The district is currently closed in accordance with the Commonwealth of PA. If your child requires medication while under school jurisdiction for the upcoming school year, please view the the criteria listed below. For the safety of all students, medication will not be accepted without the required documentation at the time of drop-off.
The following criteria must be met to accept medication:
* A completed "Authorization for School Medication Administration" which may be downloaded from the district's website at https://www.boyertownasd.org or a written Doctor’s order or action plan with his or her signature listing the name of the medication, time , interval, and dose to be administered. All medication requires both the parent and physician signatures.
*All medication is to be hand delivered by an ADULT to the nurse’s office in the original container that is properly labeled along with writen documentation dated after 6/6/2020.
*Secondary students are able to carry their inhalers and epi-pens with the required consent. In certain situations for field trips or extra-curricular activities, the student may self-administer his/her prescription or over-the-counter medication with approval /signature of parent, physician, and the Certified School Nurse in compliance with the BASD medication policy. For the purpose of BASD policy 5142 (a), "medication" shall include all prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, alternative medicines, or any other substance used for medical purposes. PLEASE NOTE: Medication Authorization Forms are active for the current school year only. A new Medication Authorization Form must be completed yearly for ALL medication administered in school or on field trips.
Parents have the first responsibility for their child’s health. The school nurse will assist by giving first aid, administering prescribed medication, notifying parents of illness or injury, and providing education on health related matters. These services are rendered for accidents and illnesses that occur during the school day. If you have any questions, please contact the nurse’s office at 610-473-3790 or refer to the handbook which is available at https://www.boyertownasd.org.
To be sent home due to illness or injury, students must first be evaluated by the school nurse. Students are not permitted to use a cell phone ,email, social medica, or to text message a parent during the school day for pick-up due to illness or injury. Occasionally, it may be necessary for a student to remain home from school due to illness. Please consider the following guidelines when determining if he/she should stay at home:
- Following a nighttime bout of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or fever; student should stay at home and be watched for further symptoms. Fever is defined as a temperature 100° or above without the use of fever-reducing medication. The student’s temperature should remain normal without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
- It is also advisable for the student to stay home from school if any of the following symptoms are exhibited: unusual skin eruptions, chills, discharge or redness of eye(s), or persistent cough.
- A student should not be sent to school to be evaluated by the school nurse with an illness or injury that occurred at home. Any serious illness or injury occurring at home must be evaluated by the student’s healthcare provider
Mandated Health Screenings: In accordance with the Pennsylvania School Health Code and the Department of Health Regulations include:
Growth Screening (Height/Weight/Body Mass Index or BMI Percentile): all students in grades K-12 will have their height and weight measured. Based on these measurements, student’s BMI and BMI percentiles will then be calculated.
Hearing Screenings: yearly all students in kindergarten, first, second, third grades, 7th and 11th grades, and special education classes.
Vision Test: all students will be screened for near and far vision on a yearly basis. Additionally, students are tested for color vision and hyperopia in first grade and depth perception in second grade.
A Parent/Guardian Notification Letter will be mailed home with the screening results of their child. Please consult with your family doctor to review the screening information.
Dental Exams: ALL students entering Grade 7 are required to have a dental examination. The exam may be completed by your family dentist or by the school dentist at the request of the parent. A school dental meets the state requirement but should not take the place of your child's regular exam with their primary dentist. The dental form for a private exam can be found at https://www.boyertownasd.org Click on parent/community then forms. This form is to be returned to the nurse’s office by November 1, 2020. Any visit to the family dentist after September 1, 2019 will be accepted. Parents who request for the school dentist to complete the examination will receive the proper forms during the school year.
The PA school health code requires a physical exam or well-check for students in grades K, 6, 11 and for any student with incomplete health records. To meet this requirement, your child may have a physical done privately or at school by the BASD healthcare provider. The date and time for the exams will be determined based on the number of requests for school exams; school nurse will notify you of the date and time once the school exam are scheduled with the healthcare provider. Any visit completed by a private physician after September 1, 2019 will be accepted.
Scoliosis Screening: Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. School law requires that a screening for scoliosis be performed on ALL children in grades 6 and 7 are checked by a Certified School Nurse. The screening will take during the 7th grade mandated health screenings. If you do not wish to have your child examined for scoliosis at school, please contact the nurse’s office. Please send a written note from your doctor stating that the exam was performed and the results of the exam.
The intent of immunization regulations is to keep children healthy and in school and to minimize the chance of disease outbreaks, which can cause death; seriously impair a child's learning ability; cause mental and physical disability; and cost millions of tax dollars for life-time care and special education. 28 Pa.Code, Chapter 23, Subchapter C requires all children at any grade, kindergarten through 12th, including all public, private, parochial, intermediate unit, and home schooled students, show proof of immunization before they can attend school in the Commonwealth. The certified school nurse is required to ensure all students’ immunizations are in compliance with 28 Pa. Code, Chapter 23, Subchapter C in regard to minimum requirements, scheduling, and proper spacing between immunization doses.
