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Welcome to Sun Valley's Nurse's Office

 

My name is Mrs. Capuano R.N. and I am the Certified School Nurse at Sun Valley High School. This is my seventh year in the school district.  I am in the building on a full time basis. I also am the Certified School Nurse for St. Francis DeSales. I received a B.S.N. from Neumann University, a school nurse certification from Widener University, and a Masters in School Health Education from West Chester University.  Prior to coming to Sun Valley, I worked at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns related to school health services or if you wish to share information concerning your child to help me gain a better understanding of your child's personal health. 
My contact information is 610 497-6300, extension 2373.

or email me at gcapuano@pdsd.org


 

 

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Families moving into the Penn-Delco School District must bring a copy of each child's immunizations with you at the time of registration.  The grade level appropriate health exam forms will be given to you at registration.  The following immunizations are required for attendance at any school in Pennsylvania.  Proof of immunization is required prior to attendance in school.

  • 4 doses of diphtheria/tetanus vaccine DPT or DT (one given after 4th birthday
  • 3  oral or injected doses of polio vaccine
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) (first vaccine after age 12 months)
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B, properly spaced
  • 2 doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccination or a signed statement from the parent or physician is acceptable proof of having had the disease.
  • beginning in 2011-2012, children entering 7th grade are required to receive 1 dose of Tdap (if more than 5 years since last tetanus immunization) and 1 dose of MCV (meninogococcal conjugate vaccine).

The school nurse maintains an official Pennsylvania immunization record for each student.  When your child receives additional immunizations, please send the information to the school nurse so your child's record may be updated.

Free or low cost immunizations are available in Delaware County at the following locations:

  1. Pennsylvania Department of Health- 151 W. Fifth St., Chester, PA 610-447-3250
  2. Chespenn Health Services-619 Welsh Street, Chester 610-872-6131 OR Community Hospital, Chester   610 859-2059
  3. West End Medical Center- 2621 Ninth Street, Chester 610-494-7666

 

HEALTH SCREENINGS

Pennsylvania law requires health screenings to be conducted in specific grades.  The screenings are done by the school nurses.

 

Height and Weight

checked annually, in Kindergarten through grade 12                                               

Vision

  • checked annually, in Kindergarten through grade 12
  • You may request a vision screening at any time if you suspect that your child may have a problem.

Hearing

  • checked in Kindergarten and grades 1,2,3,7 and 11
  • You may request a hearing screening at any time if you suspect that your child may have a problem

Scoliosis

  • The purpose of the scoliosis screening is to detect any abnormal curvature of the spine.  State law requires a scoliosis screening in grades 6 and 7.  The sixth grade scoliosis screening is generally done as part of the required physical exam. 

Physical Exam

  • Required of students entering Kindergarten and in grades 6 and 11

It is recommended that this exam be performed by your private physician who is more familiar with your child's medical history.  The required physical exam form can be obtained from your child's school nurse or downloaded below. The private exam may be done within one year from the start of the school year.  Example: The school year started September 2013, therefore, the exam date can be as early as September, 2012.

school physical form

Dental Exam

  • Required of students entering kindergarten and in grades 3 and 7

It is recommended that this exam be performed by your private dentist.  The required dental form can be obtained from your child's school nurse or downloaded below.  The private exam may be within one year from the start of the school year.

http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/lib/health/schoolhealth/PAprivatedentalform.pdf

Students who do not return a completed private physical or dental exam form will be scheduled with the school doctor or dentist.  Parents will receive ample notification of exam dates.  Parental consent is required for your child to receive a school exam.

What does a referral mean?

If you receive a referral form after any school screening, it means that the screening detected a possible problem and further evaluation by a professional health care provider is recommended.  The form is to be completed by your private physician, dentist or eye doctor and returned to the school nurse.  As always, if you have any question, contact the school nurse.

Medication Policy-The board policy concerning use of medications can be viewed via the link at the bottom of this page.  Please follow the guidelines if your child must take medication during the school day.

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ILLNESS:KEEPING YOUR CHILD HOME FROM SCHOOL 

Upon occasion, it is necessary for your child to remain home due to an illness.  The following guidelines should be followed when determining whether to keep your child home:

  • Your child should not be sent to school hoping that he or she will feel better at arriving.
  • Your child should be kept home following a nighttime bout of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and watched for further symptoms.
  • Your child should remain home if he/she has had a temperature for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Do not send your child to school if he/she is taking prescription pain medication.


 

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

Parents often ask about sending their child to school with a communicable disease.  Pennsylvania Department of Health offers the following guidelines:

  • Pink Eye: 24 hours after initiation of treatment
  • Strep Throat, Scarlet Fever: 24 hours after initiation of treatment
  • Lice:  Until treated with a pediculocidal agent. Students who have been excluded must be checked by the School Nurse and found to be free of lice eggs before entering the building.
  • Chicken Pox: Six days from the outbreak of the last crop of blisters with all pock marks dried
  • Impetigo, Scabies and Ringworm: Until judged non- infectious by the physician


 

HOW CAN YOU DETERMINE IF YOUR CHILD IS OVERWEIGHT?

There is an objective measure to use to tell if your child is overweight and at risk for health and nutritional disorders.  This is the BMI, or Body Mass IndexA BMI is not a measure of percent body fat but an expression of relationships of a person's weight to his or her height.   Standard charts, based on a children's age and gender similar to those used in doctor's offices to plot children's growth, are used to plot the BMI.  This plot allows one to get a percentile that indicates whether a child is underweight, normal weight , at risk for overweight or overweight.

Exactly how to determine and plot your child's BMI percentile to assess his or her level of health risk for over or under weight can be found on the Centers for Disease Control site: http://www.cdc.gov/.  Your school nurse will also provide you with a yearly calculation of your child's BMI.

*Note that the procedures for determining a child's BMI differs from those for adults and require use of appropriate charts based on age and gender.  BMI calculations for children are assessed based on a percentile for age and BMI.

Underweight                         BMI for age < 5th percentile

Normal weight             BMI for age from 5th percentile to <85th percentile

At risk of overweight             BMI for age 85th percentile to <95th percentile

Overweight                           BMI for age >95th percentile