Welcome to the High School School Nursing Department!
- Ann Tamaccio, RN, BSN, CSN, MEd
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- Jennifer Little,
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- Kathleen Scoboria, RN
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High School Nurse’s Office Phone Numbers
- Upper House: 610-670-0180, ext. 1801
- Lower House: 610-670-0180, ext. 1330
- High School Fax Number: 484-334-6438
District Health Forms
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 ensure 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 the completion of the online form, please do not hesitate to contact your building nurse.
Information for Parents: For Attendance in All Grades
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.
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.
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.
Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
CHIP covers uninsured kids and teens up to age 19. With more than 139,000 uninsured children in Pennsylvania, this is great news for families!
CHIP provides quality, comprehensive health insurance for routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental, eye care, eyeglasses, mental health and much more. CHIP covers uninsured kids who are not eligible for Medical Assistance. For most families, CHIP is free – for others, it is low cost.
Mandated Health Services for High School Students
- Height and Weight Screening/BMI (Body Mass Index)-checked annually on all grades (9-10-11-12).
- Vision Screening-checked annually on all grades (9-10-11-12).
- Hearing Screening-required for students in 11th grade.
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:
- a temperature of 100 degrees or higher
- a rash/skin eruption, with or without drainage, of unknown origin
- active vomiting or diarrhea
- suspected contagious illness
- 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:
- Children with a temperature above 100 degrees must be fever-free ( without fever reducing medications) for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Injuries that happen at home or over the weekend should be taken care of prior to returning to school*.
- If a child vomits or has diarrhea during the night or in the morning before school, that child should be kept at home for 24 hours from the last episode.
- If they have red swollen eyes that itch and are draining pus or have a crusty appearance upon awakening, they should be kept home and see a doctor.
- If they have a productive cough that cannot be controlled with medication they should stay home.
- If they have been diagnosed with a communicable illness such as chickenpox, impetigo, scabies, lice and/or ringworm of the scalp, they will need a doctor’s note to return to school.
- *The school nurse is responsible only for the emergency care of injuries and sudden illnesses which occur while the student is in school. She is not available to diagnose or treat students who come to school with existing injuries or illnesses
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.
- CDC Health Information
- Health Finder.gov
- Pa. Dept of Health-School Health program
- Physician Desk Reference for Consumers (information on prescription and over the counter medications for consumers).
- Chip covers Pa (Insurance information for uninsured and underinsured children to age 19)
- Kid’s Health.org(resource for parents)
- Helpguide.org–consists of health experts, writers, and web professionals. You get more than health information. HelpGuide gives you the hope, motivation, and practical steps you need to make positive changes in your life.