Patricia J Barr RN, BSN, CSN Thomas W. Holtzman Elementary School
Certified School Nurse
717-657-5158 Option #3 or ext. 20401
My name is Patty and I work as the Certified School Nurse at Thomas W. Holtzman Elementary School. Please feel free to call, email, or stop at the nurses office to discuss your child's health care needs. The Nurse Office hours are 8:20am until 3:45pm, Monday through Friday.
When your child is sent to the school nurse during the school day as a result of injury or an illness, care will be provided according to the written guidelines authorized by the School Physician. If something significant happens during the day with your child, I will call you. It is important to keep the School Nurse informed if your child develops an allergy or health condition requiring special medical attention. Inform the School Nurse of any updates to your childs immunizations or changes to prescribed medications given during the school day.
A physician's order and parental permission/consent will be required for all prescription and all over-the-counter medications. A physician order is also required for over-the-counter items such as cough drops and nutritional supplements deemed medically necessary during the school day.
The Center for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health provide the following guidelines when considering whether to send a child to school.
* A child should remain at home when experiencing flu-like symptoms. The child should remain at home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours and fever-free without the use of fever reducing medication. A fever is any temperature 100.0 F or 37.8C and above.
* Nausea or vomiting. Children should be free of vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.
* Acute cold symptoms with a persistent cough and/or persistent nasal drainage. Acute cold symptoms may be distracting for your child and may make it difficult for them to participate in classroom activities.