Health and Nursing Services
The Bensalem Township School District offers a variety of health-related services to school-age children free of charge through the auspices of the school nurse. These services include:
- emergency first aid, illness care,
- growth assessment (all students are weighed and measured annually),
- vision screening (all children are given a vision test every year),
- auditory or hearing testing (all children grades K through 3 and grades 7 and 11 are given an acuity test yearly), and
- scoliosis screening (all children in grades 6 and 7 are screened annually).
Parents are reminded that:
- PHYSICAL EXAMS are required on entry into school (either kindergarten or first grade, and in 6th and 11th grade);
Click Here for Physical Form to Take to your Personal Physician
Dental Exams are required on entry into school (either kindergarten or 1st grade, 3rd grade and again in 7th grade).
The school nurses encourage all parents to have these examinations performed by their personal physicians and dentists, and to return the test results (via the appropriate form) to the child's home school no later than September 30th.
Proof of Immunization must be presented at the time of registration. According to Pennsylvania State Law, all children are required to have the following immunizations before they may ENTER school:
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 4th birthday) (DTaP)
- 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given) (IPV)
- 2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
- 3 doses of hepatitis B (Hep B)
- 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity (History of chickenpox or antibody titer)
7th through 12th Grade ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for attendance:
- 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap)
- 2 doses meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4)
- first dose prior to entry into 7th grade
- a second dose is required at age 16 or prior to entry into 12th grade
A note from the doctor and a written parental request are required prior to the administration of over the counter and prescription medications. The "Authorization for Medications Form" is below.Click Here for "Authorization for Medication Form"
Medications should be brought to school in the original labeled container (a one-day's supply or only the amount of medication that will be administered in school). When having your child's prescription filled, ask the pharmacist for a second labeled container if your child will be required to take the prescription medication in school.
Medication should be "checked in" with the nurse or secretary.
Children requiring Epi-Pens for severe allergic reactions should have them available for immediate self administration at all times.
Children may carry their own inhalers after properly demonstrating self administration.
Additional Information or Useful Health Tips
Please fill out your child's "HEALTH EMERGENCY FORM" and return it to the school as quickly as possible after the first day of school. Please check with the person that you list to be contacted in the event of an emergency when you cannot be reached. It is distressing to your child and to us when we call and the person can't or won't come to pick up your child.
When your child has had a fever and/or has been vomiting during the night, he/she should stay at home. We understand that children may want to come to school, but everyone else (both students and staff alike) is exposed to this illness.
Medical Forms (PDF format)