Health & Safety
New York state law requires students entering pre-k or kindergarten, grades 2, 4, 7, 10 and new entrants to the school district to have a physical examination upon entering school. This exam must be provided to school within 30 days of entry into school or the grade levels indicated above.
We recommend that this exam be made by your family health care provider who knows your child best. For your convenience, we are enclosing a physical form. If your child has had a physical exam any time within the 12 months prior to the start of the school year, please ask your health care provider to complete the form and send a copy of the physical exam to us. Please note that your child’s body mass index (BMI) and percentile must be recorded on the physical exam.
Also, students entering pre-k, k, grades 2, 4, and new entrants to the school are now required to have a comprehensive dental exam and provide a dental health certificate to the school. Students may attend school even if a dental certificate is not provided to the school. Please feel free to contact the school nurse if you would like a list of dentists who may provide reduced cost dental services.
Our school physician will be conducting physical exams during the 2015-2016 school year. If we do not hear from you that your child will see his/her own family health care provider by October 1, 2015, it will be assumed that you have no objection to this exam being completed in school. We will schedule your child for a physical exam by our school physician. There is no charge if the school physician conducts the physical exam. The physical exam consists of a review of systems (checking heart, lungs, ears, nose, throat, etc.). We will make every effort to make this a positive experience for each student.
New York State Law requires students to have a number of vaccines in order to enter school.
New York BMI School Survey
As part of a required school health exam, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or ‘BMI.’ The BMI helps the doctor or nurse know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range, or is too high or too low. Recent changes to New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health exam. Our school district has been selected to take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health. We will be reporting information about the weight status groups for students who were in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and in grades 2, 4, 7 and 10 during the 2014-2015 school year (this year’s Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th and 11th graders). Only summary information will be sent. No names and no information about individual students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child‘s information excluded from this survey report.
If your child is in one of the grades which will have BMI information reported on the state survey, and you DO NOT wish to have your child’s weight status group information included in the survey, you are asked to submit a letter to the school nurse stating this. Please contact your school nurse for more information.
For more information on BMI and healthy weights:
Medicine in School
In order for students to take medicine in school, the district must have written permission from a doctor, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner, written parent permission, and the medicine in the original container.
The district is not able to give or allow children to have cough drops, Tylenol, cough syrup, etc., at school without written permission from the doctor and parent. Learn More
- Physician & Parent Authorization For Administration of Medication In School (Fillable PDF)
- Medication Administration at School Sponsored Events (Fillable PDF)
- Self-Administration of Medication (Fillable PDF)
If your child has signs of contagious illness, it may be a good idea to keep him or her home for the day, in order to recover and to avoid spreading the illness to classmates. Contagious illnesses include:
- Frequent cough
- Yellow discharge from the eye or ear
- Lack of sleep
The Salmon River School District and our district nurses are currently working with the Franklin County Public Health Department to schedule appropriate flu clinics as they become available. Please continue to check this website for more information.
What 3 simple things can you do to protect yourself from H1N1?
- Wash your hands.
- Cover your mouth when you cough by using your elbow.
- Stay home if you are sick or keep students home if they are ill.
District Nursing Staff
Salmon River Elementary
Melanie Stowell-Cunningham, RN
(518) 358-6673, ext. 6673
Junior & Senior High
Gisele Hance, RN
(518) 358-6625, Ext. 6625
St. Regis Mohawk School
Tanya Lockwood, RN
St Regis Mohawk School-Based Health Center
Please provide us with updated telephone numbers where we can reach you if your child becomes ill or injured.
Additional Links & Information
The following resources are external links, unless otherwise noted.
- Centers for Disease Control
- District Safety Plan (PDF)
- New York Statewide School Health Services Center
- Wellness Policy (PDF)
- Physical Exam Form (Fillable PDF)
- Pre-participation/Interval Athletic Health History (Fillable PDF)
Helpful Flu & Sickness Resources
The following resources are links to external sites.