HEALTH SERVICES -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Posted by:


All students are provided with health services under state requirements. A medical examination is required on entrance to school and routinely at grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. Students referred to the Committee on Special Education must have a physical within one year of their initial meeting. Students participating in the interscholastic sports program must have an updated physical within the last year. The family physician should perform the examination because of his/her more specialized knowledge of the student and his/her family history. In special situations, the school physician is available to perform physical examinations. Forms are available at the school health offices.

Each parent is requested at the beginning of the school year to make sure their emergency information is up to date and make necessary changes with the Central Office Registrar.

Record of immunization is mandated by New York State law and requires that all children entering school should be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella. Children transferring within New York State shall be admitted to school for fourteen days to allow sufficient time to obtain immunizations. If not received, they will be excluded until proper immunization is received.

Students transferring from out-of-state or country are allowed 30 calendar days to obtain immunizations. If not received, they will then be excluded. Every effort will be made to assist students and their families to meet mandated requirements.

HEALTH SERVICES

  • One dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine will be required for entry into grade 7 beginning September 1, 2016.
  • A total of two doses of MenACWY vaccine, administered a minimum of 8 weeks apart, will be required for entry into grade 12. The second dose must be administered no sooner than 16 years of age. However, if the first dose of MenACWY vaccine was received at 16 years of age or older, then a second dose will not be required. The NYS school immunization requirements allow for a grace period of up to 4 days before the 16th birthday. Serological evidence of immunity to meningococcal disease will not meet the meningococcal vaccine requirement for school in NYS.


School Medication Administration Policy:
As outlined in the Nurse Practice Act and in the provisions of the New York State Education Law, school nurses and other school personnel are not allowed to routinely dispense any medications in school. Students, as well as school personnel, cannot even be given aspirin tablets or cough drops. However, there may be times when it is necessary for a student to be given a medication during school hours. If so, the following requirements must be met:

A. The parent and the physician must complete a two-part medication form. This form is available
    from the school nurse. No medication can be given unless this form is completed and on file in the
    school health office.

B. The parent must deliver the prescribed medication to the health office. It must be in the original
    container with attached label as purchased from the pharmacy. No student is to bring any
    medication into school at any time nor is he/she to self-medicate.

c. When the medication is no longer to be given to a student during school hours, the unused supply of
    medication and its container will be destroyed unless claimed by the parent.

If your child has special health needs, it is essential that you contact the school nurse. This information can guide school personnel in proper health counseling and program modification. The school district health services follow the Department of Health guidelines with regard to contagious/ communicable diseases, pediculosis infestation and special diseases or illnesses. Children who have suffered from injuries or special illnesses are required to submit medical documentation to participate in regular school activities, including physical education classes and interscholastic programs. Students confined to their homes for documented medical reasons are entitled to home tutoring. The school principal may be contacted for information.

Author: