Health Office

Bishop Grimes Jr. / Sr. High School Health Services

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, but necessary, information pertinent to your child’s specific health needs. In addition to informing the Attendance Office, please be sure to call the school nurse regarding your child’s extended absence due to serious illness, injury, or surgery. Parents/ Guardians are also encouraged to call the school nurse with specific concerns regarding your child’s health.

Special Health Information from the Diocese of Syracuse regarding Guidelines in Response to the Coronavirus


Illness / Injury                                                                                                                                                                      

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. Students should be instructed by parents/guardians to go to the school nurse if they are not feeling well instead of calling home or texting on their cell phone for a parent/guardian to pick them up from school. If it is necessary for a child to go home, the nurse will write a dismissal pass and the student must 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 Info                                                                                                                      

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 having a parent/guardian signature on file which authorizes the school 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, new students to the building, and those students participating in interscholastic sports in grades 7-12 have an updated health appraisal (physical) on file at the school. Physicals for 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students are due to the school nurse by October 30th. Female students in grade 7 and male students in grade 9 require scoliosis screening. Students in grades 7 and 10 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. Parents/Guardians 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 3rd.


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 (physical) 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 chronic medical condition.
  • ** See Medication Use in School


Schedule for School Health Appraisals                                                                                                                    

(Please Note: Written permission and completion of a health history form by a parent/guardian are required before the school’s physician will examine your child.)

August 6, 2019         9-11 am at ESM High School… Please note APP Process begins at 8:30 am

August 15, 2019        9-11 am at ESM High School

October 15, 2019      Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School (by appointment) for Winter sports

February 25, 2020   Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School (by appointment) for Spring sports

Health Information for Prospective Bishop Grimes Jr./ Sr. High School Students

All prospective students are required to have the following documents on file in the Health Office prior to the start of the academic school year or semester.  An *official immunization record and health history are required before your child’s application and acceptance can be completed. These documents are reviewed by the school nurse to establish that all New York State immunization requirements are met and that your child’s health needs are understood to ensure that pertinent information can be disseminated to the appropriate school personnel upon acceptance. 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.


The required documentation is:

1. An *Official Immunization Record (obtain from Health Care Provider-HCP)

This official document is generated by your child’s health care provider (HCP). A school record is not acceptable.   All International student immunization and health records must be translated into English by the sending Educational Organization or a Medical Translation Service.


Please note that Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School complies with the 2019 New York State legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccinations. For more information on the legislation as well as answers to frequently asked questions, please click here. 


2. An Initial Health History (to be completed by parent)


3. A Health Appraisal/Physical  (to be completed by your child’s HCP)

For admissions purposes, the health appraisal/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  when admitted for first-semester entry or by April 1st for second-semester entry.


4. A Medication Order/Authorization (to be completed by HCP and parent)

This authorization is required if your child will be taking over-the-counter or prescription medication during the school day or has been prescribed emergency use medications. (i.e., Epi-Pen, Auvi-Q, Benadryl, inhaler, glucagon)


Please note: An immunization record that fulfills all NYS immunization requirements including the meningitis vaccine, a current health appraisal, and health history must be reviewed by the school nurse and be on file in the school’s Health Office prior to any student participating in athletics.

Please forward the required documentation to:

Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School

Attn: Patricia Arnold, School Nurse

6653 Kirkville Road

East Syracuse, NY 13057

Or Email:



School Nurse:  Mrs. Patricia Arnold, RN
Telephone:  (315) 477-4625
School’s Fax: (315) 437-0358 (Please make sure fax is labeled Attn: Patricia Arnold or Attn: School Nurse.)