Welcome to the Suffern Middle School Nurses Office! Our office hours are 7:45 am - 2:45 pm.
Phone: (845) 357-7400, ext. 31409 Leave a voicemail after school hours
Dental Care– Dental Certificates are requested for grades: Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and new entrants.
Hearing and Vision Screening– Near and Far Vision Screening is required for the following grades:
PreKindergarten or Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11 and new entrants, which includes near and far vision. New Entrants also require color screening in addition to the above.
Hearing screening is required for prekindergarten or kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11 and new entrants.
Vision screening is done for the other grades when possible or requested. Screening usually starts in the Fall. You will be notified if your child does not meet the state minimum requirements for passing any of these exams.
1. Tdap Vaccine—trade name Boostrix or Adacel. Some doctors prefer to wait until a child is 11 years old before giving them this vaccine. If your child is turning 11 before the start of 6th grade, he/she will need to provide proof of the vaccination to either the elementary or middle school nurse. Children turning 11 after school starts will need to be vaccinated within 2 weeks of their birthday.
2. Two Varicella Vaccines or one of the following: a) A doctor’s note stating your child had chicken pox disease b) A blood test proving your child had chicken pox.
3. For entrance into 7th Grade: On October 26, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 401 section 2164 requiring 7th graders (and 12 graders) to receive the vaccine for meningococcal disease. *The Rockland County Health Department offers vaccines for free for those who qualify and can be contacted at 845-364-2520 to make an appointment.
Medications In School– Any medication (including over the counter i.e. Advil, Tylenol) taken by a student during the school day requires a doctor’s prescription note with the name of the medication, dosage and frequency. For students with allergies, you can download files from the forms page.
Routine Physicals– Routine Physicals are required for grades: Pre Kindergarten or Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and new entrants. If proof of a private physical is not submitted to the health office by October 30th, your child will be scheduled for an exam with the School Medical Officer.
*If your child has had a school physical for a sport in 7th grade, that exam will satisfy this requirement.
Sports–The following procedure should be followed for all students who want to try out a sport in high school or middle school.
- A parent or legal guardian must complete and sign the online registration packet . The link can be found on the athletic home page.
- Students must then have their blood pressure and pulse checked by the school nurse.
- A physical exam is done by the school medical officer. The physical is valid for one year. If you do not want the school medical officer to perform the exam, you may submit a copy of a recent physical from your child’s healthcare provider. Your child will still see the school medical officer with all of his/her paperwork, but will not be examined. It is a New York State law that only a school appointed medical officer certify a child to participate in sports.
- Middle school athletes trying out a high school sport must have their parent/guardian indicate it in the online sport packet. Additional requirements include a signed parental permission form, a recent tanner rating (done by either private MD or school health care provider) and an agility test.
If an athlete seeks medical attention during a sports season, a clearance note from their physician is required to return to sports.
An athlete who sustains a concussion or head injury must provide a medical clearance note from his or her health care provider and then follow the “Return to Play Protocol” which includes final clearance by the school medical officer before returning to sports.
Re-certification for an Additional Sports Season:
Prior to each sports season, an athlete with a valid sports physical (occurring within 1 year) will need to re-certify using the online sports program. Athletes may not re-certify more than 30 days before a sports season begins.
Scoliosis Screening– Scoliosis screening is required for the following: Girls in grades 5 and 7 only and boys in grade 9. You will be notified if there is a concern. If you do not want your child screened in school, a doctor’s note stating the date of the exam and the results will satisfy this requirement. This must be submitted prior to December of each school year.
Working Papers– Students obtain working paper forms from the Guidance Office and bring them to the nurse. If a student has submitted a private physical or has had a school physical within the past year, the nurse will complete the medical section of the form. If you do not have a current physical, the nurse can make arrangements for a physical with the school physician. Sports Physicals also meet the requirement. The student then needs to have his/her parent/guardian sign the form and bring the form to the guidance department which will then arrange for working papers.