Health & Wellness

The registered nurses of Queensbury Union Free School District believe that a healthy child in a safe and healthy environment is the best learner. The Health Department supports student success and helps them reach their maximum health potential in the school setting by providing:

  • Timely and accurate nursing assessment for students and staff;
  • Intervention that is appropriate; and
  • Evaluation and referral for students and colleagues.

The Health Department also contributes to a healthy school environment through:

  • Infection control;
  • Accident prevention;
  • Health promotion/education; and
  • Collaboration with school and community resources.

Immunization requirements

The New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department provide immunization requirements for children entering/enrolled in public school

Parents should consult with their child’s physician regarding their child’s immunization schedule. Immunizations must be completed by the first day of school in September or your child will be excluded from school. Documented proof of immunizations should be sent to the nurse’s office as soon as possible. Parental recall is not acceptable. For more information on immunization requirements, please contact the nurse at your child’s school.

Health screenings at school

The Health Department performs school-based health screenings that are mandated by New York state.

These screenings include:

  • Vision;
  • Hearing;
  • Scoliosis;
  • Health appraisals; and
  • Dental certificates.

School nurses will send a letter to a student’s home if there are any findings on the screening done at school that would cause concern or need medical follow-up. Please call your child’s school nurse if you have any questions or concerns.

Medications at school

If your child needs to take medicine during the school day, individuals need to submit the parent and prescriber’s authorization form for prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. New medication permission forms are required for each new school year.

New York state requires school districts to comply with the following guidelines regarding medications at school:

  • Parents or guardians must personally deliver all medication to the school health office unless a self-carry order form is signed by parent and physician.
  • All controlled medications must be brought by an adult.
  • All medication must remain in properly labeled pharmacy containers or original over-the-counter containers. If you are dividing up a single prescription for use at home and at school, please ask your pharmacist to provide a second, identically labeled container for any medications your student will take while at school.
  • A new prescription/medication form signed by the medical provider is required at the beginning of every school year.
  • The parent must sign the medication permission form.

School safety

Maintaining safe schools is one of the primary responsibilities of the Queensbury Union Free School District. 

The district maintains a school safety plan and confidential building-level safety plans, in accordance with New York state’s Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (S.A.V.E.) Law. A district safety team annually reviews the district-level safety plan and school safety teams annually review the confidential school-level safety plans. All updates are approved by the Queensbury Board of Education prior to submission to the New York State Education Department and local and state police agencies.