Guidelines for Parents
If your child requires care during the school day to manage a health condition, please contact the school nurse. For students with asthma, diabetes, food allergies, and seizures, please see the Nursing Services Forms page for forms to use in communicating these needs.
Before enrollment in our school district, parents must provide an immunization record showing dates of required immunizations.
If there are medical or religious reasons a child cannot be vaccinated, call the school nurse for further information regarding exemptions in the state of Pennsylvania.
Physical exams are required for students entering kindergarten, grade 6, grade 11, or entering a Pennsylvania school for the first time.
Illness or Injury
Students who have a temperature of 100 degrees or more, a contagious illness, or have had repeated episodes of vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours should not attend school. Students should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child becomes ill or injured at school, parents will be contacted. For this reason, it is imperative that the current home, work, and emergency phone numbers be maintained in the main office. Please inform the school secretary whenever your contact information changes. Please refer to the chart below if you are unsure if your child should attend school today:
It is very important that you check with your child's teacher PRIOR to planning to send any food items to the classroom to celebrate an occasion. Teachers distribute food in the classroom at their discretion, and within the guidelines set forth in the school handbook. The preferred practice is to contact food services to assist with planning for this process. Birthday baskets are assembled by our cafeteria staff and are a highlight of the day for students when they are recieved in the classroom.
Is sugar the first ingredient?
Sometimes reading food labels can be a challenge. The table below can help you determine if an item you are planning to share with your student's class contains sugar as the first ingredient. The district wellness policy allows for classroom parties to include 2-3 items with sugar as the first ingredient, so be sure to coordinate your plans with your child's teacher.
The complete text of the handbook changes can be read here:
If students are found to have live lice on their scalp they will be sent back to their classroom and the parent will be notified. The student may stay in class for the remainder of the day or the parent may choose to come and pick up their child. It is expected that the student will be treated at home that day with a medicated shampoo or lotion. Upon returning to school the next day the student may again be checked for lice if parent/student desires. If the student has live lice he or she may be excluded from school until they have received treatment.
Classroom checks are not performed. By the time a child with an active lice infestation has been identified, he or she may have had the infestation for one month or more, and therefore poses little additional risk of transmission to others. Please see the link below for more information regarding how to handle an infestation.
Medication Administration During School Hours
Medications given at school are to be limited to those that the child requires to improve or maintain student health and participate in the school program. Whenever possible, medications should be administered before or after school hours. A request for administration of medication form must be completed by physician and parent for all prescribed and over the counter medications to be administered at school.
Students who are well enough to attend school are well enough to play outside unless the school receives a note from their medical provider. Please send appropriate outerwear for the season to school with your child.
During the course of the school year, the school nurse will be checking height, weight, growth, vision, and hearing. The extent of the routine screening will depend on the student's grade level. At any time a parent or teacher has a concern, the school nurse will follow-up with appropriate screening and refer for further evaluation if warranted.