UPDATE FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR: Please note the current time period of 5 days for completing immunizations set by the PA Department of Health and PA Department of Education has been suspended for a two-month period after the beginning of the school year in response to the impact of the COVID-19 disaster emergency. At this time you have 60 days from the first day of school to complete the required immunizations.
The Department of Health continues to stress the importance of immunizations. Childhood immunizations are essential to individual and population health. Immunizations protect children against the potentially devastating effects of vaccine-preventable diseases. The specified regulations are being suspended temporarily only in response to the impact of the COVID-19 disaster emergency on the availability of immunizations before the start of the school year.
For more information please visit the Department of Health website.
Reminder- Curbside medication pick up is available at your child’s school May 4th from 4-7 PM and May 5th from 7-11 AM. If you have any questions please contact your child’s school nurse.
March 2, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Penn Manor School District is committed to the health and safety of our
students and staff. The school district is closely monitoring health
information regarding Coronavirus COVID-19. As we do in all
health-related cases, we are working closely with and receiving
additional guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH),
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our school
There have been no cases of the Coronavirus reported in our school district.
We are providing this information to you so that you are aware of this
issue and are assured that our district has plans in place to monitor,
prepare for, and respond to any health or safety issue that may impact
us. We also encourage you to use the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) as trusted
resources on the latest updates and guidance concerning this health
It is the school district’s desire to do all that is possible to help
prevent the spread of the virus in the event of an outbreak in the
area, and we need your help to do this.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has shared the following tips on
its website to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, such as
• Cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue
in the trash; if tissues aren’t available, cough or sneeze into the
inside of your elbow. Do not use your hands.
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an
alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.
• Contain the potential spread. If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better. Avoid people who are already sick.
Penn Manor School District is closely monitoring the situation (not only
the coronavirus but also this year’s strain of the flu) and is cleaning
and disinfecting schools daily as part of ongoing custodial services.
In the event that there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area, the
school district will follow guidance provided by health professionals
regarding any additional measures that are necessary.
If your child becomes ill, please follow these guidelines regarding student illnesses:
- Your child should be fever-free for 24 hours, without medication, before returning to school.
- Children with vomiting and diarrhea must be kept home for 24 hours after the last episode.
- Children with suspected infectious diseases (i.e. pink eye and any
unknown rashes) should be kept home until verification from your health
care provider can be obtained.
- If your child is sick, keep him or her home, regardless of field
trips, parties or other special events that may be held at school that
- It is important right now that we work together to remain focused
on what we can control. We will remain vigilant in monitoring the status
of all illnesses that could present a threat to our staff and students.
Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our staff, and our students.
Michael G. Leichliter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
In the next few months, as part of our fourth, fifth and sixth grade health program, students will be receiving important information about puberty. In addition, the 6th grade students will receive information regarding the immune system and HIV/AIDS in a separate lesson. The goals of the program are to present up-to-date information and to emphasize the importance of healthful living. The programs are presented separately. The puberty lesson for girls will be taught by the Certified School Nurse and the lesson for boys will be taught by the Health and Physical Education teacher. Written materials will be used and sent home for follow-up discussion and as a reference for your child.
The DVDs and complementary materials will be available for parent preview in your child’s school. Contact the school nurse to make arrangements if you wish to preview the materials prior to March 6th.
If you would like to have your child excused from either topic, please notify the school nurse in writing no later than March 6th.
For any questions please contact your school nurse.
The Peyton Walker Foundation will be offering free heart screenings, for any students ages 12-19 at Manheim Township High School on Saturday, February 22, 9:00am-3:00pm. Registration is required.
For more details visit: https://www.peytonwalker.org/heartscreenings.html
Because students are in close contact with one another during the school day, diseases spread easily through the school. We try to prevent this as much as possible through education and encouragement of frequent hand washing, proper diet and rest. However, children do get sick. We ask you to keep your child at home for the following reasons:
-has a temperature of 100 degrees or more. Temperatures should be normal for 24 hours before s/he returns to school.
-has been diagnosed with a strep infection. Your child should be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.
-has been vomiting during the night or before school
-has persistent diarrhea during the night or before school.
-has red swollen eyes that itch and are draining pus or have a crusty appearance upon awakening.
-has a productive cough that cannot be controlled with medication
If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable illness, please contact the school nurse to discuss when your child should return to school. Examples include, but are not limited to chicken pox, impetigo, and scabies.