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 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 A Sick Child At Home

Consider keeping your daughter home if she:

  • Has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Has been vomiting
  • Has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, like:
    • Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite
    • Productive coughing, sneezing
    • Headache, body aches, earache
    • Sore throat

A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children are headache and stomach upset. Contact your pediatrician as your child needs a special test to determine if it is strep throat.

Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness.

Does my child have the flu?

The flu is serious! Call your pediatrician at the first sign of flu symptoms, which typically come on suddenly, including:

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Head ache, body aches, ear ache
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dry cough

If you’re unsure about the best way to treat your child’s cold or flu, ask your school nurse, doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider.

Physical Exams for the Health Office

Please notify the School Nurse if your daughter’s exam appointment is after August 1.

  • 9th grade: A physical exam with current immunizations is required for all students.
  • 10th grade: No exam is required.
  • 11th grade: A physical exam with current immunizations is required by the State of Pennsylvania.
  • 12th grade: A 2nd MCV (Meningococcal) vaccine is required by the state of Pennsylvania.  No exam is required.

A physical exam with current immunizations is required for all new transfer and international students. 

Dental Exams for the Health Office

Dental exams are required for all new transfer and international students.

Vaccine Requirements

See the Pennsylvania Department requirements: School Vaccination Requirements

Medical Forms

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 Health 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 through health office nurse as prescribed.