NURSE: BRIDGET MCGUIGAN bmcguigan@umasd.org



    The school's full-time nurse deals with emergencies and has the responsibility of overseeing the medical records of students.  The nurse is willing to work with any student, but the difficulty must be legitimate.  Minor or feigned problems detract from the nurse's efforts to help students who need assistance. 

    Students who need to go to the medical suite must obtain a pass signed by the teacher to whom they are assigned.  Except in emergencies, students are not to enter the medical suite between periods.

    If the nurse feels that any student is abusing this support system for all students, the nurse may request a meeting of the student's parents with appropriate school personnel.


    If a student is injured and has a note from a doctor requiring the use of an elevator, the student should report to the health suite with the appropriate documentation.  Students using crutches are required to wear appropriate footwear (no flip flops or sandals).


    All incidents resulting in injury, whether major or minor, must be reported at once to the adult supervisor in charge of the class or activity.  The school nurse will be advised of all accidents, will decide on appropriate treatment and will document each case as required by the Upper Merion Area School District.


    Any suspected case of child abuse or child neglect will be reported to proper authorities as required by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


    Emergency cards, listing a student's name, address, parent or guardian name, address and emergency telephone numbers, are kept on file for each student to expedite location of parents and to facilitate arrangements for treatment in case of injury or illness.  Information on emergency cards and health record forms is confidential.  Allergies or physical limitations should be noted and any changes in this information should be reported by calling the medical office.


    Injuries occurring at school will be treated according to procedures approved by the school's medical staff.  Parents, after being notified of a student's injury, assume responsibility.  Parents may wish to consider  enrolling in  the student accident insurance program which is available at modest cost.  Parents are advised to refrain from asking school personnel to treat injuries that do not occur at school.  The medical staff cannot assume that responsibility.


    Students who become ill during the school day should obtain a pass from the teacher to report to the medical suite.  If it is necessary for students to leave school because of illness, parents will be called to provide transportation.


    Each sixth grade student must have a physical examination which may be completed by the family physician.  A special form for the family physician may be obtained in the medical suite.  The form must be returned to the school nurse before October 1.

    Students who do not return the form by the deadline date will have a physical examination by the school physician.  Parents/guardians are informed of the scheduled exam, which includes checking eyes, ears, nose, throat, heart, abdomen, back, legs and feet.  A nurse is present at all times during the doctor's examination and any abnormal findings are reported to the parent/guardian.


    The nurse is not permitted to administer medication except by written directions from a physician.  Parents or guardians should call the school nurse to discuss special procedures.  Prescription medication must be dropped off with a doctor's script to our medical suite by a parent or guardian.  Students are not permitted to bring their prescription medication to school.  

    Dispense Medication at School Form