• Guidelines for Parents and Forms

      Guidelines for Parents

      • Guidelines for Parents

        Chronic Conditions

        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. For students requiring medication during the school day, please see the Nursing Service Forms page for the order form to be completed by your child's medical provider. 


        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 following if you are unsure if your child should attend school today.
        I Need To Keep My Child Home If They Have:

          • A temperature of 100.4 or higher
          • Vomited within the past 24 hours
          • Had diarrhea within the past 24 hours
          • A body rash with itching or fever
          • An itchy head active with head lice
          • An eye infection or presenting redness, itching, and/or crusty drainage from the eye(s)

        My Child Is Ready To Go Back To School When They Are:

          • Fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, i.e. Tylenol, Motrin
          • Free from vomiting for at least two solid meals
          • Free from diarrhea for the last 24 hours
          • Free from rash, itching or fever/have been evaluated by a doctor if needed
          • Treated with the appropriate lice treatment at home and proof is provided to the school nurse
          • Have been evaluated by a doctor and have a note to return to school

        Classroom Celebrations and Class Snacks

        Spring Grove Area School District does not allow food and drinks from outside of the school building to be brought in for the purposes of birthday celebrations and snacks for the classroom. Instead, the Nutrition Services Department provides a convenient and stress-free way for parents to provide food and snacks in the classroom through the Birthday Baskets and Classroom Snacks services.

        Both services can be easily purchased using MySchoolBucks and meet the federal Smart Snack nutritional and allergy requirements/guidelines.

        Head Lice

        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 the physician and parent for all prescribed and over-the-counter medications to be administered at school. Please see the Forms page to print a copy. 


        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. If a parent or teacher has a concern, the school nurse will follow up with appropriate screening and refer for further evaluation if warranted.