South Orangetown Central School District

School Nursing

The health, safety and wellness of our students is a priority of the South Orangetown Central School District.

COVID-19 Resources
For information regarding COVID-19, please visit the CDC or New York State Department of Health websites.

School Health Examination Requirement
*New York State requires that any physical examination complete on January 31, 2021 or later must be documented on the NYSED Student Health Examination Form or its electronic health record equivalent. No other forms are acceptable.*

New York State law requires a health examination for all students entering the school district for the first time AND when entering pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades. Physicals completed within 365 days prior to the first day of school are acceptable.

  • The examination must be completed by a NY/NJ state licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner.
  • An Annual Dental Examination Form which indicates your child has been seen by a dentist or dental hygienist is requested at the same time.
  • A copy of the NYSED Student Health Examination Form must be provided to the school within 30 days from when your child first starts school and when your child starts kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades. If a copy is not given to the school within 30 days, the school will contact you. Please note that the NYSED Student Health Examination Form MUST be used for all physicals completed after January 31, 2021. 
  • If your child has an appointment for an exam during the school year that is after the first 30 days of school, please notify the School Nurse’s Office of the exam date.

View information regarding New York State immunization requirements here.

Vaccination Clinics
The Rockland County Department of Health offers immunization and medical clinics for children ages 5-18 and adults, including those who are uninsured, underinsured or on Medicaid. For information or to make an appointment, call (845) 364-2497. Click here for details on the NYS Department of Health website.

Head Lice Management
Head lice are a troublesome, contagious problem that is common in schools. While it is typical for at least a few cases of head lice to appear at the start of school, head lice cases can be found year-round.

One of the most frustrating things about head lice is that it can spread easily and quickly through head-to-head or hand-to head contact with an infested person. This happens through direct contact or through sharing of personal items, such as hats, brushes, any head gear such as batting/riding helmets, etc. Head lice may be contracted any place where children interact. Schools, camps and sleepovers may be places to transmit lice, since children are playing so closely together.

To assist all students and their families when there is an incident of head lice, our District has adopted a protocol to manage this problem. Under this protocol, a child who is found to have head lice will be sent home for treatment. Once the child has been treated, he/she may return to school.

The purpose of this protocol is to help prevent the spread of head lice. Even one louse can transmit head lice from one child to another. Therefore, it is extremely important that parents are vigilant in treating children with head lice and removing the eggs (nits). We want to contain the problem before it becomes widespread. So, we ask parents to:

  • GET TOUGH – treat the head
  • GET PICKY – remove head lice and nits
  • BE ON GUARD – every week, take a peek

Please feel free to call your school nurse for assistance.

View the district’s Wellness Policy

WOS
School Nurse: Riva Fisher, RN | (845) 680-1304
School Social Worker: Jessica Inglis | (845) 680-1328
School Psychologist: Brian Galvin| (845) 680-1324
School Psychologist: Kaitlin McSwiggan, Psy.D. | (845) 680-1368

CLE
School Nurse: Karen Fitzgibbons, RN | (845) 680-1508
School Social Worker: Jessica Inglis | (845) 680-1598
School Psychologist: Linda King | (845) 680-1554
School Psychologist: Sean Jones | (845) 680-1545

SOMS
School Nurse: Maggie Keane, RN | (845) 680-1130
School Social Worker: Jessenia Cursio | (845) 680-1028
School Prevention Counselor: Bobbie-Angela Wong | (845) 680-1147
School Psychologist: Courtney Malka | (845) 680-1112
School Psychologist: Stephen Sawitsky | (845) 680-1019

TZHS
School Nurse: Patricia Shalvey, RN | (845) 680-1647
School Social Worker: Jessenia Cursio | (845) 680-1775
Schoo Prevention Counselor: Ponnu Varghese-John | (845) 680-
School Psychologist: Katelin Burns, Ph.D. | (845) 680-1613
School Psychologist: Bradley Hercman, Psy.D. | (845) 680-1610

If your child is in crisis or requires immediate assistance, call 911.

Mental Health Services
Rockland Paramedic Services Behavioral Health Response Team (24/7 mental health outreach services) | (845) 517-0400
Mental Health Association of Rockland County | (845) 267-2172

Domestic Violence
The Center for Safety & Change 24-Hour Hotline | (845) 634-3344

Grief
Talking With Children About Violence: Tips for Parents & Teachers
United Hospice of Rockland, Bereavement Services | (845) 634-4974

Substance Use/Addiction
CANDLE (Community Awareness Network for a Drug-Free Life & Environment) @ TZHS
 Jim Andrews, MS or Lois Ross, LMSW | (845) 680-1683

Additional resources are posted on the Rockland County website.

South Orangetown students may access mental health services directly by reaching out to any school staff member. Please contact your child’s principal with any questions or concerns.