The Schuylerville Middle & High School Health Offices coordinate many different services, including arranging physicals, dispensing medications, and providing health-related counseling and on-site health screenings.
All student visits are documented. Parents/guardian are welcome to call the Student Health Services if they would like information regarding their child’s visits. Also, if we have concerns regarding a child’s health, we’ll give parents a call.
Emergency Health Contact Forms
Emergency contact forms are given out at the beginning of each school year. It’s very important that parents complete this form and return it to the health office as soon as possible. Please be sure to list more than one contact person; this is very important in the event of an emergency involving your child. When there are changes in your child’s health or changes in contact names and phone numbers, please call the health office so the information can be updated in the school’s records.
Physicals are required for all students in grades 7 and 10, any new student entering the district, and for students who are participating in sports. Physicals also are required for those newly referred to CSE (special education) services and for students who are having triennial CSE reviews.
Physicals can be done by the school physician (Dr. Robert Neilson) or by your child’s regular physician. If physicals are done in school, any health problems that do not fall within normal limits will be reported to parents/guardians.
If the physical is done outside of school, the parent will need to provide the Health Office with a copy of the physical form.
By law, physicals must be done by a New York State physician within 90 days of a student entering school.
Sports-Related and Physical Education Information
Sports physicals done by personal doctors must be reviewed by the school physician. Completed physical forms for physicals done outside school must be turned in to the Health Office in a timely manner to avoid delays in sports participation.
If your child has a medical excuse that prevents him/her from participating in interscholastic sports for five or more days, he/she must be reevaluated and cleared for participation by the school physician before returning to the athletic program.
Regular physical education class participation is expected. However, if your child needs to be excused for medical reasons, a note from the personal physician or a one-day parent excuse should be given to the Health Office.
For information about state immunization requirements, please click here.
Schuylerville Middle and High School students are screened every year for vision problems. Hearing screenings are given to every student in grades 7 and 10, and also to students in special education programs. The scoliosis screening is done for students age 16 and younger.
If any abnormalities are found, you will receive notification and a referral form to take to your child’s physician. Please request that this referral form be completed once the doctor has tested your child. The form should be returned to the High School Health Office.
Medications in School
Any medication that has to be taken by a student during school hours or during school activities, even if it’s over-the-counter medication (non-prescription) requires a doctor’s order and written permission from a parent.
All medications must be brought to school in the original containers. The instructions on the label for administering the medication must match the written instructions provided by the child’s physician. Medications cannot be dispensed unless the two sets of instructions match. Problems with this policy can often be solved with a phone call to your child’s physician.
If your child needs to take medication during a field trip, please try to provide an extra labeled container (empty). These containers are typically available from your pharmacist.
Any medications that may be needed while participating in interscholastic sports, such as those for bee stings or asthma, must be given to the health office prior to the sports season. Unless your child has an order to keep this medication on him/her, the coach will keep the medication in a first aid kit. Please be sure to inform the health office of any changes in your child’s medication.
The Health Office staff is available to help families numerous ways—from obtaining needed eyeglasses and other health-related item to providing holiday gift through the district’s Sharing and Caring Program.
We also can assist you in obtaining health insurance for your child. Free or low-cost health insurance is available for most uninsured children under age 19 living in New York State. Two programs are available—Medicaid and Child Health Plus. Your child may be eligible regardless of how much your family earns or your child’s immigration status.
Please call the Health Office for more information on these insurance programs or to obtain the necessary forms.