Nurse/Student Health

Welcome to the Nurse’s Page!

Hi! I’m Kris Borrelli, RN Mercy’s school nurse with over 15 years of combined experience as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner serving at URMC, private practice, and public schools. I received my Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Rochester. If you have any questions about your daughter’s health issues or other concerns, please contact me at (585) 288-7120 x314 or kborrelli@mercyhs.com.

Thank you!


As was indicated in the Back-to-School Guide (and as per NYSDOH requirements), Mercy is offering (with parent/guardian consent) rapid antigen screening testing to unvaccinated, asymptomatic students on a weekly basis in geographic areas identified by the CDC as having moderate, substantial, or high transmission rates. At this time, the nurse is assembling the consent form and developing a schedule for testing. We will notify parents when we are ready to test. Thank you for your patience.

Click each tab to find important documents and forms for students and parents.

NOTE: Updated documents for the 2021-2022 School Year are continually added, so please check often.

NYS requires current physical exams (health appraisals) to be on file for all new OLM students, students entering grades 7, 9 and 11, and when conducting an initial evaluation/reevaluation of a student with a known or suspected disability. Current physicals for the 2021-2022 school year need to be dated on or after September 1, 2020.  Mercy is able to accept electronic forms generated by pediatricians as long as they have the information required by NYS found on the NYS Health Appraisal Form – Updated 2020

In addition, physical exams for sports participation must be within the 12 months prior to the month of the start of the sport season. For example, if Fall sports start August 20, 2004, the physical must be on or after August 1, 2003.

For working papers, physical exams must be within 12 months to the day of the application. For example, if you apply for a work permit on August 20, 2004, your physical must be on or after August 20, 2003.

Students that do not have the vaccinations required by New York State Law Section 2164 will not be eligible to attend school. In addition to earlier required vaccines, students in grades 6 – 12 need the following:

  • Students 11 years and older entering 6th grade need to have a tetanus booster (Tdap).
  • Students entering 7th grade must have one meningitis vaccination.
  • Students entering 12th grade must have a total of two doses of the meningitis vaccine.

Mercy is encouraging students 12 years and over to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is not a requirement at this time. Side-effects from the COVID-19 vaccine are very common. Please see the COVID-19 Post-Vaccination Guidelines for Schools from the Monroe County Department of Public Health to you help determine which symptoms are expected, and to help determine when your daughter can return to school.

NOTE! Only medical exemptions from immunizations are accepted by Mercy as mandated by New York State Law. Frequently Asked Questions About Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemptions from School Vaccination Requirements

Please see the links below for additional information:

2021-22 School Year NYS Vaccination Requirements for School Attendance

All students wishing to play sports at Mercy must first be cleared by the school nurse. To participate, all students must turn in the following for EACH SEASON:

  • Parents must complete the Parent Permission and Recertification form (2 pages), signed within 30 days of the start of the season (for example, if the season starts August 31, the form must not be completed before August 1). To avoid delays, please fill it out completely with as much detail as possible for the health history questions.
  • A current physical exam form must be on file in the nurse’s office. A physical is considered current if it is within the 12 months prior to the month of the start of the sport season. For example, if Fall Sports start August 20, 2004, the physical must be on or after August 1, 2003.
  • Evidence of a current tetanus shot (within 10 years).

Please see the Athletics page for more details and due dates.  Students that turn in their forms late may not be able to be cleared in time for tryouts. Forms may be handed in by the student to the health office or main office, emailed to the school nurse, faxed or mailed.

School nurses, by state law, may dispense medication to students with proper authorization from parents and their health care provider. Please use the Medication Permission Form found on the website.  If medication is to be given to a student during school hours, the following requirements must be met:

  1. A written request must be sent by a physician/NP/PA indicating the frequency and dosage of the prescribed medication.
  2. A written request to administer the medication as specified by a physician/NP/PA must be submitted by the student’s parent.
  3. All medication must be brought in and picked up at the end of the school year by an adult. Any medication not picked up will be discarded on the last day of school.
  4. The school nurse will keep the medication in locked storage.
  5. The authorization must be updated at the start of the school year or when the dosage changes.
  6. Any non-prescription medications (not provided as stock by the health office) must be in new and un-opened bottles/packaging.
  7. All prescriptions must be in the original bottle and must have a picture of the student attached to them. Please ask your pharmacist for an extra empty bottle with current student and medication information to be used at school if needed.

Students may carry and self-administer certain emergency medications (such as inhalers and Epi-pens) with written permission from their health care provider.  A permission for independent use and carry of medication form can be found on the nurse’s webpage, as well as on the Medication Permission Form. Either form is acceptable. These must also be updated each school year.

If your daughter has been diagnosed with a condition that requires emergency medications and/or special care (i.e., allergy requiring use of epi-pen, seizures, diabetes), please make sure an up-to-date care plan is sent in by your daughter’s pediatrician or specialist. These need to be updated each school year.

Return to Play/Exercise After COVID-19 diagnosis

Following a positive lab test for COVID-19, students must be examined by a health care provider for clearance to begin physical activity.

Please have your pediatrician complete the Permission to Return to Play After COVID-19 form (or similar form/letter) and return this to school.  Depending on your daughter’s age and activities, it will clear her to return to PE or clear her to begin the Return to Play protocol. Students will not be able to participate in PE class and/or sports until the process is completed.

Please see the Return to Play after COVID-19 infection with Gradual Return to Sports Protocol form for more information.

COVID-19 Vaccine Side-Effects

Side-effects from the COVID-19 vaccine are very common. Please see the COVID-19 Post-Vaccination Guidelines for Schools from the Monroe County Department of Public Health to you help determine which symptoms are expected, and to help determine when your daughter can return to school.

Other COVID-19 information:


Daily Health Screening