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ACADEMIC STANDARDS Council Rock Health Services Department. December 5, 2013. School Nursing. Definition of School Nursing
December 5, 2013
Definition of School Nursing
“School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self advocacy, and learning .”(NASN, 2010)
Pennsylvania: School nurses must obtain registered Nurse licensing to practice as a registered nurse.
School Nurse Certification requirements are:
Bachelor Of Science degree in Nursing
Completion of a PDE approved school nurse certification program.
Level I certificate issued
Level I Pennsylvania Instructional and Educational Specialist certifications are valid for six (6) years of service, not calendar years.
If you have been employed as a certified school nurse in Pennsylvania on a Level l certificate for 3-6 years of satisfactory service and have earned 24 post-baccalaureate credits, you can apply for a Level ll certificate.
The School Health Program facilitates the healthy growth and development of children of school age in Pennsylvania.
The School Health Program serves all children of school age attending public, private and non-public schools in Pennsylvania.
This program prevents and detects health problems, and maintains and improves the health status of students.
Council Rock School Nurses service 20 school public, private and alternative school settings in the district
3 High Schools: CR North, CR South and Villa Joseph Marie
3 Middle Schools: Holland Middle, Newtown Middle, Richboro Middle St. Andrew’s (STA) and St. Katherine Drexel (SKD)
10Elementary Schools, CES, GES, HCE, HES, MMW, NES, RES, RHE, SFE, WED.
2 Private Kindergartens: Ohev Shalom and Shir Ami
2 Alternative school Settings: Theodore A. Sloan/ Achieve and Sail House
14 Certified Nurses
# of Students Assigned Nurses NameSchool Assignment
(404 + 731) Sarah Barfoot RHE + STA * Access
(774/50 SPED ) Carol Baron GES + Sail House
(1054/17 SPED) Carrie Blumenthal CRHS-South +MDS+ Sloan/Achieve
(663/4 SPED) Nancy Cook- NES + MDS Class
(999) Dana Daniels SFE + WES
(864/25 SPED) Jeanene Hecht NMS
(960/17 SPED) Sheri Jokic RMS + RES
(959/15 SPED) Judy Kaufmann MMW + HES
(917/23 SPED) Teri Lavin CRHS North + Sloan/Achieve
(1053/18 SPED) Tina Latham CRHS South + MDS+ Sloan/Achieve
(916/24 SPED) Julie Moore CRHS North + Sloan/Achieve
(637+ 380) Janet Ostoyich CES + VJM
(521 + 392-32-18) Julie Roccograndi HCE + SKD + ShirAmi+OHEV
(516) 25 SPED Lynn Smith HMS + Coordinator
SPED) 11 Staff Nurses- Michele Adames, Suzanne Alden, Debbie Cattolico, Nancy Crivaro, Dianne Ernest, Mary Jordan, Dianne Mullin, Helen Rodriquez, Suzanne Tentilucci, Janine White, Pam Wolfe.
PUBLIC ENROLLMENT Elementary- 5,407 Middle-1,890 High School 3,340 TOTAL 11,278
PRIVATE ENROLLMENT STA 731, SKD 392, SHIR AMI 32 , OHEV18, Total 1,173
Segment 1- Introduction
Segment 2 - Nurse Practice Act and Regulations
Segment 3 - School Health Law and Regulations
Segment 4- Department of Education (This link is currently nonfunctional)
Segment 5- Documentation
Segment 6 - Medication Administration
Segment 7 - Immunization Requirements
Segment 8 - Child Protection Law
Segment 9 - Special Education/Special Health Care Issues
(Information on Specific Chronic Diseases are now located here.)
Segment 10 - School Health Program – Screens/Physical Examinations/TB Testing
Segment 11 - Dental Health Program
Segment 12 - Annual Request for Reimbursement and Report of School Health Services
Segment 13 - Communicable Diseases/Bloodborne Pathogens Segment 14 - All-Hazard Planning
Segment 15 - Environmental Segment 16 - Resources (This link is currently nonfunctional).
Welcome to Council Rock Health Services
Council Rock School Board Policy 201 Communicable Diseases and Immunizations
Pennsylvania State Law and Regulations
Pennsylvania Code Subchapter C. IMMUNIZATION
23.83. Immunization requirements.
(a) Duties of a school director, superintendent, principal or other person in charge of a public, private, parochial or nonpublic school. Each school director, superintendent, principal, or other person in charge of a public, private, parochial or nonpublic school in this Commonwealth, including vocational schools, intermediate units, and special education and home education programs, cyber and charter schools, shall ascertain that a child has been immunized in accordance with the requirements in subsections
(b), (c) and (e) prior to admission to school for the first time, under section 1303 of the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. § 13-1303a) regarding immunization required; penalty.
