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East Northport Middle School

Notes From The Nurse

Spring is here and we are getting ready to enjoy summer.  But, before we can do that we have to prepare for next year.  The date for school physicals for fall sports is Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.  Please let me if you would like your child seen so I can screen your child for the physical.   All students receiving a school physical will be screened for height, weight, vision, hearing, and blood pressure in the Health Office prior to the physical date.   This physical is available for all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students planning on participating in a fall sport and unable to have a private physical in time to be cleared for a fall sport.   **These physicals must be done within one year of the start of the sport.**  A physical will also be offered in October 2019 for the 7th grade students who have not yet obtained the state required physical.   Please do not sign up for this physical if you are not planning on playing a fall sport or if you are able to obtain a private physical by the required date.    The completed 8th grade physicals will be sent to Northport High School prior to the fall sports.

All Incoming 6th Grade Students-

  • Students who are entering 6th grade are required to have 2 doses of varicella regardless of age.
  • Students who are entering 6th grade are required to have 4 doses of Polio (or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was received at age 4 or older) regardless of age. 
  • Students who are entering 6th grade and who are 11 years of age or older must receive an immunization containing tetanus toxoids, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap).  
  • Students who are 10 years old and entering 6th grade will not be required to receive the Tdap until they turn 11 years old. At that time they must provide documentation of a booster dose of Tdap or provide proof of an appointment for the booster dose within 14 days.

The only two exemptions from these requirements are either:

  • A medical exemption written by a physician
  • A notarized statement from parent(s)/guardian(s) who hold genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the immunization provisions required by law. Such statements must be approved by the Principal of the School.

All 6th grade students (regardless of age), who are not immunized with the 2nd Varicella must be excluded from school as of September 19, 2019. 

All 6th grade students (regardless of age), who are not immunized with the appropriate dose of Polio must be excluded from school as of September 19, 2019.

Students who are 11 years old at the start of school and are not immunized with Tdap must be excluded from school as of September 19, 2019.

All Incoming 7th and 8th Grade Students

All 7th and 8th grade students MUST HAVE proof of having been given Meningococcal vaccine in order to attend school.

Students entering Grades 7 and 8 must have 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine. They will be required to get a booster at age 16.

New York State law will require parents/ guardians to give the school an immunization record that shows their child has received, or has appointment(s) to receive the required vaccine(s) in order to attend school.  This record may be from a health care provider, health department, or an official immunization record from the child's former school. The record must include:

  1. Name of the vaccine
  2. Date vaccine given
  3. Who gave it, along with their title; or where it was given if at a clinic

As per New York State Public Health Law, students who are not immunized with the Meningococcal Vaccine must be excluded from school as of September 19, 2019.

Contact your health care provider to make sure your child has what they need to attend school this fall.

As always, please feel free to call me at 262-6775 if you have any questions.

Rita Enright R.N.

Phone:  262-6775

Fax:      262-6898