District Contact Information

Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent

227 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924
(845) 615-6720

Central School District

Safety, Health & Wellness

Health information for parents - Learn how to keep your children healthy from common illnesses.

Latest health news

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  • Your children’s health: preventing and addressing pertussis (whooping cough) READ MORE

Information about common illness

View a brochure about Common Childhood Diseases (PDF)

Information about influenza

View a letter from the Commissioner of Health about the flu:

Flu Facts for Parents (PDF)

View Seasonal Flu: A Guide for Parents (PDF)

The first and most important step in protecting against the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season, and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated.

In addition, the district would like to remind parents to teach your children about good hygiene in order to reduce their risk of getting the flu:

  • Teach children to wash hands often with hot water and soap for at least 20 seconds (that's about as long as it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice).

  • Teach children the proper way to use hand sanitizers. Gels, rubs and hand wipes all work well, as long as they contain at least 60% alcohol.

  • Teach children to keep their hands away from their face and avoid touching their mouth, nose or eyes.

  • Teach children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues, or to cough and sneeze into their sleeves - not their hands.

  • For more information about this year's flu season, visit The New York State Department of Health website.

Information about pertussis (whooping cough)

Your children’s health: preventing and addressing pertussis (whooping cough)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whooping cough (pertussis) is cyclical, peaking every three to five years. Since the 1980s, the number of reported pertussis cases has gradually increased in the United States. In 2005, more than 25,000 cases of pertussis were reported throughout the nation, the highest number since 1959. READ MORE

What is pertussis?
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease involving the respiratory tract. It is caused by a bacterium that is found in the mouth, nose and throat of an infected person.

Who gets pertussis?
Pertussis can occur at any age. Pertussis is increasing in teenagers and adults.

How is pertussis spread?
Pertussis is primarily spread by direct contact with discharges from the nose and throat of persons with whooping cough.

What are symptoms of pertussis?
Pertussis starts like
a common cold, including sneezing, runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild cough. Within two weeks, the cough becomes more severe. Rapid coughs can be followed by a crowning or high-pitched whoop. The cough is more frequent at night.

When and for how long is a person able to spread pertussis?
A person can spread pertussis from the time of the first cough to three weeks after the cough has started.

What is the vaccine for pertussis?
The vaccine for pertussis is usually given in combination with dipthereisa and tetanus. Immunization authorities recemmond DTaP (dipthereia, tetanus, acellular pertussis) vaccine be given at 2, 4, 6 and 15-18 months of age and between 4 and 6 years of age. Tdap is now recommended for 11-18 year olds as a one time booster dose.

Can pertussis be treated?
YES.
1. If you have a harsh, rapid cough, see your doctor or clinic.
2. Treatment with antibiotics for five days can prevent spreading the infection to others.

Information about Chickenpox

If your child has the symptoms below, please call your child’s healthcare provider for guidance. Symptoms usually appear 14-16 days after exposure. Common signs and symptoms of chicken pox:

  • Slight fever, feels tired and weak

  • May report a stomach ache

  • Itchy, blistered rash that first appears on the trunk (stomach and back) and spreads to the face, arms and legs

  • The rash appears to be small water blisters.

In a day or two, the rash will form crusts that will remain for a few days. As the blisters spread, some will be healing as new ones appear. Your child needs to remain home from school until all the blisters are crusted over (your child is contagious until that time).

Please notify the School Health Office at the number below if your child becomes ill with chicken pox.  

Information about measles

The Goshen Central School District is providing information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to help parents and community members become better informed about the illness and to help prevent its transmission.

What is measles?

Measles is a serious, highly contagious and potentially fatal virus that is spread by contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and a characteristic rash that appears three to five days after the onset of illness. Without complications, the typical duration of the illness is seven to 10 days.

It should be noted that measles can produce serious complications and, in rare cases, death. Major complications can include pneumonia and encephalitis. Complications occur in up to 30 percent of all measles cases, with those under the age of 5 and over the age of 20 at greatest risk. Pregnant women who contract measles have an increased risk of low-birth-weight infants, premature labor, miscarriage and babies born with birth defects. Learn more