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Required student physicals, health screenings, and immunizations

Filed in Archive by on August 15, 2018

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Physical Exam Requirements

A physical exam is required for all children entering this school system for the first time and for all children entering grades K-1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. Proof of this exam must be a signed physical appraisal form from a New York State licensed medical provider. (A physical exam performed within the 12 months prior to the start of the school year is acceptable. All forms are due by the first week of October.) If such an examination is not provided, the school is required by law to provide the exam at the school’s expense. We prefer that parents make appointments to have the family doctor complete the physical as he/she will perform a more complete physical exam and will give the required immunizations.

School Health Screenings

New York State Education Law, (Article 19, Section 905), and the Commissioner’s Regulations, Section 136.3, requires that schools provide the following health screenings:

  • Vision Screening for color perception, distance, and near vision acuity will be required for new entrants within 6 months of admission to school. 

  • Distance and near vision acuity will be required for all students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.

  • Hearing screening will be required for students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11; and, for new entrants within 6 months of admission to school.

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

Parent(s) will be notified if there are any concerns during their child’s screening. Results of all screenings will be documented in the student’s school health record.

Immunization Requirements

BCSD needs proof of compliance with Public Health Law 2164 before your child may enter school. An acceptable proof of immunizations is a health care practitioner record, signed by practitioner licensed in New York State. Records acceptable without a signature include:  NYSIIS Record; Official registry from another State; Official record from a foreign nation, Electronic health record; School health record, (must be transferred directly from one school to another).

Demonstrated serologic evidence of measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, varicella or all three serotypes of polio antibodies is acceptable proof of immunity to these diseases. Diagnosis by a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner that a child has had varicella disease is acceptable proof of immunity to varicella. Please be advised that students not in compliance with the required immunization requirements, or those lacking proof of satisfactory progress toward completion, will be excluded from attending school until adequate proof is submitted.

Public Health Law also states that immunizations are not required where the parent(s) or guardian(s) “hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs” which are contrary to immunization. If this applies to you, please contact the school for the “Request for Religious Exemption to Immunization Form, Parent Guardian Statement”, from The University of the State of New York and The State Education Department. As per NYS law, the building principal may ask for further supporting documents to review when considering the religious exemption. Please contact your school nurse with any questions or concerns. Please contact your school nurse if a medical exemption is required.