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.

When your child is ill…

It is imperative that parents/guardians screen each student for symptoms before boarding a bus or attending school. Any student reporting any one COVID symptom must follow Shenendehowa’s return to school protocol. Documentation receipt must be confirmed by your school nurse before student boards a bus or enters the school. 

Possible COVID symptoms triggering our return to school protocol are:

  • Fever
  • Cough/shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue/tired
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell

In addition to providing documentation needed as stated in the return to school protocol, 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

Household Members Getting Tested for COVID-19

If any member of your household is awaiting COVID test results for the above symptoms, your unvaccinated student cannot attend school while results are pending.  Please notify the attendance or health office.  Your student may attend school once you are notified of a negative result.  This does not apply to vaccinated students.  Vaccinated students may attend school if a household member is awaiting test results.

    Isolation or Quarantine Instructions Due to COVID-19

    Please visit the Saratoga County Public Health website for information on isolation and/or Quarantine due to close contact or testing positive to COVID.

    Health Forms

    Health exam form for grade K-12 and sports – HA1/HPE5 (BOE7512F) required for students entering certain grades 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 certain 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.)


    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, third, fifth, seventh & eleventh graders are screened for distance, near vision & hearing.

    Scoliosis Screening

    Scoliosis screening is mandated for all girls in grades 5 and 7 and boys in ninth grade. 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, first grade, third grade, fifth grade, seventh grade, ninth grade and eleventh 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.

    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.