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Health Services (From the Student Handbook)

The following health services are required for students by Pennsylvania School Law.  Any parent or guardian who does not wish their child to receive the services and examinations in school by the School Nurse, School Physician, or School Dentist must notify the School Nurse in writing.

Height, Weight,                    - all students.

and Vision Screening
 
Hearing Screening              - Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 7, 11 and students referred by teachers or                                                                                                  other school staff

Physical Examinations                   - Grades K, 6, 11.

Dental Examinations                      - Grades K, 3, 7.

Visual Scoliosis Screening            - Grades 6 and 7.

If a parent or guardian elects not to have the school provide the above services, they must supply the school with the results of examinations by their own family physician or dentist.

If a child is exempt from health services for medical or religious reasons, written proof of the exemption is required.
 
Students with health problems are to report to the school nurse at the beginning of the school term or when such a problem arises.  Special problems include vision, hearing, diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, recent surgery, medication or anything that might limit students at school.

If a student becomes ill while in school, he/she should seek permission to visit the school nurse.  If the nurse is not in, students are to report to the office.

If a student’s illness warrants leaving school, parents/guardians will be notified by the office.  Students are not to make arrangements for leaving on their own.

Upon returning to school from this absence, the student shall present a valid excuse under the procedures established in the Attendance Regulations section of the Parent/Student Handbook.

Emergency cards are provided for each child at the beginning of the school year.  The parent/guardian is to assume the responsibility of filling out the card completely and returning it to the school.  The valuable information which is given on this card is necessary to provide early professional care and use of special treatment facilities which may improve chances for survival and lessen severity.  The emergency card also provides the opportunity for the parents/guardians to comment on any medical problems or conditions their child may have so that the school may be aware and provide adjustments when necessary to meet the needs of the child.

Medical problems found as a result of any examinations are recorded on the student’s health record.  Teachers are notified regarding any student who has a condition which might cause him/her to have difficulty in class.

The school is vitally interested in the health status of every student.  The constant school objective is to maintain, protect, and when possible, improve the health of each individual.