1. When does my child need to have physical exam for school?
Children need a physical exam when they enter school for the first time, usually in kindergarten, and in 6th grade and 11th grade. Parents are encouraged to have the school exam completed by their family physician; however, the school district does offer free physical exams. The district will accept a private medical exam completed within 1 year to a student's entry into the grade where an exam is required. Sports physical exams may be counted towards the mandated school exam. The Superintendent or designee may exclude from school beginning April 15th any student who has not returned a completed physical form in a year that it is required.
2. When does my child need a sports physical exam?
Students need a sports physical exam prior to starting play each school year. This exam can be completed by the family physician or by the school physician. Once a student has completed one sports season, they will not need an additional physical as long as the student has not had an injury or change in medical condition. Contact the athletic trainer for more information.
3. Can either a sports physical exam or a school exam count towards working papers or my driving permit application?
No, these forms need to be completed by your family physician.
4. What immunizations does my child need prior to starting kindergarten?
4 doses of tetanus (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
4 doses of diphtheria (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
3 doses of polio
2 doses of measles (usually given as MMR)
2 doses of mumps (usually given as MMR)
1 dose of rubella (German measles, usually given as MMR)
3 doses of hepatitis B
2 doses of varicella (or history of disease)
5. What immunizations does my child need for entering 7th grade?
For children entering 7th grade the following additional immunizations are required:
1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) unless a Td was given within the last 5 years
1 dose of meningococcal vaccine (MCV)
Again, these requirements allow for exemptions for medical and religious reasons. If your child is exempt from receiving immunizations, he/she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
6. Is my child too sick for school?
Yes, if your child has a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or if they have symptoms of a contagious condition such as strep throat or the flu. Also, if your child has had a fever of greater than 100 degrees F they should not return to school unless they have been fever free without medication for 24 hours.
7. What should I do if my child has head lice?
Parents should call the school nurse, and treat the child based on recommendations from the family physician.
8. When does my child need a school dental exam?
Children need to have a school dental exam when entering school for the first time, usually in kindergarten, and in 3rd grade and 7th grade. Parents are encouraged to have their family dentist complete the exam; however, the school district will provide a dental screening at no cost. The district will accept a dental examination completed within 1 year prior to a student's entry into the grade where a dental exam is required. The Superintendent or designee may exclude from school beginning April 15th any student who has not returned a completed dental exam form in a year that it is required.
9. What steps does the school take during cold and flu season to protect our students?
This document (click on this link to open)
covers a few of the extra precautions the District takes during cold and flu season as well information from The Pennsylvania Department of Health about the differences between a cold and the flu.