Health Services

Please use the information presented here to help you stay healthy and safe throughout the year. Check for updates and new links often, and please e-mail the school nurses if you have questions.

This is the time of the year when many viruses and germs are prevalent. Keeping your ill child at home is an important way to limit the spread of germs at school. Sometimes knowing when to keep your child at home is a difficult decision for parents. Unnecessary absences interfere with learning, time off from work can be a problem and childcare issues can be inconvenient, however little learning takes place for the child when sent to school sick. Illnesses can be spread quickly in a classroom; classmates and staff are at risk for illness when a sick child is sent to school.

Here are some guidelines that are meant to be helpful when making the decision about sending your child to school:

  • Children must be fever free for 24 hours without medication before returning to school, (Fever is defined as 100.0F or higher)
  • Children awaiting results from a throat culture must remain at home until a negative result is known or
  • Children with a positive strep culture must be treated with prescribed antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school
  • Children that have been vomiting or have had diarrhea must remain home until the vomiting or diarrhea has stopped for 24 hours
  • Children recovering from an illness who are still too ill too participate in typical school activities, such as gym or recess, should remain home until able to resume school activities,or may return to school with a physician’s note indicating activity limitations – if applicable.


Please do not send your child to school if your child:

· Complains of a severe headache
· Has a fever of 100.0 or higher
· Vomits during the evening or night and still doesn’t feel well in the morning
· Has thick yellow or green nasal discharge
· Has inflamed eyes or thick, sticky yellow or white eye drainage
· Has any skin rash unless it has been diagnosed by a physician as non-infectious

Any student with a temperature of 100.0 degrees or more may not attend school. If a student is sent home from school with a fever, he/she may not return to school until they are fever free without medication for 24 hours.

State law requires that students be excluded from school if they are suspected of having a communicable disease.

In the event of illness or accident during the school day, the student will be referred to the school nurse. At the time of registration and at the beginning of each school year, the parent/guardian is requested to fill out The Annual Health Update in Sapphire. The parent/guardian is required to furnish the school with at least one telephone number where the parent/guardian can be contacted during the school day. If a child becomes sick during the day, the school nurse will evaluate the student and may need additional information or assistance.

Parents/guardians must make arrangements to have either a parent, relative, or neighbor available at all times to pick up a child who is ill.
We cannot keep an ill child in school. Please do not send your child to school when ill. This request is made to:
· Protect the student because he/she is more susceptible to secondary illness
· Protect other students from possible communicable disease


Medication

  •  Prescription medication may be administered only at the written request of the child’s physician.
  • Medications MUST BE in the original prescription bottle and kept by the school nurse.
  • There must be written permission from the parent/guardian for the medication to be administered at school. It must be brought in to the nurse in the original container by the parent/guardian.
  • NO medications in envelopes, foil, or baggies will be accepted. Medication must be transported to and from school by an adult.
  • Children will not be allowed to carry medications.
  • Inhalers that are prescribed to be carried by a student must be accompanied by a physician’s note indicating the competency of self administration by the student as well as the order for the student to carry their inhaler with them.
  •  All inhaler use must be documented by the nurse.

Area Health Clinics

Dauphin County State Health Clinic

9 North Ninth Street

Lebanon, PA

717-272-2044

Cumberland County State Health Clinic

431 East North Street

Carlisle, PA

717-243-5151

Hope Within Community Health Center

4748 East Harrisburg Pike

Londonderry Twp., PA

717-367-9797

Downey School Health Center

1313 Monroe Street and 2900 North 6th Avenue

Harrisburg, PA

717-703-1268

Hamilton Health Center

1821 Fulton St.

Harrisburg, PA

717-230-3909

 

Contact

EPHS Nurse

Susan Blasco

SBlasco@epasd.org

EPMS Nurse

Liz Groff

EAGroff@epasd.org

EPE Nurse

Maribeth Raymond

MRaymond@epasd.org

WCH Nurse

Barbara Hawk

BaHawk@epasd.org


Health Resources

Vaccinations

Bed Bug Fact Sheet

Center for Disease Control

Lice Information

Head Lice Guide

Zika Virus

Halloween/Trick or Treat Information