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School Nurse

Healthy bodies lead to healthy minds and a school nurse plays an important role in education.

Medications in School

Medications in school, including over-the-counter, must be kept in the Jr./Sr. High School Nurse’s Office and must be administered by the school nurse. Medications must be delivered by a parent in its original container, accompanied by written doctor’s instructions and parent permission.

Absent Notes

Absent notes are required on the day a student returns to school after being out ill. Tardy (arriving late to school) and early dismissal notes should be sent in that day. Out-of-town or vacation excuses should be sent in prior to leaving.

Screenings

Health Screening

Health examinations will be required for new entrants and in grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. This is the form required for Health Examinations.

Scoliosis Screening

Scoliosis screening will be required in grades 5 and 7 for girls and grade 9 for boys

Vision Screening

Vision screening for color perception, distance, and near vision acuity will be required for new students within 6 months of admission to school. Distance and near vision acuity will be required in grades Pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.

Hearing Screening

Hearing screening utilizing pure tone testing will be required for new entrants within 6 months of admission to school and in grades Pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.

Parents will be notified about failed screenings.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

Section 2164 of the New York State Public Health Law requires that students receive certain immunizations to enter a specific grade level and attend school. Listed below are the required vaccinations by grade level:

Students in Kindergarten and Grades 1-4

  • Four doses of Polio (or 3 if 3rd dose at 4 years of age or older)
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B
  • Five doses of Diphtheria/Tetanus/ Pertussis (or 4 if the 4th dose given at 4 years of age or older or 3 doses if 7 years of age or older and the series started at age 1 or older)
  • Two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • Two doses of Varicella (Chickenpox) or physician certification of disease.

Students in Grade 5

  • Three doses of Polio
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B
  • Five doses of Diphtheria/Tetanus/ Pertussis (or 4 if the 4th dose given at 4 years of age or older or 3 if 7 years of age or older and the series started at age 1 or older)
  • Two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • One dose of Varicella (Chickenpox) or physician certification of disease.

Students in Grades 6-12

  • All students are required to have had a least one dose of Tdap
  • Three doses of DTaP/DTP
  • Two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine (or 2 doses of adult Hepatitis B (Recombivax) for children who received the doses at least 4 months apart between 11 through 15 years of age)
  • Meningococcal vaccine One dose, grade 7, 8 and 9. Grade 12 two doses or one dose if received at 16 years of age or older.
  • Two doses of Varicella vaccine, grades 6-10 or one dose grades 11-12.
  • Three doses of Polio grades 11-12.

Students who have not received, and are not in the process of receiving, such immunizations shall not be permitted to attend school.