A reminder about immunizations and health screenings required for school

Dear Parents/Guardians,

New York State law requires that children attending pre-K through grade 12 receive all required doses of vaccines on the recommended schedule in order to attend or remain in school.

Within 14 days of the first day of school or day care, parents must:

  • Show proof of their child’s up-to-date vaccinations, OR
  • Provide a valid medical exemption from vaccination.

In order to attend or remain in school, children who are unvaccinated or overdue must receive at least the first dose of all required vaccines within the first 14 days. They also must plan to receive all follow-up doses at the ages and intervals (time between doses) listed in the recommended vaccination schedule.

Similarly, NYS requirements for health examinations and in-school health screenings have changed. The new regulations require health exams for all NEW entrants and students entering the following grades: K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.

The examination must be completed by a New York State licensed physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner. A copy of the health examination must be provided to the school within 30 days from the start of the school year. If your child has an appointment for an exam during this school year that is after the first 30 days of school, please notify the Health Office with the date.

Completed physicals must be dated no more than 12 months prior to the start of this school year. We suggest you make copies of the completed forms for your own records before sending them to the school health office. Forms may also be faxed to the following numbers:

  • WES: 518-273-5922
  • WJSHS: 518-629-3262

The new screening requirements are as follows:

  • Vision and hearing for new entrants within 6 months of admission and grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
  • Scoliosis will be required for girls in grades 5 and 7 and for boys in grade 9.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Our Best,
Sue Vogel, RN, WES 
Rachael Thomas, RN, WJSHS