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State issues health advisory regarding virus
The New York State Department of Health has issued
an advisory related to enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness
that has been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York state.
There currently are no confirmed cases involving Albany children.
This virus can cause severe respiratory illness in
children, especially those with asthma and other chronic respiratory
conditions, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
school-age children are most likely to get infected with such
enteroviruses and become ill because they do not yet have immunity
(protection) from previous exposures to these viruses.
According to Department of Health, the EV-D68 virus is transmitted
through close contact with a person who is already infected, or by
touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus and then
touching one’s mouth, nose or eyes. There is no specific treatment or
anti-viral medications available.
Please visit our District News section for more information and
New immunization rules effective July 1
The New York State Health
Department has changed the frequency and type of immunizations that
children must have in order to attend school in 2014-15.
State law requires districts to deny admitting
children to school if their family cannot prove they received or are in
the process of receiving required immunizations against diseases
including polio, pertussis and measles.
Click the highlighted text for a complete list of the
state immunization requirements.
According to the Health Department, the rules were
changed to make state immunization requirements consistent with the most
current childhood and adolescent immunization recommendations made by
the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
ACIP is a group of medical and public health experts that develop
recommendations on how to use vaccines to control diseases in the United
School Community Wellness
The City School District of Albany
is committed to providing school environments that
promote and protect children’s health, well-being
and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating
and physical activity.
The district formed a Wellness Committee represented
by administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents
and community members. That committee reviewed
existing programs and practices, identified needs
and established goals that would promote a healthy
school community. Those goals are reflected in the
district's Wellness Policy.
School Health Services
School Health Services
personnel care for the emotional as well as the physical needs of all
children in the City School District of Albany. Parents and guardians
should contact the nurse in their child's school if they have concerns
or to report any changes in the health status of their child.
health-related links and information for parents are listed below.
Health Registration form. All students are required to have on
file a Health History Registration form, which is typically
completed during student registration.
Requirement for physicals
Dental certificates. Poor dental health can
cause pain, lead to significant life-long health problems and be a
barrier to academic achievement.
New York State
law requires school districts to request dental certificates for
students when they enter school and in grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10. Please
follow this link to
download a form that you can bring to your child’s dental care
provider to be completed. The dental assessment may be completed
during or 12 months prior to the school year in which it is
required. Please return the completed form to your school
nurse. If you have questions or do not have a dental care
provider for your child, please contact the school nurse for
Medications in school
Medical excuses from physical education
screening is provided for new entrants and students in grades K-3,
5, 7 and 10. A hearing screening is provided for new entrants and
students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10. Parents and guardians will
be notified only if a problem is identified.
Height, weight and
body mass index screening.
New York state law requires school districts to measure the height,
weight, body mass index (BMI), and determine weight status
categories for students when they enter school and in grades K, 2,
4, 7 and 10. The purpose of this screening is to detect previously
undiagnosed health problems related to growth and development that
may, by early intervention, be more readily corrected. School
districts also are required to take part in a survey by the New York
State Department of Health. Districts will report information about
weight status categories gathered from private physicals or school
screenings. Only summary information is included in the
survey. No names or identifying information about individual
students is shared. Information on any child whose
parent/guardian has objected to the survey will be excluded from the
reported survey data.
law requires that public schools, day care providers and nursery
schools "obtain evidence" of lead screening for all children under
6. Please follow
this link for information on lead exposure and poisoning. If you
have any questions, contact your child’s school nurse.
Emergency contact information
the responsibility of the parent or guardian to inform the school of
any contagious diseases, changes in health status or unusual health
concerns that a child may have. With this information, we are better
able to meet the health and safety needs of your child.
Health Information and Alerts
A flu guide for parents
from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New York State Smokers'
Quitline -- If you smoke, and are thinking about quitting, talk
to your doctor, or call the New York State Smokers’ Quitline at
1-866-697-8487 or visit
www.nysmokefree.com for free help. The New York State Smokers’
Quitline is free and confidential service that provides effective
stop-smoking services to New Yorkers who want to stop smoking. The
A free two-week nicotine
replacement therapy starter kit.
Telephone counseling in English and Spanish (translations
through Language Line; services are available for additional
A 24/7 personal online quit coach.
A listing of referrals to local stop-smoking programs.