Nurse’s Notes
Nurse's Notes

Nursing Forms & Student Health Information

St. Patrick School has a Registered Nurse on duty at all times. Our nursing staff encourages students to be healthy by eating well, exercising and getting proper amounts of sleep.

School nurses are prohibited by law to diagnose injuries or illnesses. Please do not send your child to the school nurse for diagnosis.

Exams & Screenings

During the school year, your child will be weighed and measured and have their eyes tested. A hearing test is given to all students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7th grades. A scoliosis examination of the spine is given to students in grades 6 and 7. A report is sent home if any of these tests or examinations shows potential problems.

Private physical examinations are required upon entry into school and again in grades 6 and 11. Dental Examinations are required upon entry into school and again in grades 3 and 7. See the forms below for more information.

Required Immunizations

Proof of completed PA State mandated immunizations are required before a child may attend school. Pennsylvania State Law states that a child may not be admitted to school without proof of these immunizations:

  • Four doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis* (1 dose on or after the fourth birthday)
  • Four doses of polio (fourth dose on or after the fourth birthday and at lease six months after previous dose given)
  • Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella**
  • Three doses of hepatitis B
  • Two doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or evidence of immunity

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

Children entering 7th grade require:

  • One dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)
  • One dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
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Emergency Card

The emergency card will be issued and returned in the first week of school. Please list all allergies and health or medical concerns. For the sake of students’ safety, keep the school updated with any changes during the school year (i.e. new work or cell numbers, additional allergies, or changes in medical condition.)

When To Keep Your Child Home From School

Please keep your child home if they are suffering from a fever of 100 degrees or higher. The child should be fever free for 24 hours—without the assistance of fever reducing medication—before returning to school.

Follow these general guidelines for keeping a child home sick:

  • If your child has a low-grade fever (99 degrees), has other symptoms (cough, headache, sore throat, nausea) or generally looks sick.
  • If your child has a GI virus that includes vomiting or diarrhea, they should not return until they have gone 24 hours without vomiting or diarrhea. Also, if your child vomits in the morning prior to the school day, please do not send them to school.
  • Severe congestion, including chest, nasal, sinus, or nasal discharge.
  • If a child is coughing enough to need cough medicine during the school day, they should be kept home. Coughing is one of the most common ways to spread germs.
  • Contagious diseases such as an undiagnosed rash, mononucleosis, chicken pox, pink eye/conjunctivitis, lice, or strep throat. The student may return 24 hours after the start of treatment. In the case of chicken pox, all scabs must be dry. In the case of lice, the child must be treated and the head must be free of lice and nits. You must notify the school when lice are discovered at home so we can eliminate them as quickly as possible.

Medications In School

If a student needs to take medication in school, we ask that the medication be delivered to the school by the parent. All medication must be in the original container and marked with the child’s name and dosage instructions. Check expiration dates. We cannot give any expired medicines to children.

If your child has taken medication in the morning before school, please send a note to the teacher who will make the nurse aware. No student may ever carry medication (prescription or over the counter) while on school grounds.

Absence

If a student will be absent from school, please call or email the office by 8:00am. If your child is in grades 1-8, please call 610-644-5797 or email Mrs. Adams.

If your child is in Prek3, PreK4 or Kindergarten, please call 610-644-3620 or email Mrs. Bogan.


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