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School Health Program

Mandated by Pennsylvania Law
Pennsylvania Public School Code Article 14 
 

Immunizations Required for Children Entering ALL Grades

Number of Doses

Vaccine

1

2

3

4

Tetanus

1 dose on or after the 4th birthday

Usually given as DTaP, DT, or Td


1

2

3

4

Diphtheria

1 dose on or after the 4th birthday


1

2

3


Polio


1

2

3


Hepatitis B



1

2



Measles

Usually given as MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)


1

2



Mumps

Usually given as MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)


1

2



Varicella (Chickenpox)

Vaccine or history of disease


1




Rubella (German Measles)

Usually given as MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)


Additional Immunizations Required for 7th Grade Students

1




Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)


1




Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV)


Learn more about other immunizations that are recommended for your child at: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/default.htm


Children not up to date with all required immunizations may be removed from school during a disease outbreak. Pennsylvania’s school immunization requirements can be found in 28 PA CODE CH.23 (School immunizations)


www.immunizepa.org

 
No child will be admitted to school without providing the appropriate immunization information to the school nurse. Pennsylvania law states a child must have at least one dose of each of the required vaccines in order to attend school on a provisional basis.

2) Physical Examinations
The PA school code requires physical examinations for grades K, 6, 11, or upon original entry in Pennsylvania schools. The physical examinations may be obtained from your private physician up to 1 year prior to the student starting the grade. If there are financial hardships or special situations, the school physical examination can be completed by the school physician with written permission.

Please keep the school nurse informed of medical problems and limitations of activities as they occur throughout your child’s school life. The school nurse can help modify a student’s activities if needed.

3) Dental Examinations

The PA school code requires dental examinations in grades K, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and all transfer students out of state.

4) Hearing Screenings

All students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 7, 11, and students in special education will have a hearing test given by the school nurse. Students will also be screened on an as needed basis.

5) Vision Screenings

Vision screening testing visual acuity shall be conducted yearly on every child, grades K through 12. Additional tests are conducted at certain grade levels and may include tests for near vision, amblyopia, color perception, and stereopsis. Students will also be screened on an as needed basis.

6) Height and Weight Screenings

Your child’s height, weight, and BMI percentile is completed yearly in grades K through 12.

7) Scoliosis Screenings

Scoliosis screening is mandated in grades 6 and 7. If deviations from normal are detected during any screening, the student will be referred to his/her private physician for further evaluation and possible treatment. Referral forms for the appropriate screening will be either mailed to you or sent home with the student. Please have your physician complete the form, and return it to the Nurse’s Office at your earliest convenience.

 
The goal of these routine screenings is to help detect problems that could affect your child’s ability to learn or threaten optimum health. Good health is required for optimal learning. The school nurse assists students in attaining a high level of wellness.

Having regular (at least yearly) visits to your family doctor and dentist are an important part of maintaining your child’s health. Family physicians and dentists are familiar with your child and thus are better able to detect physical/dental changes. Your physician/dentist is able to begin immediate treatment if indicated and can follow through with needed care and immunization boosters.
 
 
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