Welcome to the George D. Steckel Elementary School Health Room Web home! Our staff is committed to providing the best possible health care to our Steckel students. This web page will provide useful information regarding events and basic health information. In addition, seasonal health tips will be available when appropriate.

   Our goal is to provide a useful, informative communication tool. If you have any suggestions, please pass them along. It is our pleasure to serve and be a part of the Steckel Elementary School community!

 Ms. Sangeeta Dorner, School Nurse

Nurse's Notes

    At this time all families should have received BMI results for their child. Even though this screening is completed for the year, we would like to keep promoting ongoing healthy eating for everyone. Some ways to do this may include limiting sugary foods, eating more fruits and vegetables, and encouraging daily exercise.  Also remember, eating breakfast daily helps to prepare your child’s body and mind for a good day at school. Healthy eating habits established at an early age can help to maintain our bodies and lead to a lifetime of good health.

    With the cold and flu season upon us, it is very important to stress to your child the importance of good hand washing to prevent the spread of germs.  For the comfort of your child, if he/she has been ill overnight, (especially with a fever or vomiting), please keep them at home until they are feeling better. 

    The symptoms of the flu are: fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and/or possible vomiting & diarrhea. Flu vaccines are available at your family doctor's offices. It is important to be proactive in your child's health. 

    Statistically, asthma exacerbation occurs in the winter. Having your child's inhaler or nebulizer medication will facilitate prompt treatment of his/her asthma flare ups. A med authorization is necessary with the doctor's signature and parent's signatures. Some students require their inhaler before gym class. If one of the triggers for wheezing is exercise, then your child needs to have this medicine at school as well as home. 

Medication Administration

If your child needs to take any medication during the school day, the “Medication Dispensing Form” will need to be completed and signed by both a parent and doctor. A parent/guardian should give medication before or after school hours if at all possible. If a child must receive medication during school, the medicine must be sent in the original container labeled with the child’s name. Both prescription and over the counter meds (Tylenol, Motrin, etc.) must have a physician’s order to be given during the school day. No medication will be administered in school without a completed Medication Dispensing Form. Copies of this form are available from the school nurse. The form can also be downloaded by clicking on the link above in the "Health Forms" box. Please contact the school nurse with any questions.


The proposed changes to the school immunization regulations have passed and will become effective on August 1st  2011.  Children in ALL GRADES will need 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.  Your child’s health record will be reviewed and a letter will be sent home if your child needs to have their 2nd varicella shot.  If your child has been to the Dr. recently and has received this 2nd dose, please provide documentation to the school nurse (if you haven’t done so already).   If you need help obtaining immunizations for your child, please contact Mrs. Dorner at 610-435-1521 Ext 5. 

Parents of 3rd Grade Students

A dental exam is required by the state of Pennsylvania for all students in 3rd grade.  If your child has recently seen the dentist and you have not returned the yellow Private Dentist’s Reportdental form, please return the completed/signed exam form to the school nurse as soon as possible.