Friday, October 13, 2017

The Chain...


Walking around the District on a weekly basis, it is astonishing how many people in our community that will openly tell you that they were told not to tell their leaders about any issues that they have or may know about it. Ironically, most of those same people will tell someone else who is either not in the organization or in a different function of the organization about their issue. Apparently, the concept of the chain seems have been melted away. The chain I speak about is the chain of command. When in history did bringing a concern to people that may not have any impact on the issue or may not know anything about what is going on decide to become obsolete? I spend more time on the phone trying to diagnose what may be happening in many situations because people would rather go right to the top instead of speak with individuals in the correct places that can actually solve the problem twice as fast. Or better yet, often times when something small arises and people decide to bring their issue to the wrong person on the chain, the situation often becomes a much larger problem than needed and causes a gigantic fall-out effect that leaves a large wake. I mention this because simply following the chain generally gets situations resolved more accurately and in a quicker fashion than deciding to go as high up as you can. The worst part about disregarding the chain is that sometimes nothing gets resolved if you go too high on the chain to begin. There are many instances where people go above someones head and then rather than the situation get resolved, people hold onto information without sharing it working in an attempt to catch someone else making a mistake. That's not the culture or society that we want to live in. In that instance, you think you are doing something good by notifying someone in high places of an issue; but in reality your perpetuating a problem if the chain isn't circular. Using the chain isn't always easy, but it is necessary. Like a ladder, sometimes the climb up the links is slow and tedious; but the desired result is usually reached faster when you take the time to follow the chain.
  

Rooted in Rome


On Wednesday, October 18, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., the Rome City School District in partnership with the City of Rome, Rome Memorial Hospital, Mohawk Valley Community College and the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, will be participating in a community event called Rooted in Rome. Hosted at the Rome MVCC campus, the event intends to highlight the vast resources and opportunities that our community has available to it's residents. This is a collaborative and targeted effort by our communities major establishments to grow our population. The event will include a job fair for individuals interested in employment in Rome and showcases of our local businesses/resources. The Rome City School District will be highlighting our arts and technology programs, our resources available to families relative to social/emotional health, and our advancement in instructional technology. This event will be a great opportunity for potential residents to get a glimpse of what Rome has to offer and we hope that you will encourage anyone looking for a new community to come visit us on Wednesday, October 18, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Rome MVCC!

Gansevoort Craft Fair


On Saturday, October 28, the Gansevoort Community will be hosting their annual craft fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Gansevoort Elementary. All proceeds from the event benefit the Gansevoort Parent Teacher Group. For more information, including how to volunteer and/or be a vendor, please contact the organization through email at gansgators@yahoo.com





Who to Contact...


Within any community or organization, often times it can be challenging to know who to contact when an issue arises. Normally, we contact someone that we know, regardless of whether or not they are the appropriate person to contact or if they can even help. In an effort to streamline this and help our community understand who the best point of contact for an issue may be, we have developed a document that can be found on our website to help people understand the best point of contact for a given topic. There is nothing more frustrating than being passed around trying to get to the correct point of contact and we hope that this document will help streamline the process for both our community and our staff. The file can be found by clicking HERE or on the website under the Parents>Resources tab.



Monday, October 9, 2017

Status No...

I have often said that the kiss of death (KOD) for any organization is when you respond to questions with, "because that's how we've always done it", or "in the past...", or essentially, the status quo. Our world is an ever changing environment and society isn't going to wait for anyone. People within public schools everywhere can claim and attempt to say things were better once upon a time, and that may be true. But, what's also true is that society outside of our schools is not the same as it was "once upon a time" and if we aren't adapting and teaching our children to live within the society that they will face when they leave school, then we aren't preparing them for the 21st century... we continue to prepare them for the early 20th century. While reflecting on or progress, speed bumps, and literal road blocks recently, I have come to believe that the status quo sometimes might not be that bad because the real KOD is status NO! I have never been in an environment where people respond to questions, requests, favors, etc. with the word NO more than I have seen in the past 2 years. If a student in the classroom were to ever tell their teacher no (or any other adult in the school for that matter) the general response is hostility and anger. However, for some reason, our school community feels that saying no to requests in an attempt to move things in a different direction is okay. Let me ask: are we ok with a 78% graduation rate? Are we ok with the number of families that feel their student may not be safe in school? Are we ok with the number of students being suspended for physical aggression? Are we ok with the volume of young students who need significant support? Are we ok with the negative perception that others have of our community? I would venture a bet to say the answer to all of those questions is that we are not satisfied and we want better. We can't be better, get better, or have better if we continue to operate the same way that we have for the past 20-30 years. A lot has changed in 20-30 years and it's time that we change too. Our mental mindset and approach needs to be different. Status quo doesn't work. Status no doesn't work. It's time to try some new things and see what sticks. Our children won't survive a future if we are preparing them for the past. It's time for status "LET'S GO!"

