Acute Flaccid Myelitis
We wanted to take a moment and emphasize a few health-related tips as we head into cold and flu season, while also sharing information and resources related to an illness currently in the media, Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM). The Center for Disease Control (CDC) notes that AFM “is a rare but serious condition” affecting the “nervous system, specifically the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, and the muscles and reflexes in the body become weak.” The likelihood of occurrence is less than one in a million in the United States per year (CDC, 2018). Read more...
Cold & Flu Season
With the start of school, cold and flu season approaching it is important to remind your students that the best way to prevent illness is through good hygiene and proper handwashing, which includes washing their hands before eating and after using the restroom. Remind them to cover their cough and to dispose of tissues properly. It is also important for them to not share water bottles. Not sure when to keep your child home from school due to illness? Read recommended guidelines and Cold vs Flu from the CDC.
Every year we have cases of pediculosis in the community and school. Occurrences of head lice are not uncommon among school children and the cleanest child can be effected. Head lice do not spread disease. Please read more about head lice.
Health Office Reminders
Medications – All medication orders must be renewed each school year. Any medication to be given at school (including over the counter ones like Tylenol and Advil) must have a written physician order. Please click here for the medication permission form. Please ask your child's doctor to complete this form if your child will require medication during the school year. Please bring this signed form to school with the prescribed medication. Please check the expiration dates on all Inhalers and Epi-pens to be sure they will last through the end of the school year. Attention High & Middle School Families: If your student will be carrying his/her epi-pen or inhaler, In addition to the medication permission form please complete the Permission to Carry Epi-Pens/Inhalers Form and return to your building's school nurse.The board policy concerning medications can be viewed by clicking on Policy #210.Attention High School & Middle School Families: Please be sure to sign and submit this Permission to Carry Inhalers/Epi-Pen if the student will be carrying his/her inhaler or epi-pen at school and return to the school nurse.The board policy concerning possession and use of asthma inhalers/Epi-Pens can be viewed by clicking on Policy#210.1.
Pediculosis (head lice) – Every school year we hear about cases of Pediculosis in our schools. Pediculosis, which is spread most commonly by close person-to-person contact, does not pose a health hazard, transmit disease, nor serve as a sign of poor hygiene. However, making you aware can serve as a chance to catch cases early. We urge you to check your child as needed to make certain there are no problems.
Please know that Pediculosis can be spread:
- Directly through contact with an affected person's head/hair. Lice cannot jump, leap, or fly.
- Indirectly by placing clothing of an affected child in contact with the clothing of an unaffected child and by sharing such items as combs, brushes, hats, caps, scarves, wigs, pillows and bedding.
Should your child have a case of Pediculosis:
- Please notify the school nurse.
- Contact your healthcare provider for his or her recommendation, which may include treating your child with an over-the-counter Pediculosis product from your drugstore. Read instructions carefully. You may have to repeat treatment within two weeks. It is really important to comb out the nits.
- The Allegheny County Health Department provides a more detailed overview of Pediculosis and treatment. Click here for more information.
Dental & Physical Examinations
- Dental Examinations are required for all students entering grades 3 and 7. Click here for the Dental Examination Form.
- Physical Examinations are required for all students entering grades 6 and 11*. Click here for the Physical Examination Form. Rather than using this form, you may instead provide a computer print out of the physical with the doctor signature.
"Dental exams will be accepted as long as they were completed one year prior to the start of school."
*The June sport physicals of an eleventh grader will be given to the nurse by athletics and will be considered valid for the Grade 11 physical examination requirement.