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 (DOH) selects a sample group of school districts to survey for the number of pupils in each of six
possible weight status categories. 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 DOH.
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 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.