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News from the Ryan Center, our School-Based Health Program

• DOWNLOAD: Flu Shot Consent Form

• DOWNLOAD: Vaccine Information Statement

• DOWNLOAD: Parent Notice

                                                         September 26, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians of PS 11 Students,

The Ryan Center school based health center (SBHC) at PS 11 will be starting to administer the influenza vaccines (‘flu shot’) for the 2017-2018 school year on Wednesday, 9/27/17. We will ONLY be giving these vaccines to children whose parents have signed the consent form for their child to receive one.

This is optional, not a requirement, but is highly recommended to help protect your child from the influenza virus. If any of your child’s information has changed since signing the influenza vaccine consent form, you MUST contact us immediately at 212-229-1060.

As noted on this year’s flu shot consent forms, and as per CDC recommendation, this year we will only be offering the INJECTION (SHOT) FORM of the vaccine, not the nasal form. Please see attached for the Vaccine Information Statement (VIS). You will receive a note home from us on the day that the student receives the vaccine. It takes us time to get through all of the students, so please do not worry if your child does not receive his/her vaccine in the next few weeks. If you have not signed the consent for your child to receive the influenza vaccine with us and wish to do so, it is not too late to submit one.

Wishing you and your families a happy & healthy school year!


Julie A. Chelouche, CPNP PS 11 Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Tameka Sims, LPN PS 11 Licensed Practical Nurse 

**IMPORTANT:  Consent forms cannot be accepted via email or electronically. We require the original signature of the parent/guardian on the consent form. If you do not have access to a printer, please contact the PS11 main office or the Ryan Center at PS11. For any questions , please feel free to stop by the Ryan Center or call us at 212-229-1060. Thank you!

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How to avoid the Flu!

Here is some helpful information from the CDC as to what to do to avoid getting the flu this season... and what to do if you and your family do get it.

We wanted to address two common issues that continue to arise for us at the Ryan Center:

Fever & vomiting:
We want parents to know that if their child has either of these, they need to be kept out of school until they have had neither fever or vomiting for 24 hours. This attempts to ensure that their child will be healthy prior to returning & prevents them from spreading their illness to the rest of the children.

Head lice:
Children need to be cleared with a note from the Ryan Center, their primary care provider, or an organization such as the Hair Fairies prior to returning to school. Please contact the Ryan Center if you need help with treatment of this pesky problem!

As always, please feel free to contact us or stop by if you have any health-related questions or concerns about your child.


The PS11 Ryan Center is our school-based health program, located on the 3rd floor in Room 320. The staff of the Ryan Center can be reached at 212-229-1060, and the center is open when school is in session, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am-4:00 pm.

The Ryan Center will take care of all students who need first aid medical assistance, including care for minor injuries. In the event that your child is injured during the school day, the Ryan Center will notify the school of any care provided to your child for minor issues, or will contact you directly for more serious concerns.

In addition, the Ryan Center is available to provide basic screening, treatment and care, as well as guidance and education to students who are registered. The goal is to provide maintenance and improvement of students’ health. These services are not meant to replace your child’s current pediatrician or health care provider, but simply to provide an added, convenient resource available to you in the school building. Examples of services the center can provide include precamp physicals, diagnosis and treatment of common infections such as “strep throat” or “pinkeye,” administration of medications for asthma, allergies, or the common cold, and vaccinations.

Dr. Jessica Sessions, Supervising Physician and a Board-Certified Pediatrician, along with Ms. Linda Mikolay, a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, manage the program. The Ryan Center staff includes a Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Social Worker and a Licensed Practical Nurse.

For general information, please call 212-316-7956. For services not provided in the school clinic, such as Dentistry and Medical specialties, PS11 students will be welcomed at:

The Ryan Chelsea/Clinton Community Health Center
645 Tenth Avenue (between West 45 & 46 Sts.) 212-265-4500
The Ryan-NENA Community Health Center
279 East Third Street 212-477-8868