Rooted in Rome


On Wednesday, October 18, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., the Rome City School District in partnership with the City of Rome, Rome Memorial Hospital, Mohawk Valley Community College and the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, will be participating in a community event called Rooted in Rome. Hosted at the Rome MVCC campus, the event intends to highlight the vast resources and opportunities that our community has available to it's residents. This is a collaborative and targeted effort by our communities major establishments to grow our population. The event will include a job fair for individuals interested in employment in Rome and showcases of our local businesses/resources. The Rome City School District will be highlighting our arts and technology programs, our resources available to families relative to social/emotional health, and our advancement in instructional technology. This event will be a great opportunity for potential residents to get a glimpse of what Rome has to offer and we hope that you will encourage anyone looking for a new community to come visit us on Wednesday, October 18, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Rome MVCC!

Hunger Walk


This Sunday, October 15th, will be the annual Rome Area Hunger Walk beginning at 2:00 p.m. The walk originates and ends at St. John's Lutheran Church, 502 W. Chestnut St. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the walk at 2:00 p.m. This event is important to our community as 90% of money raised stays local to help end hunger in our own community. Contact your church or community organization and find out who the Hunger Walk Recruiter is. If they don't have one, you can volunteer to recruit for your organization! Just want to walk on your own? Call 336-1380 or email firstpresrome@gmail.com to get a Donation Form, and start raising money! Together, we can end hunger!!


E-Cigarettes Legislation


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has recently signed legislation (S.750 / A.611), which bans the use of electronic cigarettes on all public and private school grounds in New York State. "Nicotine use in any form has shown to be damaging to teens and this measure will close a dangerous loophole that allows e-cigarettes to be used in New York schools," Governor Cuomo said. Prohibiting electronic cigarettes on all school grounds will diminish youth access to electronic cigarettes and help booster New York's commitment to preventing childhood and teenage smoking. School grounds includes any building, structure and surrounding outdoor grounds contained within a public or private pre-school, nursery school, elementary, or secondary school's property, and any vehicles used to transport children or school personnel. While our school district already considers the use of electronic cigarettes a violation of the code of conduct, this legislation will support others who do not desire to have their children exposed to the trend in general. For more information regarding the dangers and hazards related to electronic cigarettes and their syrups, please feel free to contact a school official.






Sunday, October 1, 2017

Awareness Day...

Monday, October 2, 2017 is the Rome City School District and Rome Teacher Center's annual Awareness Day. We invite you to join us as we celebrate our community and work to raise awareness and understanding around the topic of bullying.  The district wide activity this year is to have every school paint Kindness Rocks. Each school was asked to collect and paint a minimum of 10 rocks.  More is better! Each rock should have an uplifting, positive picture or message painted on the rock. Rocks will be collected from each school in the days after the event. Once collected, to make sure they are seen by the community, they will be used along a path in a designated area in Rome.  We are hoping that maybe the rocks can be displayed at multiple sites in the city during the 2017-2018 school year. If you would like more information about Kindness Rocks, please go to: http://thekindnessrocksproject.com/We are also asking all students and staff within the District to wear BLUE on Monday, October 2 as a sign of unity and support against bullying. Bullying is a word that is often misunderstood and has become the cornerstone of attention in New York schools in the past decade. Unfortunately, it is not a topic that plagues just our schools, it plagues our society and community as well. Throughout the country, people still believe that intimidation and force is still the best way to get what they want. Respect, hard work, effort, and teamwork are diminishing values in today's society. There has never been a rule or law that requires people to be friends, or get along for that matter. But, the laws of general human decency suggest that there is never a reason for one human to put down another. Until all adults in our society learn to work together, free of insults, slander, name calling, and defamation behind the vail of a computer screen and anonymity; our children don't have a chance. Beyond our simple  activities of painting rocks and wearing blue, we ask you to join us in working to improve our culture of caring and understanding of others. Together, as a community, we can be the kindness that we desire to see.

