New York State recently amended its regulations on student health examinations to better align with recommendations put forth by the New York State Department of Health NYSDOH) and American Academy of Pediatrics.
The updated regulations become effective July 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year and thereafter, and require that each child in a school district have a health examination, including body mass index. In addition, NYS also recommends a complete dental examination prior to entering school.
The law also changed the required grade levels for health examinations to: pre-K, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grade students.
These appraisals may be done up to one year to the month before your child begins these grades, as an exam is valid for a full year through the last day of the month in which the exam was conducted. Your family physician/nurse practitioner is most familiar with the medical history of your child and is able to start treatment when necessary; therefore, the district recommends that your family physician/nurse practitioner conduct all examinations.
Additionally, new entrants to the district, students wishing to play interscholastic sports, and students desiring work permits must have an annual health appraisal.
You or your provider may return the completed form to the health office. Completed health certificates can be directly mailed or faxed to the school nurse from the provider’s office.