SSS

Student Support Services

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:

Revised Immunization Guidelines for Schools (pdf icon329KB)- 5/13/14

Blood Borne Pathogens in Classrooms - 3/25/14 (pdf icon 199KB)

Immunization Regulation Revisions - 3/5/14 (pdf 141KB)

Commissioner’s Student Health and Safety Conference for Nonpublic Schools - 11/4/13 Recap (pdf 11.82 KB)

Parent/Guardian Notifications Regarding Student Illness or Injury (pdf 28.64 KB)

School Health Examination Guidelines - September 2013 (pdf 176.44 KB)

Updates to Dental Health Certificates (Word document 47.0 KB) - EL Article 19, Section 903 was revised to include registered dental hygienists, along with dentists, as the professionals who are permitted to complete a dental health certificate

Updated Concussion Management Guidelines, based on the Concussion Management and Awareness Act effective July 1, 2012 (pdf 222.93 KB)

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

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 47.0 KB)

List of dentists who provide free or reduced cost screeningexternal link For questions related to available dentists please call the New York State Dental Foundation at 518-465-0044.

FERPA

Family Education Rights & Privacy Act - Federal LawExternal Link

Relating to ImmunizationExternal link

Guidelines

Updated 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.

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

Administration of Medication in the School Setting Guidelines - Updated April 2002External Link

Sample Health Certificate/Appraisal Form (pdf 87.33 KB)

Health Services for Pupils Attending Nonpublic Schools

Hearing Screening Guidelines 2008External Link

Vision Screening Guidelines 2011 (pdf 212.46 KB)

Respiratory protection/N 95 requirement update (pdf 11.14 KB)

Caring for Students With Life Threatening Allergies (PDF File 2.34 MB)

School Scoliosis Screening Guidelines (pdf 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 (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.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

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

Immunizations

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

Refugee Immunization Guidelines (pdf 64.04 KB)

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

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

Laws and Regulations

Medical & Health Service- Article 19

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

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 124 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 - Memo (Feb 27, 2001)external link icon

Ritalin

Training of Unlicensed Individuals in the Injection of Glucagon in Emergency Situations - Memo (March 2004)External Link

Use of Epinephrine Auto-Injector Devices in the School Setting

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

Nurses

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)External Link

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

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

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

Visit the School Health Services Center WebsiteExternal Link for the most comprehensive guidance materials.

Last Updated: June 13, 2014