The school nurse is to provide for the daily healthcare of students in order to maximize their learning potential. The school nurse maintains student health records, performs state required health screenings, and administers doctor prescribed medications. The school nurse responds to school illnesses and accidents and conducts health related classroom instruction, serving as a consultant for health related matters.
The following immunizations must be completed before your child can be admitted to the school. Medical or religious exceptions to this requirement can be explained by the school nurse and require a parent/guardian signature:
Children attending 7th grade need the following immunizations:
Children attending 12th grade need two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV, new mandate)
If your child is exempt from immunizations for medical reasons or religious beliefs he/she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
A child may be admitted to school if there is documentation that one dose of each of the above immunizations has been given. All mandated immunizations must be completed by the 5th day of school. Your child will be excluded from attending school after this unless a written medical plan signed by your healthcare provider with scheduled completion dates is provided.
Required Health Examinations
Pennsylvania mandates the following health examinations as indicated:
Parents are urged to have physical and dental examinations completed by their family physician or dentist and submitted prior to September 30 of the year that they are due. A completed exam dated no earlier than September, one year prior to the required grade, is acceptable
It is imperative that the health office be notified if your child contracts a communicable disease. Children are excluded from school for the following common diseases:
Pennridge also reserves the right to exclude children from school based on the following criteria:
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