(b) Required for attendance. The following immunizations are required as a condition of attendance at school in this Commonwealth:
State Immunization Requirements – PA. CODE Subchapter C-Immunization
School Immunization Requirements For ALL Students
Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following vaccines:
4 doses of tetanus*(1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
3 doses of polio
2 doses of measles**
2 doses of mumps**
1 dose of rubella (German measles) **
3 doses of hepatitis B
2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
*Usually given as DTP or DT or Td
**Usually given as MMR
The only exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are:
NEW: philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction.
If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
CRSD Health Forms Required for ALL Registrations
At the time of registration, you must submit written proof of your child's immunizations signed by a physician.PA law requires that proof of immunization must be provided before a child can be admitted to any public, private or parochial school. Please read the Health Letter to Parents
Grades K-1 / (Grades 2-12). The following forms can be downloaded from the website, obtained from Central Registration or the school:
Physician Immunization Form (#37)-
Private Physician Form (#511)-
Private Dental Exam (Grades K-8)
Health History (Grades K-6)
Health History (Grades 7-12)
Registration process Immunization review and Family Health History Review
New registrations for 2013 - 593
Physical Exams(Grades k-11): private(PP) and school (SP)
PP 2012-2013 3,753 SP- 2012-2013 -8 Referred 2012-2013 6
Dental Exams (Grades K-8) private(PD) and school (SD)
PD 2012-2013- 2,628 SD 2012-2013- 89 Referred 32
Scoliosis screening (Grades 6-7)
28 PA Code, Chapter 27 Communicable and Non-communicable Disease
"Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955".
Council Rock School Board Policy 203
It is important that the health office be notified if your child contracts a communicable disease. If a communicable disease is suspected in school, the parent will be notified and the child will be excluded from school. The student will not be readmitted before the minimum number of days designated by the State and Local Departments of Health which are:
Diphtheria – 2 weeks from the onset or until appropriate negative culture tests.
Chicken Pox** – 5 days from onset of the last crop of vesicles (blisters). All vesicles must be dried and crusted before returning to school.
Rubella (German Measles) – 4 days from onset of rash.
Rubeola(Regular Measles) – 4 days from onset of rash.
Mumps – 9 days from onset or until subsidence of swelling.
Pertussis (whopping cough) – 3 weeks from the onset or five days from institution of appropriate therapy.
Respiratory streptococcal infections (including Scarlet Fever) – Not less than 10 days from the onset if no medication is prescribed or 24 hours from the institution of appropriate therapy.
Acute Contagious Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) – Until judges non-infective; that is, without a discharge (usually after 24 hours after institution of appropriate therapy).
Ringworm – Immediately after therapy is instituted, if body lesions are covered. Neither scalp nor body lesions that are dried need to be covered.
Impetigo Contagiosa – 24 hours from institution of appropriate therapy.
PediculosisCapitis (Head Lice) – After the first treatment and until judged non-infective by the school nurse or child’s physician. Council Rock has a no-nit policy – therefore all nits must be removed from a student’s hair before returning to school after treatment for pediculosis.
Pediculosis Corpora (Body Lice) – After completion of appropriate treatment and judged non-infective by the school nurse or child’s physician.
Scabies – After completion of appropriate therapy and until judged non-infective by the school nurse or child’s physician.
Trachoma – 24 hours from institution of appropriate therapy.
Tuberculosis– Following a minimum of 2 weeks of adequate chemotherapy and 3 consecutive sputum smears. In addition, a note from the physician that the child is non-communicable shall be submitted prior to readmission.
Neisseria menigitidis– Until judged non-infective after a course of rifampin or other drug which is effective against this disease, or otherwise shown to non-infective.
Students in the District are scheduled to receive mandated screening examinations in accordance with the following schedule:
Vision, growth and development Annually……… Kindergarten through 12th grade
Hearing Annually…………………………….. Kindergarten through 3rd grade, 7th grade
and 11th grade. Annually for all special education student’s with hearing concerns
Medical examination…………………….. Kindergarten or First, 6th and 10th grade
Dental examination………………………..Kindergarten or First, 3rd and 7th grade
Scoliosis screening……………………….. 6th and 7th grades
The District recommends that all medical and dental examinations be administered by the family physician and dentist since they can best evaluate the child’s health and assist in obtaining necessary treatment and corrections. In the case of financial need, any child not seen by a private physician or dentist for the mandated medical and dental examinations will be scheduled to be seen by the school physician and dentist.
