Health Examination Screening Requirement

Health Examination Screening Requirement
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Information for Public Schools Regarding Changes in Health Examination and Screening Requirement Effective 7/1/2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please note the new changes in School Screening Programs put out by NYSED (New York State Education Department).  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Musella.



The screening programs in school include vision, hearing, physicals, BMI and scoliosis.  Health Examinations and Screenings changes are effective 7/1/18.

Health examinations needed for school attendance will now be required for new entrants, and in grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.  Physicals are offered at school during the school year or can be done at your child’s primary care physician.  For students playing sports or in the need of working papers, physicals must indicate if the student is/or is not physically fit for sports/PE and work.  We ask that all physical be done on the new NYSED Health Appraisal Form, after this school year no physical will be accepted unless it is on this form.

Dental Certificates are also requested at these grade levels (but not required for attendance).

Scoliosis (spinal curvature) screening will be for all girls in grades 5 and 7, and boys in grade 9 (new guidelines). Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine which, if untreated, can cause chronic back pain and deformity in future years.  

 BMI is reported to the State Health Department on an every-other year basis.  They are reported by grade and gender and not specific to the student.  If you do not want your child’s BMI reported please contact Mrs. Musella in writing and your child’s BMI will be taken off the report.

Parents are reminded that these programs are only screening programs and that a follow-up examination by a physician is needed for full evaluation of the condition.  

In order to keep our student health records current, we request that parents notify Mrs. Musella if your child had a serious injury, disease or received an immunization over the summer recess.  This will make our records more accurate and will be helpful in assessing your child’s needs.