Medical & Health

Upper School Nurse (610-983-4080 Ext. 127)

Grace Cavanagh, BSN, CSN
Certified School Nurse
Health Services K-12
[email protected]

Lower School Nurse (610-983-4080 Ext. 246)

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Sending Home Students Who are Ill

As a general rule, students will only be sent home sick if they have a fever of 100 degrees or more, or if they vomit. The nurse will evaluate students feeling ill and will make a case-by-case decision using her discretion. The school nurse and a school administrator are the only individuals that may determine if a child needs to be sent home. Students sent home with a fever will not be re-admitted to school until 24 hours after the student has been fever free without the use of medication such as Tylenol or Advil.


Sending Students to School

While it is sometimes inconvenient to keep a sick child home, school exclusion is necessary to keep our school community healthy.  Please use the following guidelines when deciding whether your child should come to school:

  1. Your child will need to stay home if he/she has a temperature of 100* or greater. Your child’s temperature should be below 100* for 24 hours (without the use of Tylenol or Ibuprofen) before returning to school.
  2. Children with vomiting and /or diarrhea are to be kept home for 24 hours after the last episode. Your child should be tolerating a regular diet before returning to school.
  3. Children with suspected infectious diseases (i.e. pink eye, strep throat, ringworm, impetigo) must be kept home until verification from your health care provider can be obtained.  Some illnesses require physician certification to return to school.
  4. Children with severe sore throat, excessive cough or a cough that produces phlegm, severe headache, earache, or stomachache that prevents them from eating/drinking should remain home.
  5. Remember that children who are ill are not to be sent to school simply because there is a party or a field trip or because they don't want to miss a test or assignment. Although they may be sad at missing the event or worry about falling behind, they are often too sick to participate and risk infecting their fellow students and staff members.

Urinary Incontinence:

Students who are not potty trained may only come to school if they are wearing a pull-up and have physician documentation regarding reason for delayed training and documentation of what treatment plan the physician and parent have put in place to work on resolving the situation. If potty training is not medically possible physician documentation must be provided and they must continue to have a pull up.

Virtual Appointments:

While we understand and support the needs of students who are experiencing mental health concerns,  we cannot support virtual appointments on campus during the school day.  Please schedule appointments for a time when your child can login from home.

Parent Resources:

 Montgomery County Health Resources
Chester County Health Resources
Health Care Access Phoenixville

You can't educate a student who isn't healthy...and you can't keep children health who are not educated.

Dear Parents:
We are here to assist your student when situations arise during the school day. If in the morning, your child is sick or injured, please keep him or her home and/or have your child see your family physician. If your child is sick during the school day they need to be evaluated by a nurse before being sent home. Please call the school before coming if your child sends a text message requesting to go home. Information regarding our health policies can be found below. If you ever have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Have a Happy and Healthy School Year!

Warmest Regards,
Mrs. Cavanagh

Health Issues and Injury 2020-2021

  • Please be sure to complete and return the 2020-2021 Annual Health Survey & Permission to Administer Non-Prescription Medication Form for each of your students.  Forms are available by emailing [email protected].
  • Required Heath Screenings Page
  • Immunization Information Page 
  • Be sure we are aware of your child’s allergies, health problems, and injuries.
    • Allergy Information Page
      • Medical documentation is required for food allergies, lactose intolerance, and medication
    • Asthma Information Page
    • Seizures - If your child suffers from seizures please contact the school nurse for the seizure care plan form.
  • Call the nurse to discuss prescription medication if needed during the school day.
  • Seizure Information Page
  • Recent Injury:  If your child has sustained a recent injury or illness that restricts his/her activity, please notify the school and forward medical documentation to the School Nurse.
    • A doctor’s note is required to use the elevator and/or wheelchair. If you child needs a wheelchair, please provide one. They are easily rented at medical supply stores.
    • Renaissance Academy does have a wheelchair for both the lower and upper schools; however, they must be available for situations that occur during the school day.
    • A doctor’s note is required to be excused from participating in gym class. Once relieved of the injury or illness, a doctor’s note is also required to return to all activities, including gym class.

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