Health Screening

Nursing Services New York State Education Department mandates the following health screening on students.

I. Vision—grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11 and all new entrants to the district

II. Hearing—grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11 and all new entrants to the district

III. Scoliosis (Curvature of the spine)—
grades 5 and 7 for girls and grade 9 for boys (The above screening will be performed by the school nurse. Parents will be notified of any abnormal findings and appropriate referrals made.)

IV. Physical Examinations of students when they:
• Enter the school district at any level;
• Are in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11;
• Participate in interscholastic sports. Results of the examination shall be valid for qualifying a student’s participation for a period of 12 consecutive months;
• Need working papers;
• Are referred by/to the Committee on Special Education;
• Are deemed necessary by school authorities to determine a child’s education program.
• Effective July 1, 2018 The required NYS School Health Examination Form must be used for all of the above physical examinations, This form may be obtained from your school nurse, the school’s website, and in the center of this calendar.

V. Dental Health Certificate (effective 9/1/2008)
• Requested for all students enrolling in kindergarten, grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 and all new students to the district. As of June 2013, a Dental Health Certificate may be completed by a NYS registered dentist or NYS registered dental hygienist. The dental health certificate will contain a report of a comprehensive dental examination performed on this child, describing the dental health condition of the student when the exam was made. The dental exam must be within 12 months of the beginning of the school year it is requested for.

VI. Body Mass Index (BMI) and Weight Status Category (WSC):
• Each mandated physical exam shall include a calculation of the student’s BMI and weight status category designated by the physician, physician’s assistant (P.A.), or nurse practitioner (N.P.) as defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The physical examination may be performed by a student’s primary healthcare provider or the school’s nurse practitioner or physician. If performed at school, parents will be notified in writing of any condition found which may require additional attention. It will be the parent’s responsibility to bring in a copy of the physical exam if it was done by their primary healthcare provider.