Health Information

The school nurse assesses students for illness, provides first aid, administers medication, and provides vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings. The nurse also coordinates medical eligibility for students’ participation in physical education class and school sports and sees that the appropriate personnel have limited information pertinent to your child’s specific health needs. Be sure to call the nurse regarding your child’s extended absence due to serious illness, injury or surgery, or with specific concerns regarding your child’s health.


Students are encouraged to see the school nurse when they become ill at school and to seek first aid in the Health Office for injuries that occur during the school day. No student should leave the building because of an injury or ill health without first being evaluated by the nurse. The nurse will contact a parent/guardian as needed. If it is necessary for a child to go home, the nurse will write a dismissal pass and the student will sign out in the Attendance Office prior to leaving the building.

Water Bottles in School

Recognizing the importance of allowing students to stay hydrated, students are permitted to carry a water bottle during the school day. Please note that water bottles should be a clear plastic water bottle, and students are only permitted to have water in the water bottle.

Emergency Contact and Health Information

Bishop Grimes requires that current parent/guardian phone numbers be on file in the Health Office in the event of student illness, injury, or emergency. This information should be updated annually on the Student Emergency Contact and Health Information Card. Students receive this card in homeroom during the first week of school and are asked to return the card to either their homeroom teacher or the nurse before the end of September. Please notify the Health Office of any health or contact information changes throughout the school year.

Medication Use in School

When it is necessary for a child to take medication at school, either over-the-counter or prescription, a child’s health care provider must complete a Bishop Grimes medication order and authorization form in addition to a parent/guardian signature authorizing the nurse to administer the medication. All medication must be brought to the Health Office by a parent/guardian in its original container/packaging with the appropriate forms. Medication must be stored in the Health Office and administered by the school nurse. An exception can be made for an Epi-Pen/Auvi-Q or inhaler when an additional authorization is on file in the Health Office. This “carry” authorization is mandatory for athletes whose health care provider prescribes an Epi-Pen/Auvi-Q for a bee sting allergy or an inhaler for asthma. **

Annual Screenings and Health Appraisals (Physical)

Beginning July 1, 2018, it is required that all 7th, 9th, and 11th-grade students, all new students, and those students participating in interscholastic sports in grades 7-12 have an updated health appraisal (physical) on file at the school. Female students in grade 7 and male students in grade 9 require scoliosis screening. Students in grades 7 and 10 also require a hearing and vision check. The school nurse performs these screenings on all students who do not show documentation of these having been performed by their own health care provider. You will be notified should the results of the screenings indicate that your child requires further follow-up. If your health care provider has not examined your child and you do not want your child screened for scoliosis by the school nurse, notify the Health Office in writing, prior to October 1st.

Meningitis Vaccine

Students in grades 7 and 12 are required to have a record of receiving a meningitis vaccine on file in the Health Office by the first day of school. New York State Public Health Law requires all students entering 7th grade to have a single dose of meningitis vaccine (brand name Menactra or Menveo) administered to all adolescents at age 11 or 12. A second (booster) dose of meningitis vaccine (brand name Menactra or Menveo) should be administered at age 16 years. The booster is not necessary for students who received the first dose at 16 years or older.


The medical requirements for participation in school sports are met when the following documents have been reviewed by the school nurse and are on file in the Health Office:

  • A current health appraisal that specifically denotes sports participation
  • A health history that has been completed and signed by a parent/guardian (a new one is required before each sport played
  • If applicable, a release from your child’s health care provider or emergency room provider to participate after an injury, a surgical procedure, or a chronic medical condition.

** See Medication Use in School

School Health Appraisals (Physicals)

Written permission and completion of a health history form by a parent/guardian are required before the school physician will examine your child.

  • August 6, 2019          9:00am – 11:00am at East Syracuse Minoa High School… APP Process begins at 8:30am
  • August 15, 2019        9:00am – 11:00am at East Syracuse Minoa High School
  • October 22, 2019      By appointment only at Bishop Grimes (sign up in the Health Office) for Winter Sports
  • February 25, 2020   By appointment only at Bishop Grimes (sign up in the Health Office) for Spring Sports

Health Requirements for Newly Accepted Students

Health Information For Newly Accepted Students

All accepted students are required to have the following documents on file in the health office prior to starting school. These documents are reviewed by the school nurse to establish that all NYS immunization requirements are met and that your child’s health needs are understood so that pertinent information can be disseminated to the appropriate school personnel. At Bishop Grimes, we make every effort to see that your child’s school health needs are addressed to ensure a healthy and positive school experience.

  • An *Official Immunization Record (obtain from Health Care Provider-HCP)retreat photo of students
    • This official document is generated by your child’s health care provider (HCP). A school record is not acceptable.
    • All International student health records must be translated by the sending Educational Organization or a Medical Translation Service.
  • A Health Appraisal/Physical (to be completed by your child’s HCP)
    • For enrollment purposes, the physical exam can be dated no earlier than September of the school year just completed. Once school begins a health appraisal is required for the current school year.
    • *International and out of state students must have a health appraisal completed by an NYS Health Care Provider before November 1st.
  • A Health History (to be completed by parent)
  • Medication Order/Authorization (to be completed by HCP and parent)
    • This is left to parental discretion, but it is required if your child will be taking over-the-counter or prescription medication during the school day and has been prescribed emergency use medications. (i.e. Epi-Pen, Auvi-Q, Benedryl, inhaler, glucagon)
  • Dental Health Certificate (to be completed by dentist and parent)
    • This is optional but recommended.

Please forward the above documentation to:

Bishop Grimes Jr/Sr High School
Attn: Patricia Arnold, School Nurse
6653 Kirkville Rd.
East Syracuse, NY 13057

Or Email:

Health Requirements for International Students

International students joining the Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School must ensure that their immunizations and required health information is accurate, up-to-date, and properly documented according to the regulations of New York State. For more information about these requirements that must be met prior to the beginning of the school year, Health Information for International Student Admission.

Please forward the above documentation to:

Bishop Grimes Jr/Sr High School
Attn: School Nurse
6653 Kirkville Rd.
East Syracuse, NY 13057


School Nurse:  Patricia Arnold, RN
Telephone:  (315) 477-4625