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Health services and school nurses are an integral part of the school, ensuring the health and safety of students and staff. The health needs of students today have increased in scope and complexity. The information on this page is intended to assist health professionals and schools in providing health services in the school setting.

Please see the NYS Center for School Healthexternal link icon for a multitude of resources related to school health.

Updates and New Information:

Measles Guidance from NYSDOH and NYSED pdf icon - October 22, 2018

New York State Guide for Asthma Managment in Schools (pdf icon 10 MB) - September 5, 2018

New NYS School Health Examination Form Implementation Year (pdf 82 KB) - August 23 2018

Mental Health Education in Schools   access resources for pupil personnel services staff to utilize in assist health educators in supporting a comprehensive approach to mental health well-being in NYS schools. - July 2018

Research has shown that the quality of the school climate may be the single most predictive factor in any school’s capacity to promote student achievement.  When young people are learn about mental health, the likelihood increases they will be able to effectively recognize signs and symptoms in themselves and others and will know where to turn for help. Access resources for all school staff to assist in supporting a comprehensive approach to mental health well-being in NYS schools.

Tick and Tick-Borne Disease: Education in Schools - May 22, 2018

Updated Immunization Guidelines - May 2018 (pdf 332 KB)

Updated Recommended Sample Dental Certificate - May 2018 (Word File 28 KB)

Updated School Health Examination Guidelines - May 2018 (pdf 676 KB)

Required NYS School Health Examination Form (pdf 976 KB) - May 2018

Sample Recommended NYSED Interval Health History for Athletics (pdf 928 KB) - May 2018

Feminine Hygiene Products in Schools (pdf 118 KB) - April 2018

Updated Hearing Screening Guidelines - May, 2018 (pdf 272 KB)

Updated School Scoliosis Screening Guidelines - May, 2018 (pdf 236 KB) 

Updated Vision Screening Guidelines - May 2018 (pdf 249 KB)

New York State Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Educational Resource - April 2018


Index for School Health Services

Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED)

Dental Certificates

FERPA

Guidelines

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Immunizations

Laws and Regulations

Medicaid

Medications

Nonpublic Schools

Nurses














Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED)

All you ever wanted to know about AEDs

Dental Certificates

Clarifying Information on Dental Certificates for Students Entering School: Effective September 1, 2008

Education Law Section 903

Letter to Administrators

Recommended Sample Dental Certificate (Word File 28 KB)

List of dental providers offering free or reduced care

FERPA

Family Education Rights & Privacy Act - Federal LawExternal Link

FERPA and ImmunizationsExternal link

Guidelines

NEW Athletic Placement Process (pdf icon  766 KB) Updated December 2017

Blood Borne Pathogens in Classrooms (pdf icon 199KB)

Caring for Students With Life Threatening Allergies (PDF File 2.34 MB) This document predates laws regarding the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors.  Please see the Guidelines for Medication Management in Schools for the most up to date information on administering this medication.

Concussion Management Guidelines (pdf 545 KB, updated June 2018), based on the Concussion Management and Awareness Act effective July 1, 2012

Guidelines for Medication Management in Schools, Revised December, 2017 (pdf 729 KB)

Guidelines for Supporting Toilet Learning - March 2016 (pdf image 53 KB)

Hearing Screening Guidelines - Updated May, 2018 (pdf 272 KB)

Information Regarding Sports Physicals - December 2000 (pdf 99 KB)

Information Regarding the Use of Sunscreen (pdf 479.20 KB)

  • FDA Approved Sunscreen Drug Productsexternal link icon
  • FDA Approved Sunscreen Labelingexternal link icon
  • In cases where a student does not understand what sunscreen is used for, or is incapable of asking for assistance applying sunscreen, New York Law requires that a licensed health care practitioner (such as a nurse) apply sunscreen on the student pursuant to a medical provider order.

Parent/Guardian Notifications Regarding Student Illness or Injury (pdf icon 29 KB)

REVISED Memorandum for Use of Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers in Schools (pdf 59.24 KB)

School Health Examination Guidelines - May 2018 (pdf 676 KB)

Required NYS School Health Examination Form (pdf 976 KB) - May 2018

Sample Recommended NYSED Interval Health History for Athletics (pdf 1 MB) - May 2018

School Scoliosis Screening Guidelines - Updated May, 2018 (pdf 236 KB) 

Vision Screening Guidelines - Updated May 2018 (pdf 249 KB)

A joint Health Advisory (PDF File 66.82 KB) on MRSA by the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health on MRSA and resources for schools.

