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Michelle Opferman
High School Nurse and Department Chair
F: 412-429-5808

Annie Pitassi
Middle School Nurse
F: 412-429-2226

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Bobbi Spak
Intermediate School Nurse
F: 412-429-2280

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Kaila Pugliese
Primary School Nurse
F: 412-429-7030


The CVSD Nurse and Health Services Department take a proactive approach to student health and well-being.  A Certified School Nurse is assigned to each of CVSD's school buildings.

The School Nurses work closely with students and their families to provide in-school health care and assistance.  However, serious illnesses or injuries should be diagnosed by a physician.  Please do not send your student to school for evaluation or diagnosis.  

CVSD Health Policies and Procedures

Click the drop-down menu below for pertinent information regarding the District's health policies and procedures and resources.

Immunization Requirements

In accordance with Pennsylvania state law, all students in grades K through 12 will be required to have documentation of the following immunizations:

  • 4 doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis
    (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
  • 4 doses of polio
    (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity

Vaccination Requirements Information

Yearly Health Screenings

Each year, all students will receive the following screenings:

  • Height, Weight, & BMI* - This is state mandated. Results are mailed to parents each school year.
  • Vision - All students have a vision screening each year.  All first grade students have their screening performed by the School Eye Doctor.  This is only a screening and does not take the place of a complete eye exam.
  • Hearing  -  Screenings are performed each year on students in Grades K-3 and again in grades 7 and 11.  This is only a screening and should not take the place of a complete hearing exam.
  • Dental - Periodically, a state licensed dentist will be available at school to check your child's mouth and teeth, as well as provide a cleaning, x-rays as necessary, fluoride treatment and apply sealants, as needed. You will be notified prior to the dentist's visit, at which time this form will be required before you child can be seen:

Smile Pennsylvania Form

*Pennsylvania requires schools to report Body Mass Index (BMI) for all children in the same way they report vision and hearing screenings. BMI-for-age percentile shows how your child’s weight compares to that of other children of the same age and sex.  

Medication Administration

Chartiers Valley School District believes that every effort should be made to administer medication at home; however, any student who is required to take medication during the regular school day must comply with Board policy and regulations.

Any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, must be accompanied by a written request signed by both a physician and a parent/guardian, in order to be administered during school hours.

Medication Administration Consent Form

Prescription medication must be in the original pharmacy container, with the label identifying the name and phone number of the pharmacy, the student’s name, physician’s name, the name of the medication, its dose and times of administration.

Over-the-counter medication must be in the original manufacturer’s package and imprinted with the dosage instructions that are typically found on labeled bottles, blister packs, tubes or cans

When Should I Keep My Child Home

Sometimes it's hard to tell if your child needs to go to school or stay home. Here are some guidelines to help you make the best decision. Please keep your child home if he or she has:

  • Fever over 100 degrees or higher, taken orally (skin and ear thermometers can be unreliable). Your child must be fever-free (without the use of any medicine) for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Diarrhea or vomiting - keep your child home until illness is over and for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea (without the use of any medicine). If diarrhea or vomiting occurred during the night, your child needs to stay home.
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis) - keep your child home until the doctor has given the OK to return, and once treatment has been given for 24 hours.
  • Rash (boils, blisters, sores, bumps, oozing or crusted areas, or any rash with a fever) - any rash of unknown cause should be considered contagious. Please have your child examined by the doctor, to determine the cause and whether it is contagious. Your child should return to school with a note from the doctor, stating the rash is not contagious.
  • Lice - your child must be treated with a lice shampoo, and all nits (eggs) removed before returning to school. Notify the school nurse, who will examine your child before he or she may return to school.
  • Strep throat and scarlet fever - your child may return to school with the doctor"s permission, after an antibiotic has been given for 24 hours and the fever is gone.
  • Chicken pox - your child must stay home for six (6) days after the last crop of blisters appears. The blisters must be dried and crusted over, with no drainage.

Health and Dental Exam Requirements

In compliance with the School Code, all students are required to submit to health and dental examinations in order to protect the school community from the spread of communicable disease, to ensure that the student’s participation in health, safety and physical education courses meets his/her individual needs, and to ensure that the learning potential of each student is not lessened by a treatable physical disability.

We recommend that these exams be done by your child’s pediatrician and/or your family dentist, at your expense, since they can best evaluate your child’s health and help you to obtain the necessary treatment and correction.  If this is not possible, the school doctor and dentist can perform these mandated exams with written parent permission.

The following are required examinations during a student’s enrollment:

New students in all grades Physical Exam & Dental Exam
Grade 3 Dental Exam
Grade 6 Physical Exam
Grade 7 Dental Exam
Grade 11 Physical Exam


Physical Exam Form

Dental Exam Form


Opioid Overdose Treatment

It is the policy of the Chartiers Valley School District to provide assistance to any person(s) who may be suffering from an opioid overdose following School Board policy. Staff members trained in accordance with the policy shall make every reasonable effort to revive the victim of an apparent drug overdose, including the use of Naloxone (Narcan), a medication that can immediately reverse the life-threatening effect of an overdose caused by an opioid drug.

Signs and symptoms of possible opioid overdose include:

  • Unresponsiveness or loss of consciousness
  • Absence of breathing, or slow/shallow respirations
  • Snoring or gurgling sounds due to partial upper airway obstruction
  • Cyanosis (blueness) of lips and/or nail beds
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Clamminess, pallor of skin

Suspected overdoses should immediately be reported to a building administrator, nurse or School Resource Officer (SRO), who will assess the individual, administer Narcan if needed, and call 9-1-1.

Certain statutory immunities from criminal and civil liability exist for persons who report a drug overdose or who administer Narcan in emergency situations in accordance with the law.

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