All students in the Lewiston-Porter School District, whether in a public or private school, are served by a New York State Registered Nurse. These nurses provide immediate first aid and medical care, administer prescribed medications, do health teaching and maintain individual health records on every child.
Any student new to the Lewiston-Porter School District and all students entering Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Grades 2, 4, 7, and 10 must present a satisfactory health examination certificate and immunization record upon entrance to school. Generally, a 30 day grace period can be applied for students transferring from outside New York State.
Dental certificates are also requested for each year that a health examination is required. (New entrants, pre K or K, 2 ,4, 7,and 10).
Students in Kindergarten and Grades 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10 are screened for distance vision acuity. A more complete vision evaluation is done for Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten and students new to Lewiston-Porter. Students in Kindergarten and Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10 have hearing testing and all students in Grades 5 through 9 are examined for scoliosis per New York State law. Evaluations are also done at parent/guardian request or by teacher referral throughout the school year.
Any student entering GRADE 6 must be immunized against varicella (chicken pox) or produce a physician's note stating that the child has had the disease. Parental recall is not acceptable verification.
Due to recent outbreaks of pertussis (whooping cough) in NYS, as of September, 2007, all students entering GRADE 6 or a comparable Special Education/BOCES class who are 11 YEARS OLD or older must get the Tdap shot.( tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertusssis) All 10 year olds must receive this shot upon turning 11.
For your convenience, this is the required immunization schedule per NYS law:
(DAY CARE, NURSERY, Head Start or pre-K)
Diphtheria Toxoid-Containing Vaccine
Tetanus Toxoid-Containing Vaccine and Pertussis Vaccine (DTaP, DTP)
3 doses (New York City Schools – 4 doses)
3 doses if born on or after 1/1/2005
3 doses (New York City schools – 4 doses required for kindergarten only)
Not applicable until student born on or after 1/1/2005 enrolls in school
Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Booster (Tdap)
Born on or after 1/1/94 and enrolling in 6th grade – 1 dose
Polio (IPV or OPV)
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
2 doses of measles-containing vaccine and 1 dose each of mumps and rubella (preferably as MMR)
type b (Hib)
3 doses if less than 15 months of age or 1 dose administered on or after 15 months of age
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)
Born on or after 1/1/08
4 doses by 15 months of age, given at age-appropriate times and intervals
Born on or after 1/1/2000
Born on or after 1/1/98 or born on or after 1/1/94 and enrolling in 6th grade
For information from the Niagara County Health Department regarding Immunization Program Services, please click here.
Lewiston-Porter Central School District's Medication Policy discourages the administration of medication in school and encourages the physician to adjust dosage intervals so that medication can be given at home. If that is not possible, statutory regulations require a written order from the student's physician and written permission from the parent to administer medication at school.
Prescription medications (e.g. epi-pens, antibiotics, inhalers, insulin) and over-the-counter medications (e.g. Tylenol, Motrin, Tums, cold meds) all follow the same guidelines. They must be brought to the school by a parent or guardian in the original container along with a written order from the physician and written permission from the parent. The order must state the student's name, medication, dosage, route and time to be given. Only rescue inhalers or epi-pens may be carried by a student and require special permission from the physician and notification of such to the health office. No other medications may be kept in lockers, purses or book bags. Need more info? Contact your child's school nurse.
All student athletes must have a current physical on file to even try out for a sport. While most students see their own physician, there are opportunities throughout the year for a student to obtain a health examination here at school, free of charge by our school physician. Physicals are good for one year and NYS required physical and athletic physicals are interchangeable.
This year, in collaboration with Mount St. Mary's Hospital, we will be doing baseline concussion testing for all athletes participating in a contact sport. This will be done in the high school training room by our trainer, Jason Hopkins.
Please remember to submit all physical examination certificates and immunization records to the school nurse to be added to your student's permanent record. Do not turn the paperwork in to the coach and keep a copy for your files!
Feel free to contact your student's school nurse at any time.
We are here for you and your family.