Nursing Services

Dallastown Area School District’s School Health Services function in accordance with the school laws and regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.   The School Health Services’ main role is to provide health care and other services which assist students to achieve their maximum level of wellness.  At Dallastown Area School District, we promote optimal health of students, in helping students to enable full use of the available educational opportunities.

School nurses are dedicated to assisting students to develop into their full potential.  The professional school nurse provides the educational team with expertise in matters of health, health education, and nursing care to the school community.  In addition, nurses assess student illnesses and injuries, administer medications, maintain student health and immunization records, and conduct state mandated screenings.

Annual school health screenings for students attending schools within the Commonwealth are required by the Pennsylvania School Health Code.  The following mandated state screenings will be conducted during the school year:

Screening: Required Grades:
Vision  K-12
Hearing  K-3, 7th, 11th
Height/Weight/BMI K-12
Scoliosis 6th & 7th

Parents/guardians will receive a referral for further evaluation by their health care provider if their child does not pass the vision, hearing, or scoliosis screening.  A body mass index notification letter will be mailed home on a yearly basis.

The department of health requires dental and physical exams for the following grades and for all students new to the district:

Exam: Grade:
Dental K, 3rd, 7th, and students new to the district
Physical K, 6th, 11th, and students new to the district

For Parents of New Students:

All new students must have a record of immunizations, completed health profile, physical form, and dental form. Immunization records may be obtained from your healthcare provider. Other forms may be downloaded from the "Health Forms" section or by clicking on the links above.

If your child is transferring from a school in Pennsylvania, we will receive their record from their previous school which may contain the required physical and dental forms. Students transferring from another state will need to provide a new physical and dental form or a copy of a recently completed exam report.

Helpful Guidelines: When to Keep Students Home

When children become ill, it is not always easy to determine when to send them to school. We are offering some guidelines to help with this dilemma. Any questions may be directed to your child’s school nurse or health care provider.
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