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As you will recall from completing your Admissions application, CAWNY works hand-in-hand with the North Tonawanda City School District when it comes to the health of your child(ren).  Below is information you will need while your child is attending CAWNY:
Screenings (Vision, Hearing, Scoliosis)
- Vision screening for distance and near-vision acuity is required within 6 months of admission to school and in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, grades 1, 3, 5, 7 and 11.
- Hearing screening utilizing pure-tone testing is required within 6 months of admission to school and in pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
- Scoliosis screening is required in grades 5 and 7 for girls and grade 9 for boys.
School Physicals
If your child is entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, grade 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 or 11 in September, a mandated physical examination, by a New York-licensed provider, is required. Your private healthcare provider is the best person to conduct this exam. Make your appointment early as it can take three months to schedule exams over the busy summer. NYS law requires these exams, and schools are obligated to enforce the requirement. Please retain a copy of all certificates for your records before you submit them to the school nurse.
As of June, 2019, NYS repealed the provisions of the Public Health Law which permitted parents to request an exemption from immunizations requirements based upon statements of religious beliefs.
Infections and Illnesses
Coronavirus – the NTCSD has done an excellent job of providing the facts about Coronavirus and we are passing that information on to you.  If you are concerned about this particular virus, please read all the relevant information here.


Flu - The flu is spread from person to person in coughs and sneezes or when a person touches respiratory droplets on another person or an object and then touches their own mouth or nose (or someone else’s mouth or nose) before washing their hands.
Students with an “influenza-like illness” should stay home when they are sick.
Students should stay home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever or signs of a fever, without the use of fever-reducing medication. 
One can reduce the chances of spreading or catching the flu by:
- Washing hands often with soap and water, especially after sneezing or coughing.
- Using alcohol-based hand sanitizers to clean hands if soap and water are not available.
- Covering nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Coughing or sneezing into your sleeve if no tissue is available.
For more information on the flu and prevention, see the links below:
Centers for Disease Control Flu Information
NYS - Seasonal Flu


Head Lice – Because we utilize the school nurse(s) provided to us by NTCSD, the following protocol is in place for students:
- Upon discovery of head lice on a child’s hair, the school nurse will immediately call the parent or guardian. Information about head lice and recommended actions will be provided.
- Parents will be encouraged to discuss the matter with the school nurse and will be assured that the district will strive to maintain student privacy and anonymity.
- Students will be sent home or excluded from school if live head lice are found.
- In the secondary schools, communication with close friends and family members and screenings will occur as appropriate, at the school nurse’s discretion.
- Upon re-entry into school, the child will be checked by the school nurse.
Other Action
- The school nurses will work to educate parents and families of affected children about head lice treatment and prevention.
More Information:
CDC - Head Lice Information for Parents
Helpful Tips and Facts about Head Lice
NYS Center for School Health - Resources on Lice


Should you have any questions regarding any of this health information, please do not hesitate to contact our Main Office at 433-1652.