School Health Policies

Student Physicals

As of July 1, 2018: NYS has mandated that physicals are required for all students in K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11 grades and any student that is new to our district.

Health certificates are required to be submitted within 30 days of the start of the school year [Education Law §903, 8 NYCRR §136.3 (c)(1]]. If the parent/guardian has not furnished a health certificate to the school within 30 days, then school officials must provide a written notification to the parent/guardian of the school’s intent to provide a physical examination by health appraisal of their child at school by the district medical director as per Education Law §903(3)(a) and 8 NYCRR §136.3 (c)(1)(iii)if the parent/guardian does not provide the school with a health certificate within 30 days from the date of the notice.

Parents may refuse a school physical in writing. Dental certificates are requested at that grade level also, but are not required.

Student Medication

School personnel (nurse, principal, assistant principal) may administer medication to schoolchildren if the following guidelines are met:

  1. A written request from the physician is provided indicating the diagnosis, name of the medication, the frequency and the dosage of the prescribed medication.  This may be faxed to the school’s health office: 
    Elementary School fax: 518-273-5312  •  High School fax: 518-629-3256
  2. A new request is needed each school year.
  3. The parents must submit a written request to administer the medication as specified by the doctor.
  4. The medication must be in a pharmacy container that clearly states the name of the student as well as the name of the medication, the dosage and the frequency of the medication. All inhalers must have a labeled box.
  5. The medication must be delivered by an adult – no medication should be brought into school by the student, unless specifically written and ordered by the physician. 
  6. All medication must be picked up by the end of the school year or else it will be discarded. No medication will be kept until next year.

Please call the school health offices with any questions.

  • WES: 518-629-3402
  • WJSHS: 518-629-3304

Student Illness

Your child may need to stay home or will be sent home if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • Vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Fever: A student must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Any unexplained rash (if your child is sent home with a rash he or she will need a physician’s note to return to school).
  • Strep Throat: Your child will need three doses of antibiotic and must be fever-free before returning to school.
  • Live lice or nits (lice eggs) present in the hair. If your child has had lice or nits, he or she must be brought to school to be checked before returning to class.
  • Pink Eye: Redness or drainage from the eyes. Your child must be on medication at least 24 hours before returning to school.

School Insurance

The Watervliet School District is a member of the Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc.

  • Pupils are covered for benefits once they get on the school bus on the way to school and until they depart the bus on their way home. Pupils who walk, drive or ride bicycles to school are not covered until they enter the school.
  • Benefits are available only after all other insurances have been used. It is the parents’ responsibility to file their claim with their own company prior to submitting any balance to the school.
  • Injuries that require medical treatment must be filed with Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc. within 30 days. Non-athletic injuries will be filed with the school nurse, athletic injuries with the athletic director.
  • All claims should be submitted as promptly as possible.

Accident Regulations

Accidents that occur during school hours or school-sponsored activities must be reported immediately to the teacher, school nurse, advisor or coach. If your child has had an accident in school, please call the elementary nurse (518-629-3402) or the high school nurse (518-629-3304).

Student Health Data

Because NY State is interested in data about children’s health, schools are required to keep height and weight data and to calculate students’ Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a way of checking for underweight or overweight youngsters based on their height and weight. Some schools will be surveyed by the state Department of Health each year and asked to share the number of pupils they have in each of six possible BMI categories based on students’ age and sex. If our district is surveyed by the state, we will only share group data (for instance, the number of second grade boys whose BMI is below the fifth percentile), not individual data, such as names or exact weight. However, if parents wish their child’s data to be excluded from such group calculations, they may do so by contacting the nurse at their child’s school (WES nurse: 518-629-3402, WJSHS nurse: 518-629-3304).