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Health Screenings and Vaccinations
The state mandated health program guides the T/E program. Under this program, pupils are required to have medical examinations upon their original entry into school. These exams are also required for any students who transfer into the school district. The physical examination form is available on the district website (www.tesd.net) Dental exams are suggested upon original entry into school and for all transfer students. The law provides for medical or religious exemptions.
Screening procedures are done regularly by the school nurse for vision, hearing, height, weight and basal metabolic index (BMI).
Written verification of the following immunizations are required:
4 doses of tetanus (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
4 doses of diphtheria (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
3 doses of polio2 doses of measles (given after 1st birthday)
2 doses of mumps (given after 1st birthday)
1 dose of rubella (German measles - given after 1st birthday) 3 doses of hepatitis B
2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease
Children suspected of having a communicable disease are excluded from school and may not attend until their condition is no longer contagious. To protect the health of each student, their classmates, and the school staff, all children should remain home for at least 24 hours after they have had any illness accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, or fever. Children excluded because of the following infectious diseases may not return to school until the child is under treatment or has recovered:
PA Dept of Health Communicable Disease Exclusion Regulations Chickenpox---Six days from the last crop of vesicles.
Contagious Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) ---24 hours after start of appropriate treatment
Diphtheria ---Two weeks from the onset or until negative culture Fifth Disease ---No Exclusion
Impetigo ---Until judged not contagious by the nurse or physician Measles ---4 days from the onset of rash
Mumps ---9 days from the onset or until subsidence of swelling Pediculosis (Lice) ---Until judged not contagious by the nurse/physician Pertussis ---4 weeks from onset or 7 days from start of antimicrobial therapy
Pinworms ---Until first dose of treatment is given
Respiratory Streptococcal infections ---Not less than seven days from the onset or 24 hours after start of (including scarlet fever) appropriate therapy
Ringworm ---Until judged not contagious by the nurse/physician
Rubella ---4 days from onset of rash
Scabies ---Until judged not contagious by the nurse/physician
Tonsillitis ---24 hours from start of appropriate therapy
Trachoma ---24 hours from start of appropriate therapy
Undiagnosed skin eruption, sore throat, cough, or eye condition: Until medically evaluated and determined not communicable
First Aid is given in school for pupils who are injured or who become ill while attending school. The school doctor recommends standard orders for first aid. Parents are expected to give information to the school to cover emergency situations, and to make transportation available when needed. The school is not responsible for treating injuries that happen at home.
Use of Medication (TESD Policy 5406)
Administration of Medications to Students
This policy specifies the conditions and circumstances under which medication shall be administered in school and during school-sponsored activities. This policy is intended to align with all applicable Federal and State laws relevant to the administration of medication in the school setting.
“prescribed medication,” which is any drug prescribed by a medical provider licensed to write prescriptions for any state in the United States for treating an injury, disease or disorder; or
“over-the-counter medication,” which is any drug obtained by an emancipated minor or by the parent/guardian of an unemancipated minor student as an over-the-counter drug, and there exists a standing order from a school physician or both an order from a licensed prescriber and written authorization by the parent/guardian to administer the drug during the school day. This definition includes any homeopathic or herbal remedy administered for the purpose of treating a physical or mental impairment.
“research or investigational medications,” which are substances undergoing formal study, are currently involved in clinical trials, but do not have FDA approval.
“asthma inhaler” means a prescribed device used for self-administration of short acting, metered doses of prescribed medication to treat an acute asthma attack.
"supervised self-administration" means pre-approved medication administrated directly by the student to herself/himself in the presence of a designated adult.
“unsupervised self-administration” means self-administration of pre- approved medication, including but not limited to, an epinephrine auto- injector, insulin, asthma inhaler or lactose, not in the presence of a school nurse, to avoid immediate and substantial risk to health.
Except for the specific exceptions enumerated in the Administrative Regulation, the school principal or nurse must receive a written request from the parent/guardian before any medication that may be administered to a student during school hours.
The administration of medication to a student may not be delegated to other personnel. A certified school nurse or other licensed personnel, such as a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse, must administer medication to students. Students are not permitted to carry medications on their persons during the school day except as authorized by Policy and Administrative Regulation.
Course of Action
Planning for administration of medication during school and school- sponsored activities should begin before the school year or at the beginning of the school year and should include school administration, family and health care providers. Nothing in this policy is designed to prevent the administration of first aid, including administration of an epinephrine auto-injector, to a student without the express written permission of a parent where deemed necessary by a nurse, pursuant to the nurse’s professional judgment.
Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Superintendent with direction from the District physician.
Emergency Medical Cards
Emergency Medical Cards are filled out by parents at the beginning of each school year. The information on this card is critically important in the event of illness or accident. Please fill out this card on the first day of school and return it to school the following day. Any updating or change of information can be made by contacting the school nurse or school secretary.