The New York State Department of Health
revised immunization requirements for school attendance effective
July 1 to reduce the number of vaccine-preventable diseases. While no new vaccines are required,
the number of doses required and the time intervals between doses have
Body Mass Index is part of required school health check
New York State Education Law
requires body mass index, or BMI, and weight status group to be included in
a student’s school health examination.
To determine BMI, a student is weighed and his/her
height is measured. The BMI helps the nurse or doctor know if the
student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low.
Each year, the New York State Department of
Health will survey some schools for the number of pupils in each of six
possible weight status categories.
a sample of school districts will be selected to
take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health. If
Schoharie Central School District is selected to be part of the survey,
the district will report information about students' weight status
groups to the Health Department. Such information will then used by
state officials to develop programs to help children be healthier.
Only summary information is sent. No names or
information about individual students are included. However, parents and
guardians may choose to have their child’s information excluded from the
Parents/guardians who do not want their child’s
weight status group information included as part of the Health
Department’s survey this year should contact Elementary School
Nurse Sherry Roy, R.N.at 295-6660, or Jr./Sr. High School Nurse Suzan
Weber, R.N. at 295-6634.
5th Grade Team Homework and Helper website
The fifth grade team maintains a website to provide students and parents with homework assignments, fun activities and additional
references for help. Link to the site by
Families can take part in encouraging reading growth
for their children by visiting the "Get Ready to Read!" Web site at
www.getreadytoread.org. The site offers a number of
skill-building activities for free as well as a selection of
downloadable materials. There is a "Transitioning to Kindergarten"
tool kit to help early childhood professionals and parents plan
activities and collect observations throughout the year leading up to