Health Services

Spring-Ford Health Services Mission Statement:

A child’s health is an important contributing factor to his or her success in school. The goal of our district nurses is to maintain, improve, and promote the health of every student in partnership with their guardians.

Forms and Guidelines

Forms

Physical form

Dental form

Medication Administration Form and Information

Permission to Carry an Inhaler

Epi Pen Form


Guidelines

New PA State Immunization Requirements

PA School Health Law regarding mandated screening, physicals and dental

Concussion Management Information

When to Keep Your Child Home

Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting

Home Schooled Student Information

Durable Equipment and Elevator Use: A Physician’s note should be provided if a student will require the use of crutches and/or an elevator for more than one day. Please note that durable equipment such as crutches and wheelchairs must be obtained by the family so that school equipment is available for emergencies.

Helpful Links

Contact Info

Senior High School
Sherri Shaner, CSN
610-705-6001 x6049

Bridget Mullins, CSN
610-705-6001 x 6043

9th Grade Center
Sandy Frost-Horvath, RN
610-705-6011 x2594

8th Grade Center
Cathy Bradfield, CSN
District Health Coordinator, Gr 7-12
610-705-6079

7th Grade Center
Stacey Huntington, CSN
610-705-6010 x2537

5th/6th Grade Center
Allison Eddinger, CSN
610-705-6003 x 6113

Melissa Wasko, RN
610-705-6003 x 2538

Brooke Elementary
Linda Spivey RN
610 705 6006 x 2563

Evans Elementary
Laura McNeil Murphy CSN
District Health Coordinator Gr K-6
610 705 6012 x2566

Limerick Elementary
Erin Lewandoski, BS, RN, CSN
610 705 6007 x 6194

Oaks Elementary
Trish Smith CSN
610 705 6008 x 6180

Royersford Elementary
Rachael Schauder RN
610 705 6005 x 6143

Spring City Elementary
Tara Santangelo RN
610 705 6004 x 6127

Upper Providence Elementary
Lisa Greenwood RN
610 705 6009 x2513

Action Plans

Emergency action plans

Allergy

Asthma

Diabetes

Seizure

Physical Exams

According to School District Board Policy 209, each student shall provide a copy of a private comprehensive health examination upon original entry, in sixth grade and in eleventh grade.

Click here for a blank copy of the Physical form

A school health examination can be conducted at the parent’s request in lieu of the private examination.

The district will accept reports of privately conducted physical examinations completed within one year prior to a student’s entry into the grade where an exam is required.

Dental Exams

Each student shall provide a copy of a comprehensive private dental examination upon original entry, in third grade and in seventh grade.

Click here for a blank copy of the Dental form

A school dental examination can be conducted at the parent’s request in lieu of the private examination.

The district will accept reports of privately conducted dentall examinations completed within one year prior to a student’s entry into the grade where an exam is required.

When to keep your child home

When to keep your child home from school:

Children learn best when they are healthy. Please do not send your child to school sick. Here are some guidelines to help you to know when to keep your child home.

Appearance/Discomfort

If your child appears unusually tired, irritable, pale or has an unusual lack of appetite.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Because of the extremely contagious nature of Bacterial Pink Eye, we ask you to consult your doctor before sending your child to school with the following symptoms: thick mucus or pus draining from eye, if eye is red, puffy, itchy or painful.

Diarrhea

If your child has had three or more watery stools in a 24 hr period, especially if your child acts or looks ill, it is recommended that they do not come to school.

Fever

A temperature of 100.0 or higher is an indication that your child could be contagious. Giving a child Tylenol or Ibuprofen will bring the temperature down, and make them more comfortable, but it will not prevent them from passing their illness on to classmates. Please keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours.

Head Lice

Children should not return to school until their hair has been treated with lice shampoo. Upon return, the student should not ride the bus, but be driven to school and seen in the nurse’s office for clearance.

Rash

A child with a body rash, fever, and itching should be kept home. If you have a physician’s note stating that it is a “non-contagious rash” and they are not too uncomfortable to focus they may return.

Severe Sore Throat/Cough

A child with a severe sore throat or cough accompanied with a fever should not be in school.

Vomiting

If your child has vomited within the past 24 hours, please keep them home.

Thank you for your cooperation.

If you have any questions, please contact your School Nurse.

Stay healthy this flu season

Do you know, is it the Flu or a Cold?

QuestionsFluCold
Was the onset of illness...sudden?slow?
Does your child have a...high fever?
no/mild?
Is your child's exhaustion level... severe?mild?
Is your child's head...achy?headache-free?
Is your child's appetite...decreased?normal?
Are your child's muscles...achy?fine?
Does your child have...chills?no chills?


If most of your answers fell into the first category, chances are that your child has the flu. If your answers were usually in the second category, it's most likely a cold. But don't be too quick to brush off your child's illness as just another cold. The important thing to remember is that flu symptoms can vary from child to child (and they can change as the illness progresses), so if you suspect the flu, call the doctor. Even doctors often need a test to tell them for sure if a person has the flu or not since the symptoms can be so similar!

Some bacterial diseases, like strep throat or pneumonia, also can look like the flu or a cold. It's important to get medical attention immediately if your child seems to be getting worse, is having any trouble breathing, has a high fever, has a bad headache, has a sore throat, or seems confused. While even healthy kids can have complications of the flu, kids with certain medical conditions are at more of a risk. If you think your kid might have the flu, contact your doctor.

Treatment
Some kids with chronic medical conditions may become sicker with the flu and need to be hospitalized, and flu in an infant also can be dangerous. For severely ill kids or those with other special circumstances, doctors may prescribe an antiviral medicine that can ease flu symptoms, but only if it's given within 48 hours of the onset of the flu.

Most of the time, you can care for your child by offering plenty of fluids, rest, and extra comfort.