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Suzanne McCarthy

Health Coordinator

(518) 475-6730

FAX (518) 475-6731


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 beliefs.


The Department of Health, Office of Children and Family Services, and State Education Department have issued guidance 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. See this 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.


As of July 1, 2018 state law required public school students to have a health physical when they:

  • Enter school as a new student

  • Enter prekindergarten or kindergarten

  • Enter grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11

Health physicals must be completed by a New York State licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner.


In 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 School.


If your 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.


Important 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.

  • Immunization requirements

  • 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 assistance.

  • Medications in school

  • Medical excuses from physical education

  • Screenings. Vision 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.

  • Lead poisoning information. Public health 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

  • Health concerns. It is 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.


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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 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 Quitline offers:

    • A free two-week nicotine replacement therapy starter kit.

    • Telephone counseling in English and Spanish (translations through Language Line; services are available for additional languages).

    • A 24/7 personal online quit coach.

    • A listing of referrals to local stop-smoking programs.

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