The school is staffed with a Certified School Nurse from the Upper Darby School District who is authorized to provide emergency aid to students who become sick or who have an accident in school, to administer prescription medicine and to supervise the State mandated health screenings. The school nurse functions as a member of the Health Educational Team by collaborating with teachers, counselors, parents, physicians and other agencies in an attempt to establish optimum individual health goals for each student. Health counseling is an important part of the nurse’s role.
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Every student is REQUIRED to have two (2) emergency cards on file in the Health Center each year. Without an emergency card the nurse DOES NOT have permission to treat a student in school. THE NURSE SHOULD BE NOTIFIED OF ANY SPECIAL HEALTH PROBLEMS THAT MIGHT AFFECT A STUDENT’S ACADEMIC OR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN SCHOOL.
HEALTH PASS AND MEDICAL DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL
Students who need to see the nurse receive two copies of the Health Pass from the teacher in charge. One copy is taken to the Student Services Office and the second copy is then taken to the Health Center. If a student is to be medically dismissed from school then the nurse will notify the parent, guardian, or emergency contact and the Office of Student Services.
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENTS TO ARRANGE FOR TRANSPORTATION. STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE SCHOOL UNLESS AN AUTHORIZED PERSON SIGNS THEM OUT IN THE STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE.
Students in 11th grade are required by State Law to show proof that they have had a physical examination by the family physician within the last year.
Height, weight, body mass index, vision and audio testing are coordinated by the nurse every year. Deficiencies and abnormalities discovered as a result of these screenings will be reported to the parent/guardian so that a physician can re-examine the student and prescribe accordingly.
For the safety of all students and in compliance with Pennsylvania State Law and the Nurse Practice Act the following policy regarding medication has been adopted. All medication must be dispensed through the Health Center. Students may not carry prescription or over-the counter medication in school. In order for a medication to be dispensed in school the nurse must be provided with the following:
- A written order from a physician, physician’s assistant, dentist or nurse practitioner;
- Parent/Guardian’s signature and date on the permission form entitled “Authorization – Medication Administration in School” which is available at school or on-line;
- The ordered medication in the original container or prescription bottle delivered to school by the parent/guardian.
Emergency Medication such as, Inhaler, Epi-pen, Glucagon, and Insulin may be carried in school by the student if the proper documentation is on file in the Health Center. All unused medication must be picked up by the parent at the end of each school year. New documentation is required each school year.