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Parents Can Opt Out of Weight Status Survey
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Every year a sample of New York’s school districts are selected to participate in a survey conducted by the New York State Department of Health. The Liverpool Central School District is one of the districts chosen to participate in the study for the 2015-2016 school year.
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.
As part of the survey, the district will report information about our students’ weight status groups to the New York State Department of Health. Only summary information is sent. The name and specific information about an individual student is not included. The information sent to the New York State Department of Health will help health officials develop programs that make it easier for children to be healthier.
You may choose to have your child’s information excluded from this survey report by downloading the opt out form (by clicking on this link) and returning it to your school’s nurse.