WHITEHALL-COPLAY SCHOOL DISTRICT
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.
Medications in School
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
|Julie Bannar||Gockley Elementary|
|Lora Luchansky||Zephyr Elementary|
|Jane Dolin||Middle School|
|Jessica Alonge||High School|
|Dr. S. J. Salivonchik||Steckel, Zephyr, Middle School|
|Dr. John Meci||Gockley|
|St. Luke's Physician Group, Inc.||District|
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.
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:
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.
Important changes in vaccine requirements for 2017-18 school year.