New health screening requirements to take effect in fall

Families will soon need to comply with new grade-level requirements for health exams and screenings.

All new students enrolling in the district for the first time — along with children entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 in the fall — will be required to have a health exam.

Other changes for students include vision screening for distance and near vision acuity as well as hearing screening within 6 months of admission to school and for students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.

In addition, girls in grades 5 and 7, and boys in grade 9 will require scoliosis screenings.

School officials are encouraging families not to wait to schedule medical appointments. Parents may provide their child’s physician with a School Health Examination Form at the time of their visit.

Please also take the time to review your child’s immunization records with their pediatrician to ensure your child has the required vaccinations for their age and grade in school. This will help ensure all children meet their health-care requirements before the start of the 2018-19 school year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse. More information about screenings is also available on the Health Services page.

Jr./Sr. High School: Mary Ellen Clark, (315) 866-2230, ext. 1322
mclark@herkimercsd.org

Elementary School: Sandhya Farrington, (315) 866-8562, ext. 1022
sfarrington@herkimercsd.org

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