School Health Services
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.
Updates and New Information:
Updated Information Regarding the Use of Sunscreen ( 479.20 KB)
- FDA Approved Sunscreen Drug Products
- FDA Approved Sunscreen Labeling
- 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.
- Mandatory training for school nurses, certified athletic trainers, physical education teachers, and coaches
Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED)
Clarifying Information on Dental Certificates for Students Entering School: Effective September 1, 2008
Recommended Sample Dental Certificate ( 47.0 KB)
List of dentists who provide free or reduced cost screening For questions related to available dentists please call the New York State Dental Foundation at 518-465-0044.
Health Appraisal Guidelines - Please see Commissioner's Regulations 136 for updated health appraisal grade requirements, BMI and dental certificates.
Vision Screening Guidelines 2011 ( 212.46 KB)
Respiratory protection/N 95 requirement update ( 11.14 KB)
Regulation 136.3 update ( 7.08 KB) - hyperopia screening mandate removed
School Scoliosis Screening Guidelines ( 58.92 KB)
NOTE: The Commissioner's Regulations, dated September 29, 2005, reflect the following changes:
Education Law, Article 19, Section 905 and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Sections 136.1 and 136.3, require the director of school health services of each school district in this state, or their designated health professional, to provide school health services, conduct screening examinations of vision, hearing, and scoliosis of all students - scoliosis screening must be done at least once in each school year for all students in grades 5 through 9. The regulations define what is meant by scoliosis screening and require that such screening be provided by persons with appropriate training. Both law and regulation permit parents a religious exemption from scoliosis screening for their child.
Please refer to the Commissioner's Regulations for other applicable information.
A joint Health Advisory ( 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.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Refugee Immunization Guidelines ( 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) ( 79.94 KB)
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:
- School-based Vaccination Clinics - Guidance for Schools ( 48.04 KB)
- Appendix A: Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) For use of a School or School District Setting for Immunization of Persons ( 53.88 KB)
- Appendix C: Sample Letter To Parents, Vaccine Consent ( 82.72 KB)
School-Based Vaccination Clinics
Laws and Regulations
Commissioner's Regulations CR 136.1 - Definitions of School Health Services and Personnel
Commissioner's Regulations CR 136.2 - Duties of Schools to Provide Health Services
Commissioner's Regulations CR 136.3 - 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
MedicationsMemo Regarding the NYSDOH Opioid Overdose Prevention Program ( 11.79 KB)
New Provisions of Law Concerning the Administration of Immunizations & Anaphylactic Agents by Registered Professional Nurses Utilizing Non-Patient Specific Orders & Protocols - Memo (Feb 27, 2001) ( 4.62 MB)
Visit the School Health Services Center Website for the most comprehensive guidance materials.