Welcome to the Lorane Elementary School
Health Services Webpage
The school nurse is on duty at Lorane Elementary during the school day from 8:20 am until 3:50 pm. During this time, she has a variety of responsibilities, some of which are mandated by The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These mandates include verification that each student has received the required immunization protection, health screenings according to a schedule provided by the state, and monitoring for signs and symptoms of communicable diseases in order to maintain a healthy school population.
In addition, the school nurse provides first aid and evaluation of illnesses that occur during the school day. She also creates health plans and manages chronic student health conditions, and less frequently, acute health conditions or injuries needing short term management. The nurse administers medications that students need to receive during school hours. The nurse also provides health education and serves as the health counselor for students and staff within the building.
The nurse does not diagnose and never prescribes treatment, but does guide parents/guardians toward community resources available for proper medical attention. Parents/guardians should make a point to know the school nurse and consult with her regarding their student's health needs during the school year.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Mandated Screenings by Grade
Kindergarten: height, weight, vision, hearing, dental*, physical*
1st Grade: height, weight, vision, hearing
2nd Grade: height, weight, vision, hearing
3rd Grade: height, weight, vision, hearing, dental*
4th Grade: height, weight, vision
New Student Any Grade: height, weight, vision, hearing, dental*, physical*
*Must be completed by a physician
Any student with a chronic medical condition requiring management, to include administration of scheduled or as needed medication while in school, will require a medical action plan to be in place. Medical action plans may come directly from your child's doctor, or with certain medical conditions, can be supplied by the district and completed by your provider. Further, an order from your child's doctor must be provided to your school nurse for any medication needing to be administered at school. Each medication will require a separate order from your provider. Medication orders supplied by the school physician, and therefore, will not require an order from your child's doctor include acetaminophen, ibuprofen, Benadryl and antacids.
For uninsured or underinsured students, please visit Tower Health at Home to inquire about possible free or low cost immunizations.
To better understand when you should keep your child home or what syptoms will cause your child to be sent home from school by the school nurse, please review our Symptom Monitoring Tool:
SYMPTOM MONITORING TOOL
- Is the student taking any medication to treat or reduce a fever such as Ibuprofen (i.e. Advil, Motrin) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol)?
- Is the student experiencing any of the following?
1 or more symptoms
2 or more symptoms
Shortness of breath
New loss of smell
New loss of taste
Fever (ETSD 100.0 F degrees)
Fever (ETSD 100.0 F degrees)
Nausea or vomiting
Congestion or runny nose
Students should stay home if:
- They have one or more symptoms in Group A OR
- They have two or more symptoms in Group B OR
- They are taking fever reducing medication for the purpose of reducing fever
Infection prevention starts with proper handwashing! Please share this short video on how to properly wash your hands with your student!
Lorane Elementary School Nurse:
Jocelyn Gierlich, BSN, RN, CSN
Phone: 610-582-8608 ext. 4004
Office hours during school days:
8:20 am to 3:50 pm