• School Nursing Mission Statement
     
    Success in school requires the enhancement and promotion of optimal health and well-being.  Led by a team of certified school nurses, the Health Service Department of the Nazareth Area School District challenges students, family and community to prevent disease, promote and protect health, and minimize the complications of health problems.  Our mission is to directly enhance the educational achievement for each student by advocating and promoting health and wellness.
     
    • Certified School Nurses - There are five certified school nurses currently employed by the Nazareth Area School District. These five school nurses provide health services to the 6 public schools and 1 nonpublic school.  Health information should always be shared with your school nurse, either through a written health history or an individual personal interview.  The information given to the school nurse is considered both privileged and confidential.  This means the information will be shared only on a need-to-know basis for the safety and well-being of the child.  Please contact your school nurse with any questions or to update your child's health history.  Your school nurse will periodically send written requests to update health information.
    • Associate Nurses - The Certified School Nurses are assisted by a team of Associate Nurses.  All of the associate nurses are licensed nurses (LPN or RN).  The associate nurses provide the students with general first aid and health care.
    • School Physician - The Nazareth Area School District physician does state mandated school physicals for those students who have not had a private examination; written parental consent is required for in-school physical examinations.  In addition, the school physician acts as a resource to support the certified school nurses.
    • School Dentist - The Nazareth Area School District dentists do state mandated dental examinations for those students who have not completed a private examination.  Written parental consent is required for school dental examinations.  Please note the dentists will not do cleanings nor will they make dental corrections.  If you need help finding dental care, please contact your school nurse.  If you would like to know the name of the dentist assigned to your child's school, please call your school nurse.
     
     

    Mandated Screenings

    Grade

    Vision

    Hearing

    Height & Weight

    Body Mass Index

    Scoliosis

    Immunizations

    Physicals

    Dental

    K

    X

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    1

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    2

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    3

    X

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    4

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    5

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    6

    X

     

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    7

    X

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    8

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    9

    X

     

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    10

    X

     

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    11

    X

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    X

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    X

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    12

    X

     

    X

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    X

     

     

     

     

    Immunizations 

            

    New Immunization Requirements for the 2017-2018 School Year
     
    Click here to view the new immunization requirements flyer for 2017-2018.
     
     
    Medication in School
     

    Medications will be given in school only in exceptional circumstances when the child's health may be jeopardized without it.  A Medication Authorization form must be completed by the prescribing physician or dentist and parent signature is also required.  The Nazareth Area School District medication policy and procedures must be followed. 

     

    This procedure must be followed for prescription as well as over the counter medications.  The medication must be brought to school in the original container.  Any medications that have expired will not be administered.  If this procedure is not followed, the medication will not be given.

     

    When should you keep your child home from school???

    The following information should be considered a guideline for keeping an ill child home.  Parents who have specific questions or concerns should call their school nurse.


    1. Colds
    - What seems like a mild cold with symptoms such as a runny nose may indeed be allergies.  If the child does not have a fever or a severe cough, don't keep the child home.  On the other hand colds especially those with a fever can be signs of a more serious problem.  These children should stay home.

    2. Fever - Any child with a temperature of 100 degrees or above should stay home until the fever is normal for 24 hours.  If the fever is accompanied by a sore throat, earache, nausea, listlessness, or a rash the child may be contagious.

    3. Diarrhea or Vomiting - Keep your child home if symptoms will disrupt their day or if you suspect dehydration.  If diarrhea or vomiting are accompanied by pain or fever, your child should stay home.  When symptoms subside, they may return to school.

    4. Strep Throat or Scarlet Fever - Both are highly contagious.  These children need antibiotics and may return to school with a doctor’s permission while they are being treated.  Remember to complete the prescribed medication.

    5. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) - This can be highly contagious depending on the cause.  Children can return to school with the permission of the treating doctor.  Practice good hand washing.

    6. Ear Infections - Children with pain and or fever should remain at home.

    7. Chicken Pox - It usually takes about 10 days after the first symptoms before all blisters have crusted over.  This is when your child can return to school or when cleared to return by your physician.

    8. Lice - Children must be treated before they come to school.  Nits must be removed as a part of the treatment.  Use an appropriate lice shampoo.
     
     
    If you are not sure about when to keep a child home or have questions about treatment call your child's doctor or your school nurse.
     
     

    Absence Reporting Procedures
     
    In an effort to keep track of the causes of student absences, we are asking that the following procedure be followed by all parents/guardiansof students. If your child is going to be absent from school, you must:

     

     

          1) Phone the appropriate school attendance line regarding the student’s absence on the morning of each day of absence.

    School Attendance
    Line Numbers:

              Kenneth N. Butz, Jr. Elementary:  610-759-1360

              Lower Nazareth Elementary:  610-759-2384

              Floyd R. Shafer Elementary:  610-759-2045

              Intermediate School:  484-292-1120

              Middle School:  484-292-1020

              High School:  610-849-0874

     
     

    2) State the reason your child is absent. For example:

    · Cold-like symptoms

    · Fever

    · Flu-like symptoms

    · Upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea

    · Communicable Disease

    · Hospitalization

    · Injury

    · Death in family
     

    3) Upon returning to school, the absent student shall submit a note, signed by his/her parent/guardian, or physician, stating the date/s and the specific reason for absence/s.

     
     
    Forms for Parent Use
     
     
    Parent Information
     
     
    Contact the school nurse at your student’s school:
     

    Christine Brown

    Butz Elementary School

    610-759-1118 x5103

    cbrown@nazarethasd.org

    Mary Horton

    Lower Nazareth Elementary School

    610-759-7311 x6100

    mhorton@nazarethasd.org

    Mary Horton

    Shafer Elementary School

    610-759-5228 x4210

    mhorton@nazarethasd.org

    Patricia Matt

    Nazareth Area Intermediate School

    484-292-1111 x3008

    pmatt@nazarethasd.org

    Janet Davis

    Nazareth Area Middle School

    610-759-3350 x8019

    jdavis@nazarethasd.org

     

    Jill Hoch

    Nazareth Area High School

    610-759-1730 x2356

    jhoch@nazarethasd.org

    Christine Brown

    Nazareth Area High School

    610-759-1730 x2360

    cbrown@nazarethasd.org