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New Requirements for Health Screenings on the Horizon

May 3, 2018

 

Medical supplies sit on a counter in the school nurse's office Families will soon need to comply with new grade-level requirements for health exams and screenings.

 

Beginning July 1, all new students enrolling in Queensbury Union Free School District for the first time -- along with children entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 in the fall -- will be required to have a health exam.

 

Other changes for students include vision screening for distance and near vision acuity as well as hearing screening within six months of admission to school and for students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.

 

In addition, boys in grade 9 and girls in grades 5 and 7 will require scoliosis screenings.

 

Families are encouraged to schedule any necessary medical appointments as soon as possible. Please review your child’s immunization records with a pediatrician to ensure your child has the required vaccinations for his or her age and grade in school. This will help ensure all children meet their healthcare requirements before the start of the 2018-19 school year.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your pediatrician or the school nurse.

 

Required Health Exams and Screenings

 

Grade 9

Students entering ninth grade in the fall must be examined by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Ask your child’s healthcare provider to complete a health exam form, then return the completed form to the school. Please review your child’s immunization records to make sure they meet the state requirements. Children entering ninth grade must have:

  • 3 doses of Diphtheria and Tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine (DTaP/DTP/Td)
  • 1 dose of Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine booster (Tdap)
  • 4 doses of Polio vaccine (IPV/OPV)
    • Or 3 doses if the third dose was received when your child was 4 years or older
  • 2 doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR)
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
    • Or 2 doses of adult hepatitis B vaccine (Recombivax) if your child received the doses at least 4 months apart between the ages of 11 and 15 years
  • 2 doses of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine
  • 1 dose of Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY)

Grade 10

New York state does not require your child to have a physical exam before starting 10th grade in the fall. However, please review your child’s immunization records to make sure they meet the state requirements. Children entering 10th grade must have:

  • 3 doses of Diphtheria and Tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine (DTaP/DTP/Td)
  • 1 dose of Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine booster (Tdap)
  • 4 doses of Polio vaccine (IPV/OPV)
    • Or 3 doses if the third dose was received when your child was 4 years or older
  • 2 doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR)
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
    • Or 2 doses of adult hepatitis B vaccine (Recombivax) if your child received the doses at least 4 months apart between the ages of 11 and 15 years
  • 2 doses of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine

Grade 11

Students entering 11th grade in the fall must be examined by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. Ask your child’s healthcare provider to complete a health exam form, then return the completed form to the school. Please review your child’s immunization records to make sure they meet the state requirements. Children entering 11th grade must have:

  • 3 doses of Diphtheria and Tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine (DTaP/DTP/Td)
  • 1 dose of Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine booster (Tdap)
  • 3 doses of Polio vaccine (IPV/OPV)
  • 2 doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR)
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
    • Or 2 doses of adult hepatitis B vaccine (Recombivax) if your child received the doses at least 4 months apart between the ages of 11 and 15 years
  • 1 dose of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine

Grade 12

New York state does not require your child to have a physical exam before starting 12th grade in the fall. However, please review your child’s immunization records to make sure they meet the state requirements. Children entering 12th grade must have:

  • 3 doses of Diphtheria and Tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine (DTaP/DTP/Td)
  • 1 dose of Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine and Pertussis vaccine booster (Tdap)
  • 3 doses of Polio vaccine (IPV/OPV)
  • 2 doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR)
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
    • Or 2 doses of adult hepatitis B vaccine (Recombivax) if your child received the doses at least 4 months apart between the ages of 11 and 15 years
  • 1 dose of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine
  • 2 doses of Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY)
    • Or 1 dose if your child received the dose at age 16 years or older