As part of a required school health examination, a student is weighed and his or her height is measured. These numbers are used to figure out the student’s body mass index (BMI). The BMI helps doctors and nurses know if a 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 a student’s school health examination.

A sample of school districts including East Islip have been selected to take part in a 2012-2013 weight status survey by the New York State Department of Health and will be reporting information about students’ weight status groups. Only summary information is sent, no names or information about individual students. However, parents may choose to have their child’s information excluded from this survey report.

Parents who do not wish to have their child’s weight status group information included as part of the Health Department’s survey should print, sign and return the attached opt-out form to their child's school nurse no later than Dec. 15, 2012.