Ann Tamaccio RN, BSN, CSN, MEd
Kathy Blume, RN, BSN, MS, CSN
Kathleen Scoboria, RN
NEW THIS SCHOOL YEAR:
EMERGENCY CONTACT/HEALTH INFORMATION:
Health and emergency information will be entered online by the parent/guardian for the 2016-2017 school year. More information is available on the district website instructing parents/guardians on how to access, edit and enter this information. It is very important that you complete the required health and contact information on your child/children. This will insure that the nurse has the most current, up-to-date, medical and contact information for your child. Please also list those persons who you give permission to pick up your child, in the event of an illness or emergency, when you cannot be reached.
Please explain any disabilities, conditions or health concerns in the provided space. For example, if your child has an allergy, please list what the allergy is, as well as, the typical reaction and treatment. If medication is required, please provide that to the school nurse along with the required medication permission form, completed by your family physician.
Don't forget to check your choice for school or private dental or physical exam if your child is in a grade which requires such an exam (The required grades are listed on the online form).
Should you have any questions concerning completion of the online form, please do not hesitate to contact your building nurse.
To enroll, you must provide proof of immunizations for your child as required by the PA Department of Health. Proof of immunizations is a written record showing the dates (month, day, and year) your child was immunized. Failure to provide immunization records could result in your child being unable to begin school.
March 23, 2016
Don’t Wait, Vaccinate: 2016-17 School Immunizations
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Did you know vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective ways to prevent disease? Help your children stay healthy by making sure they are immunized before the start of the school year, and get extra credit for protecting others who might come into contact with them. There are some children and adults who are unable to get immunized because of certain medical conditions. When you immunize your children, you not only help to protect your family and friends, you also help keep your entire community safe from certain, preventable diseases. The current school year will soon be coming to a close. While you and your family are preparing for the end of school and thinking about fun summertime activities and vacations, please remember to include immunizations in your plans.
Scheduling your children now for the vaccines they will need to start the next school year will help you cross one item off your hectic “back-to-school” list this fall. Immunizations should be part of your child’s regular school physical before they enter kindergarten and seventh grade.
Students attending Pennsylvania schools must be immunized according to the following schedule in order to attend school:
PENNSYLVANIA REQUIRED CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE
Students entering kindergarten are required to have:
4 doses of tetanus* (1 dose, age 4);
4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose, age 4);
3 doses of polio;
2 doses of measles; **
2 doses of mumps; **
1 dose of rubella (German measles); **
3 doses of hepatitis B; and
2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease.
Students entering seventh grade are required to have:
1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) if five years have passed since last tetanus immunization; and
1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV).
*Usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td
** Usually given as MMR
If your child doesn’t have any insurance coverage or if your insurance does not cover back-to-school immunizations, children can get the required vaccines for little or no cost at one of the commonwealth’s state health centers or local health departments. Please call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) to get more information or to schedule an appointment.
For more information regarding immunizations required for school-aged children living in Pennsylvania, please call your child’s health care provider, school nurse or visit www.dontwaitvaccinate.pa.gov.
Karen Murphy, PhD, RN Pedro A. Rivera
Secretary of Health Secretary of Education
The only exceptions to the school laws for immunization are medical reasons and religious beliefs. If your child is exempt from immunizations, your child may be removed from school during a disease outbreak.
Mandated Health Services for High School Students:
If you receive a referral form after any school screening, it means that the screening detected a possible problem and further evaluation by a health care provider is recommended. Please have the provider complete the form and return it to the school nurse. If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse.
The Pennsylvania Public School Code Section 1402. Health Services (e) requires that students upon original entry, sixth grade and 11th grade be given a "comprehensive appraisal" of their health. The physical is to be completed within 4 months prior to the start of the school year. In addition, Section 1402(c) requires the completion of medical questionnaires which are to become part of the student's health record.
In 2012, the Department of Health published a physical examination form which is to be used for both private and school physical examinations. This form is more comprehensive than previous forms because it includes an extensive medical history.
** A sports physical done the summer prior to or during 11th grade can also be used for the required school physical.
When the physical examination is not done by the family doctor, an abbreviated exam will be done by the school doctor only after permission to examine the student is obtained from the parent/guardian. You will be informed when this is scheduled and invited to attend.
A child will be sent home if he or she has:
1) a temperature of 100 degrees or higher
2) a rash/skin eruption, with or without drainage, of unknown origin
3) active vomiting or diarrhea
4) suspected contagious illness
5) a serious injury or appears obviously ill
No child will be released without a parent/guardian/emergency contact of the parent notified. Please note - only the nurse will call you if your child is ill. Students are never permitted to send themselves home.
When Do You Need A Doctor's Excuse?
A doctor's excuse must be provided for the following communicable diseases:
measles, whooping cough, strep infections, scarlet fever, mumps, impetigo, conjunctivitis, ringworm (of the scalp), scabies, mononucleosis. A doctor's excuse should also be presented if your child is absent for 3 or more consecutive days.
A note from the doctor is also required in order to be excused from gym due to illness, injury, surgery, or the use of crutches.
Please provide a physician's note for use of the school elevator. (The note should include reason for use and time anticipated).
These requirements are in place so that the school nurse, the parent, and the health care provider can work in unison to provide optimal care for your child.
Guidelines for parents to follow when deciding to keep your child home from school due to illness:
Information for Students
All students must have a signed pass from a teacher, administrator or secretary to see the nurse.
All students must obtain an illness dismissal pass from the school nurse before they can leave school due to an illness. Students are not to arrange for their own illness dismissal.
The school nurse's office has health-related information(brochures/pamphlets) available. If you have a health-related question or concern, please stop by and talk with the school nurse. The school nurse is also a member of the Student Assistance Team (SAP) and can offer help if needed.
Mrs. Tamaccio can be reached by email at email@example.com
Mrs. Blume can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Nurse's Office Phone Number (Upper House) 610-670-0180, ext. 1801
High School Nurse's Office Phone Number (Lower House) 610-670-0180, ext. 1330
High School Fax Number 484-334-6438