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Health Services

Suzanne McCarthy

Health Coordinator

(518) 475-6730

FAX (518) 475-6731


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 helpful resources.


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 new 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 States. (MORE)


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.


Important 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.

  • Immunization requirements

  • 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 assistance.

  • Medications in school

  • Medical excuses from physical education

  • Screenings. Vision 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.

  • Lead poisoning information. Public health 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

  • Health concerns. It is 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.

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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 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 Quitline offers:

    • A free two-week nicotine replacement therapy starter kit.

    • Telephone counseling in English and Spanish (translations through Language Line; services are available for additional languages).

    • A 24/7 personal online quit coach.

    • A listing of referrals to local stop-smoking programs.

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