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Health Requirements to Attend School

From the Nurse's Desk

 

July 19, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians

In preparation for a safe and healthy return to school this Fall please take the time to review the information below regarding health requirements to attend school. 

Immunizations

  • New York State Law requires all students to have certain immunizations.
  • Prior to the start of the new school year please review your child’s immunization history with your healthcare provider to ensure immunization requirements are up to date.
  • If required immunizations are not up to date your child risks exclusion from school until immunizations are compliant with state law.

Health Exams

  • All students need to submit a new health exam every 12-months documented by your healthcare provider on this form.
  • Students who have not had a documented health exam within the last 12-months are not permitted to participate in school sports, including tryouts until a new health exam has been completed.
  • If a student’s health exam was completed more than 30 days prior to Fall sport try-outs an interval health history form must be submitted prior to try-outs.

Medication Administration Forms (MAF)s

  • Students who take or may need to take medications while at school, whether prescription or over the counter should have a Medication Administration Form on file at school.
  • All students with a diagnosis such as asthma, allergies, diabetes, or seizure disorder should submit the appropriate Medication Administration Form. 
  • Even if your child can take his/her own medicine, it is important for the school clinical team to be aware of the student’s medical needs in case of an emergency.
  • The form is completed and signed by your child’s healthcare provider and in addition signed by a parent or guardian on the back page.
  • Medication Administration Forms are accepted on a rolling basis. A new Medication Administration Form is needed each school year. 

COVID-19

In addition, the Center for Disease Control, the New York State Department of Health, New York City Health Department  and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that all children 12yrs and older, unless otherwise contraindicated, should receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me at schoolnurse@dominicanacademy.org. Thank you sincerely for your attention to this information.

Wishing you all a safe, healthy, and restorative summer.

Jessie Lawler, RN

School Nurse