Patchogue-Medford Schools recognizes that good student health is vital to successful learning and recognizes its responsibility with parents and guardians to protect and foster a safe and healthful environment for the students.
Prior to entering or being admitted to school, children must receive immunizations for diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib), pertussis, tetanus, pneumococcal disease (for children born on or after January 2008) and varicella. Parents must provide acceptable proof that the student has received all vaccines in accordance with law and regulations. A child will not be admitted to school or allowed to attend school for more than 14 days without an appropriate immunization certificate or acceptable evidence of immunization. Information about required immunizations can be found under "Immunizations". Contact your building nurse with questions.
In order to enroll in school, a student must submit a health certificate within 30 days after entering either pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, and upon entering first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth and eleventh grades. Physical examinations must be conducted no more than 12 months before the first day of the school year in question. Parents should consult the school nurse with questions. The Physical Examination Form can be found under "forms". Both sides of the form must be completed.
In addition to a physical examination, students will be asked to provide a dental health certificate when they enroll in school in accordance with the same schedule as the health certificate (first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth and eleventh grades), and examination and health history of any student may be required by school authorities at any time at their discretion to promote the educational interests of such student. The Dental Health Certificate can be found under "forms".
Absences Due to Illness
At times it may be necessary for your child to miss school due to illness. Please see the Absence for Sickness letter below for guidelines regarding school absence because of illness. If your child is absent or late for school, please call the school Attendance Office. Please use the Attendance Office Phone Numbers link at the left for your school attendance office phone number.
Administering Medication to Students
The administration of prescribed medication to a student during school hours shall be permitted only when failure to take such medicine would jeopardize the health of the student, or the student would not be able to attend school if the medicine were not made available to him/her during school hours. Before any medication may be administered to or by a student during school hours, the following must be completed:
An Authorization for Administration of Medication form signed by the parent/guardian and health care provider must be on file in the office of the school nurse.
In the event that a student requests permission to administer his/her own medication, a Request for Self-Administration of Medication or a Request for Self-Administration of Medication on a Field Trip form must be complete and on file in the office of the school nurse. Click the Independent Carry and Use of Medications by Student link on the left under Health Services for more information and the required forms.
The school will work with student's families to provide detection and preventive health services. In accordance with law, the school will provide vision, hearing, and scoliosis screening. Health problems will be referred to the parent(s)/guardian(s), who are encouraged to have their family physician provide appropriate care. Please see the Screening Letter to Parents below
Weight Status Category (BMI Opt-Out)
The State of New York may authorize and require the collection of height and weight data from health certificates in order to track and understand health care issues that affect children. Patchogue-Medford supports these efforts, reporting information about our student's weight status groups, without sending individual names or information, when requested by the New York State Department of Health. However, parents may choose to have their children's data excluded from the reporting of this information. Parents who choose to opt-out of reporting may complete the Weight Status Category (BMI Opt-Out) form (under "forms) and return it to the Health Office in their school.
Health Office Staff
Contact the building nurse with specific questions pertaining to your child. Click the Nurses link on the left for contact information.