Ticks | Tick-Borne Disease

Note: Tick removal in school requires a protocol by the Medical Director for the school nurse to remove the tick, as well as parent/guardian consent, notification, and recommendation for follow-up care. These resources are located on the Medical Director page. We encourage school nurses to inform their Medical Directors of these important resources. 

NYSED Resources

Tick and Tick-Borne Disease: Education in Schools
Schools are encouraged to consider the inclusion of tick and tick-borne disease education within a sequential and comprehensive Pre-K through 12 health education program.

Educational Resources

Sample Tick and Tickborne Disease Resource Toolkit (NYSCSH 5/2018)
Sample Education Strategies for Prevention Education on Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases Provides an overview of ticks and tick-borne diseases, sample lesson plans, and resources linked to the NYS Education standards.    

Sample Health Educators Lyme Disease and Ticks Webinar (NYSCSH 5/2018)
Provides a customizable 10-slide PPT for educating students.

NYSDOH Resources 

Tick and Insect Repellents: Deciding On Their Use
Fact sheet available in English and Spanish 

Lyme Disease and Other Diseases Carried by Ticks
Contains video and steps for tick removal, posters, and fact sheets on tickborne diseases

Materials Order Form for Tick-Borne & Mosquito-Borne Disease

NYS Integrated Pest Management- Cornell University

Don't Get Ticked NY
Offers over 35 resources and a school-specific link related to ticks and tick-borne diseases, including FAQs, Fact Sheets, Videos, Infographics, and a school IPM blog.

The ABCs of School and Childcare Pest Management

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Pesticide Management for Schools, Day Care Centers, and Parents

Be Tick Free Public Safety Web page
Provides methods to reduce exposure to ticks and offers information on personal protection using pesticides with a link to the NYS Pesticide Administration Database (NYSPAD) to search for personal insect repellents that are currently registered in NYS. 

Pesticide Prohibition on Grounds at Schools and Day Care Centers
Under amendments to the State Education Law (Section 409-k) and Social Services Law (Section 390-g), no school or daycare center can apply pesticides to any playgrounds, turf, athletics, or playing fields. The requirements are administered by the State Education Department for schools and by the Office of Children and Family Services for daycare centers. Contact those agencies for information and answers to questions about the prohibition.

CDC Resources 

Ticks | CDC
Provides information and resources for prevention, removal, symptom-checking, where ticks live and surveillance, videos, and info for clinical providers.   

Educational Materials-Lyme Disease Toolkit
Communications tool kit to help state and local health departments prevent Lyme disease. Sign up to receive automated notices when new items become available. a communication toolkit with information on prevention, transmission, tic removal, signs and symptoms, treatment, and FAQs.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Ticks and Schools
Provides basic information about ticks,  management checklists, fact sheets, and other resources on ticks, including Tick Safety in Schools   

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