Pennsbury School Health Newsletter

Fall 2020

Welcome Back Pennsbury Community!

We hope our Pennsbury School Community is feeling well and adjusting to an exciting virtual back to school. As we transition from a summer to back to school mindset, we wanted to provide a few important reminders about school health needs. In this newsletter we will discuss several important topics:

  • School health requirements for the 2020/2021 school year
  • Vision - Do you need glasses or an eye exam?
  • CHIP-PA's Health Insurance for Kids
  • September is National Head Lice Prevention Month
  • COVID-related Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome
  • Information on The Nutrition Group's free meal pickups for all students and how to order locally-grown, fresh farm-to-table foods

School Health Requirements

As we navigate through these trying times and return to a virtual learning environment, we would like to remind you of the information that is needed for the 2020-2021 school year. Please keep the information provided below in mind as you catch up and schedule your children's health appointments.

Important Vaccine Requirements

  • All kindergarten and students entering the Pennsbury School District for the first time must have had at least one dose of each of the required vaccinations or they will be at risk for exclusion from school.
  • Students entering 7th grade must have one dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) and tetanus diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap).
  • Students entering 12th grade must have had the second dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV).
  • All vaccine records must be emailed or mailed directly to your school nurse. See your school nurses' contact information at the end of this newsletter.
  • A documented plan to obtain the required vaccinations, written by a physician, must be in place and submitted to your student's nurse to avoid being excluded.

Although we are not physically in the school building, we are still required by the PA Department of Health to ensure that students are fully vaccinated according to the law. As these are unprecedented times, we understand that required exams and vaccinations may have been delayed, late, or missed altogether. Please know that we completely understand how difficult it can and will be to get caught up on these requirements. Please keep your school nurse informed of any issues with obtaining these vaccinations for your student or consult with your child’s healthcare provider.

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Physical exams

Physical exams are required for students entering kindergarten, 6th grade, and 9th grade. New students entering the Pennsbury School District for the first time must also have a physical exam completed.

Please ensure an updated copy of vaccines is attached to your physical exam so we can update your child's health record.

Click here to download the necessary forms to bring to your primary doctor: Nursing Services Forms

Dental exams

Dental exams are required for students entering kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 7th grade. New students entering the Pennsbury School District for the first time must also have a dental exam completed.

Click here to download the necessary form to bring to your primary dentist: Nursing Services Forms

Chronic Medical Conditions Update

As we start the new school year, if your child has a chronic disease or medical condition please don't forget to get a new health plan from your doctor or specialist. Each new school year the health office needs updated orders from your physician. A physician's note is also required for any student who has a condition that limits their activity, needs clearance to participate in physical education classes, has a medical 504 or a medical component of an IEP. These conditions include, but are not limited to: cardiac conditions affecting the heart, seizure disorders, food allergies & asthma, bleeding disorders, diabetes, or any other conditions that would require you to visit a specialist at least once a year or on a regular basis.

Here are several Action Plans and Supply Checklists that you can download and print to bring to your specialist:

Seizure Action Plan

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan

Asthma Action Plan

Asthma Supply Checklist

Diabetic Checklist

Medication Forms

When we return to in-person instruction and if medications need to be kept in school for the 2020-2021 school year, please consider the following guidelines listed below:

  • All medications must be sent to the Nurse's office in the original prescription container.
  • All controlled substances (prescriptions that must be renewed monthly by your physician such as ADHD/ADD medications) must be delivered to the Nurse's office by a parent/guardian or adult designee.
  • A Physician's order is required for ANY medication other than those listed on the Pennsbury School District Emergency Card. This applies to both prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • A parent permission form must be completed for each medication. The form can be found here.

Need Glasses or an Eye Exam?

We realize during this time many families are in need of their yearly eye exams or are trying to get caught up on a failed vision referral from your school nurse. Please reach out to your school nurse for help if you are in need of an exam and are on the free and reduced lunch program. We may be able to help.

Also, click here for a resource for eye exams and glasses: Where to Get Free Eye Exams and Glasses

CHIP Keeps PA Kids Strong!

CHIP is short for Children's Health Insurance Program, Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in medical assistance.

