Together we can

Because kids who feel well learn better

The School District of Lancaster provides health services to address health-related barriers to learning and support a healthy student population. 

The district provides certified school nurses and health room nurses in each of its schools to handle illnesses and injuries that may occur during the school day. These nurses also coordinate mandated health programs and serve as resources for classroom teachers and others on health-related issues.

School nurses may, at their discretion, administer first aid or over-the-counter pain medications, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen, to students with parent permission.

In the event of a serious medical issue, parents are notified immediately. Please ensure emergency contact information and phone numbers up to date.

Health Screenings

Every SDoL student screened for height, weight and vision once each school year. Students in are screened for hearing in preschool, kindergarten and grades 1, 2, 3, 7 and 11. All students in grades 6 and 7 are screened for scoliosis.

Parents/guardians of students who do not pass one or more of these health screenings will receive a referral from the school district. Additionally, the district sends growth referrals for BMI to student homes as mandated by the Department of Health.

Illnesses at School

Our primary goal is to protect the health of students, families, faculty and staff. Here are ways you can help minimize the spread of illness in your child’s school:

  • Teach your child about good hand washing and cough hygiene practices.
  • Tell the school nurse if your child has a medical condition that could make them more susceptible to becoming ill.
  • Plan for how your child will be cared for if they need to remain home from school due to illness. Students with the following symptoms should remain home or may be sent home from school:
    1. An oral temperature of 100 degrees  Fahrenheit. Note: The child’s temperature must remain below 100 degrees for 24 hours without benefit of use of fever reducing medications before they can return to school.
    2. Vomiting: should be free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.
    3. Diarrhea: should be free of symptom for 24 hours before returning to school.

Required Examinations

The Pennsylvania School Health Act requires students to have certain health examinations by a medical provider before entering certain grades.

Physical Examinations

Students are required to have a physical examination upon entrance to school in kindergarten or grade 1, and in grades 6 and 11. The <link>Physical Examination Form is to be completed by the child’s family doctor.

The School District of Lancaster will provide a free physical examination if the parent/guardian signs a permission form and Health History form and returns it to the school nurse.

Additionally, free athletic physicals are offered to student-athletes before each sports season.

Dental Examinations

Students are required to have a dental examination upon entrance to school in kindergarten or grade 1 and in grades 3 and 7.

The school district of Lancaster will provide free dental education and screenings from a dental hygienist for the district provides dental education and screenings with written permission from parent/guardian.

The district will send referrals home for those students needing further dental care.