Student Support Services

School Health Examinations in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: May 11, 2021

To: BOCES District Superintendents, Superintendents of Public School Districts, Principals of Public Schools, Charter School Leaders
From: Kathleen R. DeCataldo
Subject: School Health Examinations in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department is extending the timeframe for students to provide a health examination for school attendance for the 2020-2021 school year. Effective May 11, 2021 the Board of Regents approved emergency action to amend Commissioner’s Regulations 136.3(b) and (c) for the 2020-2021 school year permitting a student who is unable to obtain a health examination in the required grade due to the COVID19 crisis to have until September 1, 2021 to provide the required health examination to the school.

We encourage schools to communicate this revised timeframe to parents/guardians. Such communication should inform the parent/guardian that the school district’s director of school health services (a.k.a. medical director) will complete a health examination at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year for students who do not provide a health examination certificate from a private healthcare provider for the 2020-2021 school year by September 1, 2021.

To assist schools in completing additional health examinations, medical directors may choose to postpone completing health examinations until after December 31, 2021 for students who do not provide a health certificate for the 2021-2022 school year.
Please contact the Office of Student Support Services if you have questions by email at or at 518-486-6090.

Last Updated: May 20, 2021