The most important job of a nurse in a school is to assist students in maintaining their optimum level of health so that they can grow physically, emotionally, spiritually and academically. Nurses in schools are in partnership with parents who have the primary responsibility for the health of their children.

Meet Our School Nurses

School Vaccination Requirements

Buzz on BMI

Wondering what BMI is all about? You may have heard that our schools conduct individual, growth assessments every year on all students. In addition to measuring height and weight, we calculate the BMI, which stands for Body Mass Index. This is a state-mandated program, so check out this link to understand more about the buzz on BMI.

An Initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education

The Education Leading to Employment and Career Training (ELECT) program enables Capital Area Intermediate Unit to help pregnant and parenting teens earn a diploma or GED certificate, become better parents and make the transition to employment or higher education.

Group and Individual Services:

Designed to meet the challenging needs of pregnant and parenting teens, the ELECT program uses group and one-on-one approaches to meet each student’s unique needs. The ELECT program has the following components:

  • Promote resiliency and wellness
  • Vocational, career and job readiness-training
  • Health care and nutrition education
  • Secondary pregnancy prevention education
  • Academic tutoring, mentoring and homework assistance
  • Child development and parenting skills
  • Access to childcare and transportation
  • Life skills training and family budgeting
  • Intensive case management, including home visits
  • Year-round educational activities, including summer contact
  • Attendance tracking and retention
  • Support for attaining a GED equivalency diploma
  • Domestic violence and substance abuse information
  • Helping teen dropouts re-enroll in school or a GED program


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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the nurse’s office at 530-2730 option 4.

FAQ’s about Health Issues at School

What if my child has a bathroom accident during school hours?

  • Nurse will comfort your child.
  • Nurses are not permitted to assist children in the bathroom with clean up.
  • Children may clean up themselves in health room if capable and clothing available.
  • Parent may be notified to assist child with their clean-up and to provide clothing as needed.
  • Private place will be provided for child to wait if parent needs to come to school to assist.
  • Affected areas of the school will be disinfected by custodial staff

What if my child has a head injury?

  • If your child bumps their head during school hours, health room personnel will assess the child and administer first aid treatment
  • A written notification of this injury will be given to the child to take home

What if my child has head lice?

This can be a sensitive and embarrassing problem. We work with families on a confidential and individual basis. Multiple cases will warrant mass notification of the school.

Ways to minimize the spread of lice:

  • Notify school nurse immediately.
  • Never share combs, brushes, hair accessories, or articles of clothing.
  • Do not play or handle other people’s hair.
  • Do no put your head against anyone’s head.
  • Store hats on book bags, desks, or in pocket or sleeve while at school.
  • Inspect children’s heads frequently.
  • If infested, do not let significant time elapse between cleaning the head and cleaning the environment.

Flu Information (Influenza Virus)
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness.  Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. For this reason, it’s important to know the symptoms so you can get treatment fast, both for your own sake and so you don’t pass the disease on to others. The signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness/fatigue
  • Dry cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, can also occur but are more common in children than adults.

If you develop flulike symptoms and are concerned about your illness, consult your health care provider. This is especially important for those at high risk for complications from the flu virus, including people 65 and older, those with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and young children.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  For more information:

HPV….What is it? Human PapillomavirusWhat is Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?
Genital HPV is a common virus that is spread through genital contact. About 40 types of HPV can produce infection. HPV can cause genital warts in both men and women. HPV has also been linked to genital cancers. Other types of HPV can cause warts in the genital areas of men and women, called genital warts.

How is HPV related to cervical cancer?
Some types of HPV can infect a woman’s cervix (lower part of the womb) and cause the cells to change. Most of the time, HPV goes away on its own. When HPV lingers (persists) and continues to change the cells on a woman’s cervix, these cell changes (or “pre-cancers”) can lead to cancer over time, if they are not treated.

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Latex Precautions
As a school district, we attempt to balance two important needs of the students. To maintain maximum inclusion of all students in a school setting and to avoid potentially life-threatening allergic reactions to those students at risk.

For some students, exposure to natural rubber latex can cause a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Two of the most obvious sources of latex products are gloves and balloons. Latex gloves have not been used in our district for several years.  Vinyl gloves have been a safe and effective alternative.

Balloons are another issue because they can be brought into the school building by students, staff and from other groups using our facilities. Latex balloons are dangerous because if they are popped or broken, they can scatter potentially toxic latex proteins into the air. Shippensburg Area School District has students with latex allergies, therefore, latex balloons will not be allowed into the school buildings. A latex free environment cannot be guaranteed, however, we can provide a “safer” environment which will reduce the chance of accidental exposure. Balloon bouquets made of only Mylar balloons are allowed in the buildings.

Questions regarding latex can be directed to the school nurse.

For more information:’s_health/14173/preventing_latex_allergy/557350

Mandated Exam/Physical Examination

Examination required for students entering school or 1st grade, 6th and 11th.

