School Health / Nurses

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    To contact our nursing staff please call: 610-298-8661

    (utilize the extensions below)

    NWL High School – ext. 2217 

    NWL Middle School – ext. 3912

    Northwestern Elementary – ext. 4205

    Weisenberg Elementary – ext. 5335

    Julie Wehr, MSEd, BSN, RN             wehrj@nwlehighsd.org

    Nannette Lingenfelter, MSN, RN, BS Ed.     lingenfeltern@nwlehighsd.org

    Christy Diehl, BSN, RN                     diehlc@nwlehighsd.org

    Tracy Schmidt, RN                        schmidtt1@nwlehighsd.org

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    Health Room

    A health room is available for students in each building who are ill or need medical assistance.  A registered nurse is on staff to assist students in grades K-12.

    First Aid

    If a minor accident occurs in school, first aid will be administered.  No treatment beyond first aid will be given.  In more serious cases, the parent will be notified.

    Illness

    When your child is ill the night before a morning of school, please keep him/her home.  Children who run a fever of 100 degrees or greater, vomit, experience diarrhea, coughing, sore throat, or other cold/flu-like symptoms are not ready for a rigorous day at school.  The child needs, at least 24 hours to get his/her body's resistance back.  Please call your child's school office to report the absence.

    Chicken Pox cases are reported to the State.  Please notify your school nurse if your child is diagnosed with varicella.

    Exclusion

    On occasion, a child may be suspected of having a health condition which may be contagious and warrant examination by the family doctor.  In these instances, a note from the doctor will be necessary for re-admittance to school.  In order to prevent the spread of contagious, infectious diseases, parents are to keep their child home when symptoms are first noticed.  Also, the child must be fever free (less than 100 degrees) for 24 hours before returning to school.  The following conditions are considered contagious by the State of Pennsylvania:

    Chicken Pox           Ringworm                                           Impetigo                          Measles                                     Hand Foot and Mouth                     
    Pink Eye                
    Strep Throat                                        Scabies                            Pertussis

    Immunization

    The Department of Health is changing school immunization regulations beginning in August 2017. 

    NEW!! 2017-2018 PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
    Please see the above link for entrance criteria and beginning of the year exclusion notification for Kindergarten, 7th, and 12th grade students. 


    Children in
     ALL grades (K-12) need the following immunizations for attendance:

     

    • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis* (1 dose on or after 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 measles, mumps and rubella**
    • 3 doses of hepatitis B
    • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity

      *Usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td
      **Usually given as MMR

     

    Please do not hesitate in getting your child the needed immunizations.  Some students have already received the required immunizations but documentation was not received.  Documentation should be forwarded to the school nurse as soon as possible for accurate recording.  If you are uncertain of your child's immunization status, please contact the school nurse for verification.

    If your child does not have health insurance or if your insurance does not cover immunizations, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is providing immunization clinics throughout the summer.

    For more information, please call
    1-877-PA-HEALTH or visit the PA Dept of Health website at: www.health.state.pa.us

    A state immunization card is kept on file for each student in the building they attend.

    Exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are:

    • Medical reasons;
    • Religious beliefs; and
    • Philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction

    If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.

    Medication Administration

    Whenever possible, the parent/guardian should notify the school nurse in advance that the child will need medication.  Medication will then be administered during school hours when the following conditions have been met:

    • A "medication authorization" form is completed and signed by both the parent and ordering physician.
    • All prescription medication must be provided in the original prescription container.
    • Over the counter, nonprescription medication, will only require written parental permission via the medication authorization or the backside of the emergency card.
    • Policy regarding the asthmatic student:
      • Students in grades 7-12 may carry his/her own inhaler to use as medically necessary without supervision when a signed medication authorization form is returned signed by the parent and physician.
      • Students in grades K-6 need a signed physician's statement (via medication authorization form) stating the student is qualified and able to self-administer his/her own inhaler.
    • Whenever possible, medication needed for more than one day should be given before or after school hours.
    • Discontinuance of a medication will only occur with a doctor's order or written parent notification.
    • Prescription medication must be delivered to the school by an adult and given to the nurse or main office.
    • Click here for the Medication Authorization Form.

    Health Screenings

    Hearing Screening

    Hearing tests are performed annually by the school nurse on children in Kindergarten through 3rd, 7th and 11th grades.  Children with previous hearing problems in other grades will also be screened.  Classroom teachers may refer children for hearing tests.

    Vision Screening

    The school nurse administers vision tests to all students annually and any screening failure is reported to parents.

    Scoliosis

    The school nurse will screen 7th grade students for scoliosis with parent permission.  The parent/guardian will be notified if a referral is necessary.

    *Click here for the Scoliosis follow up form.

    Medical Examinations

    The Pennsylvania school health law requires medical exams for children upon original entry into school (K/1, 6, and 11 grades), as well as new entries from out of state.  These grades were selected because they represent critical periods of growth and development.  Parents may wish to have their family physician examine the child and complete the required forms or have the child examined by the school doctor.

    *Click here for the Pennsylvania State Private Physical Form.

    Dental Examinations

    The Pennsylvania school health law requires dental exams for children upon original entry into school (K/1, 3, 7th grades), as well as new entries from out of state.  Parents may choose whether to have their child examined by the school dentist or family dentist.  The Pennsylvania state private dental form must be returned upon the start of the school year.  Those students who do not return a form can be scheduled for a dental exam with the school dentist.

    Parental permission will be obtained for a school dental exam.  The dentist only does a screening, a referral is sent if the child needs dental care.  The school dentist does not provide dental repair.

    *Click here for the Pennsylvania State Private Dental Form.

    Height/Weight/BMI (Body Mass Index)

    Pennsylvania state requirements mandate all school students be screened yearly for height, weight, and BMI (Body Mass Index).

    Those students who fall outside the state parameters will be encouraged to contact their family physician for a follow up evaluation.

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