Tappan Zee High School

Back to School 2020-21

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FREE & REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS
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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 TZHS Main Office at (845) 680-1600 for assistance.

Letter to Students and Parents
Bell Schedule and Two-Hour Delay Schedule
Chromebook Handbook
Minimum School Attendance Procedures
Parent Involvement Policy and School-Student-Parent Compact
2020-21 Student Handbook
2020-21 Student Parking Permission Form (juniors and seniors)
Annual Notifications

Calculator Information
In preparation for the upcoming school year, the Math Department would like to let you know we will be using the TI-84 in all of our math courses. It will be to your child’s advantage if they had their own graphing calculator to use at home as well as in class. The TI-84 can be purchased at most office supply retailers and electronics stores. These calculators can be used in all math courses at Tappan Zee High School and are allowed on all New York State Regents Exams, as well as the Advanced Placement, PSAT, SAT and ACT exams.

It would be helpful if your child could have their calculator for the start of the school year with the rest of their school supplies. These calculators are expensive, so we ask that you please be sure to talk to your child regarding keeping their belongings safe.

If you have any questions regarding the purchase of these calculators, please feel free to contact your child’s math teacher.

SCHOOL HEALTH
School Nurse: Patricia Shalvey, RN
Tel: 845-680-1647 | Fax: 845-680-1911

New Student Health Exam Requirements
As of July 1, 2018, 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. 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.

Meningococcal Immunization Requirement
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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