Students may not attend school without acceptable written proof (including dates) of immunizations.
Section 2164 of the New York Public Health Law requires the following:
- 3 or more doses of diphtheria toxoid (DPT or DT)
- 3 or more doses of trivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) or inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
- Live measles vaccine given after 12 months of age
- Live rubella vaccine given after 12 months of age
- Live mumps vaccine given after 12 months of age
- Second dose of measles vaccine, preferably measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), given at 4-6 years of age
- Haemophilus Influenza Type B (Hib) (prior to enrollment in any prekindergarten program)
- Hepatitis B (3 doses) Mandated for all students Prekindergarten – 12
- Varicella Vaccine mandated for children born on or after January 1, 1998 (entering Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2) and students entering sixth grade
- Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) for entry into PreK, for children born on or after January 1, 2008
Children may be admitted to school provided they have an appointment to receive the next dose of a series. School nurses will monitor compliance and students will be excluded from school if appointments are missed.
Proof of adequate immunization must include dates of inoculation on a stamped physician certificate. Medical exemptions require a stamped physician certificate. Religious exemptions require a signed statement by parent/guardian.
Note: Students registering in the spring of the year before enrollment must be fully immunized before the first day of school.
New York Education Law requires a physical examination for all newly enrolled students, students in Special Education classes and students in prekindergarten, kindergarten, second, fourth, seventh, and tenth grades. The examination may be conducted by a school or private physician.
Physical examinations for fall sports are done during May and June. A health status update is conducted in August. Exact dates are available from Health Services at (914) 376-8226. No student may participate in practice and/or interscholastic games without the approval of a School Medical Officer. School sports exams must be conducted by a school physician or a nurse practitioner.
Each Yonkers public school student receives an annual vision test. Hearing is tested annually through seventh grade and again in tenth grade. Scoliosis screening is done annually for students 8 to 16 years-of-age. Problems revealed by a school health examination are reported to parents for follow-up by a physician or dentist and adjustments may be made in the school program.