South Orangetown Middle School

Back to School 2019-20

Important Dates

Thursday, August 15: SOMS Back to School Information (Including schedules) Mailed

Monday, August 26: Grade 6 Locker Day All incoming sixth-graders and their parents are cordially invited to come set up their lockers, meet the school counselors and say hello to Principal Dr. Chad Corey and Assistant Principal Mr. Joseph Onativia. When you receive your schedule in mid-August, please review it carefully. The first letter of the student’s last name will determine what time his/her session begins. Please arrive on time and park in the Erie Street parking lot. Last name beginning with:

  • 9:00-9:30am: A through H
  • 9:45-10:15am: I through P
  • 10:30-11:00am: Q through Z

Students are encouraged to bring their school-issued locks and practice using it. Locks may also be purchased for $5.00 by checks payable to SOCSD only. The inside of lockers may be decorated/organized at this time. SOMS PTA representatives will be on-site selling locker organizers, accepting orders for Spirit Clothing and registering new members.

Wednesday, September 4: First Day of School

Thursday, September 12: Registration Ends for Modified Sports Register online through Sportz Ventures at https://socsd.powermediallc.org/.

Back to School Information

FREE & REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS
View downloadable applications on the Food Services webpage

GENERAL
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view forms posted below in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and may be downloaded free from the Adobe website. Unable to access the forms? Please call the SOMS Main Office at (845) 680-1100 for assistance.
Back to School Letter
School Supply Lists 
Technology Power Tools Letter
Health Education Letter
Progress Reports & Report Card Dates
Parent Involvement Policy and School-Student-Parent Compact
Program of Studies
Continuum of Services
Annual Notifications

SCHOOL HEALTH
School Nurse: Margaret Keane, RN
Tel: 845-680-1130 | Fax: 845-680-1911

Student Health Exam Requirements
New York State requires a health examination for all students entering the school district for the first time AND when entering pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades. Please read the following requirements carefully:

  • The examination must be completed by a NY/NJ state licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner and on the approved NYSED Student Health Examination Form or one from your physician.
  • dental certificate which indicates your child has been seen by a dentist or dental hygienist is requested at the same time. The school nurse can provide you with a list of dentists and registered dental hygienists who offer dental services on a free or reduced cost basis upon request.
  • A copy of the NYSED Student Health Examination Form must be provided to the school within 30 days from when your child first starts school and when your child starts kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades. If a copy is not given to the school within 30 days, the school will contact you.
  • If your child has an appointment for an exam during the school year that is after the first 30 days of school, please notify the School Nurse’s Office of that date.

Communication between private and school health staff is important for safe and effective care at school. Your healthcare provider may not share health information with school health staff without your signed permission. Please talk to your provider about signing their consent for the school at the time of your child’s appointment for the examination.

Immunization Requirements for Incoming Students:
Tdap Vaccine: Students 11 years or older entering grades 6 through 12 are required to have one dose of Tdap. A dose received at 7 years or older will meet this requirement. Students who are 10 years old in grade 6 and who have not yet received a Tdap vaccine are in compliance until they turn 11 years old.

Meningococcal Vaccine: As of September 1, 2016, all public and private school students entering grades 7 and 12 in New York State must be fully vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school. The meningococcal vaccine, which is administered as a shot, protects against serious and sometimes deadly diseases, such as meningitis and sepsis. Before school starts in September:

  • One dose of meningococcal vaccine is required before 7th grade. If your child had the first dose as a sixth-grader, then another dose is not required until 12th grade.
  • A total of two doses will be required before 12th grade. Most students entering 12th grade got their first dose when they were younger and are now due for their second dose, or booster. This booster is needed because protection from the vaccine decreases over time.
  • The only teens who will not need a second dose before 12th grade are those who got their first dose on or after their 16th birthday.
  • A small number of students who received two doses before their 16th birthday may need a third dose on or after their 16th birthday in order to enter 12th grade.

It’s best to check with your doctor to see whether or not your child needs the vaccine. Students who are not up-to-date will not be allowed to attend school until they are vaccinated.

Head Lice Information Head lice are a troublesome, contagious problem that is common in schools. While it is typical for at least a few cases of head lice to appear at the start of school, head lice cases can be found year-round. One of the most frustrating things about head lice is that it can spread easily and quickly through head-to-head or hand-to head contact with an infested person. This happens through direct contact or through sharing of personal items, such as hats, brushes, any head gear such as batting/riding helmets, etc. Head lice may be contracted any place where children interact. Schools, camps and sleepovers may be places to transmit lice, since children are playing so closely together. To assist all students and their families when there is an incident of head lice, our District has adopted a protocol to manage this problem. Under this protocol, a child who is found to have head lice will be sent home for treatment. Once the child has been treated, he/she may return to school. The purpose of this protocol is to help prevent the spread of head lice. Even one louse can transmit head lice from one child to another. Therefore, it is extremely important that parents are vigilant in treating children with head lice and removing the eggs (called nits). We want to contain the problem before it becomes widespread. So, we ask you to:

  • GET TOUGH – treat the head
  • GET PICKY – remove head lice and nits
  • BE ON GUARD – every week, take a peek

Please feel free to call your school nurse for assistance.

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