• Intermediate School Health


    Mission Statement

    School nurses promote health and wellness and assist in providing a safe and healthy environment that is conducive to learning for all students and staff.

    State Mandated Services

    All students in the Elementary School are provided with screenings mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. These screenings include:

    • Vision - all grades.
    • Height, Weight and BMI - all grades.
    • Hearing - grades K - 3.
    • Physical - grades K & 6.
    • Scoliosis - grade 6.

    These screenings are administered by the nurse on an ongoing basis throughout the school year. A referral is sent home if there is a need for further evaluation. Physical examinations are provided by the School physician. Parents/Guardians may choose to have their family doctor perform the physical at their own expense. The Private Physician’s Report of Physical form may be downloaded or requested from the school nurse.


    It is the policy of the Washington School District that medication be administered at home by a parent or guardian. Under exceptional circumstances, medication prescribed by a physician may be administered by school personnel in compliance with school regulations. The Authorization for Medication During School Hours form may be downloaded or requested from the school nurse.


    Pennsylvania State Law requires that all students be properly immunized. Students are required to have the following properly spaced immunizations:.

    • Four doses of the Diptheria, Pertussis and Tetanus Vaccine-DPT ( one dose after 4th Birthday).
    • Three doses of the Polio vaccine.
    • One dose of the Vericella vaccine ( Chicken Pox) or confirmation the student had the disease.

    Parent/Guardians who have medical or religious objections to these immunizations should contact the school nurse or building principal.

    Communicable Disease Guidelines

    In order to prevent the spread of communicable disease, students should remain out of school according to the following guidelines:

    • Chickenpox: Until all lesions are dried (usually 5-7 days)
    • Strep Throat/Scarlet Fever: Until 24-48 hrs. after start of antibiotic.
    • Impetigo: Until 24 hrs. after start of antibiotic and no drainage
    • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Until 24 hrs. after start of treatment or deemed non-communicable by physician.
    • Scabies: Until appropriate treatment and determined non-infectious by physician.
    • Head lice: Until after treatment and hair is free of nits/eggs.
    • German measles/measles: 4 days from onset of rash.
    • Mumps: 9 days from onset of swelling until swelling subsides.
    • Whooping Cough: 5 days from start of appropriate therapy.

    Any child who has a fever of 100 degrees or more, is vomiting, or is experiencing diarrhea should be kept at home. Children will be sent home if these symptoms occur in school.

    Dental Health Services

    The Washington School District employs a part-time dental hygienist. Her responsibilities include the Pennsylvania State mandated dental screenings in grades 1, 3 and 7 and providing dental health education in grades K through 8.

    Dental Reminder

    Parents, please remember to send in to your child's homeroom teacher or fax your child's dental screening permission form/private dentist report for 1st , 3rd, and 7th grades.

    Send permission forms for the toothbrushing program in 2nd and 4th grades.