Home » Departments & Services » Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

The health office promotes health in the school setting and is staffed with medical professionals to serve student health needs.

District health services provide:

  • Vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings;
  • First aid for accidents and illness;
  • Immunization record maintenance for all students;
  • Medication administration.

Immunization Requirements

The New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department provide immunization requirements for children entering or enrolled in public school.

Parents/guardians should consult with their child’s physician regarding their child’s immunization schedule. Immunizations must be completed within 14 days of the start of the school year. Documented proof of immunizations should be sent to the health office as soon as possible. For more information on immunization requirements, please contact the health office.


Please don’t send your child to school if they are sick. Children who are running an elevated temperature, have a rash, persistent cough, vomiting or diarrhea should remain home until they are feeling better. Children who have been running a temperature above 100 degrees should not return to school until they have been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours.

Please call and leave a message with your child’s school to report your child’s absence.

  • Elementary: 518-677-8527, ext. 1430
  • Jr./Sr. High School: 518-677-8527, ext. 1414

When your child returns to school, they should bring a note to the health office explaining the reason for the absence. If we do not receive a note, it will be considered an unexcused absence.

Physical and Screening Information

All new students and students entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth and 11th grades are required by law to present a copy of a current physical (done within the past 12 months) to the school nurse within 30 days of their first day of school. For those who do not have a physician, district health services will provide physicals for students entering these grades, as well as for students wishing to play sports.

Health physicals and screenings performed by school personnel provide a baseline measure of a student’s wellness and sensory functions. These evaluations are not equal in scope to evaluations performed by personnel at a doctor’s office, hospital or clinic. Children should have regular pediatric and dental care.

View the required NYS school health examination form.

Medications in School

For information about how and when medications are administered to students in school, view the Student Health Services Board policy.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

New York state requires schools to track each student’s body mass index (BMI) and weight status category as part of school health examinations. Every year, the New York State Department of Health surveys some schools for the number of students in each of six possible weight status categories. If Cambridge Central School District is surveyed by the state, the district will share summary group data only and will not share individual names or information. Parents/guardians who wish to exclude their child’s data from the summary group calculations must contact their child’s school nurse.


The information below is based on the latest guidance from Washington County Public Health. Individuals should follow the CDC’s COVID-19 Plan.

Positive Cases

If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least five (5) days and isolate from others in your home. End of isolation is based on how serious your COVID-19 symptoms were. Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation. Regardless of when you end isolation, remember to wear a mask when indoors around others through day 10.


Although national reporting may change, county and state reporting for COVID-19 is not changing. Reporting of suspected or confirmed communicable diseases, including COVID-19, is mandated under the New York State Sanitary Code (IONYCRR 2.10,2.14). Individuals are encouraged to report their positive at-home tests on the county website. If you still have expired rapid COVID tests, many manufacturers have extended those expiration dates.


Insurance providers will no longer be required to waive costs or provide free COVID-19 tests. CDC’s no-cost COVID-19 testing locator can help people find current community and pharmacy partners.


Medication to prevent severe COVID-19, such as Paxlovid, will remain available for free while supplies last. After that, the price will be determined by the medication manufacturer and your health insurance coverage. Check with your healthcare provider if you need early treatment to prevent severe COVID-19.


Access to COVID-19 vaccines will generally not be affected for now. The U.S. government is currently distributing free COVID-19 vaccines for all adults and children. If you are interested in getting vaccinated, call Washington County Public Health at 518-746-2400 to schedule your appointment.

Departments &
Services Links


Health Office
Office: 518-677-8527, ext. 1428
Fax: 518-677-2837

Wendy D’Avella
School Nurse

Lisa Moseley (3 days/week)
School Nurse

Georgianna Hamilton (2 days/week)
School Nurse

Terri Tucker
Elementary Attendance Clerk
518-677-8527, ext. 1430

Health Office Links