Preschool students, students in grades one, three, five,seven and nine, and all new students*, are
required to submit the results of a physical exam completed within the
past year.This information may be submitted on a copy of The Tatnall
School Student Health Appraisal or on the Delaware School Physical
Examination Form. All health and medical information will be kept in the Office of the School Nurse as part of the student’s confidential school health
*It is required that new students submit their immunization
record and results of a recent physical exam to the school nurse upon
DIAA Sports Physical
The DIAA pre-participation physical evaluation and consent form must
be completed for all athletes in grades seven through 12 before beginning any
sport in the new school year. The DIAA
pre-participation physical evaluation and consent form is a five page
document. Pages one, two and four require a parent's or guardian's signature. Page five
is a reference for you to keep. This physical evaluation must be
completed after April 1, of the current year playing sports and runs
through June 30, of the following year. These records are kept in the
office of Fred Palfrey, Tatnall’s Athletic Trainer.
Please submit with your student’s health appraisal form, documentation of the following:
1. Five or more doses of DTaP, DTP or TD vaccine, unless the fourth
dose was given after the fourth birthday (in that case, a fifth dose is
not required). A booster dose of Td or Tdap (adult) is recommended for
all students at age 11 or five years after the last DTaP, DTP or DT dose
was administered, whichever is later.
2. Four doses of IPV or OPV, unless the third dose was given after
the fourth birthday (in that case, a fourth dose is not required).
3. Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.The first
dose should be administered on or after the age of 12 months; the second
dose should be administered after the fourth birthday. Disease
histories for measles, rubella and mumps will not be accepted unless
4. Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine (unless commenced after age 11,
in which case two doses of the CDC approved vaccine may be given).
5. Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, all students new to
The Tatnall School will be required to have had TWO doses of varicella
(chicken pox) vaccine or documentation of a history of the disease as
reported by a health care provider. For students older than 13 who have
had no previous varicella vaccination and who have no documented history
of the disease, TWO doses of varicella vaccine will be required. For
other students, one dose of varicella or documented history of the
disease is required.
All Preschoolers and kindergartners are required to have the results of blood lead screening on file at school.
All children entering school for the first time or re-enrolling after
traveling out of this country must show proof of tuberculin screening
Anyone with a fever greater than 100-degrees or the diagnosis of a contagious
illness such as strep throat or conjunctivitis should remain home from
school or work until they are fever-free for 24 hours. Students who have
vomited or had diarrhea should remain home until they are free of
symptoms for 24 hours.
Any student who becomes sick while in school will be seen by
the nurse before being sent home.
The school nurse will then contact the student’s parents to arrange for
the student to be picked up. Any
Upper School student who is driving to and from school is not permitted to
leave the campus, when sick, until the nurse has contacted his/her parents.
Many children need medication during the school day. All
prescription and over-the-counter medications are dispensed by the school nurse
and must be sent to school in the original container. (Your pharmacist can
prepare a second prescription bottle to be left at school, if needed.)
Nonprescription medications may be given to students with written
We do stock some nonprescription medications in the nurses’
office such as Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, Tums and Neosporin.You may
send in to the nurse any specific nonprescription medication your child might
need. Please send the medication
in its original container and with instructions.
All medications must be kept in the office of the school
nurse with the exception of asthma rescue inhalers and EpiPens. Those students
who carry medications for the treatment of asthma and/or severe allergies are
required to notify the school nurse and the athletic trainer (if the student
plays a Middle or Upper School sport), that they are doing so. It is
important to verify that the student understands how to use the medication and
when to seek additional help from an adult.
Please contact me regarding your student and his or her
medication needs. I will work closely with you to insure that your student
takes his/her medication as prescribed and has access to it during the school
day, if necessary.