Health Services

Medical Director
Ted J. Triana, D.O.

Director of Health Services
Nancy Bailey
Physical Adress
104 Central Office
725 Harrison St.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Mailing Address
Health Services Department
1025 Erie Blvd.
Syracuse, NY 13204
Contact info:
Phone: (315) 435-4145
Fax: (315) 435-4859

COVID-19 Virtual School Form (Due August 27, 2021)

We are excited to welcome our students back in September for the 2021-22 school year! Students will be returning to full-time, in-person instruction for this school year. We are prepared to support all of our students for in-person learning, as it allows us to best address students’ academic as well as social-emotional needs.

While we expect all students to return to full-time in-person instruction in the fall, we do recognize that some students or family members in their household with exceptional medical considerations or living situations may need to continue participating in virtual instruction. The Syracuse City School District is ready to provide virtual instruction for this subset of students. All families who wish for their child to participate in virtual learning will need to complete the COVID-19 Virtual School Program application and accompanying medical exemption form by 8/27/2021. Once the application form is completed, submitted, and qualifications are confirmed, we will get back to you with next steps.
We encourage you to check back regularly for new information and updates to help your child prepare for the 2021-22 school year. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to your child’s school.

The following is required to apply for COVID-19 Virtual School Program:

  1. COVID-19 Virtual School Program application;
  2. Medical Evaluation and completion of application by a physician; 
  3. Psychological diagnoses must be completed by a physician; 
  4. Reviews and updates as necessary. 
  5. All virtual school instruction will expire after 90 days or the first semester. A new application will be required with all medical updates for committee review at that time. 
  6. An up–to–date (within the last year) physical exam and a medical release of information must be attached to this form. 
  7. COVID-19 Virtual School Program applications must be submitted to Health Services: 
    1. Fax number: (315) 435-4859 or,
    2. Emailed to
    3. Mailing address: 725 Harrison St., Syracuse, NY 13210 
  8. All COVID-19 Virtual School Program applications must be approved by the COVID-19 Virtual School Program Committee following the physician’s recommendation for virtual instruction.

2021-2022 Immunizations for School Entry

CDC Vaccine Reminder

The Health Services department staff includes 48 nurses working directly with students in the schools with 22 health aides supporting the nursing staff with clerical services and basic first aid.  The school nurses provide care for the majority of the health issues seen in our schools. They are a compassionate and passionate group working to keep your child healthy.

Health Services monitors physical exams and hearing and vision screenings for mandated grades. The department also approves transportation and homebound instruction for medical reasons. Additionally, we provide medical reviews and clearances for employees returning to work after illness.

Comprehensive health services are offered at eight of our schools: STEAM @ Dr. King Elementary , Dr. Weeks Elementary , Delaware, PSLA at Fowler, HW Smith, Syracuse STEM at Blodgett, Franklin Elementary, and Grant Middle School. For more information, please visit our School Based Health Centers Page.

Important Onondaga County Phone Numbers
Local Health Department   |   (315) 435-3252
Upstate Triage line   |   (315) 464-3979 

Coronavirus Reminders

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place; hand sanitizer is also acceptable if it contains 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Keep 6 feet between you and other people
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces

GuidanceResources COVID-19 Resources 

Please click the link above for multi-language resources to keep you, your family and your community safe and healthy. No login required.


Important Note to Families: Religious exemption from immunizations for religious reasons

On June 13, 2019, the New York State Legislature passed an amendment to public health law section 2164, eliminating the exemption from immunizations due to religious beliefs for school attendance.  The new law is effective immediately. All families of previously exempt students will receive a letter with more details on what is now required.


Recommended Vaccinations for Infants and Children (birth through 6 years) Parent-Friendly format
Parent-Friendly Vaccine Schedule for Preteens and Teens (7-18years)
Vaccination Resources for Parents


Medical Exemption Form - Nepali
Medical Exemption Form - Swahili
Medical Exemption Form - Spanish
Medical Exemption Form - Arabic
Medical Transportation
Homebound Application
Homebound 60-Day Update
Medication in School Consent