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Update on immunization requirements
On June 13, 2019, New York
State removed the religious exemption for child immunization
requirements. This change to the law means children attending child
day care or public, private, and parochial school can no longer
claim an immunization exemption based on sincerely held religious
The Department of Health,
Office of Children and Family Services, and State Education
Department have issued
regarding these changes.
Their guidance states children attending school who previously had a
religious exemption must receive their first age appropriate dose in
each immunization series by June 28, 2019, in order to remain in
school. Parents or guardians
of such children must provide proof of appointments for follow-up
doses by July 14, 2019.
For children attending school starting in September, the deadline
for first dose vaccinations is 14 days from the first day of school.
Parents must provide proof of follow-up dose appointments
within 30 days from the start of school.
frequently asked questions document for more information.
Should you have any questions
about this change in immunization requirements, please contact our
School Nurse/Health Coordinator, Suzanne McCarthy at (518) 475-6730.
Important information about student physicals
New York State has changed
the timing of required student physicals and the forms that health
providers must complete.
July 1, 2018 state law required public school students to have a health
physical when they:
school as a new student
prekindergarten or kindergarten
grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11
physicals must be completed by a New York State licensed physician,
physician assistant or nurse practitioner.
addition, the state has created a new form to reflect changes to the
law. Health-care providers must enter the results of a health physical
on a form called the
New York State Education Department Student Health Examination Form for
child already had a health physical for 2018-19 and his or her health
provider completed a different form, the City School District of Albany
will accept that form. However, starting in 2019-20, only the updated
form will be accepted.
If you have questions, please
contact the nurse at your child’s school.
School Health Services
School Health Services
personnel care for the emotional as well as the physical needs of all
children in the City School District of Albany. Parents and guardians
should contact the nurse in their child's school if they have concerns
or to report any changes in the health status of their child.
health-related links and information for parents are listed below.
Health Registration form. All students are required to have on
file a Health History Registration form, which is typically
completed during student registration.
Requirement for physicals
Dental certificates. Poor dental health can
cause pain, lead to significant life-long health problems and be a
barrier to academic achievement.
New York State
law requires school districts to request dental certificates for
students when they enter school and in grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10. Please
follow this link to
download a form that you can bring to your child’s dental care
provider to be completed. The dental assessment may be completed
during or 12 months prior to the school year in which it is
required. Please return the completed form to your school
nurse. If you have questions or do not have a dental care
provider for your child, please contact the school nurse for
Medications in school
Medical excuses from physical education
screening is provided for new entrants and students in grades K-3,
5, 7 and 10. A hearing screening is provided for new entrants and
students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10. Parents and guardians will
be notified only if a problem is identified.
Height, weight and
body mass index screening.
New York state law requires school districts to measure the height,
weight, body mass index (BMI), and determine weight status
categories for students when they enter school and in grades K, 2,
4, 7 and 10. The purpose of this screening is to detect previously
undiagnosed health problems related to growth and development that
may, by early intervention, be more readily corrected. School
districts also are required to take part in a survey by the New York
State Department of Health. Districts will report information about
weight status categories gathered from private physicals or school
screenings. Only summary information is included in the
survey. No names or identifying information about individual
students is shared. Information on any child whose
parent/guardian has objected to the survey will be excluded from the
reported survey data.
law requires that public schools, day care providers and nursery
schools "obtain evidence" of lead screening for all children under
6. Please follow
this link for information on lead exposure and poisoning. If you
have any questions, contact your child’s school nurse.
Emergency contact information
the responsibility of the parent or guardian to inform the school of
any contagious diseases, changes in health status or unusual health
concerns that a child may have. With this information, we are better
able to meet the health and safety needs of your child.
School Community Wellness
The City School District of Albany
is committed to providing school environments that
promote and protect children’s health, well-being
and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating
and physical activity.
The district formed a Wellness Committee represented
by administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents
and community members. That committee reviewed
existing programs and practices, identified needs
and established goals that would promote a healthy
school community. Those goals are reflected in the
district's Wellness Policy.
Health Information and Alerts
A flu guide for parents
from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New York State Smokers'
Quitline -- If you smoke, and are thinking about quitting, talk
to your doctor, or call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at
1-866-697-8487 or visit
www.nysmokefree.com for free help. The New York State Smokers’
Quitline is free and confidential service that provides effective
stop-smoking services to New Yorkers who want to stop smoking. The
A free two-week nicotine
replacement therapy starter kit.
Telephone counseling in English and Spanish (translations
through Language Line; services are available for additional
A 24/7 personal online quit coach.
A listing of referrals to local stop-smoking programs.