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Our Locations:

2841 Thousand Acre Rd.
Delanson, NY 12053
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395 North Grand St.
Cobleskill, NY 12043
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40 Henrietta Blvd.
Amsterdam, NY  12010
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Early Intervention Comprehensive Evaluation Therapy Services
Health & Nutrition Continuing Education Therapeudic Riding Program

Health and Nutrition

The School Nurse Team is comprised of Nancy Holroyd, RN and Naomi Shaffer, LPN. We have a commitment to promoting wellness, good nutrition and healthy habits for all our children.  We work together to encourage families to work hand-in-hand with us as we oversee health needs within the school community.  If we spot an illness beginning to sweep through a classroom or through one of our 3 sites we will notify families via an appropriate letter.  We (or a designee on site) do a daily health check on the children. If you have questions or concerns about your child, we welcome calls and maintain an “open door policy.” Yes, the “Nurse is in.”

Health Regulations
Every child enrolled in our program must have a yearly physical.  Their medical form must be signed by a clinician and include up-to-date immunizations.  This medical record will be kept in your child’s file at school.

Please keep your child home if:

  • Your child has a rash that has not been seen by a physician.

  • Your child is vomiting or has diarrhea/child should be kept home 24 hours following the last occurrence of either.

  • Your child has a fever/child should be kept home 24 hours following elevated temp.

  • Your child has a cold with runny nose, sneezing and congested cough.

  • Your child shows any signs or symptoms of a communicable disease (chicken pox, impetigo, ringworm, etc.)

If your child comes to school with any of the above symptoms, we will need to isolate them from other children and you will be called so that you can make arrangements for your child to be picked up from school.

For the safety and health of other children, any child who has had a contagious disease (impetigo, conjunctivitis, strep throat, etc.) will be required to have a medical release upon their return to school.  This medical release will be put in the child’s file.
Whenever there is a confirmed case of a communicable disease at school, we will send a letter to the parents informing you of this.

If, for any reason, your child is absent from the center, it is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to notify the center of the reason for the absence as soon as possible.  You can contact either Naomi or Nancy.  Naomi is located on the Delanson site so if your child attends there give her a call at 875-6141. Nancy covers the Amsterdam (843-3003) and Cobleskill (234-8864) sites.  Contact the site your child attends.
Please follow-up with a written excuse when your child returns to school.
We appreciate your cooperation.

Medical Examination/Lead Screening
The New State Department of Health requires that all children have a physical examination and completed medical health form/immunizations on file.  Your child will need a physical examination by his/her family doctor before they can begin at Whispering Pines Preschool.  All children attending the program must have their medical exam within 90 days prior to the first day of attendance.

All children entering Whispering Pines Preschool are now required, by the New York State Health Department, to have been immunized against Chicken Pox (Varicella). 

The New State Department of Health requires screening for lead poisoning.  All children entering our program after April 1, 1994 need to provide proof of lead testing.  This information will be kept in your child’s medical file.

If your child has had a lead screening, please provide the necessary proof to our office.  If your child has not been tested, please make arrangements to have it done.  Your child’s physician can do the blood lead test.  You can also contact your local health department or a WIC program.

Download Medical Statement of Child in Childcare (.doc)

Medication Administration
Please note that medications can not be administered at school unless your child’s doctor fills out a form we provide stating the medication, dosage, time to be given, side effects to watch for and the reason for giving the medication.  We also require that you give us your permission in writing to administer medication.  This includes any medications such as Tylenol, aspirin, cough drops and prescription drugs.  Please obtain a form from either Nancy or Naomi for the authorization of administration of medication before going to see the doctor.  Medications must be brought in by the parent (they are not to be sent in on the bus) and they most be in an original container with a pharmacy label that has the correct child’s name on it.

Download Written Medication Consent Form (.doc)

Standard Precautions (was Universal)
As required by the New York State Department of Health, staff members of Whispering Pines Preschool are following the guidelines set up for “Standard Precautions”.  Staff is instructed to wear gloves during meal preparation, food handling, oral-motor activities, diaper changes, and any contact with bodily fluids as outlined by these guidelines.  Routine safety measures such as wearing gloves, protects your child and the staff from the spread of communicable diseases.

Child Abuse and Neglect
By law, Early Learning Program and Whispering Pines Preschool staff members are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse and maltreatment.  If a child comes to school with a looking any unexplained bruise, a staff member will call parents to seek information concerning the bruise, burn, etc.  If there is a pattern and the parents give no explanation, the program is required to contact Child Protective Services.

Food In School

Snacks: Children are offered a nutritious snack each day.  This includes juice or milk and something to eat including (but not limited to): crackers, muffins, waffles, toast, fruit, vegetables, cereal, and cheese.

Lunch: Each child attending Whispering Pines Preschool for the full day program brings his/her own lunch.  Lunch should include ready-to-eat foods that your child can manage with some adult supervision and/or assistance.  Please make sure there is minimal preparation for the staff to do—when staff is out of the room prepping a meal they are not able to assist children with other skills.

We suggest sandwiches, yogurt, salads, fruit, soup (in thermos), or anything easy to pack in a lunch box or bag.  Drinks can be in a thermos or a juice box.  Anything not eaten at lunchtime will be sent home so you know what your child has eaten for lunch.

We try to teach children about healthy eating habits while the children are here. So in the spirit of cooperation we are requesting that you keep any soda, gum, candy, or “junk food” at home. This can be a special treat for the child when they are with you.

Indoor and Outdoor Play Clothing
Sturdy play clothes are best for school.  Children wear smocks for painting and other messy projects but they tend to wipe their hands on clothing anyway!  Weather permitting; we will be outdoors daily enjoying our play area.  Please be sure that your child comes to school in appropriate clothing including boots, mittens, hat, and snow pants if needed.  Sometimes a rainy morning turns into a beautiful day.  During the winter, extra socks and mittens will need to be sent in your child’s tote bag every day.  All outerwear (boots, mittens, hats, sweaters) must be marked with your child’s name.

Extra Clothes
A shoebox with a complete set of extra clothes (two pairs of underwear, socks, shirt, pants) will need to be left in school and used if your child ever needs to change.  Mark your child’s name clearly on each end of the shoebox and on each article of clothing.  Please replace the extra clothes if your child should wear his/her extra set of clothes home.

Remember at the change of seasons to replace clothing with seasonally appropriate clothes.  If your child has had a growth spurt and is in need of all new clothes remember the shoebox clothing will also need updating!

Footwear For School
Please send your child to school with socks and sneakers on their feet.  Closed footwear that covers the entire foot must be worn for safety reasons.  Sandals and open-toed shoes are a safety hazard when children are playing on the playground or playing during motor time and are not appropriate for school.  If your child does not have appropriate shoes, they may miss playground time.

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