PHYSICALS


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Required Physicals

The New York State Department of Education requires physicals for all school children entering kindergarten, secondgrade, fourthgrade, seventh grade, tenth grade and those who are new to the district. Physical exams are valid for the twelve months prior to the start of the school year.

Without evident of such exam (receipt of the physical exam form), the school will be responsible for performing an exam, free of charge, for you.


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Sports Eligibility

A new procedure has been established for fall sports, including the Summer "Walk-Throughs".

• A new Pre-Participation Questionnaire must be completed AND SIGNED BY THE PARENT in order to proceed through the walk-through. Parents should sign the health questionnaire just before the walk-through.

• An up-to-date physical (within one yar of the try-out date) and a tetanus shot within the past ten years are mandatory components before the athlete can be cleared to play a sport. Check with your school nure NOW to ensure that you are up-to-date.

• Without all three components, no clearance will be given!

Pre-Participation Forms are available at each school's health office, the athletic department office, and on the athletic departments website.


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Sports Walk-Through Dates

Summer "Walk-Throughs


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Vision Screening

The purpose of our school vision-screening program is to identify children with vision impairment. Vision problems can impede academic performance, social development and self-esteem. Early detection of vision problems will provide a child more opportunity for educational success. As a result, annual school based vision screening is mandated in New York State, for all children in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10. Special vision testing (near vision, color perception, plus lens) is performed once within 6 months of admission to school, including those students transferring into the district. A vision screen may be requested at any other time deemed necessary by parents, health care providers or school officials.

Please feel free to talk with your school nurse with any additional questions regarding the vision-screening program.

 


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Scoliosis Screening

New York State Education Law requires that all children yearly, in grades 5-9, receive a school scoliosis examination to identify possible curvature of the spine (scoliosis).
The procedure for screening is simple. A screener (school nurse or physical education teacher), who has been specially trained, will look at your child’ back. The screener will ask your child to stand tall with his/her back to the screener and to bend forward. For this examination, each boy and girl will be seen individually. Complete privacy will be provided. It is best if the boys wear shorts and the girls wear shorts with an athletic style bra.
The chances of your child having scoliosis are small, but we have a responsibility to find those few cases. If you have a concern with the findings, we will contact you promptly, otherwise you will not hear from us.
If you have any questions, please speak with the school nurse. A helpful website is available through the scoliosis foundation: www.scoliosis.org.


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Hearing Screening

The purpose of our school hearing-screening program is to identify children with hearing loss. Hearing loss can impede academic performance, language development, social development and self-esteem. Early detection of hearing loss will provide a child more opportunity for educational success. As a result, school based hearing screening is mandated in New York State, yearly for children in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10 and for all new entrants. A hearing screen may be requested at any other time deemed necessary by parents, health care providers or school officials.

Please feel free to talk with your school nurse with any additional questions regarding the hearing-screening program.

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