Updated: 12/20/2013 5:16 PM
Created: 12/20/2013 11:02 AM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean
There's a form letter going around telling parents they must take their children to the dentist and return an enclosed form to their school nurse by December 31. Has this happened to you?
It's titled "School Dental Visit." It's addressed to "Parents or Guardians and tells them that state education law requires students to get medical exams when they're in particular grades. Then half way down the letter, it says "please take your child to the dentist by December 31st, 2013. Decayed teeth are dangerous to your child's heath and can hurt his or her school work." The letter says parents need to get the bottom portion of the letter filled out by their child's dentist and return it to the school nurse by New Year's Eve.
The New York State Education Department says what the letter is telling parents to do is not true and that the letter didn't come from the state. The problem is -- State Education doesn't know who is sending the letter.
Click here to read the fake letter and instruction from the State Education Department on what parents should and should not do.
Now -- state law says schools are required to ask parents for a dental health certificate along with a health exam but there's no requirement for parents to submit dental records. And if they don't, it doesn't bar their child from school.
One of the questions is, why would someone do this? What could they possibly gain?
And we got similar comments from people on Facebook.
Kelly Lynn wrote, "What's the point? No ones profiting from it are they?"
Kimberly Synesael wrote "I agree I don't understand the point of this hoax. Unless of course there is a specific dentists they were instructed to take them too."
There are no specific dentists listed on the letter.
We were notified about this fake form letter through an open letter from the West Irondequoit School District. The letter from the district tells parents, "this is not true. At this time we do not know who is sending the letters. The NYS Education Department tells us that the letters have been received by families in various locations throughout the state."
Click here to read open letter from the West Irondequoit School District