Health & Wellness

Wellness Policy

Don't Wait! VAccinate!

All children entering the School District must meet the immunization requirements set by the State of Pennsylvania. Completed immunizations are mandatory to attend school at any grade level.

The current immunizations must be completed before entering school or student may be at risk for exclusion.

  • Diphtheria and Tetanus and Acellular Pertussis- 4 doses with one dose on or after the 4th birthday
  • Polio- 4 doses of polio vaccine with 4th dose on or after 4th birthday
  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella - 2 doses of MMR with the first dose given 12 months of age or older.
  • Hepatitis B - 3 properly spaced doses
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)- 2 doses with first dose given on or after 1st birthday OR a written statement of having the disease.
  • Tdap and MCV (meningococcal conjugate vaccine)- For entry into seventh grade.
  • MCV 2nd dose - For entry into 12th grade or school year child turns 18.

Exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are:

  • Medical reasons
  • Religious beliefs
  • Philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction.

If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.

Immunizations will need to be completed within 5 school days from the start of school. If immunizations are not completed, the student will be excluded from attending school until immunizations are completed OR a medical certificate is provided by a health care provider indicating when the immunization(s) are scheduled to be completed.

"A Parent’s Guide To Controlling HEAD LICE”

WHAT are Head Lice?

The head louse is a tiny insect/parasite that lives and breeds on human heads. It is a grayish-tan, wingless, cylindrical insect. Its size is comparable to that of a sesame seed. Head lice infestations are absolutely unrelated to hygiene and, though a nuisance, are relatively harmless.

Head lice do NOT jump or fly; they ONLY crawl. Head lice spread from person to person by crawling during direct head to head contact, which can occur when children are playing or sleeping together. They can also crawl off of items that are shared such as brushes, hats, and headsets.

How to help PREVENT Head Lice:

A common myth is clean, short hair will prevent head lice. This is not true. Lice appear to like hair whether it is clean or dirty, short or long. In fact, most head lice endure the experience of a daily shower and shampoo.

The key to preventing head lice is avoiding contact with infested human hair or objects that harbor head lice.

Parents can teach their children to:

  • Not share brushes, combs, hats, and headgear.
  • Sleep in their own beds at home to prevent infestation among family members.
  • Use own pillow and sleeping bag when staying away from home.

DOES my child have Head Lice?

Head lice may be difficult to spot. The insects themselves are only one to two millimeters long and the nits or eggs are sometimes mistaken for dandruff. Parents can often detect head lice by following these steps:

1. Be attentive for itchy heads and the appearance of nits or eggs in the hair. (Nits are tiny, oval-shaped, silvery brown objects attached to the hair shaft.)

2. Periodically check for head lice throughout the school year. Lice and nits are commonly spotted at the crown of the head, behind the ears, and at the nape of the neck.

3. Check towels after drying your child’s head for signs of lice.

How to TREAT Head Lice:

If you suspect head lice or nits on your child’s head, here are some steps to take.

1. Notify the School Nurse who can provide assistance with the treatment.

2. Apply lice shampoo or treatment products to your child’s head. Follow the directions on how often to reapply the product.

3. Remove ALL the nits/eggs from the hair using a fine-tooth comb or fingernails.

4. To prevent re-infestation, clean your child’s clothes and surroundings.

5. Wash clothing, sheets, blankets and other personal belongings in hot water

6. Dry items on highest setting for 20 minutes.

7. Items that cannot be washed should be sealed in plastic bags for 14 days or placed in a freezer for 48 hours.

8. Vacuum carpets & upholstery.

9. Clean combs/brushes in hot water.

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