Altoona Area School District

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Health Program

Certified school nurses are employed by the district to implement the school health program, which includes:
  1. Annual vision screening for all students.
  2. Annual heights and weights for all students.
  3. Annual hearing screening for all students K-3, 7, 11, and special education students.
  4. Medical examinations by school or family physicians for all students newly enrolled in kindergarten or first grade, sixth grade, and eleventh grade. A private physical exam completed within one year prior to a student's entry into the grade where an exam is required is acceptable.
  5. Dental examinations by school or family dentist for all students newly enrolled in kindergarten or first grade, third grade, and seventh grade. A private exam completed within one year prior to a student's entry into the grade where an exam is required is acceptable.
  6. Scoliosis examinations by school or family physicians, or school nurse, for all students in grades six and seven.
  7. Referral to physicians, dentists, and appropriate agencies for follow-up care.
  8. Immunization Program - auditing records, notices for immunizations needed.
  9. Providing for first aid.
  10. Inspection of children as needed to lessen the spread of communicable conditions.
  11. Communication with parents regarding anything affecting the health of the child, and regarding re-entry to school following significant illnesses and/or injuries.
  12. Promotion of good health habits through health education.
  13. Maintaining health records on all students.
  14. Providing medications and/or medical procedures as prescribed by a licensed health care provider or dentist.