School health services at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District are provided by professional registered nurses. Our school nurses have a multi-faceted role within the school setting, one that supports the physical, mental, emotional, and social health of students and their success in the learning process. A variety of school health services, functions, and programs are provided for students and staff. These services are based upon current evidence, best practices, and professional school nursing standards in collaboration with our district medical director.
The Flu: Q & A
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released helpful information about the flu that answers many questions related to flu including, ways to protect yourself and your child from the flu and signs and symptoms of the flu.
Here are some helpful resources about the flu:
The Flu: A Guide for Parents
The Flu: A Guide for Parents - Español
Fight Flu at Home and School
Fight Flu at Home and School - Español
Everyday Preventive Actions Can Help Fight Germs, Like Flu
Everyday Preventive Actions Can Help Fight Germs, Like Flu - Español
One way RCS and its nurses provide care for students is by performing the health screenings as mandated by the State of New York. During this school year, the following screenings will be required or completed at school:
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) requires a physical exam for new entrants and students in Grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11; annually for interscholastic sports; and working papers as needed; or as required by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Pre-School Special education (CPSE).
Proof of this exam must be a signed physical appraisal form from a New York State licensed medical provider. (A physical exam performed within the 12 months prior to the start of the school year is acceptable. If such an examination is not provided, the school is required by law to provide the exam and it will be completed by our School's Medical Director.
A letter will be sent home if there are any findings on the screening done at school that would cause concern or needs medical follow-up. Please call the school’s Health Office if you have any questions or concerns.
Body Mass Index
New York state requires schools to track each student's body mass index (BMI) and weight status category as part of school health examinations. Every year, the New York State Department of Health surveys some schools for the number of students in each weight status category. If the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District is surveyed by the state, the district will share summary group data only. No names and no information about individual students are sent.
The Ravena-Coeymans Selkirk Central School District has been selected to be part of the survey for the 2022-2023 school year. If you would like more information or would like to opt-out of the sharing of this data, parents must contact their student's school nurse.
A dental exam is recommended for all children entering this school system for the first time and for all children entering grades Pre-K, Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
Public Health Law 2164, prohibits a school from permitting any child to be admitted to such school, or to attend such school, in excess of 14 days without sufficient evidence that the child has received all age-appropriate required vaccinations. The 14 days may be extended where the student is transferring from out of state or from another county and can show a good faith effort to get the necessary evidence or where the parent, guardian, or any other person in parental relationship can demonstrate that a child has received the first age-appropriate dose in each immunization series and that they have age-appropriate scheduled appointments for follow-up doses to complete the immunization services in accordance with the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 through 18.
Vision and Hearing
New Entrant, Pre-K, Grades, K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 11
Scoliosis (spinal curvature) screening for boys in grade 9, and girls in grades 5 and 7.
Nurses are available at each school to provide medical services to students.
Pieter B. Coeymans:
(518) 756-5200, ext. 4005
Fax: (518) 756-4527
(518) 756-5200, ext. 5005
Fax: (518) 767-3199
RCS Middle School:
(518) 756-5200, ext. 3021
Fax: (518) 756-4535
RCS High School:
(518) 756-5200, ext. 2015
Fax: (518) 756-3534
Concussion & Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act Information