Middle School Health Office

Greetings! Welcome to the Saranac Lake Middle School Health Office web page, as the middle school nurse I would like to let you know of some health requirements for middle school:

2019-2020 NYS Dept of Health BMI Survery

Our school has been selected to be part of the New York State Department of Health survey, we will be reporting to New York State Department of Health information about our students’ weight status groups. Only summary information is sent. No names and no information about individual students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report. As part of a required school health examination, a student is weighed, and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or ‘BMI’. The BMI helps the doctor or nurse know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low. Recent changes to the New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination.

The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier.

If you do not wish to have your child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey this year, please contact me at wrightkel@slcs.org or call 518-897-1663. Thank you.

Health Requirements:

6th Grade: Tdap Immunization, required before entrance into 6th grade, or when student turns 11.

7th Grade: MCV4 (Meningitis) Immunization, required before entrance into 7th grade.

-Hearing screening, vision screening, scoliosis screening (for 7th grade girls only) -This will take place in school unless written medical record received prior to school screenings.  

-Health exam/physical-is required for the school year for every 7th grade student, any health exam/physical after September 6, 2017 will meet this requirement. School provided physicals will be offered throughout the year. A letter will go home with the option for you to sign your child up for a school provided physical.  

 -Dental Health certificate-Please have your child’s dentist fill out the dental form in the link below at your child’s regular visit to the dentist.  

8th Grade: Health exam/physical if playing a school sport-Any student wishing to play a sport will need a current health exam/physical on file.

*Beginning 7/1/18 all New York State public school students must have a health exam when they enter school as a new entrant and in Pre-K or Kindergarten and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. These examinations must be completed on the approved NYSED Student Health Examination Form for School for the health exam. We understand that your medical provider’s office may not yet be aware of the change, so if you have already had a physical examination completed for the 2018-19 school year on a different form, the school may accept the physical on that form. In 2019-2020 ONLY the approved form will be accepted.

Requirements regarding medication to be taken in school:

*All medications must be in the current prescription bottle, and label matching the doctor’s instructions.

*All prescription medications must be accompanied by an authorization form, and signed both by parent and physician. This is required before any medication will be given in school.  This process must be repeated at the beginning of each school year, thus last year’s authorization does not carry over for this year. If your physician gives you a different form for school, this is acceptable as long as it reads as a doctor’s order for medication to be given during school hours, and I will attach it to the parental authorization form you have signed. A prescription label on the bottle alone is legally not accepted as a physician’s order.

* Non-prescription medication (OTCs) must be accompanied by an authorization form, and be signed both by parent and physician. The medication must be brought in in the original labeled bottle or package. Students are not allowed to carry medicines with them in school for self-administration, except for inhalers and automatic epinephrine injectors. For these, please contact me regarding authorization.

*Inhalers and Epipens must have a new authorization every year, if you wish your child to carry their inhaler/Epipen in school you must have the authorization form  AND an attestation filled out by both parent and physician. You may contact me for the attestation form.          

*Medications must not be sent to school with students, since they could be lost, stolen, shared or                                 damaged. Parents are asked to bring them to school or to designate another adult to do so. 

Requirements for sports: 

-A physical on file with the school within one year of the start of the sports season. Physicals will be offered at school before each sport season. 

-An athletic health update and code of conduct must be completed for every sports season. The athletic health update must be signed by a school nurse before your child can participate in the sport.  

I want to thank you for your help and cooperation with these requirements. You can find the required forms to the left of the page.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at wrightkel@slcs.org or call me at 518-897-1663.

Forms can be returned by: mail to attn: Kelly Wright, SLMS, 79 Canaras Ave, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, drop them off at the middle school health office or have them faxed to 518-891-6615.


Kelly Wright, MSN, RN

Saranac Lake Middle School