Healthy Happenings from the School Nurse

Vaccinations, Immunizations, and Screenings

Please be sure that your child is current on all necessary physicals, vaccinations, immunizations, dental and vision screenings prior to the start of the new school year, or as needed.  If you have any questions about the ages of required immunizations, etc. please see below, or feel free to check the PA Deptartment of Health Website.

Allergies

If your child suffers from SPECIFIC seasonal allergies, please be sure to let your child’s teacher know.  All teachers are provided with lists of student allergies to ensure no contact with allergens.

Minor Medical Treatments

If your child gets any scratches, splinters, etc. that may be distracting or require treatment, please make every attempt to manage these concerns at home.  Should you feel it may be necessary to obtain treatment during the day, please discuss your concerns directly with your child’s teacher or the school nurse so that we are aware. Together with your family physician, we can determine the best way to minimize disruptions during the school day.

Illnesses and Fever

If your child exhibits signs of a stomach illness (diarrhea, vomiting, etc) please keep the child home until the symptoms have resolved.  Remember, a medication you give in the morning may not last all day, which results in your child becoming ill again at school. It also sets up the potential to pass illnesses to other students.

While we understand that a sick child can cause inconvenience to a family, it is important to contain the spread of germs.  Furthermore, hurrying your child back to school can cause a setback and result in a child having an extended illness. Ultimately, you know your child best.

PCS Policy notes that a child with a fever over 100 may NOT attend school until they have been fever free without medication for at least 24 hours.

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact Kim DeChurch, RN, CSN through the main office for assistance.  Thank you!