Health Room

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    Welcome to the Health Room.

    Immunization Requirements for Elementary School Aged Children

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania mandates that children entering school have the following immunizations prior to starting school.* Please arrange to have your child receive any immunizations he/she needs. Proof of immunizations from your Doctor’s Office or a County Health Department can be sent to the Nurses Office where they will be kept on file. If your child has a medical or religious reason for not being immunized, proof of such must be given to the School Nurse. Any child with an exemption or incomplete immunization series will be excluded from school in the event of an outbreak of disease, as mandated by the Chester County Health Department.

    DPT, DT or Dtap: 3 doses spaced at least one month apart, plus a 4th dose after the 4th Birthday.

    Polio: IPV: 3 doses after 6 weeks of age spaced 4 weeks between doses.

    MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella): 2 doses after twelve months of age spaced at least 4 weeks apart.

    Varicella: 2 doses after twelve months of age¸ spaced 3 months apart.

    Hepatitis B: 4 weeks between dose 1 and 2, third dose after 24 weeks of age.

    TB: Tuberculosis risk survey to be filled out and kept on file in Nurses Office.

    *A child will be allowed to enter school under a provisional status for eight months if she/he has at least one in a series of each immunization needed.

    Physical Examination:

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania mandates that a Physical Examination be on record for initial entrance into a Pennsylvania school, and in grades six and eleven.  Please obtain a signed Physical History given within one year prior to entrance, from your Health Care Provider. (MD, DO, CRNP, PA)  School Physicals can be arranged if needed.

    Dental Exam:

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania mandates a Dental Exam be on file for initial entrance into a Pennsylvania School, as well as in grades 3 and 7. Please have your family dentist complete the Dental form and return it to the Nurse Office. Dental exams dated within a year prior to initial entrance or the mandated grade levels, are accepted.  School Dentals can be arranged if needed.

    Emergency Medical Forms:

    At the beginning of each school year, children are issued an Emergency Medical Form. This form is a valuable tool in the Nurse’s Office. With it we are able to contact you or other people you designate as emergency contacts in the event of illness or injury of your child at school. 

    On the Emergency Medical Form is a section where you can give permission for the Nurse to give your child Tylenol, Ibuprofen, an Antacid or Benadryl (for acute allergic reaction only). The form also has a section for you to inform us of your child’s current medical conditions. Please fill this section out carefully as it acts as a current medical history for your child. List any medications your child is taking and update the Nurses Office with changes throughout the school year. Most importantly please sign the bottom of the form.

    In the event of an emergency the information on the Emergency Medical Form will be sent with your child to the emergency room.

    Please remember to update your phone numbers if they change during the school year, we want to be able to reach you in the event of an emergency!

    Required Absence From School:

    For the good of the general population of our school it is important to isolate contagious and infectious disease. The following is a list of some of the more common conditions we see in schools and the period of time your child should remain at home:

    Respiratory Streptococcal Infections (Includes Scarlet Fever): 24 hours from the institution of appropriate antimicrobial therapy and/or judged non infective by the School Nurse or the student’s Primary Care Provider.

    Acute Contagious Conjunctivitis: “Pink eye”:  24 hours from the institution of appropriate therapy and/or judged noninfectious by the School Nurse or student’s Health Care Provider.

    Ringworm: Until judged non-infective by the School Nurse or student’s Health Care Provider.

    Impetigo: 24 hours from the institution of appropriate therapy and/or judged non infective by the School Nurse or Health Care Provider.

    Pediculosis: “Head Lice”: Until judged nit free by the School Nurse. Proof of treatment required.

    Scabies: Until judged non-infective by the School Nurse or Health Care Provider.

    Tonsillitis: 24 hours from the initiation of appropriate therapy.

    No ill child shall be permitted to attend school. A child must remain home until free of all symptoms of illness, such as diarrhea, vomiting, or fever above 100 degrees.

    Please make sure that you call the Safe Arrival line to report your child’s absence.

    School Screenings:

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania mandates the following screenings;

    Height, Weight, BMI and BMI %:  Calculated on a yearly basis.

    Hearing: Tested in grades K-3, 7 and 11.

    Vision Acuity: (Near and far): Screened yearly.

    Color Vision, Stereo Depth and Plus Lens: Screened in First grade.

    Scoliosis Screening: Screenings done in 6th and 7th grade.

    Parents will receive a general report of screenings done for their child in each given year. Separate referrals will be sent home for any screening results that warrant further evaluation by your health care provider.  It is requested that you return the referral form with your provider’s findings to the School Nurse.

    Bringing Medication to School:

    If your child requires medication (prescription or over the counter) at school, please adhere to the following guidelines:

    A health care provider’s (MD, DO, CRNP or PA) note must accompany the medication. It should include your child’s name, date, name and dosage of medication to be given, and time for medication administration.

    A parent note requesting that medication is administered at school, as prescribed by your health care provider.

    Prescription medication must in the original prescription bottle with the prescribing doctor’s signature, student’s name, and instructions for administration of medication. Over the Counter medications must be in the original labeled bottle.

    Allergies and the School:

    Allergies are a concern at our school. We have children attending school who have severe reactions to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy products, soy, eggs, wheat and shellfish. We also have students with bee sting allergies and allergies to latex.

    Due of these allergies there are certain precautions that are taken at school. We ask that children not share food with one another at snack time or in the cafeteria.

    There are a few special occasions when snacks may be shared at school.  For these events the teacher will send home a paper informing parents of the snack to be served. Parents will be given the option of having their child opt out of the shared snack. If there is a child in your child’s classroom with a severe allergy we ask that the food you send in to class does not contain the allergen. We also ask that any arts and crafts projects planned are not made with food or potential allergens.

    If your child has a severe food allergy, it is important to have the allergy documented in the Nurses Office, so we can help prevent an allergic reaction at school.  It is also important to talk to your child about his/her allergens and what foods to avoid at school. A safe snack may be sent to school for classroom celebrations if you prefer.

    We also have students with Latex sensitivities at our school. Therefore we do not allow Latex balloons in the building.

    With everyone working together, we can help each child have an enjoyable experience at our school.