Middle School health information
All medical forms submitted must be originals, signed and dated by the physician. Faxes may be received from physicians.
Bi-annual weight status category reporting requirements
Minisink Valley is required to bi-annually participate in Student Weight Status Category Reporting, per New York State Department of Health requirements. Parents/guardians will be notified for the selected school year. Data will be collected from grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.
Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious illness that affects the nose, throat, lungs and other parts of the body and can spread quickly from one person to another, according to the New York State Department of Health (DOH). It can cause mild to severe illness and be fatal, especially for those age 65 and older. Across the United States, the flu causes about 12,000 to 56,000 deaths. About 90 percent of these deaths occur in people 65 years or older.
New York State law requires a health examination for all students entering the school district for the first time and in grades K, 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 on the approved NYSED Student Health Examination Form for School.
Health exam form
The MVCSD school medical examination consists of weighing and measuring, observation of general health, examination of nose, throat, skin, teeth, glands, muscles, joints, testes, groin, abdomen, spine, posture, heart, and lungs. The school nurse is present during examinations and will promptly advise parents of any potential problems discovered in this examination.
Students must have a physician’s orders for medication to be dispensed at school, for both prescription and OTC (over the counter) medications. School law requires the following:
- Name of medicine
- Reason for giving
- Number of days to be dispensed
- The medicine must have a professional label.
It must be brought to the Health Office / School Nurse by an adult. Under no circumstances is a child to bring medicine to school.
The parent or guardian must submit a written request to the school nurse to dispense the medicine as directed.
The medication will be destroyed seven days after the final dosage is required. The unused medication may be picked up by a parent/guardian within this period.
All medications that are not picked up at the end of the school year will be destroyed.
New York State allows only asthma inhalers, diabetic supplies, and Epinephrine Auto-injector’s to be carried with students in school. The following form must be submitted to the nurse prior to bringing in any medication.
Students must have a note from a physician in order to be excused from physical education class. Note must include medical reason for excuse. In addition, a physician’s note is also required clearing the student to resume class.
School health guidelines
Students should be temperature free for 24-hours before returning to school after an illness.
Students should have completed a 24-hour antibiotic cycle before returning to school.
Contact the health office with any information about exposure to communicable disease and/or health problems.
The district’s School Health Services program supports your student’s academic success by promoting health in the school setting. One way that we provide care for your student is by performing the health screenings as mandated by the State of New York.
A letter will be sent home if there are any findings on the screening done at school that would cause concern or need medical follow-up. Please call the school’s Health Office if you have any questions or concerns.
● A dental certificate is requested for all newly entering students and students in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.
Child abuse hotline notification
If you suspect a child is being abused or maltreated (neglected), report it by calling 1-800-342-3720, a toll-free 24-hour hotline operated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department. Information about reporting child abuse and maltreatment (neglect) is available online at: https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps/