Philosophy of School Health Services

Health services in school are vital in aiding the growth and development of children and in enabling them to benefit fully from the educational experiences provided for them. Since today’s school is concerned with the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of each child, it must necessarily recognize the close relationship between health and maximum growth in these areas.

School health programs encompass three areas: health services, health education, and healthful school living. These are closely interrelated in practice and in their effect upon the well-being of the child. Development and implementation of these health programs are the responsibility of all who are in any way associated with the public schools, from the Board of School Directors and the Superintendent of Schools to the custodial staff, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers.

School health is not a medical care service. It is a preventive service which focuses on primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention (first aid, emergency care, counseling, consultation, early identification, referral, problem management, and follow-up).

School health services are intended to encourage and support parent’s decision making responsibility for the health care of the child.

Members of Health Services Department

Mandated Screenings
Required Immunizations
Medications in School
First Aid

Members of the Health Services Department

Whitehall-Coplay School District currently employs Certified School Nurses and Health Room Aides who provide health services to the elementary, secondary, and non-public schools within our district

Certified School Nurses

Julie Bannar
Gockley Elementary
Phone 610-433-7551
Fax 610-433-2241
Sangeeta Dorner

Steckel Elementary
Phone 610-435-1521
Fax 610-435-4022

Lora Luchansky
Zephyr Elementary
Phone 610-871-3671
Fax 610-871-3672
Jane Dolin
Middle School
Phone 610-439-1431
Fax 610-704-9308
Jessica Alonge
High School
Phone 610-435-5081
Fax 610-871-3688


Dr. S. J. SalivonchikSteckel, Zephyr, Middle School
Dr. John MeciGockley

School Physician
St. Luke's Physician Group, Inc.District

Mandated Health Screenings

The following are the state mandated health screenings which are conducted annually. It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school nurse in writing if they wish to decline these services and have them conducted by their own physician and/or dentist. This request must be done each school year and submitted to the nurse by the start of each school year.

Height, weight and BMI calculation on All Students annually

Vision screenings on All Students annually 

Hearing screenings, using an audiometer, annually for students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 7, 11; for all transfer students; and for all students with a past history of or suspected hearing problems.

Scoliosis screening annually for students in grades 6 and 7.   
6th grade screening is done in conjunction with the mandated physical exam.


Students entering school for the first time, in kindergarten or first grade, students entering 6th grade, and students entering 11th grade must have a state mandated physical examination. We encourage you to have this completed by the student’s own personal physician, as he/she is most familiar with the student’s health history. A copy of the physical exam form follows.


The following immunizations are required as a condition of attendance at school at any public, private, or parochial school and intermediate unit, including all kindergartens, special education classes, and vocational classes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following immunizations for attendance:

* 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis*(1 dose on or after 4th birthday) 
* 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
* 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella**
* 3 doses of hepatitis B
* 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity

Seventh through 12th Grade ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for attendance:

* 2 doses meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
-First dose is given 11-15 years of age; a second dose is required at age 16 or entry into 12th grade.
- If the dose was given at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.
* 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)

* Usually given as DTaP or DTP or DT or Td
* * Usually given as MMR

Exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are:
-- medical reasons;
-- religious beliefs; and
-- philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction.

If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.


Whenever possible, medications should be given at home. If it is necessary for the student to take medication during the school day, all appropriate paperwork must be completed by the parent and physician and the medication sent in to the school nurse in the properly labeled medicine bottle from the pharmacy. The medication policy for long term and short term medications and the appropriate forms follow.


In an effort to maintain academic excellence, the goal of school nursing is to promote healthful living and prevent illness and injury by encouraging healthy habits and a healthy environment. Our health services department works as a team to improve health and promote wellness among students and staff.

All injuries and/or illnesses occurring during school hours will be treated with the standard first aid procedures approved by the school physician and School Board. The school nurse is not responsible for treating injuries or illnesses that occur outside of school hours.

In an effort to provide the best care for your child, please keep the school nurse informed of any changes in your child’s health status.



If you do not have insurance to cover the cost of immunizations, please call the Pennsylvania Department of Health in Whitehall at 610-821-6770 to schedule an appointment for immunizations.