Health Room Policy

  1. Students are not permitted to carry prescription or over-the-counter medications in school.  ALL MEDICATIONS MUST BE TAKEN IN THE SCHOOL HEALTH ROOM.
  2. The following medications may be dispensed in the Health Room at the discretion of the school nurse if a current MEDICATION PERMISSION FORM, signed by the student’s physician, is on file in the Health Room:
    • Acetaminophen (generic Tylenol)
    • Ibuprofen (generic Advil)
    • Benadryl (for allergic reactions)
    • Antacid
    • Throat lozenges
  3. Alternate non-prescription medications may be dispensed in the health room if accompanied by a note from the parent, guardian, or physician stating directions for administration.  These non-stocked medications must be provided to the health room in an original container labeled with the child’s name.
  4. Prescription medications may be administered in the health room with a note from the family physician. The medication must be in the original prescription bottle with a label indicating the name of the student, date of prescription, time and dose to be given, and the name of the doctor.
  5. Epi-Pens and inhalers are considered emergency medications and may be carried by the student if a physician’s request form is on file in the Health Room.
  6. The MEDICATION PERMISSION FORM must be renewed each school year.  All prescriptions and medication permission notes expire at the end of the current school year.
  7. If the date on a prescription is more than one year old, or if the date on a non-prescription medication indicates expiration, the medication will not be given in school.
  8. All medications must be picked up from the health room during the last week of school.  Medications remaining after the last day will be discarded.

Communicable Disease Policy

All students should remain at home for at least 24 hours symptom free after they have had any illness accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, or fever. Any student suspected of having any of the following communicable diseases must remain out of school for the indicated time.  Please call the school nurse for additional information.

DISEASE INCUBATION PERIOD EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL
Chicken Pox 14-21 days 6 days from last crop of vesicles.  Scabs must be dry.
Conjunctivitis 24-72 hours Until eyes are free of discharge or under treatment for 24 hours
Fifth Disease No exclusion
Scabies 7 days 24 hours after start of treatment
Scarlet Fever /  Strep Throat 1-3 days 24 hours after start of treatment
Skin Staph or Strep 1-3 days Until skin is clear or under treatment for 24 hours
Impetigo 4-10 days Until skin is clear or under treatment for 24 hours
Pediculosis (lice) 2 weeks Until treated and free of lice and nits
Pinworms None Until first dose of Rx is given
Ringworm 4-10 days Until skin is clear of all scabs and crusts or under Rx for 24 hours
Any undiagnosed rash or fever Until diagnosis is established or symptoms are gone for 24 hours

Pennsylvania Mandated Screenings

  • Height and Weight- all grades each year
  • Vision – all grades each year
  • Hearing – grades seven and eleven
  • Scoliosis – grade six and seven
  • Body Mass Index - all grades each year

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a screening tool used to assess underweight, overweight and the risk of overweight. BMI is calculated from body weight adjusted for height, age and gender. BMI in children is age and gender specific because body mass changes as children grow, and boys and girls differ in BMI as they mature. According to the new state guidelines, the purpose of the BMI is to:

  • Monitor growth and development patterns of students.
  • Identify students who may be at nutritional risk or who may have a common nutritional problem.
  • Notify parents/guardians of screening results with a recommendation to share findings with the student’s health care provider for further evaluation and intervention if necessary.