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7-12 School Nurse

Mrs. Michelle Barton
E-Mail: hsnurse@hoosicvalley.k12.ny.us

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Welcome to the JR/SR High School Health Office Site.

In an effort to be of service to the students and parents/guardians of the Hoosic Valley Central School District, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of some of the regulations that pertain to school health services:

  • a health certificate must be furnished by each student upon his/her entrance to pre-k, kindergarten, second, fourth, seventh, and tenth grades and all new students to the district.* (NYS Education Law, section 903).  The physical must be done no earlier than September 1 of the previous year to qualify for the current school year.
  • yearly mandated health screenings – vision, hearing and scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
  • a dental health certificate is requested, not required
  • medications at school require parental consent and a written order by a provider.  Click on the “medication” tab at the top of this page for important information regarding medication in school.
  • please refer to the school’s home page and the tabs at the top of this webpage for forms and other important information.

The school physician, Dr. Nightingale, is in the school’s health office once a month, please see daily announcements for the Dr. next scheduled visit. If you would like the school physician to perform your child’s physical, please just let me know.  




Authorization for Administration of Medication

Determination of Self Directed Student Form

Self-Administration Medication Check List Form

Physical Health Form

Interval Health History For Sports Participation: Prior to the start of tryout sessions or practice at the beginning of each season, a health history review for each athlete must be conducted unless the student received a full medical examination within 30 days of the start of the season.

Athletic_Health_History - Complete this form only if this is the student’s FIRST TIME participating in interscholastic sports programs.



Education Law and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education require physical examinations of children when they are:

  • Enter the school district for the first time
  • Are in grades 1, 3, 7 and 10
  • Participate in interscholastic sports
  • Need working papers
  • Are referred by/to the Committee on Special Education
  • Are deemed necessary by school authorities to determine a child’s education program.

If a physical examination is not submitted for a child whose examination is mandated (as above), you will be notified in writing that, if a physical examination report is not furnished within 15 days from the date of the notice, the child will be examined through the school health service program (Education Law, Section 904).

The school physician, Dr.Nightingale, visits the Jr/Sr High School and the Elementary School one morning per month.  If you would like to schedule a physical with the school physician, please call the respective health offices to make an appointment.






Click here for SED Regulations related to sports physicals

Regulations of the commissioner of Education, Part 135.4 (7)(h).

Prior to each sport season, school nursing personnel must review the student’s attendance records and either interview the student to update the health history or have the parent complete an interval health history in order for the 12 months physical examination to be valid.

All students must have a valid "blue card" at the start of each sports season. Blue Cards are obtained by submitting either the Interval Health history or Athletic Health History to the school nurse. The school nurse will review the students attendance records and health history and return an updated blue card to the coach prior to the start of practice.

Components of the sports physical: (Exam & History)

Comprehensive Physical Examination:If the 12-month period for the physical expires during a sports season, participants may complete the season as long as an interval health history was conducted prior to the season.  For example, a physical conducted August 1 would be valid through August 31.  If a student plays beyond August (ex. Football), the student may complete that sport season as long as an interval health history was conducted before the start of the season. Immediately following the last sanctioned tournament competition for that season, a new physical is required if the student is going to play another sport. Click here for the Physical Health Form


Athletic Health History: for the student wishing to participate for the first time in the school’s interscholastic athletic program. Click here for the Athletic Health History Form


Interval Health History: for student wishing to participate in athletics who has previously participated in the school’s interscholastic athletic program. Click here for the Interval Health History For Sports Participation Form      


The school physician, Dr. Nightingale, visits the Jr/Sr High School and the Elementary School one morning per month.  If you would like to schedule a physical with the school physician, please call the respective health offices to make an appointment.




New York State Public Health Law 2164 requires all students entering and attending school to be immunized.

Children entering Hoosic Valley Elementary school are required to have the following immunizations:  OPV, DTP, Hepatitis B, MMR and Varicella. 

Students who will be entering 6th grade in the fall and who are 11 years old or older, must receive an immunization call Tdap. This is a vaccine that protects your child against tetanus toxoids, diptheria and pertussis (whopping cough).

In order to avoid interruption of your child’s educational process, a period of two weeks will be allowed for you to make arrangements for the proper immunizations.




It is understood that certain circumstances require a child to take medication during school hours.
In order to comply with NYS Education Law governing medications, the procedure listed below will be followed and all requirements met:

    1. The parent/legal guardian must complete part A of an Authorization for the Administration of Medication form.
    2. The Physician must complete part B of the Authorization for the Administration of Medication form; completely and accurately.  A written prescription will be accepted, however must contain all pertinent information.
    3. The medication; in its original labeled container must be delivered directly to the school nurse by a parent, legal guardian or other adult appointed by the parent/guardian. Over-the-counter medications should be in un-opened containers.
    4. All self-administered medications must also be on file in the health office.
    5. The Health Office does not supply any over-the counter medications (Tums, Tylenol, Mortin, Benadryl, cough drops).


Students who need to take medication during school hours should make all arrangements with the school nurse.  No student is to take medication without having made prior arrangements with the nurse.  All medications will be stored appropriately.

