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School Health Offices

Elementary School - Telephone -  814-446-5615 #1319    Fax 814-446-4210
Jr/Sr. High School  - Telephone -  814-446-5615 #2339    Fax 814-446-6615

The School Health Program

School health is a very broad program. The School Health program facilitates the healthy growth and development of the students. The program prevents and detects health problems, and maintains and improves the health status of students. The services provided to the students are, state mandated health screenings at specified intervals, nursing services including the treatment of acute and chronic conditions, first aid, medication administration, health counseling and health promotion, maintenance of student health records and assessment for school immunizations. These areas are directed towards the best possible health of the student. Our goal is to assist and encourage all students to stay healthy and safe so they can be successful in school. All areas are directed toward the best possible health of the student. Health appraisal is the foundation of the program and is mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The goals are: 1. identification of defects, 2. correction of defects, and 3. adjustment to conditions which cannot be changed. 

The following personnel serve the United School District:

Certified School Nurse- Nurse Kovach DNP, MSN, MEd, CSP, BSN
Certified School Nurse - Nurse Brady MSN, CSN, BSN
School Physician- Dr. Klain
School Dentist-Dr. Garver
Health Appraisal
Children will receive the following mandated school health appraisals:

1. Medical Exam - given on school entry, sixth grade and eleventh grade

2. Dental Exam - given on school entry, third grade and seventh grade

3. Hearing Screening - given yearly in kindergarten, first, second, third, seventh and eleventh grades

4. Vision Screening - given yearly at each grade level

5. Scoliosis (lateral back curvature) - given in sixth and seventh grades

6. Growth screening- all grade levels. Students are weighed and measured yearly as a general nutritional evaluation. Body mass index percentage levels are calculated and mailed home as required by the PA Department of Health.
Defects found through these examinations will be reported to parents or guardians. Every effort should be made to have them corrected. These tests may also be given on request by parents and school personnel.

*Dental, Physical, Medication, Asthma & Allergy forms can be printed from the school district's website homepage under the FORMS tab.*

Pennsylvania School Immunization Requirements - Effective August 2017

IMMUNIZE-- Don't wait. Vaccinate

Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following immunizations for attendance:
  • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis * (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
  • 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after the 4th birthday and at least 6 months after the previous dose given)
  • 2 dose of measles, mumps, and rubella**
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
7th through 12th grade ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for attendance:
  • 2 doses meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) First dose is given 11-15 years of age; a second dose is required at age 16 or entry into 12th grade. If the dose was given at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.
  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)
*Usually given as DTaP or DTP or DT or Td,
**Usually given as MMR
Exemptions to the school laws for immunizations are:
  • medical reasons;
  • religious beliefs; and 
  • philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction
If your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be removed from school during an outbreak.
Vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety

The United States has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history.

Vaccines are continually monitored for safety and effectiveness,

Pennsylvania's school immunization requirements can be found in 28 PA Code Ch. 23
(School Immunization)
Contact your health care provider or the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).

Vaccine information can be found at:

The information above is directly from the Pa. Dept. of Health Pamphlet Rev. 03/17
A Certificate of Immunization is mandated in the School Health Office. Therefore, boosters to these vaccines should be reported to the School Health office staff.

The United School District has developed the following guidelines in order to cooperate with parents and their medical practitioners regarding the administration of medication during school hours.

1. All medication, prescription or non-prescription must have a written order from a physician. This follows the PA State Nurse Practice Act.

2. Prescribed medication must be received by the school in the prescription container as it was dispensed from the pharmacy. The prescription label must: have the student's name, name of medication, dosage, frequency of administration, and date it was dispensed.

It adds convenience for both parents and school if the pharmacist dispenses the medication in two containers, thereby allowing one prescription bottle to be brought to school and the other to remain at home.

3. The administration of non-prescription (over-the-counter) medication during the school hours is discouraged and can usually be adjusted to a time schedule around school hours.

4. A parent/guardian's written request for administration/permission to give the medication must also accompany the medication. This note should also include the time to be given, date to begin and date to discontinue. Medication forms can be printed from the "Forms" tab.

5. Medication must be brought directly to the Health Room. Students are not permitted to carry medication during school hours unless directed by a physician.

Education - Nurse Kovach:

Conemaugh School of Nursing-Registered Nurse
University of Pittsburgh-Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing
Carlow University-School Nurse Certification
Penn State University-Master's degree in Education with a minor in Health Education
La Roche College-Master of Science degree in Nursing
Carlow University- Doctor of Nursing Practice degree

Education - Nurse Brady:

Saint Francis University - Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing
Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Master of Science degree in Nursing
Eastern University-School Nurse Certification