The New York State Department of Education requires a health certificate or health appraisal of each public school student when they: enter the school district for the first time; are in Grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11; participate in interscholastic sports; need working papers; and are referred to the Committee on Special Education.
Effective February 2021, ALL health examinations performed for school MUST be documented on the NYS Required Health Examination Form or an electronic health record equivalent form - pursuant to Education Law. 2 (see Related Files to download the form). If a completed health certificate/physical form is not on file, the school physician will perform a screening examination during the school year.
All students participating in interscholastic sports programs, regardless of grade level, must have a physical exam before participating in any sport practice. This physical includes health history signed by a parent and blood pressure reading. These physicals need to be turned into the School Nurse prior to the start of tryouts. If you child intends to tryout for a sport, it is important that they check with the School Nurse before tryouts to verify they have a current sports physical on file.
Physicals expire one year from the month they were performed, on the last day on the month.
New York State law (Chapter 281) permits schools to request a dental examination in the following grades: school entry, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. Your child may have a dental check-up during the school year to assess his/her fitness to attend school. Please forward the dental certificate to the school nurse.