Medical & Immunization Requirements

New Emergency Regulations and Guidance
Regarding Student Immunization

On June 13, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children.

Please follow the link below for the complete notice.

New Emergency Regulations and Guidance Regarding Student Immunization


Medical & Immunization Requirements

Student Physicals

According to Education Law Section 903, every student in Pre-K or kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th and 11th grades and all new admissions to the district are required to submit a health certificate signed by a duly licensed physician authorized to practice medicine in New York State. The physical examination form will request a body mass index (BMI) and weight status category.

All students in pre-K, K and first grade in public elementary school are requested to present a dental health certificate. Whenever possible, physical examinations should be conducted by your family physician. The physical cannot be more than 12 months old when presented to the district. If we do not receive the information from you or your family physician, your school nurse will contact you to remind you of the need to provide the physical form. Please be advised that the school nurse will send a final notification that will inform you that you must comply with this requirement or the district physician will perform the medical examination.

By law, you have the right to object on the grounds of religious accommodation only. 

Immunizations

All schools are obliged to enforce the requirements of New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164.

As of July 1, 2015, no child shall be admitted to school, or in the case of students entering from outside New York, be allowed to attend school, in excess of 14 days without satisfactory written evidence that the student has been immunized. Below is a summary of the changes to School Immunization Requirements for the 2019-20 School Year based on NYSDOH amended regulations:

• MMR (grades K-12) 2 doses; (Pre-K) 1 dose

• Tdap (grades 6-12) 1 dose

• DTaP (grades Pre-K-6) 4-5 doses - if the 4th dose is received after age 4 then only 4 doses required; (grades 6-12) 3 doses

• Polio (grades K-4 and 6-10) 4 doses - if the 3rd dose was received after the age of 4, then 3 doses required; (grades Pre-K, 5, 11 and 12) 3 doses required

• Varicella (grades K-5, 6-11) 2 doses (grades Pre-K and 12) 1 dose

• Hepatitis B (grades Pre-K-12) 3 doses

• Meningococcal (grades 7, 8, 9 & 10) 1 dose; (grade 12) 2 doses - 1 dose acceptable if given after age 16

• Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB) (Pre-K) 1-4 doses

• Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) (Pre-K) 1-4 doses

Any student who does not meet the above-stated criteria is in violation of New York State Public Health Law, Section 2164, and will not be admitted to school until the student presents satisfactory written evidence of compliance. Doses must meet proper intervals established by ACIP. 

New Emergency Regulations and Guidance Regarding Student Immunization

On June 13, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children.

Please follow the link below for the complete notice.

New Emergency Regulations and Guidance Regarding Student Immunization

Any additional questions, please contact your school's nurse's office.

Medical Exemption

Medical exemptions must be renewed annually; it must contain information to identify medical contraindications to specific immunization, must specify the length of time immunization contraindicated and must be written by a physician licensed to practice in the state of New York.