The Cambridge health office promotes health in the school setting. The health office is staffed with two full-time nurses 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.
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, he or she 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 New York state mandated health examination form.
District-Wide Safety Plan
Districts are required to develop a district-wide school safety plan designed to prevent or minimize the effects of serious violent incidents and emergencies and to facilitate the coordination of the district with local and county resources in the event of such incidents or emergencies. The district-wide plan is responsive to the needs of all schools within the district and is consistent with the more detailed emergency response plans required at the school building level.
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 Schooll 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.
Office: 518-677-8527 ext. 1428
Mary Jane Young
Elementary Attendance Clerk
518-677-8527 ext. 1430
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