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School Health Services

Contact Information

You may contact each building's school nurse by dialing 966-5070 and the respective extension listed below:

Ellen Warga, RN
Sally Collins, RN
Elementary School: x320
Fax: 518-966-5321

Karen Gardiner, RN
Deborah Theiss-Mackey, RN
Middle School/High School: x420
Fax: 518-966-5338

 

Physical Examinations

NYS Education Department requires a physical examination including Body Mass Index and Weight Status Category for all new entrants and students entering Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 10th grades. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to schedule a physical with their own health care provider. Physical exams will be scheduled during the school year for those students not examined by their own health care provider.

Physicals for working papers are also available and typically conducted in the spring of each school year. Working papers may be picked up at the High School Main Office.

Sports Physicals

A physical is required each year prior to participation in a sport or practice. Sports physically typically occur in the spring of each school year. This examination is valid for one year, unless the student is absent for five consecutive days or has been injured. The NYS Education Department requires clearance for gym and sports following an injury. Clearance from your health care provider must be obtained before your child will be allowed to resume participation in the sport or physical education class.

Immunizations

February 24, 2016: New requirement for the Meningococcal vaccination for students entering Grades 7 and 12 beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. Learn more...

March 11, 2014:New regulations regarding immunizations. Read more...

Scoliosis Screenings

Scoliosis screenings are conducted at least once each school year for all students in 5th through 9th grades. Such screening shall include the examination of the uncovered spine including the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and thoraco-lumbar segments by viewing from the front, back and sides under adequate illumination and observing the existing range of motion of the spine in all directions.

Vision Screenings

Vision screenings are conducted with all students within six months of admission to school. The screening includes, at a minimum, color perception, distance acuity, near vision and hyperopia. All students shall be screened for distance acuity in grades Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 10th and at any other time deemed necessary. The results of all such vision screening examinations shall be in writing and shall be provided to the pupil's parent or person in parental relation and to any teacher of the pupil within the school while the pupil is enrolled in the school.

Hearing Screenings

Hearing screenings are provided to all students within six months of admission to school and in grades Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th, and at any other time deemed necessary. Such screenings shall include, but not be limited to, pure tone conduction screening. The results of any such hearing tests shall be in writing and shall be provided to the pupil's parent or person in parental relation and to any teacher of the pupil within the school while the pupil is enrolled in the school.

Dental Health Certificates

Per the amendment to Education Law Section 903, beginning in September 2008, school districts must request dental health certificates for all newly entering students and students in Kindergarten and grades 2, 4, 7, and 10. This certificate must contain a report of a comprehensive dental examination and be signed by a duly licensed dentist.

[ Letter to Families ]

[ Dental Form ]

Medications

All medications, including over the counter drugs and inhalers are subject to New York State Education Department guidelines. Written permission from the health care provider and parent/guardian signature are necessary for your child to receive medication. Medication forms are available in the nurse's offices. Parents are advised to ask the pharmacist for an additional container to be used for medication administration in school.

[ Authorization for Administration of Medication in School]

Illness

If your child becomes ill at school, your child should report to the nurse's office. The nurse will conduct an assessment of your child's symptoms. The nurse will contact the appropriate person on the emergency card. Please notify the school nurse if your child is ill for three or more days, if he/she has an injury, contagious disease, or has been prescribed medication. It is also important to ensure that phone numbers and contact information are up to date in case of an emergency. Please notify the Registrar at extension 305 of any changes or updates to your contact information.