The mission of the WCASD Health Services Department is to provide necessary, skilled nursing assessments and services in order to promote the education of all students. Registered Nurses are present at Saint Agnes School every school day.
Nurses in schools have multiple responsibilities. They are responsible for treating all illnesses and injuries that occur during the school day. They perform several state-mandated health screenings for every student every year. They track and report the physical examination, dental examination and immunization requirements of the PA. Dept. of Health. They monitor public health communicable-disease concerns and they provide a wide variety of medically prescribed daily procedures, so that all students may access the curriculum. School Nurses take their role as health educators and health promoters seriously as well.
Parents are encouraged to communicate directly with the nurse regarding any health concern that may impact the student’s day in school. The best nursing interventions occur with the most amount of information.
The health office at Saint Agnes is covered by three nurses. The direct phone number is (610) 436-5538. The school fax number is (610) 436-9631. Email for the nurses is: [email protected]
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
- Ms. Lesley Gordon-Guidera, RN
- Ms. Kate Yocum, RN, CSN
- Ms. Connie Lartigue, RN
All medications must be kept in the nurse’s office. Parents must check the emergency cards to approve administration of Tylenol, Antacid (Tums) and Benadryl (for severe allergic reactions only).
Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) may be sent in with a parent note to administer.
ALL other medications must have a note from the parent and health care provider. The note should indicate the name dose and time that the medication should be given. This includes Epipens, inhalers and prescription medications, as well as over the counter cold and cough medicines. Antibiotics and other medications that are given three times a day or less should be taken at home.
PA requires a physical examination be submitted to the school nurse at three separate times during your student’s education: on entry (or new to the district), 6th grade and again in 11th grade. Written reports of physicals performed for other reasons are fine.
The required physicals must have been performed anytime after the previous September of the required grade. Any computerized print-out from the physician is acceptable; it does not need to be on the exact Penna. Private Physician Report. Parents have 60 days from school entry to provide a private exam report. Failure to comply may result in school exclusion.
If your child receives an immunization during the visit, please double-check that the immunization is documented on the physical form. School nurses are required by the state to keep immunizations up to date.
Effective August 1st, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is strengthening school immunization requirements. These changes are intended to further ensure that students are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, students who do not meet the new vaccine requirements within five days of beginning school will not be permitted in school until the vaccine requirements are met.
Highlights of the vaccine requirement changes include:
- ALL Students: Four doses Four doses of the polio vaccine are now required, with the last dosage administered on or after the fourth birthday and at least six months after the previous dose (previously three doses were required).
- MCV and Tdap vaccine for all students in 7th through 12th grade.
- Second MCV for students entering 12th grade.
- Students who have not completed the required doses, need additional doses, and the next dose is not medically appropriate, must submit a medical plan within the first five days of school for obtaining the required immunizations or risk exclusion.
It is critical that students meet all vaccine requirements for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. If you have questions about your child’s vaccination record, please consult your physician. Your school nurse is also available to answer any questions you may have.
Students are required to have a dental exam completed by their own dental provider on entry to school and in grades 3 and 7. Private examination reports will be accepted from 1 year prior to the start of the school year.
When to Keep Kids Home
- Children should stay home anytime they have a fever (temp. 100 degrees or higher) and remain home until they have been fever-free for 24 hrs. without medication.
- Any child with vomiting or diarrhea should also be kept at home until symptoms have subsided.
- In case of contagious illness; chicken pox, impetigo, lice- Please contact the nurses, so that we can watch for other cases and advise you about when your child can return to school.
Respiratory illnesses must be determined on a case by case basis. If your child has a history of asthma, your health care provider should advise you about treatment. Even children without asthma have difficulty focusing on learning when they have a persistent, hacking cough. Please help us limit the spread of germs by keeping sick children home, and also reinforcing hand washing and proper cough etiquette.
- Lice information can be found here..
- All Medical Forms can be found here.