Important Health Requirements for the Upcoming School Year
Please review the information below and contact us if you have any questions. (Blue text links)
- Health Examinations (physicals):
- New York State law requires a Health Examination* for all new entrants and students in grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11;
- Every year, for students participating in athletics (sports);
- For Working Papers as needed; or
- When required by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE).
*A dental exam form is also requested at the same time a grade-level health examination is required.
- Immunizations (shots/vaccines):
- New York State law requires all students entering or attending (including remotely) any New York State school (public, nonpublic, and charter schools) must receive all doses of immunizations required for their grade level in order to attend school. The immunization requirements for each grade level are outlined on NYSDOH Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance Chart. Students who do not have the required immunizations may not attend school.
- A request for medical exemption to immunization must be completed on this form: Medical Exemption Statement for Children 0-18 Years of Age .
- Overview of New York State Public Health Law 2164 (Public School Immunizations)
- Prescribed & Over-The-Counter Medications:
If your child needs to take medications during the school day the school must have the following:
- A written healthcare provider order with a written parent/guardian consent, and
- The medication must be brought to school by an adult. The medications must be in their original labeled prescription or over-the-counter bottles/packaging. Any special supplies or equipment for the nurse to administer the medication must also be provided to the school.
Every sports season requires a Physical Exam and proof of a Health History Update.
- Physical Exam: must be dated within one year from the first day of practice for that sport. If older than one year, then you must provide proof of an updated physical exam to the nurse.
- Health History Update Form: must be completed every sports season and given to the school nurse
- The student athlete will not participate in their sport until requirements are completed.
Tdap AlertThe State of New York requires that all students who turn 11 years old have a Tdap immunization.If they are not immunized within 14 days after their 11th birthday, they will not be allowed to attend school.Acceptable proof of tetanus,diptheria and pertussis (Tdap) is a signed note from the doctor or the clinic where the shot was given. An appointment is sometimes not necessary, and they will also fax it to us at 315-839-6390 (middle school fax)Any further questions, please call the middle school nurse, Mrs. Evans at 315-839-6372.
Meningococcal Vaccination Alert
As of September 1, 2016, all public and private school students entering 7th and 12th grades in New York State must be fully vaccinated against Meningococcal Disease in order to attend school. The meningococcal vaccine protects against serious and sometimes deadly diseases such as meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (blood infections).
Before school this September:
- One dose of meningococcal vaccine is required before 7th grade. If your child had the first dose as a sixth grader, then another dose is not required until 12th grade.
- A total of two doses will be required before 12th grade. Most students entering 12th grade got their first dose when they were younger and are now due for their second dose, or booster. This booster is needed because protection from the vaccine decreases over time.
- The only teens who will not need a second dose before 12th grade are those who got their first dose on or after their 16th birthday.
It's best to check with your doctor to see whether or not your child needs the vaccine. Students who are not up-to-date will not be allowed to attend school until they are vaccinated per NYS Public Health Law 2164.
Important (printable) Documents
- Health History Update (HHU) Form (Sports)
SCHOOL HEALTH LINKS
- When Should My Child Stay Home?
- Meningococcal Disease Facts and Vaccination requirements
- Concussion Management Protocol
- Dominic Murray Sudden Cardiac Arrest Act