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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 eighth 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
Parents often ask about sending their child to school with a communicable disease. Pennsylvania Department of Health offers the following guidelines:
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 Index. A 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