girls on chair reading together School leaders and community members hold a red ribbon at the opening ceremony of new primary wing group holds banner in front of solar panels New track and athletic field with Catskill Mountains in background aerial view of new driveway and traffic pattern A cameraman films afterschool students making pizza at a farm

5th grade "Reading Buddies" visit pre-kindergarten classes.

The community was invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new primary wing at M.C. Smith Elementary School. (Photo: Lance Wheeler)

Students in the new Alternative Energy course helped unveil a solar array behind Hudson Jr./Sr. High School, built in partnership with the state-sponsored K-Solar Program and NY Power Authority. (Photo: NYPA)

The new Bluehawk Sports Complex, with stunning views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains.

Please be advised of traffic pattern changes at the intersection of Harry Howard Avenue & Joslen Boulevard. Click here for more details.

The Hudson Bluehawk Nation Afterschool Program was selected to be featured in a documentary by the the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

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Important Health Information Regarding Student Vaccination Requirements

June 19, 2019

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Please be advised of recent changes to school vaccination requirements for children.

On June 13, 2019, state lawmakers passed an amendment that eliminates the exemption from vaccinations due to religious beliefs. This is an amendment to the New York State Public Health Law Section 2164, which requires children to have certain immunizations (shots) to attend school. This amendment removes religious exemptions only and does not affect medical exemptions.

Please contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible to make sure that your child has all the needed immunizations so they may continue attending school in September. They are listed below for each grade level, followed by information on how to provide proof of immunization.

Immunization Requirements for Pre-Kindergarten Students (2019-2020)

 

Immunization

 

Number of Doses

Polio

3

Hepatitis B

3

Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis

4

Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)

1

Varicella (Chickenpox)

1

Hemophilus Influenzae

1 to 4

Pneumococcal Conjugate

1 to 4


Immunization Requirements for Students in Kindergarten-Grade 5 (2019-2020)

 

Immunization

 

Number of Doses

Polio

4 doses or 3 doses
if the 3rd dose given at 4 years of age or older

Hepatitis B

3 doses

 

Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis

5 doses  or 4 doses
if the 4th dose given at 4 years of age or older or
3 doses if 7 years or older & series started
at age 1 or older

Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)

2 doses

Varicella (Chickenpox)

2 doses


Immunization Requirements for Students in Grades 6-12 (2019-2020)

 

Immunization

 

Number of Doses

DTaP/DTP

3 doses

Tdap

Age 11:  Must receive an immunization containing Tetanus
Toxoids, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap)

Polio

4 doses
or 3 doses if the 3rd dose was received at age 4  or older

Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)

2 doses

Hepatitis B

3 doses or 2 doses
of adult hepatitis B Vaccine (Recombivax) for children who received doses at least 4 months apart between ages  11 through 15 years

Varicella (chickenpox)

2 doses (or 1 dose if entering Grade 12)

Meningococcal conjugate
(MenACWY)

1 dose
Grade 7 or 8*,  9* and 10*; By Grade 12: 2 doses or 1 dose if the dose was received at age 16 or older

*Most students in grades 8, 9 and 10 will have already received the MenACWY vaccine dose in grade 7, unless transferred from out-of-state or out-of-country. Per NYSDOH, MenACWY vaccine is not required for grade 11.

 

If your child had a religious exemption: In order to attend school in September, your child must have received at least the first age-appropriate dose in each immunization series. Also, by July 14, 2019 parents and guardians of such children must show that they have scheduled appointments for all required follow-up doses. Please note if your child began a series but did not complete it, you may need to complete the entire series again. Contact your health care provider for confirmation.

Please send proof of immunization to the school nurse where your child will be attending. Proof of immunization must be any 1 of the 3 items listed below:

  • An immunization certificate signed by your health care provider
  • Immunization Registry report (NYSIIS or CIR from NYC) from your health care provider or your county health department
  • A blood test (titer) lab report that proves your child is immune to the diseases. For varicella (chickenpox), a note from your health care provider (MD, NP, PA) which says your child had the disease is also acceptable.  

If you have questions or concerns about immunizations, please contact the school health staff:

Health Office Phone Numbers

M.C. Smith Elementary School (Pre-K to Grade 2) - Sheila Lewis, RN, BSN: 518-828-4360 x4312

M.C. Smith Elementary School (Grades 3-5) - June Boucher, RN: 518-828-4360 x1118

Hudson Junior High School - Stephanie Haigh, LPN: 518-828-4360 x8311

Hudson Senior High School - Pierpont Geer, RN: 518-828-4360 x3107

Health Office Fax Numbers

M.C. Smith Elementary School: 518-697-8797

Hudson Junior High School: 518-697-8791

Hudson Senior High School: 518-697-8798

 

Sincerely,
Dr. Maria Lagana Suttmeier
Superintendent