Your child’s health, wellness and safety are the Health Office’s main concerns; please comply with the above guidelines.  Thank you!

Please don't hesitate to contact the Health Office with any questions or concerns; 753-4458 ext: 2511.

Click here for the Authorization for Medical Form
Click here for the Determination of Self Directed Student Form
Click here for the Self-Administration Medication Check List Form




Accidents may occur.  All injuries and accidents must be reported to the teacher in charge, regardless how minor it might be.  The teacher will file a written report to the nurse within 24 hours of its occurrence.  Parents must file an emergency form with the information and directions about what they prefer be done in the event that emergency medical help should become necessary.  This form will be sent home with each student in September.  It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school in the event that the emergency information changes.

An excess-type medical insurance is carried by the school.  This means that family insurance must be used first and the remaining balance reported under school insurance.


Health & Safety Update

Flu Season

Click here for more info from the CDC on the Flu and prevention.

Lyme Disease

http://www.oes.org/assets/images/tiny-deer-ticks-scale-in-centimeters-4.jpgRensselaer County is experiencing a high rate of Lyme Disease, a bacterial infection caused by the bite of infected deer tick. Please visit the New York State Department of Health link below for helpful information to protect you and your family from this potentially debilitating disease.



As you know, we had an unseasonably mild winter. As a result, ticks have awakened from their dormant state about a month earlier than usual. While this does not necessarily mean there will be more ticks in our area, it does mean a longer tick season. Local families can protect themselves from tick-borne diseases by taking the following precautions:

  • Wear appropriate clothing – wear light-colored, long clothing during the early spring months; avoid sandals, flip-flops or bare feet near wooded areas.
  • Conduct a full-body tick check. Check under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and in the hair. A deer tick is tiny - no larger than a pencil point. Other ticks are larger and easier to find on the skin.
  • Examine clothes and gear. Ticks can come into the home on clothing, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine clothes, coats and bags. Tumbling clothes in a dryer on the highest heat for at least 1 hour may help kill remaining ticks.
  • Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within 2 hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of being bitten by a tick.
  • Repellents containing 20% or more DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) can be applied to the skin, and they can protect up to several hours. Always follow product instructions.
  •  Check on family pets. Your family’s pet may unknowingly bring a tick into your home. Check your pets regularly for ticks and discuss preventive measures with your vet.

Check out these links for additional information regarding ticks and tick-borne diseases:

Student Health Update

All New York State public schools are required to measure, record and report student weight status information to the New York State Department of Health.  The purpose of this message is to inform parents of the 2009-2010 findings for Hoosic Valley Central School.

Childhood obesity is a leading public health concern in the United States with far reaching consequences for our children and the nation.  Hoosic Valley’s food service program serves students meals in accordance with federal and state guidelines.  These guidelines determine portion size, the variety of foods offered and mandate a balanced nutritional value for the meals provided to our students, even lunch pricing is determined by federal mandates.  But, annually Hoosic Valley provides to students less than 20% of their estimated total meals annually therefore, healthy eating habits must start in the home.

Obesity among children and adolescents is defined as a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile of the sex-specific BMI for the age and overweight is defined as a BMI at the 85th through 94th percentile of survey results.  It is estimated that the percentage of children and adolescents (age 6-19 years) who are overweight and obese has more than tripled over the last three decades, this may have serious long term consequences.  Nationally, an estimated 18% of children and adolescents are obese and an additional 17% are overweight.  Hoosic Valley student results are almost exactly the same as national estimates.

Consistent with individual student data, information on individual students is confidential in accordance with federal confidentiality law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act or FERPA.  Only the district’s health care professionals can see any of the confidential data.

Specifically for Hoosic Valley the results are almost identical to national and state estimates:  65% of Hoosic Valley students are in the healthy weight categories, 18% are considered overweight and 17% in the obese category for a total of 35% obese or overweight.
Please regard this information only as a reminder for parents that physical activity and healthy eating habits are important for a child’s wellbeing.  Schools provide access to after-school sports and balanced lunch options for students.  Encourage your children to get physically active and avoid unhealthy foods.

Busting the myths and misconceptions about prescription drug abuse (reprinted from NIDA for Teens)

There's a reason that prescription drugs are intended to be taken under the direction of a doctor: if used improperly they can be dangerous. Teens are making the decision to abuse prescription medicines based on misinformation. In fact, many people think that abusing prescription drugs is safer than abusing illicit drugs such as heroin. As the facts will tell you, prescription drugs can have dangerous short- and long-term health consequences when used incorrectly or by someone other than for whom they were intended.

Click here for more info on this topic

www.drugfree.org - help parents prevent, intervene and find treatment for their children

Energy Drinks - There is growing concern about the health effects of highly caffeinated drinks. There drinks are very popular with teenagers and young adults, but there is little research on their long terms effects on young bodies. These drinks have quite bizarre ingredients in high amounts and the effects of these ingredients alone, and in combination have not been tested. Click here for more information.

Health Care Initiative

The Healthy Capital District Initiative (HCDI) is an incorporated not for profit organization that helps children and adults in the Capital Region get health services that they might not have accessed otherwise. If you would like more information about their services, you may contact them @ 518-462-7040 or visit their website at http://www.hcdiny.org/