All students are required to show written proof of immunization signed by a physician at the time of registration.
Pennsylvania legislation requires that all children at any grade, kindergarten through 12th, including all public, private, parochial, intermediate unit and home schooled students, show proof of immunization before they can attend school in the Commonwealth, unless an exemption for medical or religious reasons is granted:
The following minimum immunizations are required at all grade levels:
a. Diphtheria and Tetanus - Three or more properly spaced doses of DTP, DtaP, Td or DT, or any combination of the three.
b. Polio - Three or more properly spaced doses of polio vaccine, (IPV or OPV).
c. Measles (Rubeola) - One dose of live attenuated measles containing vaccine (preferably MMR) administered at 12 months of age or older, AND a second measles immunization (preferably MMRII), or measles immunity proved by serological testing.
d. German Measles (Rubella) - One dose of live attenuated rubella containing vaccine (preferably MMR) administered at 12 months of age or older or rubella immunity proved by serological testing.
e. Mumps - One does of live attenuated mumps containing vaccine (preferably MMR) administered at 12 months of age or older.
All students entering school for the first time in kindergarten or first grade must have the following additional immunizations: A fourth diphtheria-tetanus immunization (given as DPT, DtaP,Td, or DT) administered after the child’s fourth birthday; three properly spaced doses of hepatitis B vaccine and proof of varicella (chickenpox) immunization or a written statement of having had the disease.
All students entering grade seven in 2002-2003 are, in addition, required to show proof of Hepatitis B and varicella (chickenpox) immunity. Accepted as proof are three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine, properly spaced and documented in writing by the physician, or for adolescents aged 11-15 years, a properly spaced two-dose series documented in writing by the physician. Dose 1 and 2 must be separated by 4-6 months. Accepted as proof of varicella immunity are age-appropriate dose(s) of varicella vaccine (one dose administered at 12 months of age or older, or two doses of vaccine administered at age 13 or older), documented in writing by a physician or a written laboratory report of immunity or a written statement that a child has had varicella disease. A parent, guardian, health care provider, physician or physician’s designee may write this statement.
Since the information included on emergency cards is essential for maintaining contact with parents and guardians, it is recommended that parents and guardians notify the school promptly when there are changes in home or business telephone numbers.
Students in the District are scheduled to receive mandated screening examinations in accordance with the following schedule:
1. Vision, growth and development Annually kindergarten through 12th grade
2. Hearing Annually kindergarten through 3rd grade, 7th grade and 11th grade.
3. Blood Pressure screening 6th through 12th grade
4. Medical examination Kindergarten, 6th and 10th grades
5. Dental examination Kindergarten, 3rd and 7th grades
6. Scoliosis screening 6th and 7th grades
Dear Parent or Guardian,
Prescribed medications which are necessary for the health of a child may be administered during the school day. It is recommended that, whenever possible, all medications be administered at home by the parent or guardian. The first dose of any new medication should always be administered at home to ensure close observation of any adverse reaction. If your physician decides it is necessary for your child to receive a medication during school hours, the parent or guardian may request that the school nurse administer the physician prescribed medication at scheduled times. The following school district policies apply to all medications brought to school:
The "Permission to Administer Medication (PDF)" form must be completed and signed by the physician and parent or guardian. This form must be signed for both prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Medication must be brought to school in the original pharmacy container with the current prescription label. Upon request, pharmacists can, prepare a duplicate container to be used for school.
Medication must be brought to the schools by a responsible adult.
All medications must be brought directly to the health office. Students who have medications of any kind in their possession (in lunch boxes, school bags, etc.) may be considered in violation of the school district drug and alcohol policies and they be subject to disciplinary action. A licensed registered nurse employed by the school district shall be the only district employee responsible for the administration of medications.
If a licensed registered nurse is unavailable to administer the medication on a time schedule determined by the student's physician, a care plan will be developed by the school nurse, and parent or guardian, to ensure that the dosage is administered as scheduled.
All medications are kept in the health office in a locked cabinet.
Acetaminophen, for which the district has a standing order from the district physician, will be administered to elementary school students with the signed permission of parent or guardian as noted on the emergency card.
Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen, for which the district has a standing order from the district physician, will be administered to students in grades 7 through 12, with the signed permission of the parent or guardian as noted on the emergency card.
CRSD Medication Policy
CRSD Permission to Administer Medication Form
Communicable Diseases Requiring Exclusion
The school nurse is responsible only for the emergency care of injuries and sudden illness that occur while the student is in school. The nurse is not available to diagnose or treat students who come to school with prior injuries or illnesses except in special cases under medical care and with the physician’s written orders. When at all possible, parents are responsible for transporting the ill or injured student to his/her home, the doctor or the hospital.
You will be contacted on or after your child's the third day of absence, if you have not all ready contacted me.
This is part of my function as the school nurse. Your child’s absence is important to us and we keep careful records as to the number of days your child is absent and the reason. Please feel free to call me anytime to discuss your child's health status. My number is (215) 944-2509. The best time to reach me is before 8:00 am or after 2:30pm to avoid screening and student health office visit time.