Physical Exam-Pennsylvania School Law requires a complete physical examination upon entrance into school (kindergarten or first grade), and in grades six and eleven. Students new to Pennsylvania schools must have a physical exam if the student's record does not meet Pennsylvania requirements.
Parents are urged to take their children to their own physician for examinations to provide continuity of care. Your family physician is familiar with your child and is better able to detect any physical change, to follow through with needed care, and immunization boosters.To print out a physical examination form, click here.
If desired, the school doctor can perform the needed physical examination Parental/guardian permission and signature is necessary for the school physical exam. This exam is free. Parents should notify the school nurse if they would like to have an exam scheduled for their child.
Dental - Pennsylvania School Law requires dental exams in grades K, 1, 3, and 7 Parents are urged to take their children to their own private dentist for continuity of care. Private dental exams may be done by a family dentist up to one year before entry into the specified grade.To print out a dental form, click here.If desired, the school dentist can perform the needed exam. The exam is free. Parental/guardian permission and signature are necessary for the school dental exam.. The school exam is only a screening. If the school dentist identifies cavities or dental issues, the parent will be notified and the student must see a private dentist to complete the work. A Dental Referral Form will be sent home and parents will be notified of the dental care that is needed for their child.
Pennsylvania State Mandated ScreeningsVision: all grades each year
Hearing - Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 7, and 11
Scoliosis - Grade 6 and 7
Height and Weight/Body Mass Index - all grades each year.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a screening tool used to assess underweight, overweight and the risk of overweight. BMI is calculated from body weight adjusted for height, age and gender. BMI in children is age and gender specific because body mass changes as children grow, and boys and girls differ in BMI as they mature. According to the new state guidelines, the purpose of the BMI is to:
- Monitor growth and development patterns of students.
- Identify students who may be at nutritional risk or who may have a common nutritional problem.
- Notify parents/guardians of screening results with a recommendation to share findings with the student's health care provider for further evaluation and intervention, if necessary.
An annual "Health Report Card" will be mailed home addressed to parents/guardians at the middle and high school level with the results of the state mandated school health screenings. For the elementary students they will be passed out at parent teacher conference in November to the parents who attend or they will be mailed home.