Can to School


Friday, October 6, 2017 is 'Bring Your Can to School Day'. In conjunction with the the Rome Area Hunger Walk (to be held on October 15), we are working with the Salvation Army on a canned food drive. We ask students to please bring a can of non-perishable food to school with them on Friday, October 6. Along with this event, we are also going to be holding a canned food drive on Friday night at the Rome Free Academy homecoming football game versus Christian Brothers Academy. We ask that if you plan to attend the game, please make a donation to the Salvation Army to help families and individuals in our community and beyond. Thank you in advance for your support of others.  

Instagram


This past week, the Rome City School District has launched into the world of Instagram. In an effort to keep up with the times (or in the case a few years behind), we have initiated our own Instagram account. Instagram is simply one more way for the District to promote the positive things that are occurring throughout our buildings and is done so mainly through photography. The District can be followed at https://www.instagram.com/romecsd/ or by downloading the app onto your mobile device and searching for the Rome City School District.


Service Academy Event


Hosted in conjunction with Congressman John Katko’s office, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney’s office, and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s office, the Syracuse Service Academy event will take place on October 5th at 6PM at Onondaga Community College, Storer Auditorium. This event is an opportunity for students, parents, and school faculty to learn about the unique academic and career opportunities offered through our nation’s service academies. Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, as well as Army and Navy R.O.T.C. will be in attendance. If you have any questions or wish to RSVP, please contact  (315)-448-0470 or avery_cambridge@gillibrand.senate.gov.



Sunday, September 24, 2017

Which Escalator...

There are escalators for all walks of life. Like anything else in the modern era, the wheel of escalators continues to be reinvented. There are up escalators, down escalators, long escalators, short escalators, and even flat escalators for those that are in more of a hurry. As a side note, have you ever noticed that many young children are afraid of the down escalator? They only want to ride up. Regardless, most often, escalators are devices that help an individual get from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ in a manner that requires less effort than normal. However, what about the other escalator? What about the escalator that relates to emotions and human management of stress? It’s funny how even in these situations, most humans choose the ‘up escalator’ as well. Given the opportunity to step back from a situation, think about the options logically, and make a conscious choice to de-escalate a situation; most human beings will choose the opposite. They will choose to escalate something and cause a current bad situation to become worse. Why? The concept of de-escalation seems to be something that most people don’t want to address. By focusing on the down escalator, we can help each other. Rather than increase an individual’s tension, frustration, anger; we can be a part of the solution. De-escalation can be as simple as walking away from a situation. It could also be talking with a calm voice, maintaining an appropriate personal space, a smile, attempting to change the subject, or simply saying “I’m sorry, how can I help?” No matter which way you shake it, children are afraid of the down escalator and adults are afraid of de-escalation. It’s time to stop being afraid of the down escalator and working together to help people that are experiencing stress, not making things more challenging for them.

Going Google


This week, the Rome City School District has officially converted the mail, calendar, and cloud services to Google. Our staff will now have the benefits of Google Classroom and #GAFE (Google Apps For Education) that we previously have not had at our disposal. For any staff member in the District, your email will now accessed through the web address: mail.romecsd.org, or through the dashboard on the website, or through the Google mail icon on your desktop. The web addresses for other items include the calendar (calendar.romecsd.org) and for your GoogleDrive (drive.romecsd.org). All of your files and information from Office 365 should have been transferred to your new mail and/or your Google Drive. This is a web based application which means that the icon for Outlook will no longer work. If you have any questions or concerns, please check in with your building PC specialist or SYSOPS. If they are unavailable, please contact the I.T. department. 



