Health Services

Please remember to update your child’s phone contacts if there are any changes during the year. Our health offices need to be able to reach parents in the case of emergency or illness.

Please help us to teach your children about the importance of hand washing, covering their mouth when they cough or sneeze and keeping all wounds covered with a bandage.


Public Notifications

What is the NEW Meningococcal Vaccine School Requirement? Information from NYSDOH

Each year, there are different notifications promote safety and public health in relation to a variety of viruses or infections (i.e. staph, flu, etc.). These general health notifications will be posted on this page.

Seasonal Flu, Seasonal Flu guide

State Mandated Screenings & Reporting

Vision Hearing Screening

New York State mandates screening of vision & hearing during your student’s school year. All new students are screened for distance vision, near vision, color perception, and hearing within 6 months of entering school. In addition, each year all first, second, third, fifth seventh & tenth graders are screened for distance vision and all first, third, fifth, seventh & tenth graders are screened for hearing.

Scoliosis Screening

 Scoliosis screening is mandated for all fifth through ninth grades. Private scoliosis screening is acceptable but must be done no earlier than July 1 of the current year and must be documented by the doctor.

Physical Exams

New York State also requires that physical examinations be done on all students new to the district and all students in kindergarten, second grade, fourth grade, seventh grade and tenth grade. These must be done no earlier than September 1 of the prior school year. Students also are able to get a free examination in school if needed. Forms are available on this website.

Mandated Reporting

New York State also mandates biannual reporting of aggregate weight status categories for each school building and in addition, any health related conditions, such as asthma, hypertension or hyperlipidemia. If you do not wish your student’s information included in this report, please notify your school’s Health Office.


Immunization Requirements

New York State law requires immunization records to be complete on all students upon entry to school.


Health Forms

Health exam form for grade K-12 and sports – HA1/HPE5 (BOE7512F) required for students entering grades kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 7th and 10th and all new students (the same form is used for secondary students interested in participating in sports)

Permission to administer medication in school – HM2 (BOE7513F) State Regulation prohibits the administration of any medication without a physician’s order and parent’s written permission. ALL medications must be in the original container

Permission to carry medication to school – HM2B (BOE7513F.2) Please be advised that if your child is going to be carrying their medication to school you must complete this form and send it to your child’s nurse.   

Dental Health Certificates (BOE7512F.1) In accordance with NYS Public Health Amendment A00581 to State Law 2903 effective 9/1/08 students enrolling in kindergarten, second, fourth, seventh and tenth grades are requested to present a dental health certificate. Such dental health certificate must contain a report of a comprehensive dental examination performed on the student. If you have questions about the above request please call Student Services at 881-0600, ext. 68302.

Permission for use of Sunscreen HM2A (BOE 7513F.1) NYS has changed the requirements for sunscreen use in schools. Prior to this school year, sunscreen required a written doctor’s order for use in school. As of this year, students who are self-directed (can apply sunscreen themselves, know why they need sunscreen & understand that they cannot share it with others) are now allowed to carry and use sunscreen with written parent permission on file in the Health Office at school. The doctor’s order requirement remains for those students who are considered non self-directed (who do not meet the above criteria.)

When your child is ill…

WE need your help to reduce the spread of illness in our schools. Please remember to follow these general rules:

Please keep your child home from school until he/she has gone a FULL 24 hours:

  • without a temperature over 100 degrees
  • without any vomiting
  • without diarrhea
  • after starting an antibiotic
  • without red eyes with thick or crusty drainage

We rely heavily on parents’ good judgement about sending their children to school. Please use your best judgement before sending your child to school with:

  • A green runny nose: red and itchy/painful eyes
  • A persistent cough
  • A low grade fever (under 100 but above 99)
  • Any persistent complaints that the child does not feel well
  • A persistent sore throat
  • An open sore that is red or draining

Communicable Diseases

  • Staphylococcus Aureus (S. Aureus) us a bacteria normally found on the skin or in the nose of 20-30% of healthy individuals. When S. aureus is present without causing symptoms, it is called colonization. If symptoms are present, it is called an infection.
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a strain of S. Aureus that is resistant to methicillin, an antibiotic in the same class as penicillin. It is traditionally seen in people who have recently been hospitalized or who have been treated at a health care facility.
  • Community-associated MRSA infections are MRSA infections in health people who have not been hospitalized or have had a medical procedure within the past year. Anyone can get CA-MRSA, however outbreaks have been seen among athletes, prisoners, military recruits, daycare attendees, and other groups of people who live in crowded settings and/or routinely share contaminated items. Poor hygiene habits, such as a lack of handwashing, may spread the bacteria more easily.


