United School District

Preparing our Students for Tomorrow...Today!

School Health Offices
 
Elementary School - Telephone- 814-446-5615 #1319    Fax 814-446-4210
Jr/Sr. High School  - Telephone - 814-446-5615 #2339   Fax  814-446-6615
 

The School Health Program

School health is a very broad program. The School Health program facilitates the healthy growth and development of the students. The program prevents and detects health problems, and maintains and improves the health status of students. The services provided to the students are, state mandated health screenings at specified intervals, nursing services including the treatment of acute and chronic conditions, first aid, medication administration, health counseling and health promotion, maintenance of student health records and assessment for school immunizations. These areas are directed towards the best possible health of the student.  Our goal is to assist and encourage all students to stay healthy and safe so they can be successful in school. All areas are directed toward the best possible health of the student. Health appraisal is the foundation of the program and is mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  The goals are:  1.  identification of defects, 2.  correction of defects, and 3.  adjustment to conditions which cannot be changed. 
 
The following personnel serve the United School District:
 
Certified School Nurse- Ms. Kovach RN
Nurse Aide - Mrs. Brady RN
School Physician- Dr. Pyakurel
School Dentist-Dr. Garver

Health Appraisal

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

3.  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

6.  Growth screening- all grade levels. Students are weighed and measured yearly as a general nutritional evaluation.  Body mass index percentage levels are calculated and mailed home as required by the PA Department of Health.

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.

 

Immunization Regulations

The Pennsylvania State Health Department mandates the following immunizations:

FOR ATTENDANCE IN ALL GRADES children need the following:
  • 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 MMR
 
Children ATTENDING  7th grade need the following:
  • 1 dose of tetanus, diptheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)
  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MVC) 
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.
 
Please open this link for a printable pamphlet. Required Vaccines.

A Certificate of Immunization is mandated in the Health Room.  Therefore, boosters to these vaccines should be reported to the School Health office staff.

Medication

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

Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Master of Science degree in Nursing


 
 
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