OctoberQuest Run/Walk


On Saturday, September 30, CNY Quest will be sponsoring their third annual OktoberQuest 5K Run/Walk event. The event will benefit CNY Quest, a local agency that provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism. Money raised goes toward more people getting the services they need in our area. Many of our students and families are supported through these services and/or are active members with CNY Quest. There will be cash prizes for the top runners. For course details, check out the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OktoberQuest/. Registration for the event can be done by visiting https://runsignup.com/OktoberQuest


Taste of Rome


The Rome Art and Community Center is hosting the first annual Taste of Rome on September 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the RACC, 308 W. Bloomfield St. The event is free and open to the public. This family friendly occasion includes food trucks, art activities, a children's reading room, live music, local farmers, bounce houses, contests for food vendors, and children's activities. Also, Paw Patrol will be on site, the MC is Crazy Awesome Weddings guy, Blaine Wiggins. The National Anthem will be sung at Noon to kick off the day, Jon Liebing will be playing at 12:00 to 1:00, Eddie Arcuri will be rocking it at 1:00 to 2:00, Rome Community Theater will be doing skits, Jimmy Wolf will be playing at 2:00 to 3:00. Skippy John Jones will be here with the story telling circle from 2:00 to 3:00, pumpkin and rock painting, bounce house, utica zoo mobile, face painting, balloon people, photo booth, Full Lotus Yoga, Bailey's karate demonstration at 1:00, All Different local Artisan craft vendors, Broasters Coffee, Copper City Brewing, SPRESSOS, Art Works By Donna Burch, Bags by Michelle Entelisano, Decorating by Nancy Loreto's Creative Designs, Ella's Room, The Rome Fire Department and Police Departments vehicles and employees will also be a part of the festivities. Finally, contests that the community will be voting on will also be held. 



Dental Services


SUNY Canton’s dental hygiene program is looking for volunteer patients who have not had a cleaning in at least 6 months to come visit their students for preventative dental care. Located at the VA Rome Hospital (125 Brookley Road), the services provided include:
  • Oral Cancer Screening and Cavity Check
  • Dental X-Rays When Necessary
  • Cleaning and Polishing of Teeth
  • Fluoride Treatments
There is a small fee to defray the cost of supplies:
*$10.00 per child 18 years of age and younger
*$15.00 per (adult 19+)
Free for veterans
Days of services are Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. 
(Appointments are approx. 2.5 hours)   
*since we are a teaching clinic, you may need to return in order to complete care.                      
Please call Shelley (315) 336-3484 to schedule an appointment.



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Opposite Day...

Do you remember those times when kids want to help themselves believe something that they know isn't right? I always love the laughter of a child that exclaims, "It's opposite day!" The ensuing laughter and joy of having everything be different than it is supposed to be is just fun. I mention this because I often wish I could have an opposite day, or back in time to a point where the human race did not feel so entitled to everything. The growing trait of entitlement in society is alarming. There was a point in time where people were proud to have a job, to have a responsibility, and they would do anything for those that provided their family a way in life. In today's society though, having a good job or being a part of a good community isn't enough. People frequently defy their responsibilities and ask for extra if they have to do one iota's worth of work outside the normal scope. All too frequently, people feel that they have privileges that others shouldn't have, simply because they do what they are supposed to do. I often wonder, if you simply do what you are supposed to do as a member of a team or society, should you receive special accolades for it? Is the the adult version of a trophy for every kid in a little league sport? Regardless, the sense of entitlement that our society is developing is going to be our demise. I wish that we could have an opposite day, or week, or month. A time when we recognize that we are fortunate to have the things that we have provided to us, simply for doing the tasks and roles that we are supposed to do. Honor and pride in a job well done seem to be a thing of the past. But they are still the opposite of what most of the world believes in. Let's bring it back.  Let's turn opposite day into an opposite future.


Thank You


Throughout the past several weeks, many organizations throughout our community have generously donated school supplies, clothing, and other items for our students and families. Each year, the District consistently receives support to ensure that our students have what they need to start the year. While there are many organizations that support our kids, and they support the schools and kids throughout the year, there are three organizations that traditionally go above and beyond. On behalf of the District, the schools, and the entire community; I would like to say thank you to the Unite Way, JCPenney, and Front of the Class. We appreciate all that you do for our students, families, and community.  


