The WSCA health room is available for the benefit of students who may need medical attention or medications during the school day and as a resource for families with students that have ongoing or chronic health care needs. It is staffed by two part-time Registered Nurses and receives oversight and support from the Mechanicsburg Area School District Certified School Nurse. The MASD Certified School Nurse ensures that WSCA's health practices and policies are in line with Pennsylvania State legislation and nursing best practice.
Medications in school can only be given to a student in the school setting by a licensed provider. We make every effort to have an RN on duty each day at WSCA, however, in the event of a school nurse absence, if your child needs medication, the parent will have to come to the school to administer the medication. Please review the Medication Policy below and read the specific requirements for giving medications to students in school, including when a parent and doctor’s note are required.
Illness and School Attendance
If your child becomes sick at school with vomiting, diarrhea, or a temperature of 100 degrees F or greater, they must be sent home and are not permitted to return to school until they have been free of these symptoms for 24 hours. They also must have at least 24 hours of antibiotic treatment before returning school for bacterial infections such as strep throat, pink eye, impetigo, etc. Students must also stay home from school in they have chicken pox, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, rubella, scabies, and hand, foot and mouth disease. For most viral illnesses, such as the common cold, school attendance is at the discretion of the parents. Children with lice must stay home from school until they have been treated with a lice killing shampoo and lice and nits have been removed. They should be checked by the school nurse upon return to school and 5-7 days after treatment.
If your child has any of the following conditions they are required to have doctor's’ orders on file at school, as well as pertinent medications/supplies. These orders and supplies must be updated annually.
- Asthma- Asthma Action Plan (signed by the doctor) and rescue inhaler
- Severe Allergic Reaction- Allergy Action Plan (signed by the doctor) and rescue epipen and/or antihistamine
- Diabetes – signed Diabetic Guidelines, diabetic orders (written by the doctor) and diabetic supplies stored in the health room
Migraine Headaches- specific doctor’s orders (written by the doctor) and medication
Seizures – Seizure Action Plan (signed by the doctor) and rescue medication stored in the health room
(If your child requires an asthma inhaler or epipen for severe allergies, and is in 6-12th grade it is recommend that they also learn to self administer their medication and carry it in their backpack, as well as keep one in the health room. The Self Administration Form should be signed by both doctor and parents and be kept on file in the health room.)
All medical forms can be downloaded from the list below.
Medical Forms & Letters
- Physical (pdf) (Upon entry to school, K, 6th, and 11th grade)
- Dental (pdf) (Upon entry to school, K, 3rd, and 7th grade)
- Medication Policy
- Immunization Reminder Letter
- Asthma Action Plan (pdf)
- Allergic Reaction Plan (Serious) - Emergency Health Care Plan (pdf)
- Self Adminstration Permission Form (7th - 12th grade)
- Diabetic Guidelines - Upper School
- Diabetic Guidelines - Lower School
- Seizure Action Plan