Welcome to Northley Nurse's Office
My name is Mrs. Saunders, R.N. and I am the Certified School Nurse at Northley Middle School. I am in the building on a full time basis. I am a graduate of Widener University for both my Bachelor's degree in Nursing and my Master's degree in Education. 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 3338
or email me at Csaunders@pdsd.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.
- 4 doses of diphtheria/tetanus vaccine DPT or DT (one given after 4th birthday
- 4 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
- Chicken pox immunity- prrof of vaccination or a signed statement from the parent or physician is acceptable proof of having had the disease.In addition, 7th grade students are required to have 1 Tdap booster(Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis)and 1 Meningococcal vaccine- either Menveo or Menactra.
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 Department of Health- 151 W. Fifth St., Chester, PA 610-447-3250
- Chespenn Health Services-619 Welsh Street, Chester 610-872-6131 OR Community Hospital, Chester 610 859-2059
- West End Medical Center- 2621 Ninth Street, Chester 610-494-7666
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
- 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.
- checked in Kindergarten and grades 1,2,3,7 and 11
- You may request a hearing screening at any time if you susupect that your child may have a problem
- 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.
- 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 2008, therefore, the exam date can be as early as September, 2007.
new physical form- scroll to bottom of page for link
- 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.
Private Dental Form-scroll to bottom of page for link
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:
- 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.
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
- 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 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: 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
Please see attached files below for information about:
- private physical form www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/lib/health/schoolhealth/PrivatePhysicianForm.pdf