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Health Services

Here you will find important information and forms from our district health offices. Be sure that your contact information on file is kept current, so we are able to reach you in case of emergency or illness while your child is at school.  
It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well.  Usually, the best place for them is in school, but there are some times when keeping them home to rest or call for an appointment with your health care provider is recommended. 
Please keep your child home and/or contact your child’s doctor for: 
  • Fever greater than 100.4° (taken by mouth) 
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours 
  • A persistent cough that makes a child feel uncomfortable or disrupts the class 
  • Severe sore throat along with fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours, or after exposure to Strep throat infection 
  • Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts  
  • Large amounts of mucous (liquid) from their nose, with facial pain or headache 
  • Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear 
  • Severe headache, especially with fever
  • Loss of taste or smell
Keep children home for 24 hours after the fever ends, once they have been free of vomiting/or diarrhea for 24 hours, or they have completed 24 hours of medication if prescribed by your health care provider. 

Please refer to the latest guidance from NYSDOH regarding return to school after an illness, found on the district COVID-19 information page. 

If you find your child is frequently asking to stay home from school, if they are falling behind or appear anxious about school, or if there does not appear to be any physical symptoms, contact your school nurse and your health care provider to discuss your concerns.   
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact your building nurse with any questions or concerns relating to your child’s health or health-related issues.  


Immunization Requirements
Click the link below for the 2023-2024 New York State Immunization requirements for entrance and attendance:
Physical Exam Requirements
A physical exam is required for all children entering this school system for the first time, and for all children entering Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. Proof of this exam must be a signed physical appraisal form. All physical exams must be documented on the NYS Required Health Examination Form (found under the “forms” tab), or an electronic health record equivalent form. (A physical exam performed within 12 months prior to the start of the school year is acceptable. All forms are due by October.) If such an examination is not provided, the school is required by law to provide the exam. We recommend that the parent or guardian make an appointment to have the family doctor complete the physical, as he or she will perform a more complete physical exam and will give the required immunizations.

School Health Screenings
New York State Education Law requires that schools provide the following health screenings if not provided documentation that screenings have been completed by a private provider:
  • Vision Screening for all newly enrolled students, including color perception, distance acuity, near vision and hyperopia; also students in Kindergarten and Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11 will be screened for near vision and distance acuity.
  • Hearing Screenings for all newly enrolled students, as well as for students in Kindergarten and Grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
  • Scoliosis Screenings for all female students in Grades 5 and 7, and all male students in Grade 9.
Medication Information
New York State Education Department guidelines require all medications (including over-the-counter medications that are to be administered at school by the school nurse, or taken by a student who has been approved to self-administer/self-carry their own medication) to have a written order from a medical provider, and written permission from the parent/guardian. The district requires an updated provider order and written permission from a parent for each school year, or whenever there is a change in the medication order. The Medication Administration Authorization form can be found under the “Forms” tab.

School Nurses

Shayna Walter, NTH nurse
phone: 607-642-3340, option 3
Chantal Alger, NVMS nurse
phone: 607-642-5524, option 3
Jennifer Hoover, NVHS nurse
phone: 607-642-8351, option 3