Health Requirements for Overnight Programs
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In New York State, summer camps must have a state, city or county health department permit to operate legally. These permits are issued only if the camp is in compliance with the state’s health regulations. The attached brochure, "Children's Camps in New York State" and the New York State Department of Health Web site provide a summary of the rights and responsibilities of the state, the camp, and of families of participating campers. The governing body overseeing camps in Troy, and therefore RPI Summer Programs, is the Rensselaer County Health Department.
The RPI Health Center will provide regular health care to
students selected to participate in Summer Programs, while they
are on campus. Emergency health care is provided at a local
hospital. In order for the Health Center to provide the proper
and appropriate care in compliance with the NYSDOH, selected
students must meet the following requirements:
- complete the required Health and Medication forms
- submit any applicable health center fee
- provide proof of insurance in the event of a hospital
Rensselaer recommends that all student families who are considering sending students to any of its Summer Programs, review the Health Form and the Medication Sheet so that they - and their doctor(s) - are able to comply with the requested information on time. Families should also begin the process of acquiring appropriate health insurance that will be applicable in Troy, NY, as soon as possible, if it is not already in place. As an example, we are aware that it often takes 30 days to acquire Child Health Plus coverage in New York, and without proof of this or other adequate coverage, students will not be permitted to attend a Summer Program at Rensselaer .
Rensselaer is committed to providing appropriate health care to students attending its Summer Programs to ensure that they are fully enriched by the experience. Questions about the health requirements should be the program director.