Green Woods Charter School

Health and Wellness

School Nurse

Healthy Students, Ready Learners

Our students learn best when they are healthy. At Green Woods Charter School we are dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of students as well as our staff. One of the most important goals of a school nurse is to help identify health conditions that may adversely impact a student from learning. Our School Nurse and our staff help our students to develop their own good health habits that will last throughout their life time.
Green Woods Charter School Wellness Committee

Important Note: Families notified to pick up a child from the health room are required to arrive to the health room within 1 hour of the initial phone call from the School Nurse. All families are required to have back-up plans in place to avoid any delay. This requirement is not only for the comfort of your own child, but for the consideration of other Green Woods students that may become ill and require confidential care in the nurse's office. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

New and Returning Families

- Prescription Medication Release Form (If Applicable)

* Immunization Requirements

PA.Public School Code 23
In order to begin school on the first day, physical examinations completed within one year prior to the date of entrance are required for all students transferring from another school as well as those entering the Kindergarten. A vision examination is strongly recommended. The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of School Health requires that students show evidence of having received the mandated immunizations, at the correct intervals, at each grade level. All students who are new to Pennsylvania's schools must also comply with this requirement.

Students may be exempted from these requirements on religious or medical grounds if the parents(s), guardians(s), present a signed statement explaining the objection at the time of registration.

Religious objections must set forth the specific religious beliefs which would prohibit the specific examination, immunization, or other medical intervention signed by both the students' physician and parent.

Medical objections to immunization require written verification from the physician and must indicate that the immunization is medically contraindicated and what the medical condition is that poses a potential health risk for the student.

Please Note: Per 28 Pennsylvania Code 23.81, if your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak of a disease that your child does not have immunity to.

State of Pennsylvania Immunization Requirements (Public School Code 23.83) Children entering school (at K or Grade 1) in Pennsylvania require the following vaccines: 4 doses Tetnus *
4 doses Diphtheria *
3 doses Poliomyelitis (Polio)
2 doses Measles **
1 dose Mumps **
1 dose Rubella (German Measles) **
3 doses Hepatitis B with proper dose spacing
2 dose of Varicella (Chickenpox) or history of disease ***
* usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or TD
** usually given as MMR

The Health Room

The Health Room cares for student's injuries that occur at school. The school's responsibility for the administration of emergency care is primarily limited to first aid only. First Aid is defined as the immediate and temporary care given in order to prevent further injury until advanced medical care can be secured.

Transportation, except for emergencies, is the responsibility of the parent or guardian within one hour. If you are unavailable by phone during the day, and are unable to pick up your child within one hour of notification, it is essential that the parent/guardian provide the school with emergency numbers. 

Sick Day Guidelines

The following guidelines are used to determine dismissals and may be helpful for parents to determine appropriate attendance. Keep your child home and contact their physician for a diagnosis. A note from the doctor indicating the diagnosis and permission for the student to return to school is advised.

    • has been vomiting during the night
    • has a cold with sneezing or persistent coughing or runny nose
    • has diarrhea
    • has an oral temperature of 100.3 or higher
    • has a red ulcerated sore throat
    • does not eat breakfast because of a stomach ache
    • has red encrusted eyes
    • has an undiagnosed rash ****
    • has just begun antibiotics
    • any child with a contagious condition, such as strep throat, must be taking the medication for
    24 hours before returning to school
    • has lice or nits. A child must be checked by the school nurse before returning to the classroom following lice treatment.

Please report ALL communicable diseases (chickenpox, whooping cough, strep throat, scarlet fever, pink eye, impetigo, fifth's disease, head lice, scabies, ring worm, whopping cough, measles, mumps, etc.) to the School Health office. Keep your child home for a period of 24 hours of medication treatment if indicated, or until after the contagious period for the illness is over. This time frame may be longer for more serious communicable diseases.

Student's may return to school after they are fever free (without the use of fever reducing medications) for 24 hours, vomiting and/or diarrhea free for 24 hours.

Head Lice

Periodically, classroom checks will be done aside from the routine checks. PLEASE do not send your child to school if you suspect that they have head lice and notify the school nurse if your child has head lice. The student must be assessed by the School Nurse before returning to the classroom following Lice Treatment. Please check your child for head lice throughout the school year. 

Neglect and Abuse

Teachers or school personnel who know or suspect that a child is neglected or abused are required by law to immediately submit an oral or written report to the Department of Health and Human Services. As mandated reporters, we are instructed not to investigate the situation, which is the job of DHS. All schools in the state of Pennsylvania are mandated by law to report to the Department of Health and Human Services excessive lateness and any student that has 9 cumulative (not necessarily consecutive) unexcused absences in a school year. 

Children's Health Insurance Program

Access to Health Insurance for children, now a national focus, has been the work of Philadelphia school nurses for the last decade. With access to health insurance comes access to health care. With the assurance of health insurance in Pennsylvania for all children through "Cover All Kids and Children's Health Insurance Program" (CHIP), school nurses work with families to ensure that there is awareness about the availability of insurance. 

Medication Policy

When possible, prescription medication should be given at home. The administration of medication during school hours or during school-related activities is discouraged unless it is necessary for the critical health and well being of the student. If medication needs to be given three times a day, it should be given at home before school, at home after school and at bedtime.

However, if it must be given during the school day, please follow these guidelines: All medications to be taken during the school day should be brought to the School Nurse by a parent or designated adult. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to obtain or download the required Medication Administration Form (Med I Form) for Physician Authorization for the medication to be administered at school. The Med I form must be renewed at the beginning of each school year and whenever there is a change in the dose or a discontinuation of the medication. MedicationAdministration Form is available for download on our GWCS website. 

Over the Counter Medication

These medications include cough/cold remedies, pain relievers such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and medicated topical applications. All over the counter medication that students bring to school must be in Manufacturer-labeled containers.

Prescription Medication

All prescription medications must be in a pharmacy labeled bottle (ask the pharmacist to dispense a duplicate bottle for use at school). The pharmaceutical container must state the student's name, the name of the medication, the dose to be administered, and the name of the prescribing physician. For short-term antibiotics, given for less than two weeks, the parent signature and the prescription labeled container is sufficient authorization. Unused Medication must be picked up by the last day of the school year or it will be discarded.

These medication guidelines are mandated by the State of PA. Division of School Health and are designed for the safety of your child and are strictly enforced.

If you have any questions/concerns, please contact Mrs. Wainwright.