The following immunizations are REQUIRED for school attendance in New York State.
- DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)
- Kindergarten - 5th grade: 5 doses (If 4th dose received at 4 years of age or older, only 4 doses required)
- IPV (Injectable polio vaccine) OR OPV (Oral polio vaccine)
- K - 3rd grade: 4 doses (If 3rd dose received at 4 years of age or older, only 3 doses required).
- 4th& 5th grade: 3 doses
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
- Kindergarten - 5th grade: 2 doses of MMR
- Hepatitis B
- Kindergarten - 5th grade: 3 doses minimum, may require 4 doses
- Varicella (Chicken Pox)
- Kindergarten - 3rd grade: 2 doses
- 4th & 5th grade: 1 dose
For further information, please see the New York State Department of Health Website:
New York State Education Law requires that new students, special education students, and those in K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th & 11th grades have a physical examination
Any physical exam done on or after September 5, 2017 is valid for the 2018-2019 School Year. The doctor may use their own physical exam form, or you can print it by going to the "Our District" tab above - Health Services - District Health Forms. It should be sent to the School Health Office by October 8, 2018.
New York State Education passed a law in 2007 that requires New York State public schools to request a dental health certificate from new students and students in grades K, 1, 3 5, 7, 9 and 11, declaring their dental health condition. The dental examination must be done no more than twelve months prior to the beginning of the school year in which the examination is requested.
*Many dentists have their own dental health forms, which are also acceptable*
ALL FORMS MAY BE DROPPED OFF, MAILED IN, OR FAXED TO 215-3216
The following health screenings are mandated by New York State Education Law :
Vision: Each student is required to receive a vision screening test once each year in grades K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 11th, all new enterers, and at any other time deemed necessary by school staff, parent or the student.
Hearing: Each student is required to receive a hearing screening test at least once each year in grades K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 11th, all new enterers, and at any time deemed necessary by school staff, parent or the student.
Scoliosis: All female students in grades 5 & 7 will be screened for scoliosis. All male students in grade 9 will be screened for scoliosis.
**Screenings are usually completed in the Fall. All failed screenings are re-screened at a later time. If the second screening is not passing, a referral will be sent home**
**If you do not want a screening to be done for your child, you must send in a signed request to not perform screening at the beginning of the school year. You must also provide documentation from your physician that the screening was completed**
MEDICATIONS IN SCHOOL
Every effort should be made to administer medication at home so that it does not disrupt the student’s school day. However, if your physician feels that medication is necessary during the school day, please submit a completed Medication Authorization form. The parent and the physician prescribing the medication must complete a Medication Authorization. The physician may use their own form.
New medication authorization forms are required for each new school year. This includes over the counter drugs, (Motrin, Tylenol, Cough Syrup/Drops, antacids, etc.) as well as prescription medication. The medication must be in the original container. Medications must be brought to school and taken home by the parent or a responsible adult.
MEDICATION AUTHORIZATION FORMS CAN BE FOUND ON THE “DISTRICT HEALTH FORMS” TAB.
It is important for you to notify the school health office if your child has a communicable disease (strep throat, pneumonia, pink eye, etc). This information enables us to observe patterns of illness and to be of service to you and your child if the need arises.
If your child has a fever, vomiting, diarrhea and/or a rash, please keep them home for 24 hours after symptoms have disappeared. If these symptoms occur while your child is in school, we will contact you (or an emergency contact if you can’t be reached), to pick up your child. All questionable rashes must have a note from a physician stating they are not contagious and that your child can be in school. This protects your child as well as other children from infection.
If your child is unable to participate in physical education due to a mild illness or injury, a parent may write a gym excuse for 1-2 days only: anything longer than this requires a doctor’s note.
Students with medical notes from doctors need to see the nurse for a gym excuse. The gym teachers will be notified, and the note is kept on file in the Health Office. Updated medical notes are required every 30 days. Students will also need a doctor's note when cleared to return to gym.
Students who require use of an ace bandage, finger splint, staples, sutures, steri-strips, etc. will not be allowed to participate in physical education class without written authorization from the physician.
Janine Muscarella 215-3246