Whitehall-Coplay School District Nurses

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Health Alerts

  • Quarantine

    If you have been advised to quarantine due to a COVID exposure or isolate due to a COVID diagnosis, please follow the instructions from your medical provider or the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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Health Forms

Attention Kindergarten Parents

  • All kindergarten students must be toilet trained. No pull-ups are permitted.

Illness

  • If your child presents with any of the following symptoms, please keep them home from school and seek medical guidance.  A medical note clearing them to return to school is required.  

    SYMPTOMS

    • Fever/Chills
    • Temperature greater than 100.4 degrees
    • Shortness of Breath or Trouble Breathing
    • New or Worsening Dry Cough
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore Throat (different than Seasonal Allergies)
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

    In addition, please keep your child home and seek medical attention when there is suspicion of pink eye.  

Health Service Informational Items

  • STATE MANDATED HEALTH SERVICES

    1.  Height and weight screening - Annually

    2.  Vision screening  -  Annually

    3.  Hearing screening  -  Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, 3, 7, and 11

    4.  Physical examinations  -  Kindergarten or original entry; Grades 6 and 11

    5.  Scoliosis screening  -  Grades 6 and 7

    6.  Dental exams  -  Kindergarten or original entry; Grades 3 and 7

    7.  Maintenance of cumulative health record, including immunizations

     

    IMMUNIZATIONS

    Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following properly spaced immunizations for attendance. Included are the necessary immunizations for school entry, 7th and 12th Grade.  

    1) 4  doses of Tetanus (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)

    2) 4 doses of Diphtheria (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)

    3) 3 doses of Hepatitis B 

    4) 4 doses of Polio (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)

    5) 2 doses of Measles 

    6) 2 doses of Mumps 

    7) 2  doses of Rubella or German Measles

    8) 2 doses of Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine or evidence of immunity (properly spaced)

     In addition, students entering 7th Grade are required to have the following immunizations:

    1) 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

    2) 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) 

    Also, students entering 12th grade are required to have the following:

    1)      1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)

    Please refer to the following link for additional information regarding school vaccination requirements. 

    School Vaccination Requirements

    School Vaccination Requirements - Spanish

    All immunizations must be properly spaced based on the Pennsylvania Department of Health Immunization Regulations.  Students will not be permitted to start the school year without proof of all necessary immunizations as listed above. Additionally, access to the parent portal may be restricted prior to the start of the school year without proof of necessary immunizations. Children may be exempt from immunization for religious or medical issues.  Your child’s school nurse can provide more information about exemptions from immunizations.

     

    COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

    The regulations on the duration of exclusion from school and criteria for readmission will be strictly enforced. No child, absent or excluded from class, with a communicable disease shall return to school before the specified time has expired.  This regulation includes but is not limited to the following diseases:

    Chicken Pox - 5 days from the appearance of the first crop of vesicles, or when all the lesions are dried and crusted.

    Conjunctivitis (pink eye) - 24 hours from the institution of appropriate therapy and when the eye no longer has a discharge.

    Covid-19 positive test- recommended to follow current PA Department Of Health (PADOH) guidelines for isolation prior to returning to school.

    German Measles -  4 days from onset or when rash is gone; temperature is normal.

    Head Lice - to be determined by examination by the school nurse.

    Impetigo - 24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic therapy.

    Measles -  4 days from onset of rash.

    Ringworm - under treatment with an antifungal and area can be covered.

    Scabies - after completion of appropriate treatment.

    Scarlet Fever - at least 10 days from the onset or 24 hours after starting appropriate antimicrobial therapy.

    Whooping Cough (Pertussis)- 3 weeks from onset or 5 days after starting appropriate antimicrobial therapy.

    Exclusion times may be extended at the discretion of the school nurse.

    A doctor's release may be required before a child with a communicable disease  returns to school.

     

     MEDICATIONS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

    The Nurse Practice Act prohibits nurses from giving out any medications without a doctor’s order.  In order for medication to be given during the school day, the Medication Dispensing Form must be completed by the child’s physician and signed by both the physician and the parent or guardian. Copies of this form are available here

    Both the completed form and the prescribed medication must be provided to the school nurse. Medications must be delivered to the school by a parent or designated adult. The school physician from St. Luke’s University Hospital has approved standing orders that the staff from the health office can administer throughout the school day. The standing orders allow:

    Cough drops 

    Diphenhydramine/Calamine Lotion (i.e. Caladryl or Benadryl gel) 

    Diphenhydramine orally (Benadryl)

    Hydrocortisone 

    Liquid or chewable antacid (Mylanta or Tums) 

    Oral numbing dental analgesic (i.e. Anbesol or Orabase) 

    Oral numbing throat lozenges (i.e. Cepacol lozenges) 

    Topical burn gel (i.e. Lidocaine based gel) 

    Triple Antibiotic Ointment (i.e Neosporin or Polysporin)

    You must consent for your child to receive these medications through the online update.

    Fever

    A fever is a temperature over 100 F.  This is an evolving situation and this may change throughout the school year.  We will be following the most recent guidance for the PADOH and CDC. We ask that students stay home until clear by their health care provider or are fever free for 24 hour without the use of a fever reducing medicine (ie. acetaminophen or ibuprofen)  

    If there is any issue that you wish to further clarify or information you wish to discuss, please email your child’s school nurse for more information.