Director of Health, Phys. Ed., & Athletics
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The school nurse is available for first aid and health emergencies and acts as a liaison between the home, the school, and the family physician when necessary. The nurse also maintains students’ health records and supervises general health screening, including vision, hearing, and scoliosis.
Student Health Appraisal Form (PDF)
New York State requires that each child receive a physical examination upon entry, yearly if receiving special education services and in second, fourth, seventh and tenth grades. The Board of Education requests that this examination be made by the family physician whenever possible, but if a medical report has not been returned to the school nurse by October 15, the examination will be conducted in school by the school physician.
New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164, requires that schools will not permit a child to attend school unless the parent/guardian provides the school with a certificate of immunization or proof from a physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant that
the child is in the process of receiving the required immunizations. This schedule reflects the minimum doses that are required for grades K-12. Please consult your school nurse or healthcare practitioner regarding information for each vaccine.
Medication Authorization Form
According to state law, if any internal medication is to be given, it must be administered by the school nurse and only upon receipt of a written request from the family doctor, giving frequency and dosage and describing the condition for which it has been prescribed. In addition, a note from the parent, requesting that the medicine be given according to doctor’s instructions, is required. Medication must be given directly to the school nurse by the parent and must be in its original container from the pharmacy. Students may not carry medicine (including over-the-counter or prescription medication) in school at any time.
Parents are encouraged to keep children at home when illness is suspected and to notify the attendance office when a child is absent due to illness. When the illness is due to a communicable disease, the school nurse should also be notified.
In case of a medical emergency, it is imperative that the school is able to reach a parent, guardian, or neighbor. Cards for every student are on file in each school’s health office, and the phone numbers on these cards should be kept up-to-date.