NYS Required Screenings and Immunizations

By New York State Law, all students in grades K, 2, 4, 7, 10 and all new entrants into the school district MUST have a recent PHYSICAL EXAMINATION done by their doctor or by the nurse’s office. New students are also required to show proof of immunizations prior to entering school. As of September 2016 meningococcal immunization is required for students entering grades 7 and 12.

NYS Required Screening

Students are screened in school for vision, hearing and scoliosis according to New York State mandates.  The state mandates are:

  1. Scoliosis screening at least once each school year for all students in grades 5-9
  2. Vision screening of all students who enroll in a school in NY state including, at a minimum, color perception, distance acuity, and near vision within six months of admission to the school. In addition, all students shall be screened for distance acuity in grades Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10 and at any other time deemed necessary.
  3. Hearing screen of all students within six months of admission to the school and in grades Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10, and at any other time deemed necessary.

We make every attempt to keep students in class for instruction time. Scoliosis screening is performed during Physical Education classes.

Parents/guardians will be notified in writing of results of all screening examinations that may require further follow up with your student’s primary medical provider.

NY State Department of Health Immunization Requirements

If you do not provide proof of immunization during registration, the school nurse will be in contact with you shortly after your child enters school. There is a FREE immunization clinic available to all residents. Click here for information about clinics run by the Orange County Health Department. Appointments are required.

The NY Department of Health Immunization Requirements Form provides full details of immunization schedules and doses necessary for school attendance.

Additional information about immunization requirements are available through the NY Department of Health.

  • All entering 6th graders require a total of two varicella/chicken pox immunizations or proof of immunity and one TDaP immunization.
  • Beginning Sept. 1, 2016, students entering 7th and 12th grades must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in New York state.

More information on meningococcal vaccination requirements

Please contact the school nurse’s office or family medical practitioner with questions or concerns.

Weight Status Category Reporting required by NY State

A recent change to the New York State Education Law requires BMI (body mass index) and weight status category be included as part of every student’s school health examination.  The New York State Department of Health has notified schools and local doctors of this change.  Physical examinations have always included height and weight measurements.  Doctors now use this information to determine the student’s BMI and weight status category. This helps doctors and nurses to know if a student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low.  Public schools are randomly selected each year to submit this information. In years when we are selected, information will be gathered from the required physicals provided by your physician or from physicals completed in school for students in kindergarten and grades 2, 4, 7 and 10. Only summary information will be provided to the state.  No student names or other identifying information will be sent.

You may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report by contacting your child’s school nurse in writing prior to October 1 of each school year.  If you need further information, please call the Nurse’s Office at your child’s school.