(845) 563-3400     124 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Health Services

General Information
School Health Services takes a leadership role in assessing health risk factors and promotes resilience to ensure students achieve optimal health and well being.

A team comprised of a health services coordinator, school physician, school nurse teacher, school nurse practitioner, aide, and clerk work collaboratively with parents and the medical and school communities to address the medical, social, and educational needs of district children and youth in grades Pre-K through 12th.

All district schools have a knowledgeable, well-staffed and well-equipped health office which promotes healthy attitudes and behaviors while emphasizing preventive health care.


COVID-19 Information

Protect your child and family from Coronavirus. Visit the New York State website for more information. COVID-19 tests are available in each school building and at the Newburgh Free Library branches. Please use tests as directed as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety communication regarding the potential for harm if FDA authorized at-home COVID-19 tests are not used according to the manufacturer’s test instructions. More information can be found here.


When Should my Child Stay Home?

Please keep your child home and/or contact your child’s doctor for:

  • Fever greater than 100.4° (taken by mouth)
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • Severe sore throat along with fever and feeling ill for more than 48 hours, or after exposure to Strep throat infection
  • Honey-crusted sores around the nose or mouth or rash on other body parts
  • Large amounts of mucous (liquid) from their nose, with face pain or headache
  • Severe ear pain or fluid coming from the ear
  • Severe headache, especially with fever


Prevent the Flu
Fight Flu at Home and School. Flu, or influenza, spreads easily and can make people very sick, especially kids. You can help stop flu! Read more information here. // Combatan la gripe en casa y en la escuela. La gripe, o influenza, se contagia fácilmente y puede hacer que las personas se enfermen mucho, en especial los niños. ¡Ustedes pueden ayudar a prevenir la gripe! Lea más información aquí.


Emergency Information
Emergency information cards are sent home the first week of school. This card should be filled in immediately and returned to school. The information on this card will help us contact you in case of an emergency. It is important that you notify the School Health Office of any changes in information during the school year.


Dispensing of Medication
If a student must take medication in school during school hours, the medication must be in the original container, with the following information: date prescribed, student’s name, name of medication, dose, and time to be administered. A parental permission form and physician’s order must accompany all medication.



Updated June 1, 2021 from NYS: 

As we look ahead to the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, we want to remind you that we expect schools to fully comply with PHL Section 2164 immunization coverage and reporting requirements. As partners in prevention, we all need to remain vigilant to protect the children in this state against all vaccine-preventable diseases.

As we all continue to face challenges related to the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that some  students may have missed doses of vaccines that were due this past year. Most primary care providers and Local Health Departments have now resumed administering routine vaccines. Therefore, NYSDOH expects any students  who missed doses of vaccines due to COVID-19 to receive any overdue doses within 14 days after entry into the 2021-2022 school year, regardless of in-person or remote school attendance; this may be extended to 30 days for
students transferring from out-of-state or another country.

Updated May 11, 2021: 

Effective May 11, 2021 the Board of Regents approved emergency action to amend Commissioner’s Regulations 136.3(b) and (c) for the 2020-2021 school year permitting a student who is unable to obtain a health examination in the required grade due to the COVID19 crisis to have until September 1, 2021 to provide the required health examination to the school.

Updated April 10, 2021: 

The NYSDOH will exercise discretion with respect to enforcement of school vaccination requirements and will not enforce the provisions of Public Health Law § 2164(7) commencing from the date of this letter through the end of the 2020-21 school year, June 30, 2021,for students attending school exclusively through remote learning. As a condition of attending remote learning activities during this grace period, parents of remote learning students must submit an affidavit, in a form and manner determined by the school, acknowledging intention to obtain the appropriate vaccinations during the grace period.
Please note that, as in past school years, schools must continue to prohibit any student from attending school in-person, where the school has not received evidence of all required vaccinations within 14 days from the first day of admission.  

Contact Health Services

Sharon Patsalos, FNP-BC, Health Services Facilitator
Phone: 845-563-3497


Dr. James Thomas, School Physician
Phone: (845) 563-3415
Fax: (845) 563-3416



School Health Offices

SCHOOL PHONE #(845) FAX # (845)
Balmville 563-8555 563-8565
Fostertown 568-6431 568-6442
GAMS 563-8468 563-8474
Gardnertown 568-6411 568-6422
Horizons 563-3733 563-3747
Meadow Hill 568-6637 568-6629
New Windsor 563-3710 563-3720
Temple Hill 568-6482 568-6490
Vails Gate 563-7907 563-7905
Heritage MS 563-3760 563-3796
South MS 563-7022 563-7029
NFA Main Campus 563-5471 563-5468
NFA North Campus 563-8416 563-8433


Health Screenings

The district's School Health Services program supports your student's academic success by promoting health in the school setting. One way that we provide care for your student is by performing health screenings as mandated by the state of New York. Please notify your student's school health office directly if you choose to opt out of the NYS mandated screenings. 


Distance acuity and near vision for all newly entering students and students in grades PreK/K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11. Color perception for all newly entering students.

Pure Tone for all newly entering students and students in grades PreK/K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11.

Scoliosis (spinal curvature) screening take place in grade 9 for boys and grades 5 and 7 for girls.

Health Examination
A health examination takes place for all newly entering students and students in grades Pre-K/K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11.

Dental Certificate
A dental certificate for all newly entering students and students in grades Pre-K/K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11. 




Diphtheria and Tetanus toxoid-containing
vaccine & Pertussis vaccine (DTaP/DTP/Tdap/Td)
4 doses 5 doses or 4 doses if the 4th dose was received at 4 years or older or 3 doses if 7 years or older and the series was started at 1 year or older 3 doses 3 doses
Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoid-containing
vaccine and Pertussis vaccine booster (Tdap)
Not applicable Not applicable 1 dose 1 dose
Polio vaccine (IPV/OPV) 3 doses 4 doses or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was rec. at 4 years or older 4 doses or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was rec. at 4 years or older 4 doses or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was rec. at 4 years or older
Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR) 1 dose 2 doses 2 doses 2 doses
Hepatitis B vaccine 3 doses 3 doses or 2 doses
of adult hepatitis B vaccine (Recombivax) for children who received the doses at least 4 months apart between the ages of 11 through 15 years
3 doses or 2 doses
of adult hepatitis B vaccine (Recombivax) for children who received the doses at least 4 months apart between the ages of 11 through 15 years
Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine 1 dose 2 doses 2 doses 2 doses
Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY) Not applicable Not applicable 1 dose
(Grades 7-11)
2 doses or 1 dose if the dose was rec. at 16 years or older
Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate
vaccine (Hib)
1 to 4 doses Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine (PCV) 1 to 4 doses Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

 For full details, please see the NY.GOV PDF document.


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