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.
*Please note that the physical exam form above DOES NOT satsfy the PIAA athletic physical requirement. If you are a student athlete, please visit the Spring-Ford Athletics page for the approptiate PIAA physical exam form.
- Contact Information
- Medication Administration at School
- K-12 Immunization and Health Requirements
- School Physical & Dental Requirements
- Health Screenings
- Action Plans
- Food Allergies at School
- When to Keep Your Child Home from School
- Head Lice Guidance
- First Day Verification
- COVID-19 Information
- Health Hygiene
- Helpful Links
Trisha Smith, RN, CSN, M.Ed, NCSN: (610) 705-6100
District Health Coordinator Gr 7-12
Laura McNeil Murphy, M.Ed., BSN, RN, CSN, NCSN, GC-C: (610) 705-6177
District Health Coordinator Gr K-6
Rachael Schauder, RN: (610) 705-6143
Spring City Elementary
Tara Santangelo, RN: (610) 705-6127
Upper Providence Elementary
Lisa Greenwood, RN: (610) 705-6062
Medications should be scheduled around school hours if possible.
The Medication Administration Form for all medications to be given at school can be found at the top of this page.
Medications orders are required from a physician/licensed provider for all medications to be given at school. This includes prescription, over the counter and herbal remedies.
The order from the licensed provider must include:
- Student’s name
- Name, signature and phone number of the licensed provider
- Name of medication
- Route and dosage of the medication
- Frequency and time of medication administration
- Date of the order and discontinuation date if applicable
- Specific directions for administration if necessary
A parent/guardian or a responsible adult designated by the parent/guardian should deliver all medications to the school. The medication must be in the original pharmacy labeled bottle or packaging or over the counter packaging including medication, name dosage and frequency of administration.
For prescription medications the label must include:
- Name, address, telephone number and Federal DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) number of the pharmacy
- Patient name
- Directions for use (dosage, frequency, time of administration, route, and any special instructions)
- Name and registration number of the licensed prescriber
- Prescription serial number
- Date originally filled
- Name of medication and amount dispensed
- Controlled substance statement when applicable
- Medications in plastic bags or containers other than their original pharmacy container are not acceptable
A parent/guardian or a designated adult will be responsible to pick up any unused medication at the end of each school year or if it is discontinued. Any medication not retrieved by the last student day will be disposed of.
Children will be permitted to carry epinephrine auto-injectors and inhalers home on the last day of school. If you do not wish to have your child carry these medications home with them, please contact the school nurses. Any epinephrine auto-injectors and inhalers not retrieved by the last student day will be disposed of.
New School Year
A new prescription is required at the beginning of every school year for medication that is taken or available at the school on a long term basis. Medication orders from a physician/ licensed prescriber are valid for one school year and the summer only.
upon original entry into school (usually when entering Kindergarten or 1st grade)
Please see the Physical Exam tab for additional information regarding the physical exam.
upon original entry into school (usually when entering Kindergarten or 1st grade)
- 3rd Grade
PA School Immunization Requirements MUST be met by 5th day of school or students will NOT be allowed to attend school. If you are unsure, please check with your pediatrician.
Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following immunizations for attendance:
4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (one dose on or after student's 4th birthday)
4 doses of polio(one dose on or after student's 4th birthday)
2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
3 doses of hepatitis B
2 doses of varicella (chicken pox)
1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap)
1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
2nd dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
- MCV is to be given at 16 years or older to count as the 12th grade dose
Please use the Spring-Ford Medical/Religious Exemption Form if your child does not receive immunizations for medical or religious reasons
Physical Exams: A private comprehensive health examination is required upon entry to school (usually when entering Kindergarten or 1st grade) 6th grade and 11th grade.
Dentals Exams: A private comprehensive dental examination is required upon entry to school (usually when entering Kindergarten or 1st grade), 3rd grade and 7th grade
A school health and/or dental examination will be conducted if proof of a private exam is not submitted to your school nurse.
The district will accept reports of privately conducted physical and dental examinations completed within one year prior to a student’s entry into the grade where an exam is required.
example: If a student in entering 6th grade in August, 2021, a private physical exam will be accepted as long as it is dated on or after July 1. 2020.
PA State Law mandates annual health screenings for every student in public school. Students will be screened for height, weight, vision yearly and hearing for grades KG, 1, 2, 3, 7 and 11th. Students in 7th grade are alos screened for scoliosis. Any student unable to pass hearing, vision or scoliosis screenings will bring home a referral paper indicating the results and recommending medical follow-up.
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.
Thank you for your cooperation.
If you have any questions, please contact your School Nurse.
The Spring-Ford Area School District follows current best practice for the management and treatment of head lice (pediculosis) in schools. Please use the links below for more information.
If you have additional questions or concerns please reach out to your School Nurse.
In an effort to keep all of our students safe and healthy at school, updated information is required at the start of each new school year. The emergency/health information/medication permissions card is included within the First Day Verification tab in Skyward.
To review and edit the information on your child’s Health Information Form in Skyward, please follow these steps:
- Open skyward family access
- Click “go to first day verification”
- Choose your child
- Click “mark as incomplete and make changes”
- Click #7 “health information”
- Click “view full screen” if an option
- Make changes/add information to *required fields
- Scroll up and Click “complete step 7 and move to step 8” at top of screen
- Click #11 to resubmit
- Scroll down and be sure to do this for each of your children
Thank you very much for helping us to keep your child/ren happy and safe while at school!
The Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) is aligning with the updated CDC guidance that was released August 11, 2022. MCOPH will no longer have individualized guidance as a county, instead they will be aligning to CDC guidance. MCOPH will be managing COVID like other respiratory illnesses, like the flu, and referring back to sick policy.
The individual may return to school if:
- They remain fever free for 24 hours without medication and symptoms have improved
- They feel healthy enough to return to school
Please follow these steps if your child tested positive for COVID, the flu, or another respiratory illnesses:
- Step 1: call in an absence as normal to the attendance line. There is no need to report information to the school nurse.They remain fever free for 24 hours without medication and symptoms have improved
- Step 2: monitor symptoms at home
- Step 3: contact your PCP or family health provider with specific questions or concern
Please practice good helath hygiene by: