New York State Medication Policy
The following criteria must be met in order for students to receive a prescription or non-prescription medication.
- The school nurse MUST have on file a written order from the family physician in which he/she indicates the name of the drug, the frequency and time element for administering the medication, the dosage and possible side effects.
- The school nurse MUST have a written request from the parent to administer the medication.
- The medication and all refills MUST be delivered directly to the nurse by the parent, guardian or responsible adult.
- The medication MUST be in the original container.
- All of the above rules pertain to over-the-counter medication such as all ointments and all pain medications.
- Medication Permission Form – To be completed by the student’s health care provider.
COVID-19 Guidance for the 2022-23 School Year
The Centers for Disease Control has provided updated guidance for schools to follow in the 2022-23 school year.
Walk-in sick clinic for Cohoes students
Harmony Mills Pediatrics is located at 55 Mohawk Street, Cohoes.
Harmony Mills Pediatrics is now opening from 7-8:30 a.m. on weekdays as a walk-in sick clinic for Cohoes children, ages 3-18.
Dr. DiTursi, who also serves as the district’s pediatrician for medical expertise, introduced the service for Cohoes families to increase access to medical treatment during hours that are more convenient for working parents and caregivers. The before-school hours also help parents determine whether their child is too sick to go to school.
Children do not need to be patients at Harmony Mills. The office suggests patients bring the completed form here prior to arrival. Most insurances are accepted.
For more information, call (518) 233-9500.
Behavioral Health Clinic
Families of students with behavioral needs in the Cohoes City School District now have a school-based behavioral health center where they can find additional resources for their child.
Child Abuse Hotline
If you suspect a child is being abused or maltreated (neglected), report it by calling 1-800-342-3720, a toll-free 24-hour hotline operated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.
If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department.
Information about reporting child abuse and maltreatment (neglect) is available online.
Maintaining the safety of our students and staff is a main priority of the Cohoes City School District. Learn more about our emergency response procedures and what you need to know about a lockdown situation.