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 the school nurses to inform their Medical Directors of these important resources. 

Use of insect repellant at school by a student requires parent/guardian permission but does not require a medication order since it is not considered a medication. Students may apply insect repellents themselves or request assistance from a staff member.
Additional information on the safe use of insect repellents can be found in the NYSCSH Tick and Tickborne Disease Toolkit below.

NYSCSH Tick and Tick-Borne Disease Toolkit
In 2018, The NYSCSH and NYSED collaborated with the NYSDOH, NYS DEC, NYS Library, and other organizations to create The Tick and Tick-borne Disease Resource Toolkit. To view, all of the organizations involved click on the Reviewer List provided here. 

Professional Development | Webinars | PPTs

Tick and Tickborne Disease: Prevention is Key Training Program for Schools Webinar
This 29 slide presentation contains information that can be used to educate Boards of education, school staff, students, and community members. Clicking here will redirect you to our professional learning page to view the training. (NYSCSH,5/2018) Clicking here will take you to our Professional Learning page.  

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

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

Tick-Borne Disease Infographic 
Contains strategies to prevent, identify and respond to ticks and tick disease. Grades 4-12 (5/2018) 

Tick and Tick-Borne Disease Resources 
List of tick resources for schools, caregivers, and community members (5/2018). 

NYSCSH Sample Outdoor Field Trip Reminder Regarding Ticks and Tick-borne Disease (NYSCSH 6/2018) 
Information for Parents on Insect Repellents

CDC Resources 

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 information on prevention, transmission, tic removal, signs and symptoms, treatment, and FAQs. (CDC,Updated 8/2019) 

Tick Bite: What To Do
Two-page fact sheet which describes how to remove a tick, what to do with the tick after removal, and what symptoms to watch for, which would indicate the need to see a health care provider. (CDC 4/2019) 

Tick Webpage
Provides information and resources for prevention, removal, symptom-checker, where ticks live and surveil ance, videos and info for clinical providers (CDC, Updated 4/2019) 

Tickborne Diseases of the US: A Reference Manual for Health Care Providers (CDC 2018)

NYS Education Department

Amendment to Education Law Section 1. Section 305 added a new subdivision 55  in relation to an education and awareness program on tick identification and protection. (June 3, 2015) 

Tick and Tick-Borne Disease: Education in Schools

Tick and Tick-borne Disease Education In Schools Memo
This memo provides information regarding the collaboration of the NYS Education Department, NYS Department of Health, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Library, and other expert organizations to bring awareness, education, and resources to promote the education of students, families, and schools on the prevention of tick and tick-borne diseases. (5/29/2018) 

NYSDOH Resources 

Tick and Insect Repellents: Deciding On Their Use (NYSDOH 5/2015)
Fact sheet available in English and Spanish 

Lyme Disease Resource Page
Contains video and steps for tick removal, posters, and fact sheets on tickborne diseases

Materials Order Form for Tick-Borne & Mosquito-Borne Disease  (NYSDOH 9/2019)

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. (NYS Cornell IPM-College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Updated 8/2019) 

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, or athletic 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 on the prohibition. Contact information is provided in NYSDEC Guidance. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation)

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   

See also: 

Insect Repellent

Page Updated 5/6/22