Dads Take Your Child to School Event 


On Tuesday, September 19, I would like to encourage you to participate in “Dads Take Your Child to School Day”, an annual event that seeks to jump-start or renew a father’s commitment to participate in his child’s life – regardless of the child’s age and/or his residential status within the home.  Dads Take Your Child to School Day encourages fathers and father figures to take their child to school with the expectation that he will remain engaged throughout the school year and beyond. This initiative is sponsored by the Office of Children and Family Services.  As we all know, parental involvement in a child's schooling has proven to be an indicator of both school success and future success. This event is a simple attempt to remind us of this importance and encourage Dads to bring their child to school for a day. For more information, please visit http://dadstakeyourchildtoschoolday.com/

Drive For Your Students Event


Rome Free Academy, in conjunction with the RFA PBIS team, is sponsoring their first ever DRIVE FOR YOUR STUDENTS TEST DRIVE EVENT whereby Buick will donate $10 for each test drive up to a total of $10,000 to our school. Davidson Auto Group will be bringing 10 shiny new Buicks to RFA during it's Open House on Tuesday, September 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the test drives.  Any driver age 21 or older with a valid license and proof of insurance is encouraged to come and test drive a Buick to help raise money for our students. We are encouraging all of the Rome City Schools to support this event. As a special incentive:  the building that has the highest percentage of adults doing test drives will receive a FREE MUFFIN MONDAY sponsored by RFA's PBIS team!



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Mother Nature...

During the past few weeks, Mother Nature has certainly decided to flex her muscles a bit around our country. Having several family members currently Florida, and friends working through the challenges in Texas; I, like many of you, have experienced the concern and worry for our friends and family dealing with catastrophic events. I can recall many of us making comments about the a-typical summer that we had here in Central New York. Looking back at some of our simple cloudy days, lower than average temperatures, and maybe some rain; our summer doesn't seem too bad. Reflecting on what hundreds of thousands of others are dealing with because of Mother Nature, really puts things into perspective. I talk a lot about how an individual's perspective can influence their attitude, and this is a perfect example. There are many things in life that we cannot control, but our perspective is not one of them. We can control whether or not we seek to understand a situation/event. We control the ability to find the positive in our own individual challenges. And we control the ability to show compassion and concern for others. Given the challenges that Mother Nature has presented to many people across our country in recent weeks and days, we can control how we appreciate what we have and we can control how we help. Many of our schools are already working on plans to support schools, communities, animals, and others in Texas and soon, Florida. If you have an idea or desire to help support others in our country, please contact your school's principal to discuss what is being done or can be done. It's times like this where the little bit of snow we receive each winter and the mild summer, don't seem like such a big deal.


Drive For Your Students Event


Rome Free Academy, in conjunction with the RFA PBIS team, is sponsoring their first ever DRIVE FOR YOUR STUDENTS TEST DRIVE EVENT whereby Buick will donate $10 for each test drive up to a total of $10,000 to our school. Davidson Auto Group will be bringing 10 shiny new Buicks to RFA during it's Open House on Tuesday, September 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the test drives.  Any driver age 21 or older with a valid license and proof of insurance is encouraged to come and test drive a Buick to help raise money for our students. We are encouraging all of the Rome City Schools to support this event. As a special incentive:  the building that has the highest percentage of adults doing test drives will receive a FREE MUFFIN MONDAY sponsored by RFA's PBIS team!


Mentoring Program 


The Rome City School District will once again be participating in the New York Mentors program, in conjunction with the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce. Having become a State-wide example and a leader of the program, our Rome schools are expanding the offering from three schools to five schools for 2017-2018. This year, Bellamy, Gansevoort, Joy, Staley, and Denti will all be participating schools. Students who will be mentored will be either fourth or fifth grade children and anyone 18 years or older willing to devote one hour a week is eligible, including working persons, college students, and retired senior citizens. Sessions will occur once a week beginning in October and will run from 3:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. For more information or to sign up to be a mentor, contact Rome Area Chamber of Commerce President William Guglielmo at 315-337-1700 or New York State Mentoring Advisory Council Member Frank Di Berardino at 315-337-4721. 


Host Family Needed


Each year the Rome Rotary Club welcomes a foreign student to our community for the school year. Usually, each exchange student lives with three different families through the course of a year for about 3 1/2 months each. This year’s student is a boy from Hungary. He is living with Sam & Cynthia Pendergrast. We are looking for a host family for winter (December through mid-March) and spring (mid-March through June). Our community life has been enriched by many students you may remember through the years – Mathilde Crampon from France, Gustavo Calderon from Ecuador, Sandy Li from Taiwan, and many more. If your family would like to find out more about hosting, please contact Sam Pendergrast, who is the Youth Exchange Officer for the Rome Rotary Club, at 315-617-3567 or slpender55@gmail.com You can find out more about the Rotary Youth Exchange Program at www.7150youthexchange.org/ Please talk to Sam Pendergrast before beginning an application to become a host family.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Respect Required...

