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Why is the school nurse pushing me to make an appointment for a physical for may child with my own doctor? I thought that physicals were always done at school.

1. All physicals are best performed by your child’s own medical provider. The primary provider’s office has the history of all the medical events that have occurred through out the years, medications, consultation with specialists, labs, etc….. This comprehensive evaluation of the child’s health (and ability to safely participate in sports where appropriate), including preventive health teaching, provided by your own doctor, is critically important.

2. In contrast, the school health appraisal is focused on one point in time (10-15 minutes) in your child's life and is based on any history that the school may have received – however (in)complete that may be.

3. Further – our goal is to ensure that our students to do not end up in the ER or urgent care for their next ear infection. If the you don't have a medical home, the school nurse can provide some guidance.


 

Required Physicals

The New York State Department of Education requires physicals for all school children entering kindergarten, second grade, fourth grade, 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.

A copy of the physical, on your own medical provider's form, is acceptable or you may print and bring the following form for the provider to complete:(physical exam form).

Sports Physicals – Physicals for athletes must be performed annually.  The sports qualifying physical must be dated within the 12 months prior to the start of your athlete’s season.  Plan ahead and schedule annual physical exams with your primary provider early.
New York State requires schools to screen vision, hearing and for scoliosis on school children according to the information below (listed by grade level).  The school nurse will contact you when there is a need for follow-up on screening results. 

  • HEARING: new entrants, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 10
  • VISION: new entrants, K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10
  • SCOLIOSIS: grades 5-9.

Body Mass Index (BMI) reporting to the state is required every other year.  Numbers are reported in aggregate format; there is absolutely no identification of individual student BMI data. 
Please contact your nurse with any screening questions.


 

Last updated on 8/15/2016
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