We were recently notified of new PA Immunization Regulations effective for the 2017-18 School Year requiring additional immunization for attendance in all grades K-12. (please click Here for parent flyer noting new requirements) Current regulations now require:
- 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis(1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
- 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after the 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
- 2 doses measles, mumps, rubella (usually given at MMR)
- 3 doses of hepatitis B
- 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
For attendance in 7th grade: (MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL)
- 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis given at 11-12 years of age.
- 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine
For attendance in 12th grade:
- 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine
All students must meet the Pennsylvania School Immunization Regulation and Schedule. Therefore on the first day of school, your child must have all completed immunizations or risk exclusion. A medical plan/cerification will be accepted within the first five days of school only if the vaccine is deemed medically inappropriate by a health care provider or risk exclusion. Please note those immunizations that need only one dose must be completed by the first day of school. Please provide an updated immunization record to the school nurse with the completed immunizations. Click Here to print the medical certificate/plan to be completed by your physician and return to the school nurse.
The only exceptions to the school laws for immunization are as follows: medical reasons and religious beliefs. If your child is exempt from immunizations, your child may be removed from school for up to 21 days during a disease outbreak.
- Medical exemption. Children are exempt if a physician or the physician's designee provides a written statement that immunizations may be detrimental to the health of the child. When the physician determines that the immunization is no longer detrimental to the health of the child, the child shall be immunized according to 28 Pa. Code, Chapter 23, Subchapter C.
- Religious, exemption. Children are exempt if the parent, guardian or emancipated child objects in writing to the immunization on religious grounds or on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief. If you wish to make a religious exemption, please click Hereto print the form to sign and return to school nurse.
Keep a record of your child’s immunizations. Keep this record in a safe place. Your doctor’s office, medical clinic, or hospital may ask for this record. As your children become adults, they may need the record for college, for their job or if they travel out of the country. If you have questions about the new immunization requirements, please contact your health care provider or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). Immunization information can be found at: www.dontwaitvaccinate.pa.gov. Pennsylvania's school immunization requirements can be found in 28 Pa. CODE CH.23 (School Immunization).
Emergency Action Plans: Emergency action plans will be sent home if your child has an allergic reaction (e.g., bee stings, milk, etc.) or medical condition (e.g., asthma) that may require emergency treatment or medication. Please complete this form and return it to the health room as soon as possible. In addition, if you receive an emergency action plan and your child does not require emergency treatment or medication, please note this on the form or notify the nurse’s office of this change. The annual health update/emergency contact information must be completed and returned within the first week of school.
Lice Procedure: If the school nurse detects head lice or nits (eggs) on a student, the parents/guardians will be contacted immediately and the student will be excluded from school and riding the bus until they have received proper treatment and are deemed non-contagious by the school nurse. Prevention and control of head lice begins in the home: parents should routinely check their children for head lice and not allow them to share hats, clothing, brushes, combs or sleeping bags with other children. Parents/guardians are to contact the school if their child is found to have head lice so the school nurse can discuss proper treatment to allow the student to return to school. Head lice procedures can be found at https://www.boyertownasd.org/services/student-services/health-services.aspx##COMMUNICABLE or from the school nurse.
Standing Order Medications:
The school district's physician has authorized the administration of the following medications to secondary students during the regular school day. These medications include: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Tums, Kaopectate, and Chloraspectic throat spray. In order for the nurse to administer any of these medications, a parent or guardian must give consent by completing the Annual Registraion on Infinite Campus. *Please see the hand book regarding section 1414.2 of the PA Public School Code about Epi-pen administration.
Medication Overview: The school district has established a medication policy to allow a student to take (or be given) medication at school, on field trips or at extra-curricular activities. For the purpose of BASD policy 5142 (a), "medication" shall include all prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, alternative medicines, or any other substance used for medicinal purposes.
- Complete the form "Authorization for School Medication Administration" which may be downloaded from the district's website at https://www.boyertownasd.org or obtained in the nurse’s office. This form requires both the parent and physician signatures.
- All medication is to be hand delivered by an ADULT to the nurse’s office in the original container that is properly labeled.
- Standing Order Medication: The school district's physician has authorized the administration of Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Tums, Chloraseptic throat spray, and Kaopectate to students with parental permission. In order for the school nurse to administer any of these medications, a parent/guardian must give consent by checking the appropriate box on the Annual Health Update/ registration.
- Secondary students are able to carry their inhalers and epi-pens with the required consent. In certain situations for field trips or extra-curricular activities, the student may self-administer his/her prescription or over-the-counter medication with approval of parent, physician, and the Certified School Nurse in compliance with the BASD medication policy. Medication Authorization form, which needs to be signed by the parent/guardian AND the prescribing physician.
End of year Information:
Please make arrangements to pick up any supplies or medications from the health room. Medication or supplies not claimed by the last day of school will be discarded. You can contact the health room at 610-473-3770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a reminder, Medication Authorization Forms are active for the current school year only. A new Medication Authorization Form must be completed yearly for all medication administered in school or on field trips. Medication Authorization form, which needs to be signed by the parent/guardian and the prescribing physician can be obtained from all health rooms or downloaded at www.boyertownasd.org (go to the tab labeled Parents/Community and click on forms).