Health Offices

Camden Elementary  
(315) 245-4195 

(315) 245-3412

Camden Middle
(315) 245-4098

Camden High 
(315) 245-3013 

Head Lice: Treatment

Head lice are a widely misunderstood “nuisance-type” health problem. Head Lice can happen to anyone. Head lice do NOT transmit disease and are not an indication of poor hygiene. Head lice are tiny insects that live in human hair. Lice are only found on heads of host. Head lice do not jump or fly and are transmitted by head to head contact. On rare occasions have been known to transmit via hats, scarfs and bedding. Lice will lay eggs called nits on the shaft of a single hair. The eggs will hatch in about 10 days. The nymph will reach maturity in about 14 days. Signs and Symptoms of Head Lice are: Itching of Scalp Nits visible (extremely small specks white in color) possible rash on scalp or neck Treatment and Control Measures:
1. Treat with Lice killing shampoo OTC or RX
2. Manually remove nits via lice comb All nits will be killed with the pediculicide and removing nits will prevent misdiagnosis of another infestation.
3. All persons in the home should be checked for lice and treated.
4. Wash all bedding in hot water and dry on high.
5. Vacuum all cloth surfaces.
6. If School Nurse has verified lice, the student will have to be seen by Nurse to be cleared for class. Student must be brought in via parent for re assessment. Please contact your school nurse if you have any questions. 

Helpful Reminders for Classroom Treats

The following reminders will help you and your child when bringing in treats for their classmates.

  • Talk to your child's teacher to find out if there are any classmates with food allergies. Please avoid any foods that the student in the class is allergic to. If there are allergies, always be sure to let teacher or nurse know about the ingredients in the treat that is being brought to school.

  • Provide a treat that was baked in a commercial kitchen.

  • Treats should be brought in single servings, such as cookies or cupcakes.

  • When students distribute treats in school, they will be asked to wash their hands for at least 30 seconds and they will wear disposable food service gloves that the teacher will provide.

  • Please consider healthy treats for special occasions.

Thank you for your support in keeping treat time a pleasant and healthy experience!

Lyme Disease Prevention

Know The Facts About Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Illnesses

When to keep your child home

There are some situations in which it is best to plan on keeping your child home for a day to rest or to arrange for an appointment with your healthcare provider. The following are a few such situations that warrant watching and possibly conferring with your health care provider:

  • Persistent fever greater than 100.4 orally, including a fever that requires control with medication, like Tylenol

  • Child is too sleepy or ill from an illness, like vomiting and/or diarrhea, to profit from sitting in class all day

  • Significant cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class

  • Sore throat that is severe, accompanied by fever and/or feeling ill, that persists longer than 48 hours, OR after known exposure to a confirmed case of Streptococcal throat infection

  • Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts that might be impetigo; OR a rash in various stages including boils, sores and bumps that may be chicken pox; OR a significant rash accompanied by other symptoms of illness such as fever

  • Red, running eyes that distract the child from learning

  • Large amount of discolored nasal discharge, especially if accompanied by facial pain or headache

  • Severe ear pain or drainage from ear

  • Severe headache, especially if accompanied by fever

  • Testing positive for COVID-19

  • Any condition that you think may be serious or contagious to others

When your child may return to school

Students that come into contact with COVID-19 cases are not required to be quarantined. The school encourages parents to test their child 3-5 days after contact or if symptoms occur. There is not a mask requirement for contacts but mask use and monitoring for symptoms is encouraged for 10 days after contact.

Students that test positive for COVID-19 are required by NYS to quarantine for 5 days, day 0 being the day of testing or the day symptoms first appear. They may return to school after the 5 days if they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and other symptoms are improving. NYS also requires that they wear a well fitting mask while in school for days 6-10.