School nurses play a critical role in addressing the health needs of students, minimizing health-related barriers and contributing to students’ academic success. They are in an ideal position to work closely with students and their primary support systems. Additionally, nurses focus on the health needs of the entire school community and beyond.
Keep students home who have a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Health Exam Requirements
The New York State Education Department requires health exams (physicals) for students who:
- Enter the school district for the first time
- Are in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11
- Participate in interscholastic sports in grades 7-12
Health exams are acceptable if administered not more than 12 months prior to the beginning of the school year in which the examination is required.
We suggest that the health exam be done by the family physician as he/she is the one who best knows the family. He/she is better able to judge any change or deviation in the child’s state of health and can discuss any recommendations directly with the parents at this time.
It is recommended that parents have children examined each year by the family physician whether this is required for school or not. Please have the health exam form returned to school if this is done.
All students enrolled in New York State schools grades K-12 must provide proof of immunizations.
Seasonal Flu Information
Each year, the New York State Department of Health provides information for parents and guardians about influenza (flu) and the benefits of flu vaccination. Click here to read the guidance released for the 2023-24 influenza season.