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Nursing Services

Our goal is to provide not only a safe school environment, but one that limits the exposure of illnesses to others. We understand that while it is sometimes inconvenient to keep a sick child home, school exclusion is necessary to keep our school community healthy.

Please refer to the following school guidelines when deciding whether your child should come to school:

  • Your child will need to stay home if he/she has a temperature of 100 degrees or greater. Your child’s temperature should be below 100 degrees for at least 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Ibuprofen before returning to school.
  • Children with vomiting and/or diarrhea are to be kept home for at least 24 hours after the last episode. Your child should be tolerating a regular diet before returning to school.
  • Children with suspected infectious diseases (i.e. pink eye, strep throat, ringworm, impetigo) must be kept home until verification from your health care provider can be obtained. Some illnesses require physician certificate to return to school. Please refer to the student handbook for more information.
  • Children with severe sore throat, excessive cough or a cough that produces phlegm, severe headache, earache, or stomach ache that prevents them from eating/drinking should remain home.
  • If your child appears unusually tired, irritable, pale or has an unusual lack of appetite.
  • Strep throat and scarlet fever – are highly contagious.
    Your child should be seen by a doctor and should be kept home and treated with antibiotics. Usually, the child can return 24 hours after starting the antibiotic if they are fever free. A doctor’s note is required.
  • Chicken pox – is also highly contagious. It is important that your child stay home for at least a week from the time you notice the first symptoms, and at least two days after the last spot has appeared and all lesions are dry. Please let the school know that your child has chicken pox. A doctor’s note is required.
  • Fifth disease – is mildly contagious. It usually starts with a low grade fever and tiredness, along with a rash on the cheeks and spreading to the arms and thighs. If the only symptom is the rash, the child may come to school. 
  • Impetigo – is a skin condition where a pustule ruptures and becomes crusted. A child needs to be on antibiotics for 24 hours before they return to school and a doctor’s note is required.
  • Ringworm – is a skin condition where the area becomes red, itchy and scaly in a circular spot which increases in size. Medication and a doctor’s note is required.
  • Scabies– is a skin condition that presents as a itchy rash of the fingers, wrist and abdomen. The itching is usually worse at night. Medication and a doctor’s note is required.

A doctor’s note may be required if the child is sent home with an “undetermined” rash.

Students who are sent to school with the above symptoms may be asked to return home for the health, safety and wellness of our entire school community.

Thank you for your continued efforts in helping to keep our school healthy!

Health Services

1. STATE REQUIREMENTS:

Immunizations: In order to be in compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Health Regulations, all students must be immunized or have documentation regarding medical or religious exemption. Immunizations should be completed on the first day of school per State Law.

4 Diphtheria and Tetanus

4 Polio (OPV or IPV) with one dose being on or after their 4th  Birthday

 3 Hepatitis B

 2 MMR

 2 Varicella or documentation of disease

Students entering 7th Grade must also be immunized with the following vaccines or have documentation regarding medical or religious exemptions.  Immunizations should be completed on the first day of school per State Law. Immunizations must also include the previously listed requirements.

  

Tdap

MCV

Students entering 12th Grade must also be immunized with the following vaccine or have documentation regarding medical or religious. Immunizations should be completed on the first day of school per State Law. Immunizations must also include the previously listed requirements.

MCV

CLICK HERE FOR REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS 

Physical Exam: The state of Pennsylvania mandates all Kindergarten/First, 6th, and 11th grade students have a physical examination on file. Completed private physical exams with updated immunizations should be completed and dated on or after July 1, 2018.

CLICK HERE FOR PHYSICAL INFO 

Dental Exam: The state of Pennsylvania mandates all Kindergarten/First, 3rd, and 7th grade students have a dental examination on file. Completed private dental exam dated on or after July 1, 2018.
CLICK HERE FOR DENTAL INFO 

            2. ANNUAL SCREENINGS:

  • Height, Weight, BMI
  • Vision
  • Hearing (K-3, 7, & 11)
  • Scoliosis (6 & 7)

You will only receive a notice if your child needs a further examination from a doctor.

3. COMMUNICABLE DISEASES: isolation procedures and exclusion

Please consult the included “when to keep your child home” reference sheet and the school handbook which will be coming home on the first day of school.

4. FREE HEALTH INSURANCE AND IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION: is available from the school nurse.

5. MEDICATIONS TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE SCHOOL NURSE: All medication must be sent to school in its original container and be delivered immediately to the nurse upon arrival at school. A “School Medication Authorization” form is available on the PSD website.
CLICK HERE FOR MEDICATION INFO

6. HEALTH INFORMATION AND EMERGENCY NUMBERS: Please keep information up-to-date. On the first day of school, your child will be given an

Emergency Procedure Form. This is a very important part of your child’s record.
The front of the form authorizes the school district, and emergency personnel if necessary, to administer medical treatment during school hours. It is important
that you include more than one emergency contact so that your child can be treated promptly. If any of this information changes during the school year, please let us know.

The back of the form is your child’s health history, and becomes part of their permanent record. We ask that you update your child’s history each year so that we can better care for you child.

Please make sure that you complete both sides, sign and date the form, and return it as soon as possible.

7. Additional Information:

=   Please encourage your child to eat a healthy breakfast each morning.

=   Please be sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.

=   Some clothing is available for children who become soiled during the school day. Please launder and return any borrowed clothing the following day (or upon returning to school).

=   If your child has an injury or illness that requires a limitation of their recess and/or physical education activities, please send a note to the teacher or nurse, so we can help with this request.

=   Durable Equipment and Elevator Use: A Physician’s note should be provided if a student will require the use of crutches and/or an elevator for more than one day. Please note that durable equipment such as crutches and wheelchairs must be obtained by the family so that school equipment is available for emergencies.

Healthy children learn best. If you have any health concerns regarding your student, please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse. Together we can do more for our children than any of us can accomplish alone.

Health Links:

Sleep Guidelines

Technology Resources

Building Nurses
Barth
Amanda Downey
adowney@pottstownk12.org

Lincoln 
Maryellen Wynne
mwynne@pottstownk12.org
Franklin
Jennifer Kurian
jkurian@pottstownk12.org

Rupert 
Dawn Hawkins
dhawkins@pottstownk12.org
High School 
Pam Pascal
ppascal@pottstownk12.org
Middle School
Kimberly Perry-Malloy
kperrymalloy@pottstownk12.org
Rachel Bumbry
rbumbry@pottstownk12.org

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