Health Services

Maintaining Healthy Children and a

Healthy Environment for Learning

The primary goal of the Department of School Health Services is to ensure the good health of each child so that educational goals can be met. Our Certified School Nurses oversee the health screening programs required by the State of Pennsylvania in addition to providing assistance with illnesses and injuries that occur during the school day. Individual health care plans are developed for students with specific health needs in collaboration with parents and physicians. Parents and guardians are encouraged to call, email or visit the school nurses in order to discuss your child's health concerns.

  • Immunizations – All students in all grades are monitored for required immunizations according to Pennsylvania School Guidelines. Periodically, these requirements are updated by the State. Parents are notified when their children will be required to update vaccines. Visit the PA Department of Health for more information.
  • Screening Programs – Regular screenings help to identify potential issues and allow for a course of corrective action to take place before a condition might worsen.
  • Growth, Body Mass Index (BMI), and vision screenings occur in all grades K-12
  • Hearing screenings occur in grades K-3, 6 and 9
  • Physical exams are required for entry (K or 1), grades 6 and 9 and are usually conducted by a family physician. If you do not have health insurance, contact your school nurse to arrange for a school physician to conduct the exam. This form will need to be filled out by the doctor and returned to your child’s school.
  • Dental exams are required for entry (K or 1), grades 3 or 6 and are usually conducted by a family dentist. A dental exam will be provided by the school dentist if the dental exam form isn’t returned.
  • Scoliosis screenings occur in grades 6 and 7 to determine if there are any concerns about the development of the spine.
  • Medications – Please have your physician fill out the Physician’s Order for Prescription Medicine form and return to your school’s nurse. Please see our district’s Protocol for the Administration of Medication During School Hours for more information.
  • Food & Other Severe Allergies – Extreme hypersensitivity to insect stings and food allergies are potentially life-threatening conditions. Information from the parent and instructions from the physician are necessary so that we may effectively care for your child at school. Please fill out the Protocol for Acute Allergic Reactions to Stinging Insects/Food.
  • Asthma – Contact your school nurse and fill out the School Asthma Record.  If your child requires nebulizer treatments or an inhaler, please complete the Prescription Order Form for Asthma Inhaler Order Form. Students in grades 6-12 may carry their inhalers only if they have a written physician order stating so. Written physician orders must be given to the school nurse.
  • Diabetes & Other Chronic Conditions – Children with diabetes and other chronic health conditions often require frequent visits to the nurse to manage their conditions. If your child has diabetes or any other health condition that should be monitored, please call your building's school nurse to arrange a conference regarding the care your child will require. We will be happy to assist your child in having a positive school experience while learning to manage his or her health.
  • Influenza & Febrile Illnesses – Any child with a temperature greater than 100.4ºF (fever) orally should stay home from school for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Head Lice – Please download the following documents for more information about lice.

Facts About Head Lice

Download this document for helpful information regarding head lice

Download Facts About Head Lice

  • Common Communicable Diseases – scabies, ringworm, impetigo, bacterial pink eye, and strep throat are common diseases children often share. Teaching children the importance of hand washing and proper hygiene can help prevent these diseases. If your child exhibits any traits of these diseases, seek medical treatment right away and contact your child’s school for further instructions.