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Chicken Pox News
In order for a child to enter kindergarten, the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine is required for those born on or after 1/1/98. Alternatives include:

  • Serologic (blood test) proof of having had chicken pox.
  • Written physician statement of medical exemption by a medical doctor. licensed to practice in New York State. (This would include a statement confirming a past diagnosis of chicken pox.)
  • The New York State Department of Education will not recognize a written note from the parent regarding history of chicken pox.

Required Physicals
The New York State Department of Education requires physicals for all school children in kindergarten, first grade, third grade, seventh grade and tenth grade. Physical examinations are valid for up to 90 days prior to the start of that school year. A physical dated June 1 or after is valid for the following school year.

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

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 year 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 nurse 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 department web site, Click on “athletics.”

Is it a cold or is it the flu?
Colds and flu are both very contagious. In the beginning, a bad cold and a mild case of the flu maight seem alike. However, unlike colds, the flue is a serious illness that can have life-threatening complications. Check this table to compare the symptons for each illness.

Do not come to school when you are sick.
Stop the spread of germs and stay at home when you are sick. Read some helpful information "When you are Sick".