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Health, Attendance, Safety

Health Department Notice

Important – new legislation regarding non-medical/religious exemptions from school vaccinations

(Updated June 20, 2019)

On June 13, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children.

The United States is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years, with outbreaks in pockets of New York primarily driving the crisis.

As a result of non-medical vaccination exemptions, many communities across New York have unacceptably low rates of vaccination, and those unvaccinated children can often attend school where they may spread the disease to other unvaccinated students, some of whom cannot receive vaccines due to medical conditions. This new law will help protect the public amid this ongoing outbreak.

Frequently asked questions

QFor those children who had a religious exemption to vaccination, what are the deadlines for being vaccinated?

A – Children who are attending child day care or public, private or parochial school and who had a religious exemption to required immunizations, must now receive the first age appropriate dose in each immunization series by June 28, 2019 to attend or remain in school or child day care.

Also, by July 14, 2019 parents and guardians of such children must show that they have scheduled appointments for all required follow-up doses. The deadlines for follow-up doses depend on the vaccine.

The Department follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) catch-up immunization schedule for all  immunizations that are required to attend school in New York State, and expects children to receive required doses consistent with Table 2 of ACIP’s Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for ages 18 years or younger. (Please note that the guidelines contain all ACIP recommended vaccines, including some that are not currently required for schools and child day care programs in New York State.)

Q Where can I find the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) catch-up immunization schedule?

A – The ACIP catch-up immunization schedule is available at the following link – refer to Table 2:

(Please note that the guidelines contain all ACIP recommended vaccines, including some that are not currently required for schools and child day care programs in NYS.)

District safety information

Ensuring students’ social/emotional health and physical safety is a top priority.

Click here for: EMERGENCY PLANNING: A Guide for Parents of the Warwick Valley Central School District

Immunization requirements

Students entering Grade 7 and Grade 12 must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease and have an up-to-date immunization record. View the 2019-20 immunization requirements set by the New York State Department of Health. 

If you are unable to access the immunization chart linked above, please email or call the District Health Coordinator, Maggie Adams:; 845-987-3050, ext. 12710.

Medications in school

Medication administration in school requires a written order from a licensed prescriber along with written parental permission. All medications (prescription and over-the-counter) must adhere to these guidelines. Medication must be brought in by a parent in the original container.

Be prepared for flu season

The Orange County Department of Health and the Warwick Valley Central School District want all parents to be prepared for the flu season. Please read our detailed Seasonal Flu page for information about the flu and recommendations from the district.

The importance of school attendance

Daily attendance is one of the most important factors in whether or not a student will succeed in school. Research shows that students who attend school regularly learn more, have fewer discipline problems, acquire better study habits and are generally more successful than students who do not. Yet we recognize there are circumstances in which children will be absent from in school.

Reporting an absence

If your child is absent from school (K-12), it is important for the parent/legal guardian to CALL your child’s school on the day of the absence.

  • District Coordinator of Health and Attendance
    ESSA Foster Care Transportation Coordinator

    Maggie Adams,, 845-987-3050, Ext. 12710
  • Central Registration
    Helena Hagen,, 845-987-3000, Ext. 10901
  • High School Attendance
    Donna Doucette,, 845-987-3050, Ext. 12507
  • Middle School Attendance
    845-987-3100, Ext. 16507
  • Park Avenue Attendance
    845-987-3170, Ext. 14507
  • Sanfordville Attendance
    845-987-3300, Ext. 13507

Please also send in a WRITTEN NOTE when your child returns to school and hand in to the health/attendance office. If your child is absent for more than a few days, the school nurse may request a written note from your child’s doctor. Legal reasons for an absence from school include sickness, health treatments, death in the family, religious observance or a court appearance. Upon returning to school, or when asking for early dismissal, all students (K-12) must have a note of explanation signed and dated by a parent or guardian.

Health History Disclosure

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurring in young athletes has been in the news recently. Often an underlying genetic heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common cause. This is a genetic abnormality causing an enlarged left ventricle in the heart, which can trigger fatal heart rhythms. Rhythm disturbances are a second reason. 

Currently there is no national screening standard for high school and college athletics in the U.S. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend that schools conduct pre-participation screening that consists of a physical examination and a medical history (which some consider just as important as the physical itself). 

A series of questions have been recommended by the AHA for cardiac screening. WVCSD includes these on the health history form for Sports Participation.

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, the WVCSD Medical Doctor requires cardiac clearance before your student can participate in sports. This requirement is to ensure the safety of your child when there is a personal or family history of heart disease. 

If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact your family physician before submitting a sports physical for clearance by the WVCSD Medical Director and before the start of high school sports seasons. This will ensure that your child is ready to participate in the sport of his/her choice. 

Marguerite Adams RN, BSN
Coordinator Health & Attendance

Revised 8/22/2013

“Parents who host lose the most”

Don’t be a party to teenage drinking. It’s against the law.

Under Orange County law, it is illegal for homeowners or any host 18 years or older to knowingly allow underage drinking at their home or a party, or to not take action to stop underage drinking once they find out about it.

Click here to read more.

New law requires testing of school water outlets for lead

In September 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts to test water for lead. The law requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that may be occupied by students and to submit those samples to a state-approved lab for analysis. Regulations call for testing to take place again in 2020 and every five years thereafter, unless the Commissiioner of Health requires testing sooner.

The state established an action level of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).” If a sample from a water outlet exceeds this level, schools must take steps to prevent the use of the outlet for drinking or cooking purposes until it is remediated and follow-up testing confirms it is no longer above the action level.

WVCSD water test results

The Warwick Valley Central School District began testing of all water outlets in accordance with the new law in September 2016.
The results of those tests, as they are received from the lab, are available here.