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December 14, 2017
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Notes from the Nurses

Posted on May 8, 2017

What's Going Around Stonehedge?

Spring has sprung and allergy season is upon us! Many students are suffering from itchy, red, swollen eyes. We have been treating students at school with cool cloths or ice packs. However, if you feel your child requires eye drops during school hours, an MD order is required in order for the Nurse to administer.

Outdoor Recess

Please encourage your child to wear sneakers versus flip-flops to school. This will help prevent playground injuries.  


Students are allowed to bring sunscreen that is approved by the FDA, to school with written permission from the parent or guardian of the student. A record of permission must be maintained by the health office. If a student cannot apply the sunscreen themselves, the student can be assisted by school staff, if permitted by the parent. The CDC recommends sunscreen with sun protective fact (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.  

Scoliosis Screening for 5th Graders

New York State Education Law requires schools to provide annual scoliosis screening to all pupils in fifth grade. Scoliosis screening will be taking place in the next few weeks during physical education classes. Boys and girls are screened separately. If your child has already been screened by his primary care provider and written notification has been received by the health office, your child will be excused from the screening.  

Tick Season

Ticks are most active in the warmer months from April-September. Parents/Guardians should conduct a full body check on their children after outside playtime, paying special attention to the head and body-folds, such as armpits, back of knees, and the groin area. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends bug repellants that contain no more than 30% DEET when used on children. If you should find a tick on your child, remove the tick from the skin as quickly as possible to avoid attachment and remove embedded ticks with fine-point tweezers. Do not use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other substances. With tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible and pull the tick from the skin. Wash the skin with soap and water.  Seek medical care if the tick might have been on the skin for more than 6-8 hours; part of the tick remains in the skin after attempted removal; a rash of any kind develops (especially the red-ringed bull's eye rash); and/or if the bite area looks infected (increasing redness, warmth, swelling, or pain).

For more information about ticks, please visit the Center for Disease Control Site at: If you should have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the Health Office or your child's Provider/Pediatrician.  

Posted on November 1, 2016

New Staff

As many of you are aware, Anne Tiffany, who was our Health Office Aide, retired this past June, after having worked 19 years in the district. Ms. Katrina Bertelli is now our new Health Office Aide. This year will be Ms. Bertelli's 10th year with the school district.  She has been a great asset to our office! Please welcome and introduce yourself to Ms. Bertelli!  

What's Going Around Stonehedge?

Currently, students have been out ill with the following: fevers, strep throat, and coxsackie virus. Common signs and symptoms of coxsackie virus include: fever, poor appetite, runny nose, sore throat and a blister-like rash on the hands, feet and in the mouth. The blisters usually develop one to two days after the initial symptoms. If your child has the following symptoms, please call your child's healthcare provider for guidance. Children with a rash/blisters and fever should not attend school.  


Please remember to call the Health Office at (315) 487-4636, if your child will be TARDY or ABSENT from school. As always, please remember to follow-up by sending in a written excuse with your child upon their return back to school.  


Just a reminder for students who are in 2nd and 4th grade, a physical is required for the 2016-17 school year. The Health Office will accept physicals that have occurred from September 6, 2015 to the present date. The physical can be faxed to the Health Office directly at (315) 487-4599.  

Eyeglass Drive:

The Health Office is sponsoring an eyeglass drive for the Solvay-Geddes-Camillus Lions Club. The Lions Club collects eyeglasses each year and addresses the need for glasses for both children and adults in the United States as well as around the world. If you should have any used/old eyeglasses and would like to donate them, please send them into school with your child and they can be dropped off at the Health Office. The eyeglass drive will be held until Friday November 18, 2016.  

Flu Shots:

Have you or your child received the flu shot? It's not too late to schedule. Children and adults are recommended to receive an influenza vaccination every year per the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control. Peak season for the flu is December to March.  


*We are at that time of year again, with the cold, wet and damp weather. We do recommend sending in an extra spare set of clothes. Children will go outside for recess as much as they can, dependent on the weather. There are times that their clothes may get muddy, or even wet.

*Please feel free to send your child to school with chapstick. This is the time of year, we start seeing dry and chapped lips.  

The Stonehedge Health Office / Stephanie Skardinski BSN, RN  

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Health Personnel

School Nurses - 315-487-4636

Stephanie Skardinski - Email






Laura Richards - Email






School Psychologists -

Sally Hetelekidis: ST-Gold   (Available Tuesday-Friday); Susan Messer: ST-Blue Available Monday-Thursday)

ADAPEP Counselor -

Susan Sheehan - Blue

Mary Clancy - Gold

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