For more information about vaccines for COVID 19 please see the immunizations page.
Prior to coming to school each day, families should screen their student(s) for any symptoms that could indicate a health concern. This practice serves to protect students and staff. Should there be any concern about symptoms that may appear to be indicators of COVID-19, please contact your school nurse. Any students that do not feel well should stay home for 48 hours. If you are keeping your child home for illness, please contact the school nurse.
Is your student experiencing any of the following?
Category A (1 or more symptoms):
● Cough *
● Shortness of breath
● Difficulty breathing
● New olfactory disorder (loss of smell)
● New taste disorder
Category B (2 or more symptoms):
● Fever (100.4 or higher)**
● Sore throat
● Runny nose/congestion
● Muscle pain
● Nausea or vomiting **
● Diarrhea **
Your student should stay home for 48 hours if your student:
● Has one or more symptoms from Category A OR
● Has two or more symptoms from Category B OR
● Are taking fever-reducing medication.
*Some children, such as those with asthma, may cough normally. A child should stay home if they have a new or different cough.
** As always, if your child has just a fever (100.4 or higher), vomiting, or diarrhea, we
recommend keeping them home from school. These can be symptoms of COVID-19, but they can also be caused by any other common illnesses that children could spread at school.
In school, if your student presents with one symptom from Category A or two symptoms from Category B, he/she will be sent home for a minimum of 48 hours with additional instructions by the school nurse as necessary.
If your student or any member of your household is being tested for COVID 19 please notify your school nurse. Click the Contact Us link for contact information.
In an effort to reduce the number of people in the building and comply with state regulations for social distancing we are asking if your child takes medication at school that you would schedule a time with your school nurse to drop off medication prior to the start of the school year. If you are unable to drop off medication prior to the first day we request that you avoid coming to the school during student drop off and pick up times. Also, when dropping off medication, please limit to 1 person entering the building. If you are unable to come alone, please contact the school nurse prior to your arrival so arrangements can be made. School Nurse Contact information can be found here: School Nurse Contact Information
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.
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.
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.
Below are links to the PA Department of Health for more information:
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 district physician.
Please note: 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 issue.
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 COVID-19:
• 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 day.
- 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.