INFORMATION FROM THE SCHOOL NURSES

From the Elementary and Junior/Senior High School Health Office’s

Dear Parent/Guardian of Southold School Students,

As part of a required health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or BMI. The BMI helps the doctor or nurse determine if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low. Recent changes to the New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination. Southold School District has been selected to be part of a state survey. We will be submitting from the 2012-2013 health appraisal forms for students in K, 2, 4, 7, 10. The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier. We will be reporting to the New York State Department of Health about our students’ weight status groups. Only summary information is sent. No names and no information about individual students are sent. However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report.

If you do not wish to have your child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey this year, please state this in a response with your child’s name and grade. This response can be sent to the appropriate health office. We ask that all responses be in by December 20, 2013. If the health office does not receive a response, the BMI information will be included in the survey.

Thank you,

Carol Pearce RN,

Patricia Amato BSN,

Patricia O’Day BSN

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