Here are some tips from the Nurses at Pottstown School District for you and your children as you enjoy your summer and get ready for a new school year.
Children in all grades of school (K-12) need:
- 4 doses of tetanus/ 4 doses of diphtheria
- 3 doses of polio
- 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella
if in K, 1 st or 2 nd grade, you also need:
- 3 doses of hepatitis
- 1 dose of varicella – or history of disease
if in 7 th or 8 th grade, you also need:
- 3 doses of hepatitis
- age appropriate doses of varicella – or history of disease
Please let your school nurse know if your child has ever had Chickenpox – no matter what grade your child is entering.
If you have any questions – please consult your family doctor
All students entering school for the first time – including out-of-state transfers – need to have a physical exam. Also, all 6 th and 11 th grade students need to have a physical exam. Forms will be sent home with 5 th and 10 th grade report cards. If these forms are not returned – your child will be scheduled for a school physical.
All students entering school for the first time – including out-of-state transfers – need to have a dental exam. Also, all 3 rd and 7 th grade students need to have a dental exam. Forms will be sent home with 2 nd and 6 th grade report cards. If these forms are not returned – your child will be scheduled for a school dental exam.
As per student handbook:
“Students should not carry, have in their lockers, or carry in their possession any medication to self-administer. Students needing prescription or non-prescription (over the counter) medications, including inhalers and bee sting kits, during school must bring these medications to the health room, along with a completed Medication Permission Form from their family and their family doctor. Forms can be obtained from the school nurse. Medication must be in a container labeled properly including date, name of student, name of medication, dosage, the reason it is to be given, and the time to administer it. Only bring the amount of medicine necessary to take, not the whole supply. If you have any questions regarding this policy or need to keep certain emergency medicines on hand, please see the school nurse.”
EMERGENCY PROCEDURE FORMS
On the first day of school, your child will be given an Emergency Procedure Form. This is a very important part of your child’s record. The front of the form authorizes the school district, and emergency personnel if necessary, to administer medical treatment during school hours. It is important that you include more than one emergency contact so that your child can be treated promptly. If any of this information changes during the school year, please let us know.
The back of the form is your child’s health history, and becomes part of their permanent record. We ask that you updateyour child’s history each year so that we can better care for youchild. Please make sure that you complete both sides, sign and date the form, and return it as soon as possible.