Over the course of 2 years in Rome, the one thing that continues to concern me about our school community is the level of disrespect shown toward each other. Almost on a daily basis, I learn of a story where someone disrespected a colleague, a parent, a secretary, a custodian, or an administrator. It is just saddening to me that in 2017, we as adults still don't have the personal strength and desire to treat others with respect, every day, all day. We have a responsibility to our children to help them learn how to treat others and help our society move forward, but for some reason our own community struggles with this quality at times. I expect that at times our children will say or do something that disrespects an adult; after all, they are kids and they make mistakes. It's our job to show them way. It's our job to lead by example, by treating each other respectfully. There is never an excuse or reason to pick up the phone and yell at someone, call another adult names (in person or on the phone), curse at someone because you don't like what you are hearing, or send emails that are littered with disrespect because it's easy to hide behind a screen. Everyone on this team and in this community has the same objective in life; to provide a better future and opportunity for our children. We all also have a role on the team. Throughout the course of getting to the end product, everyone is not always going to agree on the path, the methods, or the rules. However, disagreeing with someone's perspective, decision, or comment is no grounds fro disrespectfully addressing them. If there is one thing that I could wish for this school year, it is that all of our employees and community members remember that respecting each other is paramount if we are to truly provide our children with an opportunity to have a better future. I urge you to focus on respecting your team mates this year and let's see where having a little more respect for each other can get us!  

Website Adjustments


In the coming weeks, there will be some adjustments to our website due to the need to ensure that the site is ADA compliant. Recently, the American's with Disabilities Act began to encompass elements on the internet with websites becoming one of them. Many schools and universities across the country have unfortunately been struggling to maintain a website that meets the requirements of the new ADA accessibility law, but luckily for Rome, our new website is in much better shape than many of our counterparts. Our web developers and I.T. department took careful attention to the new ADA guidelines when building our site. Unfortunately, one aspect of our site that is not compliant with the ADA guidelines or our Board of Education videos and live streaming features. We were informed of some concerns this week by the Office of Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Education and for this reason we have had to remove the videos from the website and will be suspending our live streaming feature. In the coming weeks, we are looking into the financial and human resources requirements to make this feature ADA compliant so that we can once again offer this feature. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through this situation.  

Mentoring Program 


The Rome City School District will once again be participating in the New York Mentors program, in conjunction with the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce. Having become a State-wide example and a leader of the program, our Rome schools are expanding the offering from three schools to five schools for 2017-2018. This year, Bellamy, Gansevoort, Joy, Staley, and Denti will all be participating schools. Students who will be mentored will be either fourth or fifth grade children and anyone 18 years or older willing to devote one hour a week is eligible, including working persons, college students, and retired senior citizens. Sessions will occur once a week beginning in October and will run from 3:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. For more information or to sign up to be a mentor, contact Rome Area Chamber of Commerce President William Guglielmo at 315-337-1700 or New York State Mentoring Advisory Council Member Frank Di Berardino at 315-337-4721. 

Immunization Requirements


With the start of the school year comes with it the reminder of school vaccination requirements. Each year, schools deal with many many cases of students not having their mandated vaccinations for participation in school. Unfortunately, by law, we are obligated to bar a student from school who does not have the mandatory vaccinations within 14 days of the start of the school year. If your student does not have the required vaccines, please make every attempt to get them ASAP and/or speak with your school nurse and principal so that the school is aware of the situation. 

The following notes are from the New York State Department of Health:

Children in a prekindergarten setting should be age-appropriately immunized. The number of doses depends on the schedule recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). For grades Pre-k through 9, intervals between doses of vaccine should be in accordance with the ACIP-recommended immunization schedule for persons 0 through 18 years of age. (Exception: intervals between doses of polio vaccine DO NOT need to be reviewed for grades 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12.) Doses received before the minimum age or intervals are not valid and do not count toward the number of doses listed below. Intervals between doses of vaccine DO NOT need to be reviewed for grades 10 through 12. See footnotes for specific information for each vaccine. Children who are enrolling in grade-less classes should meet the immunization requirements of the grades for which they are age equivalent.

A copy of the required vaccinations can be found through the link below: