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​Physicals and Dental Exams 2017-2018 School Year

posted Apr 3, 2017, 10:35 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 9:04 AM ]

The Pennsylvania School Health Code requires all students to have a complete health record on file. This includes:
  • A medical examination for every student upon original entry into school (K or 1st grade), in 6th and 11th grades.
  • A dental examination for every student upon original entry into school (K or 1st grade), in 3rd and 7th grades.
If you have a child who will be entering one of these grade levels, you can find the appropriate forms by clicking here. Please contact your child's school nurse with any questions or concerns.

New Immunization Requirements for Students

posted Apr 3, 2017, 10:33 AM by Jessica Lester   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 10:33 AM ]

The PA Department of Health has changed the immunization requirements for school age children for the 2017-18 school year.
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The updated guidelines include:
  • A child must have a single dose vaccine on the first day of school or at least one dose of a multi-dose vaccine on the first day of school or risk exclusion
  • Additional doses of a vaccine -- either the next scheduled dose or the final dose -- must be obtained during the first five days of school year.
  • Medical certification with a physician’s signature must be provided with the schedule of the remaining doses.
A child may still obtain an exemption from immunizations for medical reasons, religious beliefs, or strong philosophical, moral or ethical convictions
Please contact your child’s school nurse with any questions or concerns. Click here for a brochure from the Department of Health on immunization requirements.

Information about Administering Medications in School

posted Apr 3, 2017, 10:30 AM by Jessica Lester

Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter - hopefully that does not mean six more weeks of colds and flu! As we look to help students cope
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with illness during the winter months, we recognize they may require a specific medication during the school day. In order to provide proper care and protection for all students, the following method of administering medicine in school shall be followed:

1. All medications (prescription and over‐the‐counter medications) administered at school require written permission of both the student’s physician and parent.

2. No medication should be in the student’s possession. All medications are to be delivered directly to the nurse’s office and kept in the health room unless otherwise designated by the school nurse.

3. Non-prescription medication must be brought to school in its original container and labeled with the student’s name.

4. Prescription medication must be brought to school in its original container by the parent/guardian. It must be clearly labeled with original pharmacy label.

5. All medications shall be administered by the Certified School Nurse or by other licensed school health staff (RN).

6. If a student requires medicines two or three times a day, it is recommended that he/she receive it at home in the morning before school and when he/she returns home at the end of the school day. When a student requires medication(s) several times during the school day, the student may be considered too ill to be in school.

7. A parent may come to school at any time to administer medication to his/her child.

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