RE: UPDATED HEALTH REQUIREMENTS - 2018-2019
Pennsylvania School Law, Section 1402, mandates physical and dental examinations in certain grades. The state encourages parents to have the family physician or dentist do the examinations since these doctors are aware of the student’s health status and history. Examinations by the family physician or dentist are at the parent’s expense.
If you prefer, the school district’s physician or dentist will provide the appropriate exams during the school year. There is no charge for the school exam.
Physical Examination Requirement Dental Examination Requirement Scoliosis Screening
Grades: Kindergarten, 6, and 11 Grades: Kdg., 3 and 7 Grades: 6 and 7
Universal Blood Lead Level Testing
Effective January 1, 2018 all Children are required to have their blood lead level tested prior to entry into Kindergarten or before they are six years old, whichever is sooner. Proof must be provided.
Pennsylvania Code (28 Pa. Code Ch. 23) requires students to have the following immunizations prior to and while attending school:
Immunization Requirements – Students will only be admitted with proof of completed immunizations.
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis: 4 doses – 1 dose on or after 4th birthday
- Polio: 4 doses – 4th dose on or after 4th birthday
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): 2 doses before entering Kindergarten
- Hepatitis B: 3 doses before entering Kindergarten
- Varicella: 2 doses before entering Kindergarten or evidence
- of immunity
- Meningococcal (MCV): 1 dose before entering 7th Grade and 12th Grade
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Acellular Pertussis (Tdap): 1 dose before entering 7th Grade
If record of immunizations is not provided prior to entering school or within the first five (5) days of the school year, a student WILL be excluded from attending school until a medical plan from a doctor is provided.
These requirements allow for the following exceptions: medical reason, religious belief, or philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction. Even if your child is exempt from immunization, he or she may be excluded from school during an outbreak of vaccine preventable disease.
Randal A. Lutz, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools