Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the New Physical Exam Form
1. When is the new physical exam form REQUIRED?
Because the New York State Education Department is recommending the use of the new physical exam form for the 2018-2019 school year we are requesting that you bring it with you to your child’s next physical. The New York State Education Department is
REQUIRING that all physicals submitted to schools for the 2019-2020 school year are on the new physical exam form.
2. My child has already had a physical and I submitted a copy to the school nurse. Do I ask the provider to fill out this new physical exam form?
No. We are permitted to accept whatever physical exam form that your doctor’s office uses for the 2018-2019 school year. For the 2019-2020 school year and beyond, the required NYS physical exam form will only be accepted.
3. My child’s physical is scheduled during the fall. Do I have to re-schedule the physical in order to have it completed before September?
No. Keep the scheduled physical and bring the new physical exam form with you to that appointment. Let the school nurse know when the physical is scheduled. Once the physical has been completed send a copy of the exam form to the nurse.
4. I see that for the 2018-2019 school year different grade levels require school physicals. My child had this year’s required second grade physical and now third graders are required to have physicals. What is the window of time that a school physical is acceptable?
An examination may be accepted if it is dated not more than twelve months prior to the commencement of the school year in which the examination is required. If your school year begins on September 3, 2018, then any physical conducted on or after September 3, 2017 or later is valid for the 2018 - 2019 school year.
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 Vision, Hearing and Scoliosis Screenings
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.
New York State
- HEARING: new entrants, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11
- VISION: new entrants, K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11
- SCOLIOSIS: grade 9 for boys and grades 5 & 7 for girls.
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.