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New grade-level requirements for health exams and screenings begin July 1

May 7, 2018 -- Families will soon need to comply with new grade-level requirements for health exams and screenings. Beginning July 1, all new students enrolling in the district for the first time – along with children entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 in the fall – will be required to have a health exam.

These examinations must be completed on the approved NYSED Student Health Examination Form for School for the health exam. The form can be downloaded below or accessed on the NYSED website

Other changes for students include vision screening for distance and near vision acuity as well as hearing screening within 6 months of admission to school and for students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11. In addition, girls in grades 5 and 7, and boys in grade 9 will require scoliosis screenings.

School officials are encouraging families not to wait to schedule medical appointments. Please also take the time to review your child’s immunization records with their pediatrician to ensure your child has the required vaccinations for their age and grade in school. This will help ensure all children meet their health-care requirements before the start of the 2018-19 school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school nurse or pediatrician.


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KCH School Nurse: Melissa Zacholl,
DMS School Nurse: Mary Hughes,
SHS School Nurse: Terri Finch,


The registered nurses of the Marcellus Central School District believe a healthy child in a safe and healthy environment is the best learner. 

Our mission is: 
  • to support student success by helping them reach their maximum health potential in the school setting with: 
    • timely and accurate nursing assessment for students and staff.
    • intervention that is appropriate.
    • evaluation and referral for our students and colleagues.
  • to contribute to a healthy school environment for all through:
    • infection control.
    • accident prevention.
    • health promotion/education.
    • collaboration with school and community resources. 

Health concerns:

Please keep your school nurse updated on your child's health status, such as surgeries, medications, illness/diseases, new diagnoses or other conditions that might affect your child's school performance.  Please make sure the emergency card is completed, signed and updated as needed.

Medication in school:

If it is necessary for a child to take or use medicine (prescription or over-the-counter) during school hours, the following rules apply:

  • The parent or guardian must submit a signed request to the school nurse.
  • The family physician must also submit a written request, detailing the frequency and dosage of the medication and the purpose for which it is being taken.
  • All medicines must be delivered to the nurse by a parent or guardian.
  • The medication will be kept in the nurse’s office and will be administered by or under the supervision of the nurse, unless the student has an order from a physician to carry and self-administer medication (i.e., an inhaler).
  • The medication must be in the prescription bottle or over-the-counter container.


Click on this link to view the New York state immunizations requirements for school enrollment and attendance in 2017-18.

Water testing:

On September 6, 2016, the governor signed into law Chapter 296 of the Laws of 2016. This law requires school districts and BOCES to conduct testing of school potable water sources in occupied buildings and to monitor for lead contamination and remediate where necessary.  This legislation also requires that we notify the general public of the test results and, when applicable, efforts to remedy sources of water containing lead levels greater than or equal  to 15 parts per billion.

Results of testing of school potable water sources can be found by clicking on this link.

If you have difficulty accessing this document, please contact Business Administrator Anthony Sonnacchio at, who can provide the document/information in an alternative format.

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