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The goal of school health services is to maintain optimum health for all children, enabling them to realize their full potential. Niskayuna health services personnel include 11 school nurses and one school physician.

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Information about physicals

State law requires a physical examination by a New York State-licensed physician for new entrants and students entering grades kindergarten, 2, 4, 7 and 10. The state recommends that this physical be performed by the family physician. The school physician does physicals only when the family has not arranged for the examination.


Information and forms to participate in sports

All students grades 7-12 who desire to participate in interscholastic athletics must be cleared through the school Nurse's Office. No student will be allowed to try out, practice or participate with any team without the required physical examination and completed Gray Card. More information about health requirements to participate in sports


Dental Health Certificate

New York State requires districts to request a dental health certificate from parents as part of the general health assessment for children entering grades 2, 4, 7, and 10. Dental Health Certificate


Required Immunizations

All students enrolled in New York State schools grades K-12 must provide proof of immunizations. There have been some changes to immunization requirements in recent years. The following are required:

Diphtheria-Toxoid-Containing Vaccine (DTaP/DTP/Tdap)

  • Grades K-7: 5 doses are required for school entry; the 5th dose can no longer be obtained anytime within the age range of 4 to 6 years old and must be given prior to school entry; if 4th dose is received at 4 years of age or older, only 4 doses are required.
  • Grades 8-12: 3 doses are required

Polio (IPV or OPV)

  • Grades K, 1, 6 & 7: 3-4 doses are required for school entry; the 4th dose can no longer be obtained at any time in the age range of 4 to 6 years old, and must be given prior to school entry; if 3rd dose is received at 4 years of age or older, only 3 doses are required
  • Grades 2-5 & 8-12: 3 doses are required

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

  • Grades K-7: 2 doses of measles and mumps vaccine and 1 dose of rubella vaccine (MMR) are required for school entry; the 2nd dose can no longer be given in the age range of 4 to 6 years old, it must be given prior to school entry
  • Grades 8-12: 2 doses, or 2 doses of measles, 1 dose of mumps, and 1 dose of rubella

Memingococcal (Meningitis)
A total of two doses are required before grade 12. Most students entering grade 12 received their first dose when they were younger and will be due for their second dose, or booster. When, or if, a child has previously been vaccinated for meningococcal disease will determine when shots will be necessary under state requirements that went into effect Sept. 1, 2016.

  • One dose before 7th grade; If a first dose is given in 6th grade, another dose is not required until grade 12.
  • One dose before 8th grade; If a first dose is given in 7th grade, another dose is not required until grade 12.
  • The only teens who will not need a second dose before grade 12 are those who received their first dose on or after their 16th birthday.

Hepatitis B

  • Grades K-12: 3 doses are required

Varicellas (Chickenpox)

  • 2 doses for students enrolling in kindergarten; 1 dose for students in grades 1-5; doses for students entering grade 6; and 1 dose for students in grades 7-12.


For questions or more information regarding immunizations, please contact your physician or building school nurse.


Medication in School

In order for a school nurse to administer medication during school hours, either prescription or over the counter, the following are required by the State of New York:

1. An order from a licensed prescriber including name of medication, dosage and time to be administered;
2. Parent/Guardian permission to administer the medication;
3. The parent/guardian must assume the responsibility to have the medication delivered directly to the school nurse in a properly labeled original container. Medication Form [PDF]

Students who have been diagnosed with severe allergies or asthma may need to carry emergency medications on their person. This is permissible and highly advised. The physician may complete a release to self-medicate form. The school nurse will keep this on file. Self medication form [PDF]


Keeping Children Home from School Due to Illness - School District Guidelines

Students are expected to attend school every day. However, illness often prevents students from attending school at various times throughout the year. It can be difficult for parents to know whether or not to send their children to school. These district guidelines may help parents make this decision.

A student should not attend school if:

  • A student should NOT attend school if:
  • A fever (100 degrees or greater) is present.
  • The child has a cold with persistent heavy nasal drainage
  • A persistent uncontrollable cough is present.
  • The child has a very painful sore throat or a sore throat lasting longer than 24-48 hours and is getting worse.
  • Vomiting occurs before school.
  • An unidentified rash is present
  • He or she generally does not feel well.

The role of the school nurse is to assess a student's condition through objective and subjective data in order to make appropriate decisions and recommendations to parents/guardians about illnesses or injuries occurring during the school day and when to seek out medical evaluation and treatment. Please do not send students to school sick and then have them come to the nurse to be diagnosed. Do not administer medication to lower abnormal temperatures so that they may attend school. The risk of spreading an illness is detrimental to staff and students in the building. Please do not send sick children to school to take an exam and tell them to go to the nurse after it is done. Students should be feeling well when they take exams, otherwise it will not benefit the student. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact your school nurse's office.

First Aid

Basic first aid is rendered to all who may require it. If the injury is extensive, a paramedic call may be made to transport the student for medical attention. Accident/incident reports are made on all serious injuries.


School district accident insurance covers students for accidents that occur during school activities. It is non-duplicating coverage, meaning the family must first file with its own health and accident insurance plan. Forms for medical expenses that are not thus covered may be obtained from the school nurse at the child's school.

Working Papers

Students may obtain their 14-15 year old or 16-17 year old working papers in the Nurse's Office. A parent completed application is required and students must have a valid physical dated within one year of the application. This must be done before the end of school year. Please see your school nurse to get an Application for Employment Certificate. Working papers may be obtained in the Main Office during July and August. Working Papers Application

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