Message From The Center and Dr. Marino, NYSCSH Medical Director Consultant
Recommendations, guidelines and the knowledge-base itself regarding COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Information shared by agencies and experts can be contradictory and often does not provide detailed guidance for all aspects of school operations. As School Medical Directors, our ability to remain flexible will be critical in the coming months as we continue to provide consultation and leadership to our school communities. Please let us know how we can support you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Online Assistance Form.
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Subscribe to our Health Information Portal for Medical Directors to receive updates and resources from the Center and NYSED8/7/20 NYSCSH Health and Safety| Reopening Questions Submitted to the NYSDOH By NYS SchoolsWe have created a Google doc available for all to view and edit so that you can share your questions and answers submitted to the NYSDOH. This will allow everyone to see what is being submitted and what is being provided as answers.8/8/20 NYSCSH Sample Tracking Sheets for Confirmed Students or Staff or Monitoring Return to SchoolCenter staff are working 24/7 on keeping you informed and up to date- as well as creating samples - but we welcome your input. Together everyone achieves more....aka TEAM!
9/2/20 NYSCSH Resource Toolkit for Asthma Management During COVID-19
NYSCSH has created a resource toolkit for asthma management during COVID-19 which includes information about the use of MDI with a spacer instead of nebulizers, sample parent letters about MDI use, and a sample permission form for use of a school-provided spacer or valved holding chamber, sample charts for COVID vs flu vs cold vs allergies, and links to evidence-based care (Updated 9/2/20 to include new AAFA Resources).
Please note that the AAFA comparison chart was provided to help educate families and staff that the symptoms of COVID overlap with many other common childhood illnesses and that is why a negative COVID test is required for return to school if a student is sent for health care provider assessment.
News You Can Use
6/26/20 | AAP COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry
5/08/20 | NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) Statement On PPE For 2020-21 School Year
5/03/20 | MMWR Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and Administration — United States, 2020
4/14/20 | Updated NYSED Guidance On Working Papers
Sample school protocol which includes: product selection, handling, storage, procedures for use, parent, student, and staff education and sample notification form. This resource should be reviewed by your district medical director and school administrator. (3/4/20)
Your knowledge and expertise make you a key health resource for your school staff, students and families. Take the pledge to #ThinkCheckCorrect and commit to making sure that any information you share is correct, credible and current before sharing it with others and teach others to do the same.
Please call your local health department for specific guidance regarding the management of students or staff who exhibit symptoms or are diagnosed with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
- Directory of local NYS Department of Health
- NYSDOH 2019 Novel Coronavirus Hotline 1-888-364-3065