Health & Safety

Health Examinations for Students

All new students and students entering grades K, 1, 3, 5, 6, 9 and 11 must have a health exam. Families must use this Health Examination Form.

Middle School Only

The Tdap vaccine is required for students 11-years-old. The meningococcal vaccine is required for students entering 7th and 8th grade. Please provide proof of immunization to your child’s school nurse.

High School Only

Students entering grades 9, 10 and 11 must have one dose of the meningococcal vaccines. Students enter grade 12 must have two doses of meningococcal vaccine or one dose if the dose was received at age 16 or older. Please provide proof of immunization to your child’s school nurse.

Kindergarten Students Only

Kindergarten students must have the following immunizations. Please provide proof of immunization to your child’s school nurse.

  • MMR – 2 doses
  • DTaP – 5 doses or 4 doses if the 4th dose was received at 4 years of age or older
  • Polio – 4 doses or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was received at 4 years of age or older
  • Hepatitis B – 3 doses
  • Varicella – 2 doses

Dental Health Certificate

A Dental Health Certificate completed by a dentist is requested but not required. Please return to your child’s school nurse. A Dental Health Certificate is available here.

Screenings

Your child’s school nurse will complete the following screenings if not included on a student’s Health Examination Form.

  • Near and Distance vision screenings: All new students and students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
  • Color vision screening: All new students and kindergartners.
  • Hearing screening: All new students and students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
  • Scoliosis screening: Girls in grades 5 and 7. Boys in grade 9.

Dispensing Medication in School

In order for a school nurse to dispense student medication (prescription or over-the-counter) during school hours, the following requirements must be met:

  • A completed Student Medication Form, which is available here.
  • Medication must be in original pharmacy container listing student name, name of medication, prescribing doctor, dose and time to be given.
  • Medication must be hand-delivered to the school nurse by a parent or guardian.
  • Students should not carry medication to and from school.

Student Illness Guidelines & Reporting an Absence

To help ensure the health of all of our students, parents and guardians are asked to please follow these guidelines:

  • Please do not send students to school when they have a fever. Students should be fever-free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If your child is experiencing diarrhea on the morning of school, they should remain at home for the day.
  • If your child is vomiting, please wait at least 24 hours before allowing them to return to school.
  • Please wait at least 24 hours of antibiotic therapy for illnesses such as strep throat, pink eye and impetigo before returning to school.

If your child is absent or tardy, parents and guardians should contact your child’s school on the morning of the absence, preferably before 9:00 a.m.

  • Schalmont High School Attendance Office: 518-355-6110, ext. 3001
  • Schalmont Middle School Nurse’s Office: Cheryl Glindmyer, 518-355-6255, ext. 2062 or Guidance: 518-355-6255, ext. 2001
  • Jefferson Elementary Main Office: Catherine Pray 518-355-1342 ext. 5080

Medical Clearance for Sports

Students must have an up-to-date physical on file in the High School Health Office (physicals are valid for one year). A private physical with a student’s family physician is recommended as they are most familiar with the student’s medical history.

Reporting Injuries & Supplemental Insurance

All injuries should be reported to the coach and athletic trainer. An accident report will be completed by the coach who will submit it to the school nurse. The nurse can send a copy of the accident report to those requiring them.

The school district carries a supplemental insurance plan to cover incidents that occur in school-related activities. If an accident requires medical attention, the parent must submit his or her own insurance first. If the claim is not payable or in excess of the parent’s coverage, parents should contact Assistant Superintendent for Business Joseph Karas at 518-355-9200, Ext. 4002 or jkaras@schalmont.net.

For elementary students, injuries or accidents should be reported to the Health Office so a school nurse can fill out an incident report.

Body Mass Index

Physical exams must include an assessment of Body Mass Index and a determination of weight status category, based on BMI for age percentile. A sample of school districts will be selected to take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health, which includes reporting information about students’ weight status groups. Only summary information is sent—no names or information about individual students. However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report by contacting your child’s school nurse.

Student Emergency Cards

Student Emergency Cards are distributed to students at each school level during the first few days of school in September. These cards are used to keep the school nurse aware of students’ up-to-date medical information and emergency contacts. These must be signed and dated by a student’s parent or guardian. A new card must be completed and returned each school year.