Health & Wellness

Health Services

Each school has a full-time registered nurse on duty to provide a variety of health-screening services, and to administer first aid. School nurses maintain health histories of all children and conduct vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings during the year. It is important that parents keep the health office informed of any changes in their child’s health.

School Psychological Services

Psychological counseling services are provided to students designated by the Committee on Special Education. Evaluations are conducted to determine special education needs. Attempts are always made to reach early diagnosis and appraisal of each child and direct assistance is given to students and parents, as appropriate, to help with the child’s education.

School support teams, comprised of administrators, teachers, counselors, psychologists and social workers, review student performance and make educational recommendations.

School Social Work Services

The services of the district team of social workers are available in the following areas: child abuse, chronic truancy, family court petitions, home-school liaison and visitation, severe discipline problems, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, maltreatment and educational neglect, medical and physical neglect, child-family counseling, special education services, mandated counseling, alternative family placement and agency referral and liaison.

Social workers coordinate efforts with other school community agencies to provide services to students and their families. 

Home Teaching

If a resident student is prevented from attending school because of illness or other valid reasons, the district will provide an individual instructional service called home teaching. Parents of children who require home teaching should make arrangements through the health office of the school where the child is enrolled as soon as the anticipated term of absence has been determined. Pupils in grades 1-5 receive one hour of instruction daily; those in grades 6-12 receive two hours per day per subject. 

Wellness Policy

The Hicksville School District is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, wellbeing and ability by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Pursuant to 204 of the Child Nutrition and Women, Infants, and Child Reauthorization Act of 2004, and 918 of the New York State Education Law, the district established the Wellness Policy to enhance the learning and development of lifelong wellness practices.

The Wellness Policy includes nutrition educational goals, physical activity goals and school-based activities goals, and establishes nutrition standards for food and beverages served to students. The policy also includes annual monitoring and evaluation of goals.