Illness or Injury

Parents should contact their divisional office for any absences. However, please contact the health office for any unusual or prolonged medical injuries or illnesses. This will help us better prepare and support your child upon his or her return to school.

Parents are required to immediately notify the health office upon diagnosis of a communicable disease such as chicken pox, impetigo, conjunctivitis, strep throat, scabies, pinworm, ringworm or pediculosis (lice).

The school nurses are only permitted to administer emergency first aid and to assess and treat illnesses or injuries that occur during the school day. Students are not permitted to excuse themselves from school when ill, but must see the nurse for evaluation. Parents/guardians must be contacted prior to dismissal from school.

Parents are notified if a student is ill or has an injury that requires further medical evaluation. Transportation for medical evaluation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian for non-emergent situations. If a serious illness or injury occurs, the nurses will activate the 911 emergency system for transport to the hospital.

All emergency medical information must be updated yearly within the electronic form system. The health office should be updated on any changes during the school year.

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Nursing Staff

Debra A. Foley, RN, MSN, CRNP
Coordinator of Health Services/Health Faculty
215-844-3460, ext. 142 or 487

Nancy Hirschfeld, RN, MSN, CRNP
Associate Nurse
215-844-3460, ext. 142

Counseling Staff

Middle & Upper School Counselor
Elizabeth Coombs, BA, MEd
215-844-3460, ext. 205

Lower School Counselor
Lisa Reedich, BA, MSS
215-844-3460, ext. 171

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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