Health Services

This page provides an overview of Villa Maria’s Health Services. If a parent has any questions and would like to speak with the school nurse, please call Pierina Antonello at 610-644-255 ext. 1062, or email pantonello@vmahs.org.

Forms can be found on the School Forms and Information page of this website.

Contents

Villa Maria Academy Health Services consists of a team of health professionals including:

  • Two certified school nurses
  • A physician consultant
  • A Certified Athletic Trainer
  • A sports physician consultant

The Nurse’s Office is staffed full time to provide first aid and to support students who become ill or injured during the school day or who need health maintenance of a chronic or acute condition. If further treatment is required or a student needs to go home, parents will be contacted. In the event of an emergency, 911 will be called and the student will be transported via ambulance to the hospital.

The Athletic Trainer’s Office is staffed by a Certified Athletic Trainer who provides services to VMA’s athletes. She is trained in various domains which include the prevention of sports-related injuries and illness; recognition, evaluation and immediate care of injuries; and referral of illnesses; rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries; and healthcare administration

Student Care

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.

Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, the ImPACT Test will be administrated to all incoming 9th grade students. This test provides a baseline report which can used as a comparison should a student be suspected of having suffered a concussion.

In the event of a serious medical emergency, 911 will be called, and 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 cards

Parents are required to submit emergency information on the designated card prior to the start of each school year. Updates to this information should be made by parents throughout the school year as needed.

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.

Student illness

  • A student may not attend school with a fever over 100 degrees and must be fever free without the aid of fever reducers such as acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If a student has experienced vomiting or diarrhea, the student should not attend school until symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • Any student treated for head lice must report to the school nurse for clearance prior to reporting to homeroom and/or classes.
  • If a student has missed three consecutive days or more due to illness. a note from a licensed provider is required.
  • A student with a contagious illness may not return to school until 24 hours after the initiation of treatment. A medical note is required.

Contagious Disease Policy

DiseaseExclusion from school
MononucleosisAs indicated by physician. A physician’s note should indicate allowed activity including P.E. restrictions.
Contagious conjunctivitisOnce the appropriate therapy is started, the student can return to school.
Chicken PoxAll scabs must be dry
MeningitisAs indicated by physician. A physician’s note should indicate allowed activity including P.E. restrictions
Any undiagnosed rash Until diagnosis or symptoms are gone for 24 hours.
Head Lice (pediculosis)Until treated and free of lice; student reports to the nurse for reentry
Whooping coughSuspected/Confirmed case Student must finish the 5 day course of prescribed antibiotic before returning to school. A physician’s note must clear the student to return and the note is received by the school.

Students with Chronic Conditions

When warranted, the parents should submit action treatment plans signed by a medical provider for students with chronic illness. Such illnesses include, but are not limited to, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, asthma, and heart conditions.

Long term illness

Parents will be required to submit to the school nurse a written note from the physician that explains the reason for the absence, the projected length of time of the absence, and any specific directives applicable to the school setting. Should that time be extended, the physician will need to provide an updated note. A copy of the physician’s communication will be sent to the school nurse.

Villa Maria reserves the right to interpret the recommended academic accommodations and will act, with the student’s health and the school’s interests in mind, to recommend alternative accommodations, if need be, that best fit the school’s setting and curriculum. Villa Maria places the student’s health interests primary, mindful that the student’s health and recovery may not dictate the fulfillment of the Villa Maria curriculum (even with accommodations) and subsequently could have an effect on matriculation status, GPA, continuity in coursework and graduation.

Immunizations

Based on the state of Pennsylvania Department of Health, Villa Maria Academy requires the following immunizations for school attendance:

  • 4 doses of diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus vaccine (DTaP, DPT, DT, Td). The fourth dose must be administered on or after the 4th birthday.
  • 4 doses of polio vaccine (OPV or IPV)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine (HBV)
  • 2 doses of measles, two doses of mumps, and one dose of rubella vaccine. These are usually given as MMR.
  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or physician verification of having had chickenpox
  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV). Second dose recommended to be administered by 7th grade
    • 12th grade requires a 2nd dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV). They musty be 16 years of age or older. (If the first MCV was given at age 16, then they only need one.)
  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (TdaP) recommended to be administered by 7th grade

Students new to the country must have at least one dose of all required vaccines prior to starting school at Villa Maria Academy. It is the host family’s responsibility to adhere to the immunization schedule indicated by the medical professional.

Physical and Dental Exams

Physical Exams

Physical exams are required for all freshmen and juniors as well as for transfer students. This report, including an updated list of immunizations, must be submitted by August 1st of the upcoming school year or else admission will be denied. The PIAA Sports Physical form cannot be substituted for the School Physical form.

Health records for all 9th grade students or for transfer students will be obtained from the previous school, if the school was located in PA. Parents will be notified if the health record is not complete.

Dental Exams

Dental exams are required for all students who transfer from outside of Pennsylvania.
Physical and dental exams must be completed and dated within one year from the start of the school year and are to be submitted by August 1st prior to the start of the school year.

Medication policy

Villa Maria Academy medication policy complies with the new guidelines set forth by the Department of Health in March 2010, which governs medication administration in the school setting.

The school is authorized by the district’s physician to administer acetaminophen, ibuprofen, TUMS, and Benadryl (emergency only). Epinephrine is authorized in a life-threatening situation. Students may not bring medicine to school unless it has been prescribed by a physician. Written physician’s instructions, as well as written parental permission to administer the medication, must accompany all medication (see Medication Administration Form, p. 69.

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 through health office personnel as prescribed. Note: School law was amended to allow students to carry and self-administer asthmatic inhalers and epi-pens. Please contact the school nurse for required form and instructions.

Allergies

The school nurse should be notified if the student has a history of an allergic reaction to food, insects, or medication so that provisions can be made to provide treatment in the event of an exposure. The Allergy Treatment Form, which can be found on the website, must be completed by the student’s physician and submitted to the health office.

NOTE: The physician’s orders are only effective for the current school year; these medical directives must be renewed annually.

Yearly Health Screenings

Each year students will be screened for height, weight and vision (hearing for 11th grade and new to Pennsylvania). If a parent prefers that her daughter not be screened, a written note to the school nurse stating this along with your daughter’s name and grade.