Basic health services are provided at each school, under the supervision of the school nurse. In addition, the Administration has developed procedures for implementing Town, State and Federal mandates in the interest of maintaining optimum student health. The North Haven Board of Education is also committed to a sound, comprehensive health education program as an integral part of each student's general education.
Connecticut State law requires all students enrolled in a public school system to have periodic physical examinations, and show proof of adequate immunization against communicable diseases, according to the requirements from the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH). Written proof, including the complete dates, are required for the following: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis B, and Varicella (chicken pox). Immunization against Haemophilus Influenza Type B (HIB) is also required for all children who enter school before the age of 5. All medical exemptions must be in writing from an authorized health care provider. Religious exemptions require a written statement from the parent/guardian stating that such immunization would be contrary to religious beliefs. Proof of immunity of any disease by natural infection must be in writing from the child's health care provider. From time to time, the CT DPH makes changes to its schedule of required school immunizations. If any additional vaccinations are needed, your child's school nurse can advise you accordingly.
The North Haven Board of Education, in compliance with CT State Law, has identified entry into grades Kindergarten, 7, and 11 as those times when health assessments ("school physicals") must be completed, within the previous 12 months, by a qualified practitioner of medicine. The blue "State of Connecticut Department of Education Health Assessment Record" form must be used, and will be provided by the school nurse at the appropriate time. All mandatory physicals must be on file in the nurse's office prior to the start of grades Kindergarten, 7, and 11.
Health screenings mandated by the State of Connecticut are done according to the following schedule:
Vision (distance only) - Kindergarten through Grade 6, and Grade 9.
Color discrimination (check for color-blindness) - Grade 2
Hearing - Kindergarten through Grade 3, Grade 5, and Grade 8.
Postural (scoliosis) - Grades 5 through 9. This may be waived in Grade 6 if already done and documented on the 6th grade physical, which is required before entering Grade 7.
Sports Physicals-Any student wishing to try out for a school sport at the Middle School or High School must turn in a completed sports packet every year to the school nurse, prior to the start of tryouts. Physicals for sports must be done annually. Sports packets can be downloaded from the district and school web sites. In addition to the physical, sports packets contain forms for the Parent Permission, Medical History and Code of Ethics.