Health Services

  • 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.

    Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for 12th Grade

    Beginning on September 1, 2016, New York State Public Health Law requires that all 12th grade students have proof of receiving a Meningococcal Vaccine in order to attend school.  Students entering Grade 12 in 2017 must have either:

    • 2 doses of Meningococcal Vaccine with the booster dose given on or after age 16,  or
    • 1 dose if the first dose was given on or after age 16.
    The Meningitis B vaccine does not fulfill this requirement.

    According to NYS Public Health Law, students will be excluded from school if immunizations are not up to date.  If you have not already done so, please send the school nurse proof of immunization, or proof of an appointment to be immunized.

    Proof of immunization must be one of the items listed below:

    • An immunization certificate signed by your health care provider
    • Immunization Registry report from you health care provider or your county health department.

    OR:  An appointment card from the student's Health Care Provider stating the date and time of the scheduled immunization appointment.
    Click on the link at the bottom of this page, "Meningococcal Vaccine Letter," for more information.
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    Nuevo  Requisito para la vacuna contra el meningococo 12 grado
    Haga clic en el enlace situado en la parte inferior de esta pagina, "Meningococcal Vaccine Required Letter - Spanish" par obtener mas informacion.
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    Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for 7th Grade

     Meningococcal Vaccine (MenA, C, W, Y) is required for 7th Grade attendance.

    According to NYS Public Health Law students will be excluded from school if all immunizations are not up to date. If you haven't already done so, please send the school nurse proof of immunization, or proof of an appointment to be immunized,  

    NYS Law requires students  will not be permitted to attend school without proof of the Meningococcal immunization or and appointment to receive the Meningococcal immunization.

      The Meningitis Group B Vaccine does not fulfill this requirement.  
    You are invited to contact the school nurse in the building your child attends with any questions.
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    Attention Parents of Students Entering Grade 6:  

    New York State law requires all students to have received a Tdap and a 2nd Varicella Vaccine in order to attend school.

    Students 11 years or older entering grade 6 are required to have 1 dose of Tdap.  Students who are 10 years will require Tdap within 2 weeks of their 11th birthday. 

    According to NYS Public Health Law, students will be excluded from school if immunizations are not up to date.  If you have not already done so, please send the school nurse proof of immunization, or proof of an appointment to be immunized.

    Proof of immunization must be one of the items listed below:

    • An immunization certificate signed by your health care provider
    • An immunization Registry report from your health care provider or your county health department.

    OR: An appointment card from the student's Health Care Provider stating the date and time of the scheduled immunization appointment.
    Please check with your health care provider to make sure your child meets this requirement.

    Immunizations

    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.

    Click on the Immunizations link on the left for more information and the Required Immunizations Schedule.

    Physical Examinations

    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 second, fourth, seventh, and tenth 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 below.  Both sides of the form must be completed.

    Dental Health

    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 (second, fourth, seventh and tenth 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 below.

    Absences Due to Illness

    At times it may be necessary for your child to miss school due to illness.  Please see the Home From School letter to parents 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.

    Click the Independent Carry and Use of Medications by Student link on the left under Health Services for more information and the required forms.

    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.  The forms can be found below. 

    Screenings

    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 below and return it to the Health Office in their school by December 15, 2016. 

    Health Office Staff

    Contact the building nurse with specific questions pertaining to your child.  Click the Health Services Staff link on the left for contact information.