About MSD Health Services

  • Health Services Mission Statement

    Good health is fundamental for effective student learning and successful academic performance.  School nurses promote and advocate for each student to reach their optimal level of physical, mental and social wellness.

    Programs and Services

    The primary role of the school nurse is to support student learning.  Certified School Nurses (CSN's) in Pennsylvania hold a Bachelor's degree and an Education Specialist Certification from the state just like a teacher.  Many Certified School Nurses are Master's degree prepared nurses and/or are Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNP's).  The Pennsylvania School Code of 1965 requires that there is one CSN for every 1,500 students in each school district.  School nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development, promote health and safety, and intervene with actual, potential and chronic illness, injuries and emotional creis.  The CSN provides case manage services while actively collaborating with other educators to build student and family capacity for adaption, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.

    School Health Services required in Pennsylvania

    Growth screenings must be done annually on every student including measurement of Body Mass Index (BMI).

    Vision screenings must be done annually on every student.

    Hearing screenings must be done in grades K-3, 7 and 11.

    Scoliosis screening must be done in grade 6 and 7 with follow-up in succeeding grades if indicated.

    Physical examinations are required for entrance to school (grade K or 1), grade 6 and grade 11. Private exam by a family physician is recommended, but school exams are available.

    Dental examinations are required for entrance to school (grade K or 1), in 3rd grade and grade 7. Private examination by a family dentist is recommended, but school exams are available. 


    How to work with the school nurse to protect your child's health

    To make the best of your relationship with the school nurse:

      -  Join forces with the nurse in promoting good health in the school by keeping your child home when he/she is sick, especially if they are running a fever. In addition, notify the nurse if your child develops an infectious disease or condition such as pinkeye or strep throat.

      -  Keep your child up to date on their immunization schedule. Make sure your child has all the appropriate shots and boosters for her age, and give a copy of those records to the school nurse each year.

      -  Provide current emergency contact information. The school nurse should have a way of contacting you in the event of an emergency. It is important to have up- to- date work, cell phone and alternate contact information. It is also important to provide back-up contacts should you be unavailable during the day.  

    -  Keep the school nurse informed. If your child has had any recent changes in their health status please call or email the school nurse as soon as possible so that any accommodations that need to be made for them can happen in a timely manner. If your child has an ongoing condition, it is a good idea to meet with or call the school nurse periodically to update medical information.

    -Call or email the school nurse for help anytime. School nurses are very knowledgeable about many different areas of health care and community resources that can assist your child and your family.