Christina Bellamy RN, VRES Nurse
Office Phone: 518-396-3484
Tammy Slingerland RN, RJSHS Nurse
Office Phone: 518-396-3486
School Health Services care for the emotional as well as the physical needs of all children in the Rensselaer City School District. Parents and guardians should contact the nurse in their child’s school if they have concerns or to report any changes in the health status of their child.
Important health-related links and information
- Health Registration Form. All students are required to have on file a Health History Registration form, which is typically completed during student registration.
- Immunization Requirements
- Requirements for Physical
- Dental certificates. Poor dental health can cause pain, lead to significant life-long health problems and be a barrier to academic achievement. New York State law requires school districts to request dental certificates for students when they enter school and in grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10. Please download a form that you can bring to your child’s dental care provider to be completed. The dental assessment may be completed during or 12 months prior to the school year in which it is required. Please return the completed form to your school nurse. If you have questions or do not have a dental care provider for your child, please contact the school nurse for assistance.
- Medications in School
- Medical Excuses from Physical Education
- Screenings. Vision screening is provided for new entrants and students in grades K-3, 5, 7 and 10. A hearing screening is provided for new entrants and students in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10. Parents and guardians will be notified only if a problem is identified.
- Height, weight and body mass index screening. New York state law requires school districts to measure the height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and determine weight status categories for students when they enter school and in grades K, 2, 4, 7 and 10. The purpose of this screening is to detect previously undiagnosed health problems related to growth and development that may, by early intervention, be more readily corrected. School districts also are required to take part in a survey by the New York State Department of Health. Districts will report information about weight status categories gathered from private physicals or school screenings. Only summary information is included in the survey. No names or identifying information about individual students is shared. Information on any child whose parent/guardian has objected to the survey will be excluded from the reported survey data.
- Lead poisoning information. Public health law requires that public schools, daycare providers and nursery schools “obtain evidence” of lead screening for all children under 6. Please Follow this Link or information on lead exposure and poisoning. If you have any questions, contact your child’s school nurse.
- Health concerns. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to inform the school of any contagious diseases, changes in health status or unusual health concerns that a child may have. With this information, we are better able to meet the health and safety needs of your child.