Education law requires physical examinations for children when they: enter the district for the first time; are in pre-K or kindergarten, grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11; participate in interscholastic sports; need working papers; are referred by/to the Committee on Special Education; or are deemed necessary by school authorities.
If a report is not submitted for a child whose examination is mandated, the parent/guardian will be notified and given 15 days to present the report. If not received, the student will be examined by the school physician.
The district’s School Health Services program supports your student’s academic success by promoting health in the school setting. One way that we provide care for your student is by performing the health screenings as mandated by the State of New York.
During the school year, the following screenings will be required or completed at school:
- Vision Screenings
- Distance and near acuity for all newly entering students and students in Pre-K or Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
- Color perception screening for all newly entering students.
- At Port Dickinson Elementary, vision screenings may be completed by a member of the local Lions Club, using their SPOT vision screener machine. If you would like to opt out of this service and have your student screened by the school nurse, please contact the Port Dickinson Health Office at (607) 762-6973.
- Hearing Screenings
- Hearing screening for all newly entering students and students in Pre-K or Kindergarten, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
- Scoliosis Screenings
- Scoliosis (spinal curvature) screening for all girls in grades 5 and 7, and boys in grade 9.