There are a lot of reasons why a child may not have health insurance. Maybe a parent lost their job, the parent's job does not offer health insurance, or maybe other options cost too much. Whatever the reason, CHIP may be able to help.

If you are interested in obtaining information about CHIP, please click here.

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September is National Head Lice Prevention Month!

Especially during these unprecedented times, we must be aware of public health issues that affect children, including reoccurring communicable health diseases such as pediculosis (head lice). Please take some time and review this information about the care and prevention of head lice provided by the National Pediculosis Association (NPA).

"Like hand washing, combing is a basic hygiene measure. Combing provides a reliable approach for screening, early detection, accurate identification, treatment and prevention of pediculosis. Combing accomplishes what chemicals cannot; it enables families to be self-reliant, proactive, and preventive. NPA’s 2020 campaign offers the first comprehensive list of the benefits of combing": Click here for benefits of combing!

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Check out this lice video created by Walt Disney's Certified School Nurse, Beth Kurtz, for an explanation on how to spot, treat and prevent lice!

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

MIS-C and COVID-19

CDC is investigating multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, a rare but serious complication associated with COVID-19.

Please read this important information about MIS-C. Learning the early warning signs and the steps to take in the event that your child has symptoms will help to protect and keep them safe. Click here: MIS-C

Let's Eat! Local food options for students and their families

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The Nutrition Group at Pennsbury School District

FREE meal pickups will be offered when the Pennsbury School District is operating virtually. Please read carefully if this is of interest to you:

  • Beginning Friday, September 11, free meals (breakfast and lunch) can be picked up on Tuesdays and Fridays from either 6:30 AM-8:30 AM or 3:00 PM-5:00 PM at the following locations:
  • Pennsbury High School East Campus (705 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills)
  • William Penn Middle School (1524 Derbyshire Rd, Yardley)
  • Walt Disney Elementary School (200 Lakeside Dr North, Levittown)

  • Both breakfast and lunch will be distributed for free. Only complete meals as defined by USDA will be served. No a la carte food sales will be available at this time.

  • If picking up meals on Tuesday, you will be receiving enough free meals to get through Friday. If picking up meals on Friday, you will be receiving enough free meals to get through Tuesday (not including Saturday or Sunday, holidays, or non-instructional times).

  • Meals will be pre-boxed and distributed in a grab-and-go type manner. No on-campus dining/seating will be available for these pickups.

  • At the schools listed above, there will be a drive-thru type setup where you will stay in your car. Signage and/or personnel will direct you in the parking lot where to go. If you walk to the campus, please follow the signage and/or directions from staff. Social distancing markers will be in place for any line that forms. Masks must be worn during pickup.

  • Per USDA guidelines, all students are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch through December 2020. Students who were eligible for free and reduced meals last year are still encouraged to reapply at

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ashley Dowd (215) 428-4100 ext. 18202 or Samantha Kennelley at (215) 428-4100 ext. 18204.

Local Farm-to-table

Check out this amazing, local, fresh, and healthy food option at low cost, offered by Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic (which was formerly St. Mary Medical Center). Click here for more details and to place your order: Farm-to-Families

Pennsbury Certified School Nursing Staff Directory

Please reach out to your school's Certified School Nurse if you need assistance as we transition back to school in this virtual learning environment. We are here for you and your families to answer any school health questions or concerns you may have. Each Certified School Nurse will host office hours during the week and can also be reached via email. If you need immediate assistance, please reach out to your building principal and they will reach us directly.

Welcome back and good luck this 2020-2021 school year!

Pennsbury High School Nurses

Kathleen McGinnis

East Campus

School Nurse Coordinator

Nancy Kazanjian

West Campus

Pennsbury Middle School Nurses

Brooke Martell

Charles Boehm Middle School

Jacqueline Medaglia

Pennwood Middle School

Nancy Castner

William Penn Middle School

Pennsbury Elementary School Nurses

Stacie Estrada

Afton Elementary School

Michelle Grillone

Edgewood Elementary School

Dana Lehrman

Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School

Diana Giannaula

Makefield Elementary School

Kelly Debolt

Manor Elementary School & Penn Valley Elementary School

Jill Demi

Oxford Valley Elementary School

Susan Santella

Quarry Hill Elementary School & Fallsington Elementary School

Beth Kurtz

Walt Disney Elementary School