School Health & Nursing Services
School nurses are licensed professionals who are trained to support students’ medical needs within the educational setting. As collaborative members of DASD School Health Services, school nurses partner with the multidisciplinary team to provide student-centered care that supports the physical and emotional health needs of students through assessment, intervention, collaboration, and communication. These guiding principles help students to be safe, to remain healthy, and to come to school ready to learn.
Certified School Nurses or Healthroom Nurses are present daily in all of our public school buildings. DASD encourages parents/guardians to communicate directly with their student’s school nursing team regarding any health concerns that may impact the student’s school day.
As of August 1, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health strengthened school immunization requirements. These changes are intended to further ensure that students are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Students who do not meet vaccine requirements within five days of the start of school will not be permitted in school until the vaccine requirements are met.
- Four doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
- Four doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
- Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (2nd dose given on or after 4th birthday)
- Three doses of hepatitis B
- Two doses of varicella/chickenpox (2nd dose given on or after 4th birthday) OR evidence of immunity
- MCV and Tdap vaccine for all students in 7th through 12th grade (1st dose prior to entry in 7th grade)
- Second MCV for students entering 12th grade (given after 16th birthday)
Required Health Documents for Registration
Physical forms, immunization records and dental forms are required registration documents. See the district Registration Page for more information.
Annual Health Screenings
- K-12 Screenings: K-12 students will have their height, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI) and vision screenings completed annually.
- Hearing: Hearing screenings will take place in K through 3rd grade, 7th and 11th grade.
- Scoliosis: Your child's 6th grade physical will include a scoliosis screening provided from your physician. In 7th grade, the certified school nurse will complete a scoliosis screening.
- Physicals: Physicals are required on original entry into the school system, regardless of grade and in 6th and 11th grades. Copies of camp, driver license, or PIAA physicals are acceptable to meet this requirement. It is imperative that an updated immunization record be submitted with all physicals. Physicals are mandated prior to moving onto the next school year.
- Dental Exams: Dental examinations are required upon school entrance and in grades 3 and 7. Dental examinations are completed by the School Dental Hygienist during the school year. Your dentist may also complete a dental form should you choose not to participate in the screening.
Medications should be given at home whenever possible.
Most medications can be given before and after school hours. Medications given less than 4 times each day should be given at home unless otherwise ordered by the physician. When prescription or non-prescription medication must be given in school, please follow these guidelines.
Prescription and non-prescription medications require a physician note including parent signature.
All medication must be brought to school by parent/guardian in the original, labeled container, with the expiration date evident. Labeled-Instructions must include dosage, reason for treatment, time(s) to be given, and date to discontinue. Physician’s orders must include name of medication, date, time schedule, dosage, route of administration, and have a physician's signature.
Bringing Medication to School
Medications that require administration during school hours must be brought to school by a parent or guardian. Students are not permitted to carry controlled substances or over the counter medications on the bus or in school at any time (except when medications are legally permitted—emergency asthma inhalers, epinephrine auto-injectors, and diabetes medication—and student is approved to self-carry by the Certified School Nurse).
Parents/Guardians should report any changes to administration to the school nursing team. All medication must be collected from the nurse at the end of the school year or it will be discarded.