Health Office

Summer sports physicals August 5 at 8:30am.


Elizabeth Jones
(518) 284-2266


When should my child stay home?

Please help us prevent infection by keeping your child home when they have:
·         Vomiting
·         Diarrhea
·         Fever higher than 100.4 degrees in the past 24 hours
·         Uncontrollable coughing
·         An unidentified rash
·         Strep throat or conjunctivitis (if on medication less than 24 hours)
·         Any other communicable disease until released by MD to return

Health alerts and allergies

It is imperative that the school nurse be aware of any medical conditions your child has. This includes existing medical conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes) and allergies (e.g., environmental, food, bee stings, insect bites). Please keep the school updated on any changes in your child’s medical conditions and/or medications.

If An Emergency Occurs

The nurse, or another staff member, is responsible to provide first aid should an emergency occur at school.  It is necessary to inform the health office of telephone numbers where parents may be reached if an emergency arises.  We also request names and phone numbers of 2 reliable friends or relatives who could assume temporary care of your child if illness should occur and you cannot be reached. 

BMI Survey

 As part of a required school health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or ‘BMI’.  The BMI helps the doctor or nurse know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low.  Recent changes to the New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination.  A sample of school districts will be selected to take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health.  If our school is selected to be part of the survey, we will be reporting to New York State Department of Health information about our students’ weight status groups.  Only summary information is sent.  No names and no information about individual students are sent.  However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report.  The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier.  If you do not wish to have your child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey this year, please call School Nurse, RN at 518-284-2266 ext.107 and inform her of your choice to opt your child or children out.

Absences and Excuses

State law requires that, upon return to school from an absence, an excuse be submitted. This is to be shown to the homeroom teacher and then turned in immediately to the attendance office. The excuse should state the student’s name, reason for his/her absence, days and dates absent from school and include the signature of the parent/guardian. The excuse must be brought in within three (3) school days.

Medication (Click here for forms)

State law requires all drugs—prescription and non-prescription—be administered by the school nurse if student is not self-directed. Parents must bring any medication to school in its original container, which should be properly labeled, with a signature of consent from the parent/guardian and the order from the doctor. Students are not permitted to bring medication into school, this includes over the counter medications (e.g. cough drops). Students may only carry medication on their person with an order from the doctor stating that the student may self-medicate and self-carry and a signature of consent from the parent/guardian.  All of these forms must be reviewed and on file in the school’s health office.

Health Physicals (Click here for Form)

A physical examination including Body Mass Index and Weight Status Category Information is required for all newly entering students, students in Kindergarten, and students in grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. In addition to the physical exam, dental certificates are now requested for all newly entering students, students in Kindergarten, and students in grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. If your child has had a recent physical by his/her own physician, please send in documentation. Any student requiring a physical exam who has not filed their physical form with the health office will be seen for a physical with the school physician early in the school year.

Sports Physicals (Click here for form)

 Your child may sign up for a sport in the upcoming school year.  It is required that each student athlete have a recent sports physical on record. This physical must have been completed within 1 year from the expected start date of the sport for which they wish to participate and the athletic health history form must be filled in by the parent/guardian no more than 30 days prior to the start of EACH season/sport.  You may choose to have this exam done by the student’s Medical Provider and a copy of the physical MUST then be forwarded to me for your child’s school health record.  We also have the school provider scheduled to perform physicals in November, February, May/June  and August in the Nurse’s office.  When these dates occur students are informed and are able to come to the nurse’s office and sign-up for an appointment to have their sports physical completed.
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Immunization Requirements

Name of Immunization                                 Number of Required Doses

Diptheria and Tetanus Toxoid and Pertussis Vaccine (DTaP/DTP/Tdap) 5 doses (4 doses if 4th dose is received at 4 yrs. or older)

(Grade 7 – 12 acceptable with 3 doses)

Polio (IPV/OPV) 4 doses (3 doses if 3rd dose received at 4 yrs. or older)

(Grade 5 and 11-12 acceptable with 3 doses)

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) 2 doses
Hepatitis B 3 doses
Varicella (Chicken Pox) 2 doses

(Grade 5 and 11-12 acceptable with 1 dose)

Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis Booster (Tdap) 1 dose (11 years or older, entering Grade 6-12)
Meningococcal (MCV4) 1 dose (entering Grade 7-9)

2 doses (entering Grade 12) 1 dose acceptable if given at 16 yrs. or older


Vision, Hearing & Scoliosis Screenings

  • Vision screening: Distance and near acuity for all newly entering students, students in Kindergarten, and students in grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.  Color perception screening for all newly entering students and students in Kindergarten.
  • Hearing screening: For all newly entering students, students in Kindergarten, and students in grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
  • Scoliosis: Spinal curvature screening for all female students in grade 5 and 7 and all male students in grade 9
  • Referrals are made in accordance with screening results.