South Orangetown Middle School

Back to School 2021-22

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All school events, parent workshops, PTA meeting dates for the 2021-22 school year are posted on the SOMS Google Calendar.

FREE & REDUCED PRICE SCHOOL MEALS APPLICATION
Breakfast and lunch are FREE for all students through June 2022. However, those who believe they may be eligible for free or reduced-price lunch status are encouraged to apply. SOCSD encourages all families who believe that their children may be eligible to apply for free or reduced-price school lunches. Families may apply at any time of the year either online or by downloading, printing and returning an application form (English | Spanish) to South Orangetown Central School District, ATTN: Danielle Durso, 160 Van Wyck Road, Blauvelt, NY. For additional information, visit the SOCSD Food Service 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.

Opening Day Letter
School Supply Lists: Gr. 6 | Gr. 7 | Gr. 8
Technology Power Tools Letter
Health Education Letter
Mobile Device Handbook (English | Spanish)
Progress Reports & Report Card Dates
Parent Involvement Policy and School-Student-Parent Compact
Program of Studies and Continuum of Services
School Communications
Annual Notifications

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

Student Health Examination Requirements
New York State law 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. Physicals completed within 365 days prior to the first day of school are acceptable.

Please read the following requirements carefully:

  • The examination must be completed by a NY/NJ state licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner.
  • dental certificate which indicates your child has been seen by a dentist or dental hygienist is requested at the same time.
  • A copy of the NYSED Student Health Examination Form must be provided to the school by December 31, 2021 from when your child first starts school and when your child starts kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades. Please note that the NYSED Student Health Examination Form or its electronic health record equivalent MUST be used for al physicals completed on or after January 31, 2021. No other forms are acceptable.
  • Links to the NYSED Student Health Examination Form and dental certificate forms are posted on the For Parents page of our school district website, under Forms.

Parents are encouraged to make copies of the completed forms for their own records before sending them to the School Nurse’s Office. Forms may be sent to SOMS School Nurse Margaret Keane at [email protected] or via fax (845.680.1911).

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:

  • Treat the head
  • Remove head lice and nits
  • Be on guard; every week, take a peek

Please feel free to call the school nurse for assistance.

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