Required Examinations and Screenings
Pennsylvania by law mandates the following health examinations:
School entry. Grades 6 and 11
School entry, grades 3 and 7
School entry, grades 1,2,3,7, and 11
Grades 6, 7, and 8
Parents are urged to have physical and dental examinations compiled by their family physician and dentist; however, the school will provide opportunities for those who do not have a private care physicians or dentist to obtain these exams at the school.
If you receive a referral form after any school screening, it simply means that the screening detected a possible problem and further evaluation is recommended. The form is to be completed by your private physician, dentist or eye doctor and returned to the school.
As the result of a state mandate, the annual Growth Screening Program has become part of our efforts. All Pennsylvania schools must measure the height and weight of each student, and calculate body mass index (BMI). BMI is a “weight for height” index that can be used to help determine whether a student is within a normal growth pattern, overweight, or underweight. It is a screening tool and not a definitive measure.
Your child’s BMI is strictly confidential and will not be discussed with anyone other than you and your child. Beginning in September, the school nurse will be conducting the annual BMI screening and a letter with your child’s results will be mailed .Please share your child’s BMI information with your child’s health care provider. Your doctor or nurse is in the best position to evaluate your child’s overall health.
Like all screening tools, BMI can produce some false positives or negatives. For example, a student may have a high BMI due to a high level of lean body tissue or muscle that may be found in a well-conditioned athlete. That’s why it’s so important to follow up with your doctor if your child’s BMI is high or low.
Health experts say because of the problems associated with overweight and obesity, we will soon be raising the first generation who will not outlive their parents. This is not a matter of appearance – it is a matter of health.
Feel free call your child’s school nurse with any questions you have about the Growth Screening Program and our school wellness efforts.
COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN CHILDREN AND STAFF ATTENDING SCHOOLS AND CHILD CARE GROUP SETTINGS
§27.71.Exclusion of children, and staff having contact with children, for specified diseases and infectious conditions.
A person in charge of a public, private, parochial, Sunday or other school or college shall exclude from school a child, or a staff person, including a volunteer, who has contact with children, who is suspected by a physician or the school nurse of having any of the communicable diseases, infections or conditions. Readmission shall be contingent upon the school nurse or, in the absence of the school nurse, a physician, verifying that the criteria for readmission have been satisfied. The diseases, the periods of exclusion and the criteria for readmission are as follows:
(1)Diphtheria. Two weeks from the onset or until appropriate negative culture tests.
(2)Measles. Four days from the onset of rash. Exclusion may also be ordered by the Department as specified in §27.160 (relating to special requirements for measles).
(3)Mumps. Nine days from the onset or until subsidence of swelling.
(4)Pertussis. Three weeks from the onset or 5 days from institution of appropriate antimicrobial therapy.
(5)Rubella. Four days from the onset of rash.
(6)Chickenpox. Five days from the appearance of the first crop of vesicles, or when all the lesions have dried and crusted whichever is sooner.
(7)Respiratory streptococcal infections including scarlet fever. At least 10 days from the onset if no physician is in attendance or 24 hours after institution of appropriate antimicrobial therapy.
(8)Infectious conjunctivitis (pink eye). Until judged not infective; that is, without a discharge.
(9)Ringworm. The person shall be allowed to return to school, child care or other group setting immediately after the first treatment, if body lesions are covered. Neither scalp nor body lesions that are dried need to be covered.
(10)Impetigo contagiosa. Twenty-four hours after the institution of appropriate treatment.
(11)Pediculosis capitis. The person shall be allowed to return to either the school, child care or other group setting immediately after first treatment. The person shall be reexamined for infestation by the school nurse, or other health care practitioner, 7 days post treatment.
(12)Pediculosis corpora. After completion of appropriate treatment.
(13)Scabies. After completion of appropriate treatment.
(14)Trachoma. Twenty-four hours after institution of appropriate treatment.
(15)Tuberculosis. Following a minimum of 2 weeks adequate chemotherapy and three consecutive negative morning sputum smears, if obtainable. In addition, a note from the attending physician that the person is noncommunicable shall be submitted prior to readmission.
(16)Neisseria meningitidis. Until judged noninfective after a course of rifampin or other drug which is effective against the nasopharyngeal carriage state of this disease, or until otherwise shown to be noninfective.
**Central Cambria maintains a “NO NIT” policy which requires that a student be free of nits (lice eggs) before readmission to school. Students who have been excluded MUST BE CHECKED AND FOUND TO BE NIT FREE BY THE SCHOOL NURSE BEFORE REENTERING THE CLASSROOM.
Dismissal Schedule June 4, 2013
Middle School/High School - 9:30 a.m.
Cambria/Jackson Elementary Schools - 10:30 a.m.
Monday, May 13th. High School Solo Concert
Tuesday, May 14th. Cambria Elementary School
Wednesday, May 15th. Jackson Elementary School
Thursday, May 16th, Middle School Concert
Monday, May 20th. High School Concert
Wednesday, May 22nd. High School Solo Concert
All concerts begin at 7pm and are will take place at the high school auditorium
Local Scholarship Application
Middle / High School: Save Sunny D Labels and earn books for our school.
Simply snip the label off of Sunny D products and turn them into your 1st period teacher. For every label the students receive a free book.
PSSA Review PowerPoints
Extra yearbooks will be on sale on a first come first serve basis. The cost of the yearbook is $75 and they can be purchased in the high school office.
The CCHS Newsletter is now available. Please click here to view the newsletter. The newsletter is also available under the News link under Guidance.