Explore the PS11 Ryan Center: On-site health care and education services for students, located in Room 320.
The Ryan Center
The PS11 Ryan Center is our school-based health program, located on the 3rd floor in Room 320. 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.
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 8:00AM-3:30PM.
For services not provided in the school clinic, such as Dentistry and Medical specialties, PS11 students will be welcomed at these locations:
- The Ryan Chelsea/Clinton Community Health Center @ 645 Tenth Avenue (between West 45 & 46 Sts.) 212-749-1820
- The Ryan-NENA Community Health Center @ 279 East Third Street 212-477-8868
Other Heath Services
New York City schools offer many health services to support student health. To learn more about these services and how to access them, please check out the NYC Public Schools’ Health Services page.
The NYC Department of Education (DOE) and the Office of School Health (OSH) work together to provide health services to students with special health needs. These forms are available for health care practitioners to complete if needed for your child.
- Medication Administration Forms (MAFs) to be completed by your child’s health care practitioner to receive medicine or treatment at school. There are 5 MAFs: asthma; allergies; diabetes; seizures; and general
- Medically Prescribed Treatment (Non-Medication) Form. This form is completed by your child’s health care practitioner to request special procedures such as tube feeding, catheterization, suctioning, etc. to be performed at school.
- Request for Health Services/Section 504 Accommodations Parent Form. Use this form to request new or modified health services or accommodations such as elevator use, testing accommodations, and paraprofessional services.
Head lice occurs commonly among school-age children. Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene and anyone can get them. Lice do not transmit infections and do not endanger a person’s health.
Head lice (Pediculosis) pass from person to person by direct contact or by sharing clothing with lice on them. Head lice are uncomfortable, cause itching commonly at the back of the head and neck or behind the ears.
Early detection and treatment of head lice can prevent further infestation in both individual classrooms and throughout the school. There is an abundant amount of information online regarding treatment options and prevention. Effective creams and shampoos are available over the counter or by prescription from your doctor. In addition, there are many private companies who specialize in head lice consultation, treatment and prevention strategies.
New York City schools have a “no head lice” policy which means that any student who has lice in their hair or scalp is not allowed to attend school until they have received treatment. Following treatment, a child will be allowed back in school only if the parent provides the school with written verification that his/her hair is free of lice upon re-inspection by a healthcare provider, or head lice specialist.
“No Head Lice” policies are supported by national organizations such as American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association and the National Association of School Nurses. Similar policies have been adopted successfully by school systems throughout the country. Check this link for information on the DOE head lice policy and recommendations. If you have any further questions, please consult your healthcare provider/pediatrician.
We recommend that you remind your child not to share personal items such as brushes, combs or hats with other students. To ensure that every PS11 classroom is a healthy learning environment, the PTA has worked with the school to create an appropriate, effective, and standardized head lice management program. The PTA has committed to providing free school-wide head lice inspections twice a year — as close to the beginning of the school year as possible, and after the Winter Recess. When a student is reported to have a positive case of head lice, PS11 sends home a letter informing parents in the class and to report any additional cases immediately.
If your child is found positive or if you suspect head lice infestation, please contact your classroom teacher and our Parent Coordinator, Stephen McGill at smcgill[email protected], or 212.929.1743 ext 2061 as soon as possible.