The school nurses are responsible for the students in more than one building; therefore, first aid may be provided by the principal or another designee when the nurse is not in the building. If your child has an illness that is accompanied by a temperature of more than 100 degrees and/or has vomiting/diarrhea, the child will not be permitted to remain in school. The school nurse will examine for any signs of potential communicable disease as well, such as conjunctivitis (pink eye), lice, skin rash, impetigo, scarlet fever, chicken pox.
The school nurse will provide first aid for injuries according to the school physician’s orders. If additional care is needed, the parent/guardian or designee on emergency card will be notified. If the school nurse is not in the building, the principal or a designee will provide care. The school nurse is on call for consultation during the school day.
The school nurse is also available to talk to students, as well as parents and staff, concerning health problems and concerns. The school nurse also acts as an educator, teaching students as well as parents about health and hygiene. The nurse may provide educational programs for students as needed as well as for the staff and community. Finally, the school nurse is in charge of keeping the necessary health records on each student. Immunization records are maintained on each student.
The school nurse provides the following services that are mandated by Pennsylvania law:
- Vision Screening.............. Grades K-12
- Hearing Screening........... Grades 5-3, 7, 11 all new students and any child with acknowledged hearing loss
- Height, Weight, BMI...... Grades K-12
- Physical Exams................ Grades K, 6, 11
- Dental Exams................... Grades 1, 3, 7
- Scoliosis Screening......... Grades 6, 7