South Orangetown Central School District

Back to School

Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year!

First day of school is Tuesday, September 5

General Information

Buttons linked to back to school information, including summer reading resources, are posted on our school homepages and can be accessed directly via the links below:


Our District uses a variety of tools to communicate with our families, staff and community:

Food Service

  • Apply now for free and reduced-price school meals. Enrollment is confidential and enables eligible students to: receive waivers for college application fees, qualify for AP exam fee reductions, take a limited number of SAT exams for free and more. There is no deadline to apply: Families may apply at any time of the year.
  • School breakfast and lunch menus will be posted at Payments for school meals and AP exam fees are made through the MySchoolBucks online payment system. For details and instructions, visit

School Physical Requirements

New York State law requires a health examination for all students entering the school district for the first time AND when entering pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades. Physicals completed within 365 days prior to the first day of school are acceptable.

Please contact your child’s healthcare provider to schedule your child’s health examination and required vaccinations. Remember to sign consent forms allowing your provider to speak with school health staff at the time of your child’s examination.

Please read the following requirements carefully:

  • The examination must be completed by a NY/NJ state licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner.
  • dental certificate which indicates your child has been seen by a dentist or dental hygienist is requested at the same time.
  • A copy of the NYSED Student Health Examination Form must be provided to the school within 30 days from when your child first starts school and when your child starts kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades. If a copy is not given to the school within 30 days, the school will contact you. New York State requires that all physical examinations be documented on the NYSED Student Health Examination Form or its electronic health record equivalent. No other forms are acceptable.
  • If your child has an appointment for an exam during the school year that is after the first 30 days of school, please notify the School Nurse’s Office of the exam date.

Parents are encouraged to make copies of the completed forms for their own records before sending them to the School Nurse’s Office. Forms may be faxed to the appropriate school:

WOS: Riva Fisher, RN | Tel: 845-680-1304 | Fax: 845-680-1920
CLE: Karen Fitzgibbons, RN | Tel: 845-680-1508 | Fax: 845-680-1957
SOMS: Margaret Keane, RN | Tel: 845-680-1130 | Fax: 845-680-1911
TZHS: Patricia Shalvey, RN | Tel: 845-680-1647 | Fax: 845-680-1960

Immunization Requirements

Proof of up-to-date immunizations must be submitted prior to the start of school; this includes kindergartners, new students, and students already enrolled, for continued attendance. View information regarding New York State Vaccination Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance: English | Español.

The Rockland County Department of Health offers immunization and medical clinics for children ages 5-18 and adults, including those who are uninsured, underinsured or on Medicaid. For information or to make an appointment, call (845) 364-2497. Details are posted on the NYS Department of Health website.

Transportation Deadlines

  • If busing to or from an alternate site is needed, be sure to submit the Alternate Site Request Form (EnglishEspañolby July 15 to The Alternate Site Request Form must be completed and submitted each year that a student requires transportation to or from an alternate site.
  • William O. Schaefer Elementary School parents/guardians: All SOCSD students in grades K-2 are required to have an adult with them when they board the school bus each morning and get off the bus in the afternoon. WOS students will be released only to adults listed on the Bus Designee Form which must be submitted by August 15 to View the WOS Bus Designee Form (English | Español).

If families have not received their children’s bus assignments for the 2023-24 school year by August 30, contact the Transportation Office at (845) 680-1662 or (845) 680-1663.


Key Dates

Alternate Site Transportation Request Form Deadline
Thursday, July 15

Fall High School Sports Registration & APP Process Opens
Monday, July 24
Register at:

Fall Modified Sports Registration Opens
Sunday, August 7
Register at:

Fall APP Letter of Interest Deadline
Thursday, August 10

WOS Bus Designee Form Deadline
Tuesday, August 15

FEC Incoming Kindergarten Playgroup
Wednesday, August 16 | 11AM-12PM
WOS Pirate Playground

Fall APP Physical Testing
Wednesday, August 16 | 5PM
Administered at the TZHS track

Fall High School Sports Begin
Monday, August 21

SOMS Grade 6 Locker Day
Monday, August 28

Bus Passes Delivered
Week of August 28

WOS K-2 Meet & Greet
Wednesday, August 30 

CLE New Families Meet & Greet
Wednesday, August 30 | 2PM

Tuesday, September 5

Fall Modified Sports Begin
Tuesday, September 5