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Lakeland Jr. Sr. High School Health Services

The Role of the School Nurse

 
The school nurse supports student success by providing health care assessment, intervention, and follow up for all children within the school setting. The goal of the school nurse is to promote optimum health for our students through the combined efforts of the home, school,and community. The Lakeland School District Health Program has, as it's primary goal, the protection, maintenance and improvement of the health status of school aged children.  We assist the student in working towards his/her maximum potential and success in school.School nurses strive to keep a child in school and learning. A healthy child is a healthy learner.
 
 
Pennsylvania Department of  Health
Mandated School Health Screenings

 
 
The following screenings are mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. These are considered screenings and are not to be a substitute for regular check ups with your health care provider. 

Height and Weight (BMI)
Checked annually in kindergarten through grade 12.
The state mandated BMI (Body Mass Index) screening program has also been implemented for grades K – 12. 

Vision
Checked annually in kindergarten through grade 12.
If a student does not pass the visual screening a referral notice will be sent home.

Hearing
Checked in kindergarten, 1,2,3,7, and 11.
If a student does not pass the hearing screening a referral will be sent home.

Scoliosis
Screening is mandated for students in grades 6 and 7.
The 6th grade scoliosis screening is generally done as part of the required 6th grade physical examination .
 The 7th grade scoliosis screening is done  by the school nurses. 
If a student does not pass the scoliosis screening, a referral notice will be sent home.

Physical Examinations
Required for students entering our school as a new student or otherwise for students in kindergarten, 6th, and 11th grades.
6th grade students should have the Tdap, Meningitis, and Varicella #2 immunizations completed and documented on their 6th grade physical form. These immunizations are required for entrance into 7th grade.
It is recommended that these exams be completed by your child’s private medical provider who is familiar with your child’s medical history.  The required private physical examination form can be obtained from our website (physical form).

Dental Examination
Required of students in grades 1,3,and 7.
If a student does not pass the dental screening a referral notice will be sent home.

What does a referral mean?
If you received a referral form after any school screening or examination, it means that the screening or examination detected a possible problem and further evaluation by a professional health care provider is recommended. The referral form is to be completed by your private health care provider and returned to the  nurse.
 
 
 
 
Immunizations
 
 
Vaccine
 
 
 
School Immunization Requirements
 
  • The state of Pennsylvania requires ALL students to be immunized against certain diseases, a certain number of times, in a specific sequence. 
  • Written proof of immunization by a licensed medical provider including month, day and year is needed to enter school.
  • The only exceptions to the school laws for immunization are medical reasons and religious beliefs. If a student is exempt from immunizations, he/she may be removed from school during a disease outbreak
  • Below are the required school immunizations:
 

     Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following vaccines:  

4 doses of tetanus*
4 doses of diphtheria*
3 doses of polio
2 doses of measles**
1 dose of mumps**
1 dose of rubella (German measles)**
3 doses of hepatitis B
2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or
history of disease
 
***Children Entering Grade 7 Need Additional Vaccines for Attendance:
 
1 Dose Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV)
 
1 Dose of Tetanus, Diptheria, Acellular pertussis (TDAP)
 
 
 
***Children Entering Grade 12  need additional vaccines for attendance:
 
       2 Doses Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV)
 
                                                                              *First dose is given 11-15 years of age; a second dose is required at age 16 or entry into 12th grade.
                                                                 * If the dose was given at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.
  
                1 Dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular pertussis (Tdap)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Below you will find links to resources for  school aged health concerns  commonly seen at the Lakeland School District and our local region.
 
 

 
 
 
 
Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)    
Free or Low-Cost Health Insurance for Your Kids    
   

CHIP covers uninsured children and teens up to age 19. With more than 139,000 uninsured children in Pennsylvania, this is great news for families!

 

CHIP provides quality, comprehensive health insurance for routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental, eye care, eyeglasses, mental health and much more. CHIP covers uninsured kids who are not eligible for Medical Assistance. For most families, CHIP is free – for others, it is low cost.

Many more resources can be found on the CHIP website at www.CHIPcoversPAkids.com, under CHIP Resources.

The CHIP program is pleased to partner with school districts in helping families find health insurance coverage for their children. Schools are a valuable partner in this effort. After all, healthy kids are better students.

 


 

 

 

 

 
HEALTH LINKS
 
Here are some links we think might help to keep you healthy this school year!