Welcome to the Saint Helena School Nurse Page!

April Maxwell, BSN, RN

Office Phone – 484-688-5400

Email – amaxwell@sainthelenaschool.org

Please encourage your child to practice good health habits that will contribute to growth, development, and well-being.
These should include a balanced diet, adequate sleep, regular exercise and study. When there are signs of illness, your
child should stay at home.

*A physician’s excuse is necessary after an absence greater than three (3) days.

What to do When You’re Sick:  

When you have respiratory virus symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, cough, runny nose, and headache, please take the following steps to prevent its spread.  

Step 1: Stay at home. You should stay home and away from others until at least 24 hours after: 

Your symptoms \ are getting better overall, and 

You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication). 

If your symptoms improve and stay better for 24 hours, you are less likely to pass your infection to others. Then, you can start getting back to your daily routine and move on to step 2. 

Step 2: Resume normal activities and use added prevention strategies over the next five days, such as taking more steps to get cleaner air, enhancing your hygiene practices and keeping a distance from others. 

People who are at higher risk for severe illness and who start to feel sick should seek health care right away so that they can access testing and treatment.  

Health Form Requirements

  • Documentation of recent physical examination is required for students entering kindergarten and 6th grade.
  • Documentation of recent dental examination is required for students entering kindergarten, 3rd & 7th grade.
    • *Recent examinations mean an exam done no earlier than one year prior to the school year it is required.

Pennsylvania Forms

Action Plans


Immunization Requirements

The Department of Health has regulations regarding immunizations. The regulations are intended to ensure that children attending school in the commonwealth are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.

For Attendance in all grades children need the following:

  • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (usually given as DTP or DTaP)
  • 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birthday & at least 6 months after previous dose given)
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella (usually given as MMR)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity

For attendance in 7th grade

  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)
  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
    *The AOP does not accept vaccination exemptions for religious reasons