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New York State Education Law, and “BMI"

Health information

October 29, 2013

As part of a required school health examination, a student is weighed and his/her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index or “BMI”. The BMI helps the doctor or nurse know if the student’s weight is in a healthy range or is too high or too low.

 Recent changes to the New York State Education Law require that BMI and weight status group be included as part of the student’s school health examination. We will be reporting information about our students’ weight status groups to the New York State Department of Health. Only summary information is sent. No names and no information about individual students are sent. This information is required for all students who attended Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 10th grade in the 12-13 school year.

However, you may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report. If you do not wish to have your child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey this year, please call the PPS office at (845) 794-0128 by no later than Friday, January 3, 2014.