SED and DOH joint memo on Measles (pdf icon 297KB) - 2/9/15

Educational Services for Recently Arrived Unaccompanied Children pdf icon (258KB) - 9/10/14

Influenza Guidance - February 2018

Guidelines for Medication Management in Schools, Revised December, 2017 (pdf 729 KB)

Resources for Schools on Trauma-Informed Care and Youth Witnessing a Suicide - January 2017 (pdf 273 KB)

Tuberculosis Tests and School Enrollment - January 2017 (pdf 263 KB )

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Joint Guidance on the Application of the (FERPA) And (HIPAA) To Student Health RecordsExternal link

Immunizations

Updated Immunization Guidelines - May 2018 (pdf 332 KB)

Memo Regarding Immunization Certificates for High School Graduates, 11/17/2011 (pdf 41.11 KB)

Refugee Immunization Guidelines (pdf 64.04 KB)

New Provisions of Law Concerning the Administration of Immunizations & Anaphylactic Agents by Registered Professional Nurses Utilizing Non-Patient Specific Orders & Protocols (February 27, 2001) (PDF File 79.94 KB)

New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance

School District Procedures for Implementing Requests for Religious Exemption to Immunization. In order to encourage more consistent implementation of religious exemption requests in school districts throughout the State, SED has collaborated with the Department of Health and statewide educational, health, and labor organizations to develop three documents:

Informational Immunization Materials for Parents

Clarification about Administering Immunizations and Anaphylactic Agents by Registered Professional Nurses using Non-Patient Specific Orders & Protocols (October 3, 2001) (PDF File 79.94 KB)

Laws and Regulations

Medical & Health Service- Article 19

Commissioner's Regulations CR 136.1external link icon - Definitions of School Health Services and Personnel

Commissioner's Regulations CR 136.2external link icon - Duties of Schools to Provide Health Services

Commissioner's Regulations CR 136.3external link icon - School Health Services to be Provided (see above update)

Commissioner's Regulations CR 136.4 - On Site Cardiac Automated Defibrillators

Commissioner's Regulations CR 136.5 - Concussion Management and Awareness

Commissioner's Regulations CR 136.6external link icon - Authorized Use of Epinephrine Auto-Injector

Commissioner's Regulations CR 136.7 - Self-administration of Certain Medications by Students

Commissioner's Regulations CR 136.8 - Opioid Overdose Prevention

Clarification of Student Pregnancy and Confidentiality

Medicaid

Medicaid in Education Provider Policy and Billing Handbookexternal link

Medicaid in Educationexternal link

Medicaid in Education News and Announcementsexternal link

Medications

Clarification on Insulin Pumps (pdf 27.53 KB)

Clarification on Medication Storage in Schools (pdf 9.68 KB)

New Policy for Stocking Albuterol Metered Dose Inhalers (MDIs) (pdf 33.50 KB)

Memo Regarding the NYSDOH Opioid Overdose Prevention Program (pdf 146 KB)

Blood Glucose Monitoring - EMSC School Executive's Bulletin (January 2001) (pdf 197.14 KB)

Clarification about Administering Immunizations and Anaphylactic Agents by Registered Professional Nurses using Non-Patient Specific Orders & Protocols (October 3, 2001) (PDF File 79.94 KB)

New Provisions of Law Concerning the Administration of Immunizations & Anaphylactic Agents by Registered Professional Nurses Utilizing Non-Patient Specific Orders & Protocols (February 27, 2001) (PDF File 79.94 KB)

Ritalin

Training of Unlicensed Individuals in the Injection of Glucagon in Emergency Situations - Memo (March 2004) (pdf 112 KB)

Administration of Medications to Students During School-Sponsored Events by Parent/Guardian Designee (pdf 21.03 KB)

Guidelines for Medication Management in Schools, Revised December, 2017 (pdf 729 KB)

Nonpublic Schools

Health Services for Pupils Attending Nonpublic Schools

Nurses

January 2007 Memo Regarding Vagal Nerve Magnet Stimulators

Provision of Nursing Tasks and Health-Related Activities in Approved Preschool Special Education Settings for Children with Disabilities, Ages Three and Four Years

Non-patient Specific Orders

Medication Administration by Unlicensed Persons

Board of Nursing (Office of Professions)

Provision of Nursing Tasks & Health-Related Activities in the School Setting for Students with Special Health Care Needs (March 1995) (pdf836 KB)

Questions & Answers on The Provision of Nursing Tasks & Health-Related Activities in the School Setting for Students with Special Health Care Needs (March 1998) (pdf692 KB)

Use of Licensed Practical Nurses and the Term “School Nurse” in School Settings

District Responsibilities in Hiring Self Employed Nurses (pdf 7.76 KB)

Substance Abuse

Resources to Combat Substance Abuse Among School-Aged Children, including Educational Resource Flash Drive Toolkit Available Free to Schools - April 2018

Multi-Agency Commissioner's Letter Regarding Substance Abuse Prevention Resources - June 2016 (pdf 502 KB)

Expanded resources for Opioid Overdose Prevention are available on the NYS Center for School Health Website.external link icon  Go to the A-Z Index and click on O for the Opioid Toolkit Page.

Last Updated: October 22, 2018