It is recommended that this exam be performed by your private physician who is more familiar with your child’s medical history. The required private physical examination form can be obtained from your child’s school nurse or downloaded (Physical Form) . The private examination may be done within one year from the start of the current school year. Once the private examination is completed, return the private physical form to your school nurse.

You will be notified when the school physician will be performing the physical examination at your child’s school. Only those students with written parental permission will be examined by the school physician.

**11th grade physicals can be fulfilled by the following:

  • Copy of driver’s license card or paper permit (had to get a physical to take permit test)
  • Current sports physical
  • Private or school exam

Mandated Exam/Dental Examination

Examination required for students entering school (kindergarten), 3rd and 7th .

You will be notified when the school dentist will be performing the dental examination at your child’s school. Only those students with written parental permission will be examined by the school dentist.

It is recommended that this exam be performed by your private dentist who is more familiar with your child. The required private dental examination form can be obtained from your school nurse or download (Dental Form). The private examination may be done within one year from the start of the current school year. Once the private examination is completed, return the private dental form to your school nurse.

What does a referral mean?

If you receive a referral form after any school screening or examination, it means that the screening or examination detected a possible problem and further evaluation by a professional health care provider is recommended. The referral form is to be completed by your private health care provider and returned to the school nurse.

Mandated Screenings
The following screenings are mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. These are considered screenings and are not to be substituted for regular checkups with your physician. The screenings are performed by the school nurse and assistants.

Growth assessment-height, weight, BMI

Screened annually: K-12

For additional information on the state school BMI program go to go to the bottom and click on “The Buzz about BMI”.


Screened annually: K-12

If a student does not pass the vision screening a referral notice will be sent home.


Checked: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 11th.

If you have a concern, suspect a hearing problem or your child has an existing hearing condition contact your school nurse to discuss this matter.

If a student does not pass the hearing screening a referral notice will be sent home.


Screened: 6th and 7th.

The 6th grade scoliosis screening is generally done as part of the required physical examination. The purpose of the scoliosis screening is to help detect any abnormal curvature of the spine.

If a student does not pass the scoliosis screening a referral notice will be sent home.

Medication Administration at School
Acetaminophen may be administered to students and staff as per SASD Policies and Protocols for School Health Services at the discretion of the school health room personnel with written permission by a parent/guardian noted on the School Emergency Form. Verbal confirmation from parents of elementary school students is required before AM administration (to avoid repeat dosage). Parents are to be notified if a student requires more than one dose during the school day.

Cough Drops: Cough drops and lozenges are not considered to be medications. However, for safety reasons, they are to be kept in the nurse’s office. They are to taken as needed according to package directions. Parental permission is required for all students in grades K-3 before cough drops/lozenges may be taken at school

Medication: Administration of medication to pupils shall be done only in circumstances when the child’s health may be jeopardized without it. A medication form completed and signed by the physician and the parent is necessary before any prescription medication may be administered at school.

For over-the-counter medication, only the parent needs to complete the form and the parent’s requested dosage should follow the recommended dosage on the label.

All medications should be brought to the school in their original bottle or package from the store/pharmacy/doctor’s office and clearly labeled with the student’s name and directions for administration.

Medication form is located in the student handbook, school offices, nurses’ offices, and on the District website.

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus or MRSA
Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as “staph,” are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. Sometimes, staph can cause an infection. Staph bacteria are one of the most common causes of skin infections in the United States.

Most of these skin infections are minor (such as pimples and small boils) and can be treated without antibiotics. However, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body.  It’s tougher to treat than most strains of staphylococcus aureus — or staph — because it’s resistant to some commonly used antibiotics.

  • MRSA is usually transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact or contact with shared items or surfaces that have come into contact with someone else’s infection (e.g., towels, used bandages).  MRSA skin infections can occur anywhere.
  • Some settings have factors that make it easier for MRSA to be transmitted.  These factors, referred to as the 5 C’s, are as follows: crowding, frequent skin-to-skin contact, compromised skin (i.e., cuts or abrasions), contaminated items and surfaces, and lack of cleanliness.  Locations where the 5 C’s are most common include schools, dormitories, and military barracks and daycare centers.


How can I prevent staph or MRSA skin infections?

Practice good hygiene:

  1. Keep your hands clean by washing thoroughly with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  2. Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed.
  3. Avoid contact with other people’s wounds or bandages.
  4. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or razors.

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Staying Healthy!!It is essential to be at your maximum state of health to perform well academically. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy so you can do your best!

    • Wash your hands often throughout the day.
    • Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Get adequate sleep at night (8-10 hours).
    • Do not share drinks or food.
    • Eat from all food groups as recommended on the food pyramid.
    • Exercise 3-5 times a week, (it’s a good stress reliever!).
    • Dress appropriately for the weather.
    • Interact and have fun with friends.


Student Medical Forms
All student medical forms can be found on the website under Resources/Forms.

Click here to go to the Forms page