Health & Safety: Student
Physicals & Immunizations
New York State law requires that students have a physical
exam and have certain immunizations before they can attend
public school. See below for details.
If you have questions about any of the following information,
call or email your school nurse (whose name and contact
information are given on our
School Nurses page).
Student Physical Exams
State law requires that pupils have a physical exam:
- when they enter the district
- when they enter kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 10th
- before participating in interscholastic sports
Here are the forms to print and use:
- School/Sports Health Exam - For your physician to
complete when your child has a physical. (Required.)
- Sports Recertification Form - To be completed within the
30 days before the first day of interscholastic sports
tryouts UNLESS the full medical examination was performed
within those 30 days before the start of tryouts.
- Dental Health Certificate - For your dentist to complete
when your child has a dental check-up. (Not required but
In July 2014, the New York State Department of Health (DOH)
revised immunization requirements for school attendance to be
consistent with recommendations from the Advisory Committee on
Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP is a national group of
medical and public health experts. The new requirements took
effect on July 1, 2014 and were developed to reduce the number
of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles and whooping
cough. No new vaccines are required, but the number of doses
required and the time intervals between doses has changed.
Proof of the following immunizations is required for school
entry in New York State:
- Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Toxoid-- minimum 3
- Polio -- minimum 3 to 4 doses
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella -- 2 doses usually given as
MMR (otherwise, 2 Measles and 1 each of Mumps and Rubella)
Only one dose is required for kindergarteners to enter
school but the second dose must be received by age 7.
- Hepatitis B -- 3 doses
- Varicella minimum 2 dose
Parents should use The School Health Exam (physical) form above
to submit proof of required immunizations, including dates that
immunizations were received and a physician's signature.
Additionally, on entering 6th grade: Since
2007 New York State Public Health Law has required that all
students receive an additional immunization containing tetanus
toxoids, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap).
There are 2 vaccines available: Adacel for people ages 11 -
65 and Boostrix for ages 10 - 18 years.
The key points regarding Tdap Immunizations are:
- Students who are entering 6th grade and are 11 years of
age must receive an immunization of Tdap before the first
day of school in order to start 6th grade.
- Students who will be 10 years old on entering 6th grade
have 2 options: Option 1: vaccinate 10
years olds with Boostrix or Option 2: wait
until student is 11 years of age and then vaccinate with
Adacel. In cases where the 6th grade student turns 11 after
the start of school, documentation from the doctor of the
appointment to receive the vaccine when the student turns 11
should be turned into the middle school nurse by August
- For students who are already 11 years old, but do not
have an appointment for their physical until after the start
of school, documentation from the doctor of the appointment
should be turned into the school by August 15th.
Documentation of the vaccination should be turned into the
school nurse immediately following the appointment.
- If a student received a Td, DT or DTaP vaccination
within the last two years, the student's Tdap vaccination
should be deferred (with rare exceptions) until a period of
two years has elapsed. Documentation from the physician is
Furthermore, all children entering grades 7 and 12 in the 2016-17 school year
and beyond must have the meningococcal
vaccine before they can begin school. [MORE
INFORMATION] The only students who do not need a second
dose before grade 12 are those who got their first dose when
they turned 16. Send proof of meningococcal vaccine to the
school nurse before the start of the school year.