Information from the School Nurse
New York State Law Section 2164 requires certain immunizations (shots) to enter and attend school. Proof of current vaccinations is required by the first day of the school year for attendance.
Vaccinations due between 6th and 12th grade are as follows:
- Students entering 6th grade or by 11 years of age must have the Tetanus, Diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine, and Pertussis vaccine booster (Tdap) and 2 doses of the Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine.
- Students entering 7th are required to have one dose of the Meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY).
- Students entering 12th grade are required to have 2 doses of the Meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) or 1 dose if the first dose was received at age 16 or older.
However, all required vaccinations per the chart on the link below must be current for school attendance.
2018-19 School Year New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance
In order to best provide for students' safety, we request that all students who have prescribed emergency rescue medication have these medications available for their use while in school or attending school sponsored activities, especially when participating in athletic activity. (Inhalers, Epi Pens, and Glucagon)
Per New York State law, health care provider and parent permission is needed for all prescription and over the counter (OTC) medications used at school or school-sponsored activities. Permissions are required to be renewed every school year. Parents/guardians are responsible for having medications delivered directly to the school in a properly labeled original container by an adult, unless the student has a health care provider attestation to carry and use their medication independently (see below).
New York State law allows students with respiratory (breathing) conditions, allergies, and/or diabetes the right to independently carry and use their inhaled respiratory rescue medications (epinephrine auto-injectors), and insulin, glucagon, and related diabetes supplies if the following is provided to the school:
- written permission from the parent/guardian; and
- written provider order with an attestation stating both the diagnosis, and that the student has demonstrated they can effectively administer the medication(s).
Independent carry and use of medications means that your child will be responsible to have their medication available during school and all school sponsored activities and take their own medicine without any help. Staff support would be provided only in an emergency. Students may self-carry only; inhalers, epinephrine auto injectors, insulin, glucagon, diabetic supplies and in rare circumstances, other medications requiring a rapid delivery to prevent negative health outcomes.
The Tully Jr. Sr. High Medication consent form can be found here and can also be picked up in the nurse's office:
Medication Authorization Form
Parent permission to accompany written Medical Provider order for self-carry medication in school
Required School Physicals and Sports Participation
In the Jr. Sr. High school, as of July 1, 2018, New York State law requires a current health examination for all students entering the school district for the first time, when entering 7th, 9th, or 11th grade, when applying for working papers, or prior to participation in athletic activity. A physical is considered current within 1 year from the date completed. For sport participation, the physical date must be within 1 year from the first day of the start of the sport.
Prior to participation in each athletic season, in addition to a current physical, registration will be required on family id. There you will answer health related questions making notations of any health changes since the date of the last physical on file. Registration is done within 30 days from the start of each sport season.
The physical examination must be completed by a New York State licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. It is recommended that it be documented on the approved "Required NYSED Student Health Examination Form" for School.
NYS School Health Exam Form
School Sponsored School or Sports Physicals
School/sports physicals may be obtained at Tully Family Practice if you are unable to obtain a physical through your family physician. Immunizations and medical treatment are not available through school sponsored physicals.
Tully Family Practice
The district’s School Health Services program supports your student’s academic success by promoting health in the school setting. One way that we provide care for your student is by performing the health screenings as mandated by the State of New York. Hearing, vision, and scoliosis screenings are required to take place in school at certain grade levels unless completely documented on a current health physical that the screenings were performed by their health care provider.
Students who will be reviewed for screenings include new students, as well as students in grades 7 and 11.
The screenings will include:
Distance acuity- Sharpness or clearness of vision looking at objects at a distance
Near vision- sharpness or clearness of vision looking at objects close up
Color perception (color vision)- the ability to distinguish colors
Scoliosis for girls in grade 7 and boys in grade 9 only
When to keep a child home for illness
It can be hard to know when to send children to school if they tell you that they do not feel well. Usually, the best place for them is in school, but there are some times when keeping them home to rest or a call to your health care provider is recommended.
School Health NY recommends that you please keep your child home and/or contact your child’s doctor for:
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Severe sore throat along with fever or after exposure to Strep throat infection
- Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts
- Large amounts of drainage from their nose, with face pain or headache
- Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear
- Severe headache, especially with fever
- Severe cough, especially with muscle aches, fatigue, or other noted symptoms above
Please keep children home for 24 hours after a fever ends without the use of fever reducing medication or for 24 hours after starting an antibiotic.
If your child has a fever, it is not a good idea to give them medicine like Tylenol or Advil and send them to school because they may be contagious. The fever may return and you will be called to come and pick up your child.