New students to Lancaster Schools are required by New York State to have a physical upon entry to school in September. Physicals are valid for a period of 12 months through the last day of the month in which the physical was conducted. Physicals will be given in school to those students who do not fulfill these requirements.
**REGULATIONS FOR 2019/2020**
5TH Grade Physicals: New York State Education Law requires that a physical be done on all students entering 5th grade in the fall. A current physical is one that is dated within one year of the first day of school (Sept. 3, 2019). Physical forms must be turned in by October 1st. If you have a scheduled appointment with your physician during the months of October, November or December, please have the physicians office mail/fax confirmations of such appointment to the William Street Health Office. If a physical is not submitted, the school physician will give the student a physical in school in November.
Faxes should be sent to (716) 686-3822.
ATTENTION GRADE 6 PARENTS…
New York State Education Law requires that a physical be done on all new registrants and at specific intervals, grades 1, 3, 5, and 7. This physical needs to be turned in to the Middle school nurse no later than October 1, 2020. According to state law, all children that have not been examined by their private physician will have a complete physical exam done by the school physician.
In addition, to be eligible to participate in the interscholastic sports program at the Middle School, all students must have a current physical on file in the health office prior to the start of the season. Physicals are valid for a period of 12 months through the last day of the month in which the physical was conducted. No student will be allowed to try out for any sport without a valid physical on file – no exceptions.
All physicals, including sports mandated or working paper physicals MAY be done by your child’s private physician.
New York State Public Health Law section 2164 now requires all students entering 7th and 12th grades on or after September 1, 2016 to receive an adequate dose or doses of vaccine against meningococcal disease.
New York State Required Immunizations
According to new New York State Public Health Laws, all students entering 6th grade need to have:
- 2 (two) doses of the Varicella vaccine or proof of having had the disease;
- 3 - 5 doses of the Polio vaccine given at appropriate time and intervals; and the
- Tdap immunization. Tdap is a vaccine for students once they reach their 11th birthday. It protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Students who are not yet 11 years old will be flagged and tracked throughout the year. Your child will be expected to have this immunization within 14 days of his/her birthday.
The only two exemptions from these requirements are either:
- A medical exemption written by a physician (needs to be renewed yearly)
- A statement of religious exemption written by the parents/guardian of the student which must be approved by the superintendent of schools.
Please provide documentation of date of immunization or provide proof from the physician’s office of an appointment scheduled to receive them.
Without proper documentation of immunization or verification of upcoming appointment date form your health care provider, your child may be excluded from school until he/she is in compliance.
Thank you for your attention to this very important matter. Please contact the Health Office at 686-3807 with any questions.
This is the health examination form to be completed by your physician although any physician's office form is also acceptable.