The Health Services Office coordinates all student health-related services for the North Pocono School District, including:
- Collecting and managing student medical data as required by the Pennsylvania School Code,
- Verifying compliance with state-required physicals, screenings, and immunizations,
- Providing various physicals and screenings as appropriate,
- Administering prescribed medications that must be given during school hours according to physician's orders,
- Storing and managing inventory of prescribed medications,
- Administering care when needed and maintaining logs of such care,
- Providing medical referrals as needed,
- Filing state-required annual and incidental reports,
- Serving on Student Assistance Program teams,
- Serving on the Coordinated School Health committee, and
- Advising the district on policy related to student health.
State Mandated Screenings
- Physicals required in Kindergarden (or upon original entry to school), 6th grade, and 11th grade
- Dental screenings required in 1st grade, 3rd grade, and 7th grade
- Scoliosis screening required in 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade
The North Pocono School District recognizes that parents have the primary responsibility for the health of their children. Although the District strongly recommends that medication be given at home, it realizes that some children require medication while in school. When medication must be given during school hours, certain procedures must be followed.
- The physician and parent/guardian must complete the "Authorization for Medication During School Hours" form.
- Any medication to be given during school hours must be delivered directly to the school nurse, the school principal or his/her designee by the parent or a responsible adult. The school nurse will keep a "Log of Student Medications Delivered to School."
- The medication must be brought to school in the original and properly labeled container. Medication brought to school should not exceed a two (2) week supply.
- A "Medication Log" will be kept for any child receiving medications during school hours.
- The dosage of medication to be administered to a child cannot always be done by a school nurse. During these situations the student will self-administer the medication with the supervision of a trained monitor. The Certified School Nurse will determine the student's ability to self-administer and will provide the training for the monitor.
- A locked cabinet will be provided in the building for storage of medication.
- Unused medication should be given to the parent for disposition. The school nurse should record date, time, amount, and obtain the signature of parent/guardian or adult receiving the medication.
- Students are not allowed to have medications in their possession unless prior authorization from the school nurse or administrator has been received.
For More Information
If you have questions pertaining to health services at the North Pocono School District, please contact the nurse or nurse assistant assigned to your child's building; contact information is listed below.