School Nurse

Taken from the 13-14 Mohawk Area Jr./Sr. High handbook.

HEALTH AND NURSING SERVICES

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.

High School Nurse -- Julie Yost MSN, CSN, RN
If you have any questions, please call 724-667-7782, ext. 2109.

 

PROCEDURES FOR INJURY OR ILLNESS
  • All students who are either ill or injured should be referred to the nurse with a written referral. The nurse will not see a student unless they are referred by a staff member.
  • Upon referral, the nurse will decide on the appropriate course of action.
  • A student will not be permitted to go home unless the school makes phone contact for the purpose of approval by the parents. An alternative of the next closest relative should be available by the district.
SCREENINGS

The nurse arranges for screening as indicated below:

  • Vision -all grades
  • Hearing -grades 7, 11
  • Dental -grade 7
  • Scoliosis -grade 7
  • Height and Weight-annually in all grades
  • Medical Examination -grade 11
REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS

State law requires that no student be permitted to enter Mohawk Area Schools without proof of immunization as indicated below:

  • 4 doses of Tetanus
  • 3 doses of Polio
  • 2 doses of Measles
  • 2 doses of Mumps
  • 1 dose Rubella
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B
  • 2 doses Varicella

Note: 7th grade additional requirements: 1 dose of Meningococcal Conjugate (mcv); 1 dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) if 5 years has elapsed since last tetanus containing vaccine. 7th graders must have additional requirements and EVERYONE must have 2 doses of Vericella to begin school in the 2013-2014 school year. Failure to have these immunizations up to date will result in exclusion from school as specified by State Law.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (Exclusion from School)

By regulation of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Mohawk Elementary School Policy, students must be excluded from attending school that has the following communicable disease:

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 Not less than 7 days from onset
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
Skin Rashes and Impetigo ------------------------------------------------ Until under medical treatment or with doctor’s permission
Fifth Disease ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Until after the doctor has diagnosed
Pediculosis (Lice) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Until under treatment

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

DISPENSATION OF MEDICATION POLICY

If UNDER EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, a child is required to take medication during school hours and the parents or guardian cannot be at school to administer the medication, school personnel will administer the medication in compliance with the regulations that follow:

  • Written instructions, signed by the parent or guardian, will be required and will include:
  1. Child Name
  2. Name of medication
  3. Dosage with any special instructions
  4. It is required that parents send prescription medication to school in its original container. No longer will medication in other containers be acceptable. Pharmacy labeled containers must be prescribed for the child only and not other family members. Over-the-counter medications such as cough syrup, Tylenol, etc. must be in the manufacturer’s containers with the student’s name on the outside of the container.
  • Medication will NOT be transported to and from school daily.
  • All medications must be brought to the Health Room by an adult upon arrival at school.
  • The school district/nurse retains the discretion to accept or reject requests for administration of medicine.
  • Physician’s consent and instructions must be given to the nurse for medication that requires long-term administration. (One month or more).
  • According to the guidelines published by the Commonwealth of PA, Dept. of Health, “Medications should be given at home”, but this is not always possible. Parents are to give students their morning dosage.
  • In accord with the district’s Drug and Alcohol Policy, it is a violation of said policy for any student to take any medication without proper supervision by school personnel. It is also a violation for a student to provide any medication to another student for any reason whatsoever.
  • 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: 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 signature on form. Questions relating to this announcement should be addressed to the school nurse’s office.