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Health Suite

WORKING TOGETHER FOR A HEALTHY AND SAFE SCHOOL YEAR!
 

Welcome to Edgewood STEAM Academy!
 

Hello! My name is Janice Walter, CSN.  I am the Certified School Nurse assigned to Edgewood STEAM Academy for the 2019-2020 school year.  I can be reached at 412-731-2238 ext 2150 or by email at waltja@whsd.net.

I have worked in the WHSD for 14 years at Rankin Intermediate, Shaffer Elementary, Rankin Promise Program, WHHS, and Trinity Christian School. 

I am very excited to partner with the Edgewood STEAM Academy Community to advance the well being, academic success and life long achievement of our students. 

My focus this year will be on wellness. I will promote student learning regarding their own health and safety and teach our children to begin the process of becoming their own health care advocates for the future.  I will actively work together with parents, teachers, social workers, RtII specialist and medical providers to build a community to provide the best possible care for our children.

COMMUNICATION IS KEY!!

My door is always open!  Please contact me at any time to discuss any medical concerns you may have for your child/ children.

 

About Health Services

School nurses are responsible for emergency treatment of accidental injuries and assistance to students who become ill at school. They also conduct a the Pennsylvania State Mandated health examinations and screenings. Up-to-date health and immunization records are maintained for each child.

*****Immunization Requirements  *****

School Board Policy: (Please review)

Book:Policy Manual

Section: 200 Pupils

Title:Immunization

Code: 203

In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of certain communicable diseases and in recognition that prevention is a means of combating the spread of disease, the Board requires all students to be immunized against certain diseases in accordance with state statutes, unless specifically exempt for religious, moral or medical reasons.[1][2]

No student shall be admitted to a school within the district who has not been immunized against such diseases as are enumerated by the Advisory Health Board and in the manner directed by the Secretary of Health.[1][3][4][5][6]

Immunization Law requires the immunizations listed below.

All student in grades K-5 must have

  • 4 doses of tetanus ( 1 dose after the fourth birthday)
  • 4 doses of diphtheria (1 dose after the fourth birthday)
  • 3 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles
  • 2 doses of mumps
  • 1 dose of rubella
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of Varicella or written statement from physician indicating the month and year of disease or serologic proof of immunity.

The Woodland Hills School District provides the following health examinations and screenings:

Dental examination - grades K-1, 3, and 7
Physical examinations - grades K-1, 6, 11
Hearing - grades K, 1, 2, 3, 7, 11
Height and weight - All grades
Vision - All grades
Scoliosis screening - grades 6, 7, 8
Body Mass Index (BMI)- for all grades

MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION 

Book:Policy Manual (Please review the current Policy)

Section: 200 Pupils

Title: Use of Medications

Code: 210

Before any medication may be administered to any student during school hours, the Board shall require the written order of the licensed prescriber, which shall include the purpose of the medication, the dosage and the time at which the medication shall be administered. A written request from the parent/guardian is required which shall give permission for such administration and relieve the Board and its employees of liability for administration of medication.[1][2]

In order for any prescribed medication to be administered to any student by the school nurse, there must be a written order from a licensed prescriber. This written permission will include:

  1. Name of child.
     
  2. Date of prescription.
     
  3. Name of medication.
     
  4. Dosage and route of administration.
     
  5. Specific time, or special circumstances, in which the medication shall be administered.
     
  6. Specific length, period, or amount of medication prescribed.
     
  7. Signature of the prescriber.

Emergency prescribed medications and specified over-the-counter medications may be administered according to the current standing orders of the school physician.

Medication will not be administered unless the prescription is properly labeled and the required permissions are obtained. Written orders and parent/guardian permission may be faxed to district locations. No e-mails may be accepted as permission.

Guidelines

Delivery of Medication to/From School

The School Board and/or district employees cannot be responsible for the transportation of medication to and from school. If a responsible adult cannot deliver the medication to school, the parent/guardian accepts responsibility of the student transporting medication to/from school.

Prescribed medication must be provided in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or health provider. The label must include the student's name, medication name, dosage, time, and route of administration. Over-the-counter medication must be in the original manufacturer’s packaging with a readable label.

Medications not picked up within one (1) day of the end of the school year will be discarded and recorded.

All medication orders will expire at the end of each school year. For those medications that extend from one (1) school year to the next, a new order and parent/guardian permission must be provided for each new school year.

Keep Those Viruses at Home !

Please be mindful of cold and flu season. Sending a child to school if he/she has begun to show signs of illness can cause an infectious disease to spread rapidly throughout an entire classroom.

To minimize the occurrence of contagious diseases among our students, we are asking for your cooperation in observing the following guidelines.

 

Please keep your child home if he/she has any of these symptoms:

1. FEVER - elevated temperature (above100.8 F.)
usually indicates the presence of an infection. Tylenol relieves the fever, but not the disease. Children should remain at home at least for twenty-four hours after a fever subsides.

2.  UNCONTROLLED COUGH

3. PROFUSE SINUS AND NASAL CONGESTION

4.  NAUSEA AND/OR VOMITING - within 12 hours prior to school

5.  DIARRHEA - within 12 hours prior to school

6.  PAIN - sore throat, severe stomachache, headache or body aches.

 

Your time and effort will help create a healthier environment for our school community.

WORKING TOGETHER TOWARD A  HEALTHY AND SAFE SCHOOL YEAR!!!