Category Archives: Dental

When to keep your child home from school

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.

Reminders

Reminders

  • All students in Kindergarten, 6th, and 11th grades are required to have completed physical exams.
  • All students in Kindergarten, 3rd, and 7th grades are required to have a completed dental exam.

Exams may be mailed to the health room, faxed, or emailed to your school nurse.  For contact information, see the Contact Us page.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse.

Reminders for next school year

Reminders for next school year

  • All students in Kindergarten, 6th, and 11th grades are required to have completed physical exams.
  • All students in Kindergarten, 3rd, and 7th grades are required to have a completed dental exam.
  • Incoming Kindergarten students are required to have their immunizations completed prior to the first day of school.
  • Incoming 7th graders are required to have the Tdap and MCV vaccines completed prior to the first day of school.
  • Incoming 12th graders are required to have the 2nd dose of MCV vaccine completed prior to the first day of school.
  • All other students that have been notified of immunization needs are required to have these completed prior to the first day of school.

PLEASE NOTE:  Immunization Documentation (this is either an updated copy of the immunization record, a note signed by the doctor noting the date of the appointment, or a Religious/Moral Exemption) MUST be completed by the FIRST day of school.  If it is not, after 5 days, your child will be at risk for exclusion (they will not be allowed to attend school) until the documentation has been received.

Exams and immunizations may be mailed to the health room, faxed, or emailed to your school nurse.  For contact information, see the Contact Us page.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse.

Sealant Saturday

FREE ORAL SCREENINGS & SEALANTS

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Time: 9 a.m.—12 noon

Location: Welsh Mountain Health Centers, 584 Springville Rd., New Holland PA 17557

Phone: 717-354-4711 (Appointments are required)

Children in 1st through 8th grades are eligible, especially children who do not have a dentist and are uninsured can receive a free oral screening and sealants.

Reminders

Reminders

  • All students in Kindergarten, 6th, and 11th grades are required to have completed physical exams.
  • All students in Kindergarten, 3rd, and 7th grades are required to have a completed dental exam.
  • Incoming Kindergarten students are required to have their immunizations completed prior to the first day of school.
  • Incoming 7th graders are required to have the Tdap and MCV vaccines completed prior to the first day of school.
  • Incoming 12th graders are required to have the 2nd dose of MCV vaccine completed prior to the first day of school.
  • All other students that have been notified of immunization needs are required to have these completed prior to the first day of school.

PLEASE NOTE:  Immunization Documentation (this is either an updated copy of the immunization record, a note signed by the doctor noting the date of the appointment, or a Religious/Moral Exemption) MUST be completed by the FIRST day of school.  If it is not, after 5 days, your child will be at risk for exclusion (they will not be allowed to attend school) until the documentation has been received.

Exams and immunizations may be mailed to the health room, faxed, or emailed to your school nurse.  For contact information, see the Contact Us page.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse.

Reminder

Reminders for next school year

  • All students in Kindergarten, 6th, and 11th grades are required to have completed physical exams.
  • All students in Kindergarten, 3rd, and 7th grades are required to have a completed dental exam.
  • Incoming Kindergarten students are required to have their immunizations completed prior to the first day of school.
  • Incoming 7th graders are required to have the Tdap and MCV vaccines completed prior to the first day of school.
  • Incoming 12th graders are required to have the 2nd dose of MCV vaccine completed prior to the first day of school.
  • All other students that have been notified of immunization needs are required to have these completed prior to the first day of school.

PLEASE NOTE:  Immunization Documentation (this is either an updated copy of the immunization record, a note signed by the doctor noting the date of the appointment, or a Religious/Moral Exemption) MUST be completed by the FIRST day of school.  If it is not, after 5 days, your child will be at risk for exclusion (they will not be allowed to attend school) until the documentation has been received.

Exams and immunizations may be mailed to the health room, faxed, or emailed to your school nurse.  For contact information, see the Contact Us page.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse.

Health Lessons for 4th, 5th, and 6th grades

In the next few months as part of our fourth, fifth and sixth grade health program, students will be receiving important information about puberty.  The lessons for fourth grade are provided for girls only.  In addition, the 6th grade students will receive information regarding HIV/AIDS.  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 February 28th.

If you would like to have your child excused from either topic, please notify the school nurse in writing no later than February 28th.

For any questions please contact your school nurse.

For more information see the letters sent home to each grade level.

2018-4th-Grade-Puberty-Letter

2018-5th-grade-puberty-letter

2018-6th-Grade-Puberty-and-HIV-Letter

 

Kindergarten Registration Information

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Pennsylvania School Immunization Requirements (28 PA Code Ch.23)

Children in Kindergarten need the following immunizations for attendance:

  • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (usually given as a DTaP or DTP or DT or Td) – one dose must be on or after 4th birthday
  • 4 doses of polio – 4th dose must be on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella (usually given as MMR)
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B (properly spaced)
  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity

Vaccine Information can be found at: www.dontwaitvaccinate.pa.gov

Vaccine compliance is determined by the number of doses and spacing of vaccine doses.

The time for completing immunizations decided by the PA Department of Education and the PA Department of Health is now 5 days. To prevent your child from being excluded from school, you must provide one of the following by the first day of school:

  • A copy of the required immunizations
  • A written plan to complete immunizations signed by a licensed health care provider

If you do not have insurance or your insurance does not cover immunizations, please call one of the organizations below:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Health at (717) 299-7597
  • LGH ChildProtect at (717) 544-3811

In addition to the above vaccinations, a physical exam and dental exam are also required for entry into a school in Pennsylvania.  The physical and dental exams should be completed by the first day of school.  Forms and other health information is available on the nurse’s blog under forms.

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A certificate of immunization exemption must be presented if there is any reason that a child cannot be vaccinated against these diseases.  If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.

 

Physicals, Dentals, and Immunizations Reminder

Just a reminder as we close out this school year and head into summer…

  • All students in Kindergarten, 6th, and 11th grades are required to have completed physical exams.
  • All students in Kindergarten, 3rd, and 7th grades are required to have a completed dental exam.
  • Incoming Kindergarten students are required to have their immunizations completed prior to the first day of school.
  • Incoming 7th graders are required to have the Tdap and MCV vaccines completed prior to the first day of school.
  • Incoming 12th graders are required to have the 2nd dose of MCV vaccine completed prior to the first day of school.
  • All other students that have been notified of immunization needs are required to have these completed prior to the first day of school.

PLEASE NOTE:  Immunization Documentation (this is either an updated copy of the immunization record, a note signed by the doctor noting the date of the appointment, or a Religious/Moral Exemption) MUST be completed by the FIRST day of school.  If it is not, the time period to have the documentation turned in has been shortened to 5 days.  After the 5 days, your child will be at risk for exclusion (they will not be allowed to attend school) until the documentation has been received.

Exams and immunizations may be mailed to the health room, faxed, or emailed to your school nurse.  For contact information, see the Contact Us page.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your school nurse.