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Flu season reminders
With flu season here, the City School District of
Albany is taking extra precautions to provide healthy environments for
students and staff. Please see
this message from Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams regarding these
safety measures, as well as helpful reminders for staying healthy during
Immunization updates for the 2016-17 school
The New York State Health
Department has provided updates about required immunizations for the
2016-17 school year. State law requires school 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.
Polio and varicella vaccines
The polio and varicella rollout continues for the 2016-17 school year.
Students in kindergarten and grades, 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8
are required to have received four doses of polio vaccine
unless the third dose was received on or after 4 years of age. If a
student received the fourth dose of polio vaccine before Aug. 7,
2010, and the four doses were spaced at least 28 days apart, then
that student would not need an additional dose of polio vaccine.
Students in kindergarten and grades 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8
will be required to have received two doses of varicella vaccine.
For students in prekindergarten, the number of
vaccine doses is not changing, but for polio the intervals between
the doses must be in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
catch-up schedule in the 2016-17 school year.
Students in grades 9-12 are grandfathered
and only have to meet the requirements of the regulations that were
in effect before July 1, 2014: Three diphtheria toxoid-containing
vaccine (DTaP, DT, Td, Tdap); three doses of polio vaccine; three
doses of hepatitis B vaccine; two doses of measles-containing
vaccine (MMR); one dose of mumps-containing vaccine; one dose of
rubella-containing vaccine; one dose of varicella vaccine and a
booster dose of Tdap (if a dose of Tdap was not previously received
at 7 years of age or older).
The intervals between the doses of vaccine do not need to be
reviewed, except for the two doses of measles-containing
vaccine. The intervals between the two doses must be at least 28
days. The four-day grace period can be applied to the minimum
interval of 28 days for doses that already have been received.
As of Sept. 1, 2016, all New York state students
entering grades 7-12 in public and private schools must be fully
vaccinated against meningococcal disease types A, C, W and Y in order to
The meningococcal vaccine protects against serious and
sometimes deadly diseases such as meningitis (an infection of the lining
of the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (blood infections). That's why
the vaccine is sometimes called the meningitis vaccine.
The vaccine is administered as a shot.
Before school this September:
One dose of meningococcal vaccine is required
before seventh grade. If your child had the first dose as a
sixth-grader, then another dose is not required until 12th grade.
Two doses will be required before 12th grade. Most
students entering 12th grade got their first dose when they were
younger and are now due for their second dose, or booster. This
booster is needed because protection from the vaccine decreases over
time. A small number of teens who received two doses before their
16th birthday may need a third dose on or after their 16th birthday
in order to enter 12th grade.
The only teens who will not need a second dose
before 12th grade are those who got their first dose on or after
their 16th birthday.
visit the New York State Department of Health website for more
information about school requirements for the meningococcal vaccine. The
site also has much more information about
vaccines and immunizations.
It's best to check with your doctor to see whether or
not your child needs a vaccine. Students who are not up-to-date will not
be allowed to attend school until they are vaccinated.
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.