Medical Needs and Information


The NYC Department of Health has strict medical requirements for new entrants to school. Each child must have an up-to-date, complete medical examination, which includes all the required immunizations. In January, any child that does not have up-to-date, complete immunizations will receive a letter and be excluded from school until all required immunizations are administered. Medical documentation must be provided to the school.


If the doctor prescribes medicine that your child must take during school time or if your child has any other medical needs or allergies, please review the NYC Dept. of Education Health Services page for requirements. Staff members are not allowed to dispense medicine (this includes sunscreen). The school nurse is allowed to dispense medication but only with the appropriate paperwork on file.

Let us know about any food or other allergies immediately and if your child will require an EPIPEN in the classroom. Various staff members have been trained in the use of an EPIPEN. Children are not allowed to carry medication with them to school and are not allowed to self-medicate. However, students may apply on themselves sunscreen, hand lotion, or lip balm.

For information on services for children with disabilities, please visit the NYC Dept. of Education 504 Accommodations page. 


Do not send your child to school when s/he does not feel well. PS 452 has a set of guidelines, in accordance with general medical standards, to assist parents in making a decision whether it is necessary to keep an ill child at home.

Your child should not attend school if he/she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Evidence of infection, sore throat and swollen, tender, painful neck glands
  • Fever of 100* or higher (including having such a fever in the past 24 hours)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Earaches
  • Persistent cough
  • Body Rash
  • Pink Eye
  • Ring Worm
  • Lice(your child needs to be checked by a staff member before returning to class)

Parents/guardians whose children become ill at school will be contacted to pick up the child. If your child has a contagious disease, please inform the school.


A child who has an injury while in school will be seen by the school nurse. In the case of minor injury where the child returns to class, s/he will be given a note to take home. In the case of an accident that results in more than a minor injury, the staff member who is in charge of the child will fill an accident report required by the DOE and parents/guardians will be contacted.

If your child has an injury that occurs outside of school, please send a note to the teacher. This is not an invasion of your privacy but we are required by the NYC Department of Education to inquire about unusual injuries observed by the staff.

In case of an emergency, and if time permits, staff will make every effort to contact you before deciding what action to take to insure your child’s health and safety.