contact the school nurse for further information.
  6. All medication not picked up by parents at the end of the school year will be discarded during the summer.

Health Forms

Work Permit

Parents must complete and sign the first section of the Working Permit form and return to the school nurse. A valid health appraisal within the last year is required. The nurse will then complete the Health Certification Form and the permit will be issued. 

Additional Parent Information

Child Health Plus

Every child deserves a medical home. If you require, but cannot afford health insurance to secure private health care for your child, please contact the school nurse for confidential assistance in applying for Child Health Plus.

Child Health Plus is New York State’s medical insurance program which serves uninsured children under age 19 in families whose household income exceeds Medicaid income eligibility.  The insurance is provided free or at a low cost. Coverage includes well child check-ups, immunizations, prescriptions, doctor visits, x-rays and lab work, outpatient mental health, inpatient hospital care, emergency medical care, and other services. The application is a simple one page form requiring proof of the child’s age, household income, and residency.

You can visit the Child Health Plus website or call them at 1-888-758-7658 or 585-396-6463.

Emergency Care Plans

Any child with a severe or life threatening medical condition that may require adult intervention and oversight during the school day, such as but not limited to diabetes, poorly controlled seizures, severe respiratory problems, or anaphylaxis secondary to food or insect allergy, will have an Emergency Care Plan created by the school nurse in cooperation with the parent and their private health care provider. These plans are updated annually. The purpose of the plan is to provide concrete and simple training and instructions to non-medical personnel acting in a supervisory role for your child to keep your child as safe as possible until medical assistance arrives.  If you believe your child needs an emergency care plan, please be sure to bring the school nurse medical documentation from your physician as soon as possible, preferably before the start of school.


A student should stay home from school if he or she:

  • Has a fever of 100 degrees or more
  • Has had a fever above 100 degrees in the last 24 hours
  • Has vomited in the last 24 hours
  • Has had diarrhea in the last 24 hours
  • Has a runny nose that requires a great deal of management time
  • Has a persistent cough that interferes with concentration
  • Is too tired to engage in usual activities
  • Has a significantly decreased appetite
  • Has eye(s) that are red, watery, or draining
  • Has been on a medication for an infection for fewer than 24 hours

Generally, after the above listed symptoms disappear, students require an additional 24 hours to recover. If you are in doubt about whether or not to send your child to school during or following an illness, please call the health office at your child's school for advice. If your child has a persistent cough, rash, fever, bump, or other bothersome symptom, you should contact your pediatrician.