School Physician

Shenendehowa appoints a chief school physician annually with the following duties:

  • Performs examinations of school children, as needed
  • Serves as a member on the Committee on Special Education and 504 if requested
  • Develops the program and provides information about school health services
  • Coordinates with school nurses in scheduling for physical examinations of all students participating in interscholastic athletics
  • Provides final medical clearance for a return to physical activity for all students suspected of a mild traumatic brain injury
  • Determines response to potentially contagious diseases identified in conjunction with Public Health
  • Serves as the Emergency Healthcare Provider concerning the District’s Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Program
  • Provides consultation on any other medical issue in which the District needs medical expertise
  • Attends athletic contests as needed.

Athletic Trainer

Shenendehowa employees a full-time, certified athletic trainer to ensure that students receive appropriate care while participating in interscholastic athletics. Duties of the Athletic Trainer include:

  • Prevention of athletic injuries, including assessment of an athlete’s physical readiness to participate
  • Reconditioning to minimize the risk of re­injury and to return the athlete to activity as soon as possible, excluding the reconditioning of neurological injuries, conditions or disease
  • Immediate care of athletic injury
  • Concussion Management
  • Health care administration, including medical record keeping, documentation and reporting of injuries and referral of injured athletes to appropriate authorized health care professionals when indicated
  • Education and counseling of coaches, parents  and athletes

 The Athletic Trainor is Rick Knizek and he is located at High School East, phone at 881-0600 extension 61588.


Wellness Services

Health and wellness issues can affect learning and performance in profound ways and often provide barriers to student success if not addressed. It requires a multi-faceted approach for the purposes of early intervention, crisis intervention and prevention, treatment, and promotion of positive social and emotional development. 

Psychologists – Webpage

Shen psychologists are highly trained and certified in both psychology and education. They provide counseling and develop interventions for students struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems. They assess barriers to learning and determine the best instructional strategies to improve achievement and monitor progress. They evaluate eligibility for special education services and help coordinate community support services. There is a psychologist in every school.

Social workers

Shen has social workers at Arongen and the Middle School complex to work with students with significant emotional and behavioral disorders. Working with the child’s special education team, the primary role is to support students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) access the curriculum. They provide counseling, social skill training and support the communication between school, home, and community-based services. At High School East, the social worker supports general education students who have emotional issues that impact their functioning in school. The social worker provides crisis counseling, short-term counseling and outside resource recommendations to teach students coping skills to enable them to participate in school.

Transition counselor

Located at High School East, the transition counselor helps soon-to-be graduates with IEPs to obtain services to support mental health, daily living, employment and academics. The counselor has two personal therapy dogs that are used as an additional tool for some students to support individual needs.

R U OK? – Text (518)300-4320

The high school has a text messaging hotline that allows students to anonymously discuss situations in which they are concerned about their own safety or the safety of someone else. The text goes to an operator trained to provide advice and recommendations. The service is monitored from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. When closed, the message still goes through, however an automatic reply is sent with emergency information. While the text is anonymous as far as names, the program would be able to find out key information based on the phone number in cases of emergency.

Counselors – Webpage

With counselors in every school, Shen’s program is focused on academic success for every student. Shen counselors serve as student advocates to help ensure that the doors of opportunity are open for every student upon graduating from Shen. They interact with students as often as possible throughout the school year individually, in groups and in classrooms on things such as course selection, post-secondary plans, anti-bullying, study skills, character education, conflict resolution and much more.

Student Empowerment Services – Webpage

In addition to the support services provided by Shen staff, the district is collaborating with Saratoga Center for the Family to offer mental health services (with parental consent) in the school setting, provided by a master-level, licensed clinician. The cost is covered by the family’s health insurance. No family will be turned away due to their lack of health insurance or their inability to pay, a sliding fee and/or financial assistance is available.

This program allows the center’s therapist, school staff and the family to work together to build success in school. It is more convenient for the student and helps to keep the issues from affecti