All students who are entering Council Rock School District as transfers from other school districts are required to have current medical and dental examinations.
VISION: 12,884 961 referrals
HEARING: 6,293 175 referrals
HEIGHT & WEIGHT: K-6 6,304 7-12 7,424
BLOOD PRESSURE: 5,890
SCOLIOSIS: 1,969 35Referrals
All student and staff health office visits are entered into the daily log. For all serious injuries a CRSD accident report is completed as well.
Injury/First Aid: 54,170
Students sent home with health reasons: 8499
Students requiring skilled nursing care: 904
Students with a IHP/504/IEP with medical: 941
Students emergency requiring 911: 17
Health Services for staff and other adults Illness- 2,022 Injury 648 EMS 8
Council Rock School Board Policy # 204
Pennsylvania Truancy Elimination Plan
In accordance with school Board policy and Pennsylvania Compulsory Attendance and Truancy Elimination Plan (24 P.S. 13-1327), School Nurses assist tracking student absence by contacting parents/guardians on the third day of absence to inquire about the health of the student.
School Nurses receive medically excused absence notes and collaborate with the attendance office and the educational staff if accommodations are needed when a student returns to school after an injury or extended illness.
School Nurses in middle school and high school are also part of the attendance team and meet on a regular basis to support students, families and encourage regular attendance.
Number of Doses Administered
BY Individual MD Order By Standing Order
Analgesic 368 14,179
Antibiotic 301 7,045
Antihistamine/Decongestant 185 5
Anti-inflamatory 607 532
Gastrointestinal 868 9,507
Psychotropic ADD/ADHD 4,994
all other 1,437
Other 1,235 4,806
TOTAL 23,843 36,074
Medication Management in Diabetes Administering Insulin via an Insulin Pump
Auvi-Q -epinephrine auto‑injector that is easy to use. I talk you through the injection process step by step. Watch and see how easy I am to use.
Seek immediate medical treatment after use. Each Auvi-Q contains a single dose of epinephrine. Auvi‑Q should only be injected into your outer thigh.
Anaphylactic Reaction- Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that can occur quickly (as fast as within a couple of minutes). Symptoms of anaphylaxis vary, but can include hives, itching, flushing, and swelling of the lips, tongue, and roof of the mouth. The airway is often affected, resulting in tightness of the throat, chest tightness and difficulty breathing.
Students with severe allergies may experience an anaphylactic reaction and need an epinephrine injection quickly. These students may have a emergency action plan.
Number of students with Chronic conditions 2012-2013 are:
Arthritis/Rhumatic Disease 32 Diabetes Type 1 38
Asthma 1,530 Diabetes Type II 1
Attention Deficit Disorder 598 Epilepsy & other seizure disorders 104
Cardiovascular conditions 325 Sickle Cell Disease 1
Cerebral Palsy 23 Spina Bifida 1
Cystic Fibrosis 2 Tourette’s Syndrome 38
Nature of Injury ;
Dental injuries 22
Dislocations (possible) 6
Eye Injuries 20
Fracture (possible) 84
Total Serious Injuries for 2012-2013 400
Council Rock School District Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness CPR/AED TrainingCRSD School Board Policy 822 CRSD School Board Policy 123.2
Council Rock has two school board policies that support the placement of AED’s in our schools and supporting continuous CPR/AED training.
CRSD School Board Policy # 822
“AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSITATION (CPR) “ to maintain AED units and staff trained in CPR/AED resuscitation
CRSD School Board Policy # 123.2
“Sudden Cardiac Arrest” to provide guidance for prevention and recognition of sudden cardiac arrest in student athletics.
AED’s are placed in all CRSD Public schools.
Staff training workshops for Emergency CPR/AED use is ongoing.
Maintenance of the AED’s in our schools is overseen by school nurses.
American Heart Association Cardiac Chain of Survival
Early Recognition-to prevent cardiac arrest
Early CPR-to buy time
Early Defibrillation-to restart the heart
Post Resuscitation Care to restore quality of life.
The Council Rock School District encourage teachers and staff to become trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillators (AED’s). Each month in district training workshops are offered by CRSD CPR/AED instructors in a different location throughout the district.
To date over 1,000 teachers and staff have bee trained.
CRSD School Board Policy 123.1
Council Rock School Nurses provide staff training for First aid / Heart saver/ CPR/AED for support staff as required by Access
For students receiving access CRSD Nurses complete a nursing log each month
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Every Child Deserves a School Nurse!