The School Health Program
Children will receive the following mandated school health appraisals:
1. Medical Exam - given on school entry, sixth grade and eleventh grade
2. Dental Exam - given on school entry, third grade and seventh grade
Hearing Screening - given yearly in kindergarten, first, second, third, seventh and eleventh grades
4. Vision Screening - given yearly at each grade level
5. Scoliosis (lateral back curvature) - given in sixth and seventh grades
Defects found through these examinations will be reported to parents or guardians. Every effort should be made to have them corrected. These tests may also be given on request by parents and school personnel.
The Pennsylvania State Health Department mandates the following immunizations:
- 4 doses of tetanus * (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
- 4 doses of diptheria * (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
- 3 doses of polio
- 2 dose of measles**
- 2 doses of mumps**
- 1 dose of rubella (german measles)**
- 3 doses of hepatitis B
- 2 doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or history of disease*Usually given as DTP or DTaP or Dt or Td**Usually given as MMRChildren ATTENDING 7th grade need the following:
These requirements allow for the following exemptions: Medical reason, religious belief, Philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction. If your child is exempt from immunizations, he/she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
- 1 dose of tetanus, diptheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)
- 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MVC)Please open this link for a printable pamphlet. Required Vaccines.
Certificate of Immunization is mandated in the Health Room. Therefore,
boosters to these vaccines should be reported to the School Health office staff.
The United School District has developed the following guidelines in order to cooperate with parents and their medical practitioners regarding the administration of medication during school hours.
1. All medication, prescription or non-prescription must have a written order from a physician. This follows the Pa. State Nurse Practice Act.
2. Prescribed medication must be received by the school in the prescription container as it was dispensed from the pharmacy. The prescription label must: have the student's name, name of medication, dosage, frequency of administration, and date it was dispensed.
It adds convenience for both parents and school if the pharmacist dispenses the medication in two containers, thereby allowing one prescription bottle to be brought to school and the other to remain at home.
3. The administration of non-prescription (over-the-counter) medication during the school hours is discouraged and can usually be adjusted to a time schedule around school hours.
4. A parent/guardian's written request for administration/permission to give the medication must also accompany the medication. This note should also include the time to be given, date to begin and date to discontinue.
5. Medication must be brought directly to the Health Room. Students are not permitted to carry medication during school hours unless directed by a physician.
Education - Ms. Kovach RN:
Conemaugh School of Nursing-Registered Nurse
University of Pittsburgh-Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing
Carlow University-School Nurse Certification
Penn State University-Master's degree in Education with a minor in Health Education
La Roche College-Master of Science degree in Nursing
Carlow University- Doctor of Nursing Practice degree
Education - Mrs. Brady RN:
Saint Francis University - Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing
University of Pennsylvania - Master of Science degree in Nursing