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  • School Health Absence Procedures

    Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):  

    To ensure your child has a safe, healthy and happy school year, please note the following School Health Office procedures: 

    • Please call the health office (516) 434-2635, Mrs. Sinatro (516) 434-2632, or complete an absence form on the District website if your child is unable to attend school.  A doctor’s note is required if your child is absent for 3 days in a row or more.  
    • Medication (including Tylenol, Motrin, vitamins, cough medicine, cough drops, lotions, etc.) cannot be given by the school nurse unless there is a written directive from the health care provider, along with written permission from the parent.  The note must include the name of the student, name of the medication, the route, time and how much is to be given.  All medication must be brought to the Nurse in the Health Office by an adult in the original container from the pharmacy.  Children ae not permitted to take medication in school without the knowledge of the school nurse.  
    • School districts are required by law to report communicable diseases (chicken pox, strep throat, pink eye, lice, flu, etc.) to the Nassau County Department of Health.  Therefore, please notify the Health Office if your child develops any of these conditions.    
    • Children may be excused from physical education classes for three days with a note from the parent.  If your child needs to be excused for a longer period of time, a note from the health-care provider is required.  
    • Children with casts on their arms or legs, splints on their fingers or stitches, are not permitted to participate in physical education classes or in outdoor recess or after-school activities.  A note from your health-care provider, indicating when the activity can resume is necessary.  
    • If you change your home, work, or cell phone number, please notify the school immediately. 
    • Please discuss with the School Nurse, Social Worker or Guidance Counselor anything you feel might affect your child, i.e. illness of a parent or sibling, death in the family, etc. 

    Thank you for your cooperation. 

    Rachel Brosokas, R.N. 
    School Nurse  

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • How to Decide if you Should Keep Your Child Home From School

    Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision for parents to make. Would I want my child to sit next to a child who appears to be sick?

    If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home and make appropriate childcare arrangements:

    · Appearance/Behavior – unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused, or irritable.

    · Eyes – thick mucous or pus drainage from the eye. With pink eye (conjunctivitis), you may see a white or yellow discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain and/or redness).

    · Greenish nose discharge and/or chronic cough – Should be seen by your health-care provider. These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.

    · Sore Throat – especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck. With strep throat, a child may return to school after 24 hours on antibiotics, with no fever.

    · Diarrhea, Vomiting – do not attend school for 24 hours after symptoms stop.

    · Rash – body rash, especially with itching.

    · Earaches, without Fever – Child needs to get medical attention as untreated infections can cause permanent hearing loss.

    · Fever – 24-hour, fever-free before returning to school.

    If your child shows any of the above symptoms at school, it will be necessary to pick him/her up from school.

    Sending a child to school with any of the above symptoms puts other children and staff at risk of getting sick.

    Remember to always practice good hygiene. Hands should be washed several times per day, using soap and warm water.

    Use tissues to cover the mouth when coughing, sneezing or wiping nose.

    Rachel Brosokas, R.N.
    School Nurse
    (516) 434-2635

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
  • May and June Students of the Month celebrated at Board of Education meeting

    At the June 12 Island Park Board of Education meeting, several students were recognized as May and June Students of the Month. 

    The learner profile attribute for May was “balanced,” which describes students who understand the importance of balancing different aspects of their lives – intellectual, physical, and emotional – to achieve well-being for themselves and others.  They recognize their interdependence with other people and with the world in which they live.

    Students honored for this learner profile attribute were Nicholas Angelastro (grade 5), Benjamin Katz (kindergarten), Sophia Lajato (grade 6), Nicholas Liao (grade 4), Luke Lo Castro (grade 2), Camila Mata-Jimenez (grade 1), Gabriel Reyes (grade 7), Liam Young (grade 8) and Mason Yungandreas (grade 3).

    The learner profile attribute for June was “reflective,” which describes students who thoughtfully consider the world and their own ideas and experience.  They work to understand their strengths and weaknesses to support their learning and personal development.

    Students honored for this learner profile attribute were Kieran Callanan (grade 6), Mia Castro (grade 3), Chloe Kopsachilis (grade 7), Sean Maloney (grade 2), Jocelyn Morales (grade 5), Valerie Nunez (kindergarten), Adeline Ortega-Coronel (grade 1), Jacquelyn Ramos (grade 8) and Michael Taglianetti (grade 4).

     Following student recognitions, Superintendent of Schools Vincent Randazzo reported important district updates to the Board and the general public. The presentation slides can be found on the Superintendent’s Corner page of the Island Park Union Free School District website following this URL:

    To watch the full meeting, visit:

    Francis X. Hegarty Elementary
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