Please cooperate during our periodic head checks for lice. It is most helpful if parents check their child’s head on a regular basis. If lice are detected, please contact the school immediately so that we can check other children and prevent an outbreak.
All students are required to have the following immunizations prior to entering school: Diphtheria/Tetanus – 4 required, including one after age 4
Polio – 3 required
Measles/Mumps/Rubella – 2 required, the first must be after age 1
Hepatitis B – 3 required, properly spaced
Varicella – 1 after age 1 required if under 13, 2 doses required if over 13 years old or history of chicken pox disease.
Students who attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are required to receive all vaccines that are identified in the immunization policy.
In addition, all students in grades K and 6 are required to have a physical examination.
A school nurse is provided two (2) days per week by the Upper Darby School District. If a child has a specific medical problem, it should be brought to the attention of the nurse. The school nurse will screen all students in grades K-8 for height, weight, and vision. In addition, grades K- 3 and 6 are screened for hearing and grades 6 and 7 for scoliosis. Any results from these screenings that do not fall within the normal range are reported in writing to parents for a follow- up with a physician. If you receive a report from the nurse regarding a screening, please have your doctor complete it and return it promptly to the nurse via the school office.
Accident/Illness at School
Accidents or unusual illness occurring at school are reported immediately to the principal or main office personnel. When a student becomes ill or meets with an accident, the parent or guardian is contacted. If the parent or guardian cannot be reached, the emergency contact will be called. No medicine of any kind, including aspirin, may be given to the student. Only basic first aid may be administered. Parents must be contacted immediately if there is any question regarding an injury. If the illness or accident appears serious, the school will immediately call 911.
Emergency cards are kept on file for each student and new ones are sent home each year in order to keep the information current.
A doctor’s note is necessary for the student to return to school following: streptococcal infections, including scarlet fever, scarletina, chicken pox, measles, mumps, German measles,
and eye infections. An absence of three or more days also requires a doctor’s note for readmission to the school.
Whenever possible, doctor and dental appointments should be scheduled at a time when school is not in session. If it is absolutely necessary for a child to leave for an appointment during school, the student must bring in a written note requesting permission to leave school.
Any child who leaves school for an appointment must be accompanied by an adult. No child may leave school alone.
Students in grades K, 3, and 7 are screened by the Upper Darby School District Dental Hygienist once a year.
School District policy, in accordance with PA School Law, requires school personnel, including the school nurse, to give medication ONLY when a doctor’s note is on file at the school. The note from the physician must indicate the name of the drug, dosage, how it is to be given, time to be given, along with the student’s name and written permission from the parent to give the medication at school. The medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled with the child’s name, the name of the drug, and the dosage. This policy includes all medication, even non-prescription items. Medication must be dropped off by a parent or responsible adult.