Special Services

Special Services

Health Services

Rockville Centre School District #21 provides the services of a nurse five days a week.


Children on designated grade levels are examined annually for vision, hearing, and scoliosis.

A.        Physical Examination

            Complete physical examinations are required for all new entrants.  Physicals are also required of students entering grades K, 2, 4 and 7 and        any child with chronic physical needs. Students who wish to participate in any school sport(s) must submit a sport’s physical as well as a medical release prior to tryouts. No exceptions will be made.  Dental certificates are required for all children.


B.        Immunization

            In accordance with the Amendments to the New York State Public

Health Law and Regulations, a child will NOT be admitted to school without

proof of the following immunizations:

            1.four-five  doses of diphtheria vaccine    

            2. three - four doses of  polio vaccine (IPV or OPV)         

            3. two doses of measles and mumps

            4. one dose of  rubella vaccine

            5. three doses of hepatitis B vaccine

            6. two doses of Varicella vaccine
   7. one dose of Tetanus toxoid, diptheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap)
      for students entering  grade 6 or upon 11th birthday.


C.        Emergencies

            If a child becomes ill or has an accident during the school day, every

attempt will be made to contact the parent(s) or legal guardian(s).  Emergency

cards must be on file in the Health Office and updated as needed.


D.        Medication

           State Law prohibits dispensing of medication, including over the counter

drugs, except by written request of the parent(s) and a physician’s direct order. 

Therefore, if it is necessary for a child to take medication during the school day

the following procedure must be followed:

            1. a note from parent(s) and doctor must be sent to the school nurse

            2. medication must be submitted to the nurse in the prescription bottle

            3. medicine may only be taken in the presence of  the nurse or her designee


E.         Medical Excuse for Physical Education

            If your child cannot participate in gym class, a written excuse from a

physician must be submitted.  Medical clearance must also be submitted when

the child can be readmitted to physical education classes.


F.        Reportable Conditions

  All incidents of injuries, serious illnesses, surgery, accidents and

  communicable diseases must be reported to the nurse.


G.       Returning to class.  An admission note from the physician is required     before a child who has had “strep” infection may return to school.


H.      If a student has had a fever, they must remain out of school for a period of 24 hours following the last fever.


Speech Correction


Students in need of corrective speech therapy are referred to a qualified therapist who is provided by the respective Public School District.  All incoming

students are screened.   Periodic re-evaluation ensures the continuity and quality of this service.


Psychological Services


Psycho-Educational services are provided for individually referred students by their respective Public School District.  Screening is provided for incoming Kindergartners by the Rockville Centre Public School District.


Special Education Services


Students who are designated as Learning Disabled by a Committee for Special Education, receive instruction according to their Individualized Education Program (IEP).


Child Find


If you suspect that your child has a learning disability, contact the Rockville Centre Public School District’s Pupil Services Office at 255-8928.




Guidance services are available for all children in grades K-8.  Referrals may be made by parents, teachers and administrators.  Individual and group counseling is offered to students who experience family or personal concerns.  Parents are encouraged to consult with the guidance counselor as needed.


Academic Intervention Services


Through the AIS program, a teacher is provided by the Rockville Centre Public School District for  remedial reading and math instruction to qualifying students in grades 1-6.

Created on 8/25/2008 - Last updated on 8/25/2008
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