The Walt Disney Health Office is staffed by Madalyn Zulauf, our School-Nurse Teacher and Kelly Kalb, our Health Aide. This office services the 600 plus students and staff of the Walt Disney School on a daily basis. Madalyn Zulauf is the resource person for all health related curriculum and teaching. She coordinates with the classroom teachers, the specific health curriculum requirements for each grade level, and schedules classes throughout the year to address these requirements. The Health Office also makes arrangements for many of our assemblies (i.e. - Red Ribbon, Fire Prevention, etc.) for the students learning and enjoyment. On a daily basis, the Health Office also administers daily medications to many of our students. The students health records are maintained in this office, annual checks for weight/growth and vision for each student are done, and any health emergencies that arise are addressed by our health staff. It can be a very busy place!
New York State Education Law, Section 903, requires a physical examination for each child in Grades K, 2, 4, 7, and 10 and all students new to the school district. It is recommended that these examinations be done by the family physician since he/she is more familiar with the health needs of your child. However, our school physician will complete this physical required screening free of cost, if needed.
Hearing and Vision Screening
Annual hearing and vision screenings are completed in the early part of the school year. If a child fails either of these screens, his or her parent will be notified. If at any time a parent feels that a vision or hearing screen is needed for their child, a request may be made to the Health Office. All children are evaluated for color vision upon school entry.
New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164, requires all pupils to be immunized against the following diseases: Diphtheria (DPT), Polio (oral), (MMR) Measles, Mumps, and rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or proof of immunity is required for all children.
Health Office Requests
If your child is absent from school, please contact the Health Office directly at 247-3177. If no contact has been made by the family of a child who is absent, the Health Office will call your home or work to check on that child. When your child returns to school, a written excuse is needed to verify their absence. If your child has a doctor or dental appointment, and will be arriving late to school, please call the school's Main Office at 247-3151, or send in a note related to that information. When your child does come into school, an adult must accompany them, and sign them in at the Main Office. Medication is administered to a student only when the family physician considers it absolutely necessary to prevent serious and perhaps fatal consequences (severe allergy to bee stings, for example). If your child needs to take medicine during the school day, please contact the School Nurse directly. A written prescription from the MD is needed, as well as a written permission slip from the parent/guardian giving permission for the school to administer the medication at the prescribed time(s). NO CHILD IS ALLOWED TO CARRY, OR TRANSPORT, MEDICATION TO OR FROM SCHOOL. This includes not only prescription medications, but also over-the-counter medications such as Aspirin or Tylenol, cough syrup/anti-acids, etc. There are NO exceptions to this rule. If you have questions concerning this policy, please feel free to contact our school nurse directly at 247-3177, or call the Main Office to speak to the principal at 247.3151.