Care Beyond the Classroom
Health & Wellness Services
We endeavor to support the student’s physical and emotional self while in the pursuit of their education. Maintaining good health is important to the successful completion of your educational journey. If you don’t feel well, it’s hard to concentrate on your studies or to participate in extra-curricular activities.
Our health services office has nurses on staff 5 days a week to assist your child with any healthcare needs or concerns.
Communication with parents/guardians is very important. In order to best help your child, please let the school and nurse know if your child has any specific medical problems. These may include allergies, medications, or chronic conditions. Also, if anything changes with your child throughout the year, such as a medication change, please let the nurse know as soon as possible.
Wellness Requirements for Admission
REQUIRED HEALTH EXAMINATIONS BY THE STATE OF PA
All incoming students must have Physical Form, Dental Form, and Immunization Records on file from the current year. This information will need to be renewed as follows:
- 7th Grade Dental Form due on the first day of school
- 6th Grade Physical Exam Form due on the first day of school
- 3rd Grade Dental Form due on the first day of school
- Pre-Kindergarten / Kindergarten Physical Exam Form due on the first day of school
- Kindergarten Dental Form due on the first day of school
***(Dental forms are NOT needed for Pre-Kindergarten)***
- 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
- 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
- 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
On the first day of school, unless the child has a legitimate medical exemption, a child must have had at least one dose of the above vaccination or risk exclusion.
If a child does not have all the doses listed above or needs additional doses, the child must receive that dose within the first five days of school or risk exclusion. If the next dose is not the final dose of the series, the child must also provide a medical plan within the first five days of school for obtaining the required immunizations or risk exclusion. This plan must be followed to avoid exclusion.
These requirements allow for a medical exemption under state law. Even if your child is exempt from immunization, he or she may be excluded from school during an outbreak.
If you have questions regarding immunizations, contact the nurse or visit dontwaitvaccinate.pa.gov
Action Plans & When to Stay Home
Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
FARE’s Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan, formerly the Food Allergy Action Plan, outlines recommended treatment in case of an allergic reaction, is signed by a physician and includes emergency contact information.
Diabetes Medical Management Plan
The Diabetes Medical Management Plan should be completed by the student’s personal diabetes health care team, including the parents/guardian. It should be reviewed with relevant school staff and copies should be kept in a place that can be accessed easily by the school nurse, trained diabetes personnel, and other authorized personnel.
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Seizure Action Plan
The Seizure Plan should be completed by the student’s personal health care professionals, including the parents/guardian. It should be reviewed with relevant school staff and copies should be kept in a place that can be accessed easily by the school nurse and other authorized, trained personnel.
When to Stay Home
If your child is sick, please keep him or her home. Please remind your child to always remember to wash his or her hands. Studies have proven that hand washing (next to the flu shot) is the BEST way to avoid colds and flu. A healthy diet and sleep also keep your immune system going, so be sure that your child gets plenty of rest! Students should be kept at home if they have any of the following symptoms:
- Illness that prevents the child from participating in activities.
- Fever (100° or higher). Students may not return to school until free of fever without fever medication for 24 hours.
- Diarrhea or vomiting during the previous 24 hours. Student may not return to school until appetite has returned to normal.
- Rash with a fever.
- If your child has contracted a communicable disease.
- Other conditions deemed appropriate after assessment by the certified school nurse and/or the staff nurse.
Dispensation of Medication Policy
Prescribed medications which are necessary for the health of a child may be administered during the school day. It is recommended that, whenever possible, all medications be administered at home by a parent or guardian. The first dose of any new medication should always be administered at home to ensure close observation of any adverse reaction. If you r physician decides it is necessary for your child to receive medication during school hours, the parent or guardian may request that the school nurse administer the prescribed medication at scheduled times.
If your child receives medication, please remember we need new medication orders every school year. The Medication Permission Form is due in September. All medications must be sent to the Health Room. Children are never to keep medication on their person such as allergy pills, any non-prescription or prescription medicine. Cough drops must also be sent to the Health Room.
Missing Phys. Ed?
Ouch! We get it. Accidents happen! If a student suffers any form of an accident (ie, concussion, cast, use of crutches, extremity in a boot), that results in being “excused from gym,” the nurse’s office needs a letter of documentation.
This letter should come from the doctor’s office stating the reason and for how long they will be restricted. Also, we will need a letter when the student is able to return to gym class.
“Care beyond the classroom” means we’re here to help! If you have a question about your child’s health or our policies, our nurses are here to help. Please contact the nurse on duty at 215.357.4720 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Our Nurses
We feel better when you do!
We are committed to providing a rigorous academic program for students. Additionally, the overall wellness of our students is of equal importance. As a school, we must promote healthy eating habits as good nutrition and exercise are critical to the wellness of our students. For these reasons, and to accommodate the increasing number of students’ medical and food allergy needs, we are promoting a change regarding birthday celebrations and classroom parties.
Birthdays are a special time for students at SKD and we need your support. While many families enjoy special food treats at home, in accordance with the Archdiocese Wellness Policy, the Council Rock School District, and our school health committee, no food/candy treats will be allowed at school for birthday celebrations. This practice will help support healthy alternatives for celebration, reduce interruptions in class time, and will protect the large number of children who have a variety of food related allergies and medical needs. Each month, we will honor our students’ birthdays by gathering the school gymnasium for community prayer at the beginning of the day. Names will be announced, and a special birthday blessing will be given. Parents of these children will be invited to attend if their schedules permit.
For Classroom Parties, we are requesting that no more than one sugary/low nutrition food item be offered that all foods are nut-free. The focus of classroom parties should continue to be on the social, celebratory aspect of the event rather than food. We ask that all parents coordinate with Homeroom Parents before sending any items for class parties.
Exposing students to healthier treats is a great step toward developing healthier habits. Your support of our children and promoting healthier eating habits is greatly appreciated.
Tips for Staying Healthy During the School Year
At school, children spend a lot of time in classrooms where they can easily transfer germs to one another – despite our best efforts to keep our classrooms clean. But by teaching kids some important healthy habits, parents can help make school and health a priority during the school year. Here are just a few great tips on how to keep your kids healthy:
- Teach your kids about healthy hand washing.
Hand washing is one of the most important ways we can prevent the spread of germs in our classrooms. By teaching your child how to wash her hands properly—and to especially wash after blowing their nose, using the bathroom and before eating—you can help your child reduce the risk of getting sick. Did you know we have PURELL® hand sanitizer stations throughout school for your children to use?
- Boost your family’s immune system.
Keeping your child’s immune system strong is an important way to stay healthy during the school year. Getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, managing stress, exercising, making time to laugh, and emphasizing hand washing can help reduce your child’s risk of getting colds, flu, and other infections.
- Teach your child healthy habits to prevent cold & flu.
Does your child know the important healthy habits to prevent colds, flu, and other infections? Healthy habits such as remembering not to keep touching his/her eyes or refraining from sharing cups and utensils with friends are important to learn.
- Promote healthy sleeping habits.
Making sure your child gets enough sleep is a crucial part of keeping him or her healthy. Sleep is important not only for a child’s physical and emotional health but it can play an important role in how well s/he does in school, too.
- Start the day with a healthy breakfast.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day when it comes to school kids. A balanced breakfast of low-fat protein and complex carbohydrates has been shown to be important for brain function as well as for maintaining a steady level of energy throughout the day. Did you know we provide breakfast right here in school? Check out our breakfast menu here.