Nurse's Office

Taken from the 13-14 Mohawk Area Elementary handbook.

The Mohawk Area School District employs certified registered nurses in grades K through 12. These nursing services are available to care for the health and well-being of all students.


Elementary Nurse -- Heather Drake
If you have any questions, please call 724-667-7782, ext. 1104, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


HEALTH SERVICES
The school system employs a nurse for the elementary school.  She arranges for annual vision screening (all grades); a fall medical examination (grades K and 6); a fall hearing screening (grades K, 1, 2, and 3); a winter dental examination (grades K and 3); and a yearly measurement of height and weight (all students).  She is also responsible for coordinating the health and safety activities of the school.

All accidents and injuries are to be recorded in the Health Room Visitor’s Book for your insurance to be effective.  Students who become ill should be sent to the nurse’s office.  If the student is too ill to remain in school, the nurse or one of the secretaries will phone home.  If possible, the family should come for the ill student.  No ill student is ever sent home to an empty house.  If both parents are away from home, the student should know where to be taken.  Please be sure your home or work telephone numbers and emergency numbers are kept up to date so that we may reach you quickly.

IMMUNIZATIONS
All students shall be immunized against certain diseases in accordance with Pennsylvania statutes unless specifically exempt for religious or medical reasons.  All health records shall be confidential and their content shall be divulged only when necessary for the health of the student or to a physician at the written request of the parent/guardian.

DISPENSATION OF MEDICATION POLICY
If, under exceptional circumstances, a child is required to take medication during school hours and a parent or guardian cannot be at school to administer the medication, school personnel will administer the medication in compliance with the regulations that follow.

  1. Written instructions, signed by parent or guardian, will be required and will include: Child’s Name, Name of  Medication, Time to be Administered
  2. It is required that parents bring prescription medication to school in the original container.
  3. Medications will NOT be transported to and from school daily but will be securely stored at the school.  Most pharmacies, if asked, will furnish a separate labeled container for school use.
  4. ALL MEDICATIONS MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE NURSE’S OFFICE AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BY AN ADULT.  Students are not permitted to bring medicine on the school bus.
  5. School personnel will keep a record of the administration of medication.
  6. The parents or guardian of the child must assume responsibility for informing school of any change in the child’s health or change in medication.  A new form completed by the parent or guardian will be required with each change in medication.
  7. The school district retains the discretion to reject requests for administration of medicine.
  8. Physicians consent and instructions must be given to the nurse for medication requiring long-term administration (one month or more).
  9. According to the guidelines published by the Commonwealth of PA, Dept of Health, “Medication should be given at home” but this is not always feasible.  Parents are to give students their morning dosage.
  10. In accordance with Act 187, students are permitted to carry and self-administer asthma inhalers when the school nurse has written orders from the physician and written permission from the parent.  This permission must be updated yearly.  The students are to see the school nurse after every use of the inhaler while at school.  The school retains the right to confiscate inhalers and revoke privileges if used inappropriately.

NOTE:  Adopted October 13, 2008 (School Board Policy No. 210), it is recommended that when possible, the physician should sign the Dispensation of Medication form or send a note indicating the prescription for the student.  The physician’s note can be attached in lieu of a signature on the form.  Questions relating to this policy should be addressed to the school nurse at (724) 667-7782 ext. 1104.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
By regulation of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Mohawk School Policy, students must be excluded from attending school when having the following communicable diseases.

Measles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . ………………………………………………. 6 days from onset of rash
German Measles .. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . ………………………………………………. 3 days or until rash has disappeared
Whooping Cough  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……… . . . . . . ………………………………………. 4 weeks from onset
Streptococcal Sore Throat with Rash . . . . . ………. Until diagnosed by a doctor or on an antibiotic at least twenty-four hours
Chicken Pox . . . .  . . . . . ……………………………………………....Until scabs are dried and there is no danger of infection
Mumps . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ………………………………………………. .10 days or until swelling is subsided
Eye Infections and Pink Eye. . . . . . . . . …………. ……… Until inflammation is cleared or on an antibiotic twenty-four hours
Skin Rashes and Impetigo. . . . . . . . . . ……………. . . . . . …….....Until under medical treatment or with doctor’s  permission
Pediculosis (Lice) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Until under treatment.  Returning students  must be brought to the nurse’s office by a   
                                   parent.  The nurse will check the student’s head to determine if the child is ready to return to class.


(In order to control outbreaks, all cases of pediculosis must be reported to the school nurse.)