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Welcome to Broome-Tioga BOCES Health Services!

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It is our policy to provide an environment which is conducive to the growth and development of our students. We are concerned about the health and happiness of your student. Good health and good school work go hand in hand with a cooperative effort between home and school. We will provide the best environment possible for your student to meet his/her goals.

Our school health program meets the requirements of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education and is designed to include health services and health education. Its major objective is to promote a sound mind in a healthy body. The health program is under the direction of a supervising school physician and the Supervisor of Health Careers.

When to keep your child home

To keep all of our students and staff as healthy as possible, we ask that you keep your child home with the following until they are symptom free for 24 hours:

  • If they have an elevated temperature: Oral - 100 or greater, Ear - 100 or greater, or Rectal - greater than 100.4.
  • If they have a communicable disease/illness (such as: strep throat, chicken pox, impetigo, or pink eye).
  • If they are experiencing repeated vomiting and/or diarrhea related to illness.
  • If they have any type of draining, open wound and may be contagious.

Important News on Immunizations!

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

This means that religious exemptions will no longer be accepted for required immunizations. Students who are attending school who had a previous religious exemption must now receive appropriate immunizations per ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice) to attend school in NYS.

Check with your child’s provider to determine if any vaccinations are needed to meet the NYS requirement for school attendance. 

Immunization Requirements

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All students entering grades kindergarten through 11 are required to have two doses of varicella vaccination.

All students entering grades 6 through 12 are required to have a Tdap vaccination.

All students entering grades 7 through 10 and 12 are required to have a meningitis vaccination. One dose must be received after 16 years of age.

Please note: all vaccinations must be given at appropriate intervals per CDC recommendations.

Any student that does not meet NYS immunization requirements for school attendance, and does not have a medical exemption, will not be allowed to remain in school after the 14th day grace period starting from the first day of instruction. The student and his/her family must provide proof from a physician or clinic showing compliance with the NYS immunization requirements for school attendance.

If you have a question, please contact your school’s health office.

If you have difficulty obtaining the appropriate immunizations for school attendance, please call your local health department:

Broome County Health Department
225 Front Street
Binghamton, NY
(607) 778-2839 
Tioga County Health Department
1062 NY Rte 38
Owego, NY
(607) 687-8600 

NYS Medical Exemption Form

NYS Mandated Physical Exams

New York State Education Law states that all children entering grades PreK, Kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11, as well as all students new to the district need to have a physical exam by a New York State physician. We recommend students see their own medical providers when possible since your doctor knows your child best. If a physical exam cannot be provided by your own private doctor, the school physician will provide one for your child free of charge. Physical exams are done at each of the schools in the fall and spring. Please call your school's Health Office for scheduled mandated school physical days.

The form for a physical exam is attached for your convenience.

Physical Exam Form

All physicals are good for one year from the date of the exam.  

NYS Mandated Screening Guidelines: Vision, Hearing, Scoliosis

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An annual vision and hearing screening will be done by the school nurse as mandated by New York State for all new entrants to the district as well as students in grades PreK, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11. These tests provide only a screening for potential problems. You will be notified of any deficiencies found. A follow up examination, by your physician, will be required for diagnosis and treatment.

An annual scoliosis screening will be done by the school nurse for students in grades 5 and 7 for girls and grade 9 for boys.

Do You Need Health Insurance?

Are you without health insurance? Broome County Department of Social Services provides application assistance and has trained staff available to help children, teens, and adults apply for free to low-cost health insurance through Medicaid and Child Health Plus. To learn more information on these programs call 607-778-1100 for assistance.


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If a student is to take any medication during the school day, it must be in the bottle dispensed by the pharmacist with the child's name, name of medication, dosage, number of times to be given, and the physicians name on the label.

The Health Office must have a written order from a doctor as well as written parent and/ or guardian permission authorizing school personnel to administer the medication. This includes over the counter medications. Please do not send medications to school with your student. This is for the safety of all students.

An order form for medication is attached for you and your physician to complete.


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If you suspect your child is getting the flu, it is essential that he/she does not attend school or go anywhere else, such as childcare, the mall, or sporting events. Symptoms of the flu like illness include: fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.7 degrees Celsius, cough, sore throat or runny nose. Additional symptoms may be muscle pain, fatigue and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea.

Please remember to emphasize good hand washing. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the used tissues in a wastebasket. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

Remember to keep your contacts current so we are able to reach you should your child become ill or injured at school.

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Contact Information

Wendy Antalek, Health Careers Supervisor
Education Center
Phone:  763-3411 or 763-3684
Fax:  763-3363
East Learning Center
Phone:  762-6408
Fax:  762-6407
West Learning Center
Phone:  786-2021
Fax:  748-8616

Our Core Values

  • Students are our first priority.
  • Employees are our most valuable resource.
  • Cultivating diversity, equity, inclusion and guarding against bias are essential.
  • Everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
  • All employees will exhibit professionalism, integrity and excellence.
  • Creativity and continuous improvement are crucial to everything we do.
  • A safe, challenging and nurturing environment supports learning.
  • All can learn and grow academically, socially and emotionally.
  • Customer service and collaboration are key to being a successful and trusted partner.