School Nurse

Please feel free to contact the nurse/health office with your questions and concerns regarding medical issues with students.

Mrs. Pierina Antonello BSN, CSN
Health Office: 610-644-2551 ext.1062
Fax: 610-644-2866

Email: pantonello@vmahs.org

The school nurse will administer basic first aid, dispense permitted drugs and care for an ill student until a parent or designated adult on the student’s emergency card can take the student home.

A parent should contact the school nurse if his/her daughter has any health concerns including current or past medical diagnosis, allergies or pertinent health history. Likewise, the school nurse should be informed if the student takes medication daily.

In the event of a serious medical emergency, 911 will be called, and the student will be transported to the hospital via ambulance.

Injuries that do not occur at school are not the responsibility of the school nurse. By law, school nurses are not permitted to diagnose illnesses or injuries, so parents are asked to refrain from sending their child to the health office for diagnosis or treatment of these injuries.

Emergency Information

Parents are required to submit emergency information on PowerSchool prior to the start of each school year. Parents throughout the school year as needed should make updates to this information.

If a parent plans to be out of town, the school asks that the Main Office be notified and specific information regarding emergency contact be given.

Guidelines For Keeping Your Student Home From School

Consider keeping your daughter home if she:

  • Has a fever of 100.4
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Fatigue/Excessive tiredness
  • Headache/body aches/chills
  • Persistent cough/Short of breath
  • Severe sore throat

Keep your daughter home until her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication.  Please call or email the School Nurse if you have questions.

Villa Maria Academy High School Immunizations Requirements

Required for all incoming students

  • 4 doses — DTAP  (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis)
  • 4 doses — IPV (Polio)
  • 3 doses — MMR (Measles, mumps and rubella)
  • 2 doses — Varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
  • 3 doses — Hepatitis B
  • 1 doses — MCV  (meningococcal conjugate)
  • 1 dose — TDAP  (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis) by 7th grade

By age 16 or Grade 12

  • A second dose of MCV  (meningococcal conjugate)

No exemptions will be granted.

Physical Examinations

Grade 9

  • A physical exam with current immunizations is required for all students by August 1.

Grade 10

  • No exam is required.

Grade 11

  • A physical exam with current immunizations is mandated by the state of  Pennsylvania by August 1.

Grade 12

  • A 2nd MCV (Meningococcal) vaccine is required by the state of Pennsylvania by August 1.  No examination is required.

Medications

All students who carry an asthma inhaler or Epi-pen are required to complete the Self-carry Medication form. This form is to be completed by your primary health care provider.

The school is authorized by the district’s physician to administer acetaminophen, ibuprofen, TUMS, and Benadryl (emergency only).

Students may not bring medicine to school unless a physician has prescribed it. It must be given and stored in the Nurse’s Office.

Written physician’s instructions, as well as written parental permission to administer the medication, must accompany all medication.  The Authorization to give Medication form can be found under Medical Forms.

Medication must be delivered in the original pharmacy container labeled with the student’s name, name of medication, dose and time to be taken. Such medication will be dispensed by the school nurse as prescribed.

Medical Forms