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Helpful Information for Parents


Dental Examinations

A dental examination is required on entry to school and third grade. A dental exam may be completed at school by the school dentist or privately by the child’s dentist. The dental exam must have been completed no earlier than September 1 of the previous year. If your child is to be examined by his/her private dentist, please have the dentist complete the dental form which is available in the health room. Return this form to the school nurse as soon as possible. If the private exam form is not returned to school by the date of examinations by the school dentist, your child will automatically be scheduled for the exam at school. You will be informed of this date and invited to be present.

Vision/Hearing Screenings

Each year all pupils are screened for possible hearing and vision problems by the school nurse. If a problem is found during screening, a follow-up screening is done. If problems persist, a notice will be sent home. Please have a physician complete the form and return it to the nurse as soon as possible.

Physical Examinations

A physical examination is required on entry to school. A physical exam may be completed at school by the school physician or privately by the child’s physician. If your child is to be examined by his/her private physician, please have the physician complete the physical form which is available in the health room. Return this form to the school nurse as soon as possible. (Exam must have been completed no earlier than September 1 of the previous year.) If the private exam form is not returned to school by the date of examinations by the school physician, your child will automatically be scheduled for the exam in school. You will be informed of this date and invited to be present.

Medication at School

Please do not send prescription or over-the-counter medicine to school with a child. If unavoidable, we must have the proper form signed by a parent and the child’s physician. All medication must be delivered by a parent/guardian to the school nurse in the original container. Medication will be dispensed only once during the school day. Any medication that is to be given periodically for the entire year (e.g., inhalers for asthma, allergy medications), also requires a special form that must be signed by a physician. Forms are available in the health room, or click here to access this form.

Emergency Cards

On the emergency card is a place to grant or refuse permission to the nurse to administer Tylenol and Maalox when deemed necessary. You will be notified when any medication is given to your child. These medications are never repeated during the same day at school.

Please keep the emergency card up-to-date with employment and alternate phone number changes. It is vital that we have your current phone numbers so that you can be contacted if an emergency arises with your child.

Health Room Visits

  1. The nurse is available to assess a problem, not to treat it! If anything requires more than very basic first aid or there is a problem that requires a child be excluded from school, the parent will be notified. The parents or someone they designate will be expected to pick up the child as soon as possible.
  2. Some things for which a child will be excluded:
    1. fever
    2. vomiting or diarrhea
    3. head lice
    4. reddened eyes with drainage
      1. Child must be given eye drops, ointment, or oral medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
      2. If medication is deemed unnecessary by a physician, a note signed by the physician stating this to be a non-infectious condition will be needed to return to school.
    5. chicken pox
      1. Child must be re-admitted to class through the health room. Parent should accompany child to school on the morning of return.
      2. All pox marks must be dried and have scabs before the child will be allowed to return to class.
    6. unexplained rashes
    7. If any child has an infectious condition that requires antibiotic treatment, it is advisable that this child receive antibiotics 24 hours at home before returning to school.

If at any time during the school year, your child should develop a health problem or have a change in his/her health, please notify the nurse in order that their health record can be kept up-to-date.

 
 
Cumru Elementary RICHARD KASKEY, principal
 
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