School nurses in each school building are available to support students’ medical needs during the school day. Each school nurse oversees medical records and requirements for students in that building.
If your child is injured during the school day, it is necessary for us to have an Accident Report on file. Generally, staff who witnessed the accident or the school nurse will complete this form. The nurse will notify the parents/guardians of the incident that day.
New York state law requires a health examination for all students entering the school district for the first time and when entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. The examination must be completed by a New York state licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner, and provided to the school within 30 days of the student’s first day of school.
The following screenings are also required for students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11:
- Vision screening for distance and near vision acuity
- Hearing screening within 6 months of admission to school and .
In addition, girls in grades 5 and 7, and boys in grade 9, will require scoliosis screenings.
If a child has an appointment for an exam during this school year that is after the first 30 days of school, parents are asked to notify the Health Office with the date.
A dental certificate which states a child has been seen by a dentist or dental hygienist is also asked for at the same time. A list of dentists and registered dental hygienists who offer dental services on a free or reduced cost basis is available from the school upon request.
Communication between private and school health staff is important for safe and effective care at school. Health care providers may not share health information with school health staff without a parent or guardian’s signed permission. Parents are asked to talk to their child’s health care provider about signing a consent form for the school at the time of the child’s appointment for the examination.
New York state requires schools to track each student’s body mass index (BMI) and weight status category as part of school health examinations. Every year, the New York State Department of Health surveys some schools for the number of students in each of six possible weight status categories.
If Herkimer Central School District is surveyed by the state, the district will share summary group data only and will not share individual names or information. Parents/guardians who wish to exclude their child’s data from the summary group calculations must contact their child’s school.
More information: Student Weight Status Category Reporting