Health & Wellness

Each of our four schools has a dedicated school nurse. Students may go to the Health Office for health information, advice, medical questions, illness, medication administration, physical exams and assessments, care of injuries or short rest periods for headache or minor discomforts.

The school nurse will phone parents, when necessary, and assess and administer first aid should a student become ill or injured in school. The nurse will transfer a student to the emergency room via EMS ambulance should a higher level if care be needed or if the parent can not reach the student in a reasonable and safe amount of time. Students will be sent home ill or injured by the nurse with either the parent or a responsible person listed by the parent on the emergency card.

Immunization requirements

Students entering seventh and twelfth grades must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in New York state.

Students must have an up-to-date immunization record, which complies with New York State Department of Health requirements. New requirements for immunizations became effective Sept. 1, 2015. View requirements

NYS law requires students in grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10, as well as new entrants, to have a physical examination. NYS law also requires Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight-status-category for students in grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10, as well as new entrants, to be reported for these grade levels.

NYS Screenings

By New York State Law, all students in grade 7 and all new entrants into the school district MUST have a recent PHYSICAL EXAMINATION done by their doctor or by the nurse’s office. New students are also required to show proof of immunizations prior to entering school.

Students are screened in school for vision, hearing and scoliosis according the New York State mandates. Parents/guardians will be notified of any findings on the screening that would require medical follow-up by their family doctor. The state mandates are:

  • Vision screening – All new students of any age plus grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10
  • Hearing screening – All new students of any age plus grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 10
  • Scoliosis screening – Grades 5-9

We make every attempt to keep students in class for instruction time. Scoliosis screening is performed during physical education classes.

Medications in school

Parents and guardians may drop off medication beginning on the first day of school or thereafter, at any time during school hours. If you need assistance, please contact the nurse at your child’s school so they may help you. Students may not carry or keep medications on their person or in their locker or athletic bags with two exceptions:

  • Rescue asthma inhalers
  • EpiPens

They must have a prescription from the doctor filed in the Health Office giving administration advisory and permission to carry. All other medications including prescription, over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil, Midol, sinus medications, eye drops, etc., must have a doctor’s note and be kept in the Health Office.

All medications must be in each student’s own original containers and properly labeled. The nurse will store all medications and dispense from the Health Office as needed. There are no stock supplies so the student must supply his or her own bottles of medication. View the authorization for administration of medication in school form

Medical exemption from physical education classes

Students are required by the State Education Department to participate in Physical Education classes. If not able to participate, a doctor’s note with the specific restriction and expected time period of restriction must be clearly stated. Students should report to their PE teacher for each PE class for attendance and receive a written packet to be completed in the library and then placed in their teacher’s mailbox. These packets must be done in order to receive credits for the class. PE participation is mandatory to meet graduation credit requirements. Students who have had a medical exemption from PE/sports must have a written clearance to return to participation in their PE class/sport.

Secondary insurance policy

A limited accident insurance covers students during school hours as well as intramural and interscholastic athletics (also PE programs) and is provided by the Board of Education. This policy only supplements your own health insurance coverage. Please be aware that the school coverage is secondary. If you are injured while in school and have medical expenses, they must be submitted through your insurance. For more information, contact your school nurse.

Working papers

An application for employment must be filled out with social security number, signature of applicant and signature of parent or guardian giving permission. The form must be submitted with a health certification obtained at the health office. One set of working papers are produced for ages 14-16 and a new set for ages 16-18. A recent physical (within one year) is a requirement for all certificates. Physicals for working papers may be done in the Health Office or by your family physician. For more information, contact the Health Office. View the application for employment permit