Welcome to the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf


School Nurse

They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel - Maya Angelou


WELCOME!

Read on for Important Messages from the School Nurse

Healthy Habits Begin At Home

Parents have the primary responsibility for the health of their children including the establishment of good personal health habits. Parents should see that their children get sufficient rest, attend to personal cleanliness and eat wholesome food to ensure regular attendance at school. Inform your child's teacher and the school nurse of any health condition that might affect your child's school work.

At this time of year, please be sure to check in with your family physician to get your flu shot! Flu shots can also be obtained from most drug stores. You will need to have an insurance card.

Click Here for Flu Vaccine Information

School Health Services


The following services are part of the state approved school health program.

  • Annual height and weight measurements
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Annual vision screenings by the Phila College of Optometry
  • Annual dental screenings by Temple University for pre-school, and grades 3 and 7
  • Scoliosis screenings for students in grades 6 and 7
  • Annual hearing screenings -(done by PSD audiologists)


Your School Nurses

Pam Boon (Mon-Thurs) and Chris Jackson (Fri) are the nurse's in the Main building and are responsible for students in grades 1-HS.

Gail Kachnycz is the nurse in the Early Childhood building and is responsible for our youngest students.

Be Well!
Pam, Chris and Gail

All PSD nursing staff have Certified School Nurse (CSN) designation.

Gail Kachnycz, CRNP (Monday-Friday in ECE)
215-951-4719 (v) or gkachnycz@psd.org

Pam Boon, RN, MHA (Monday-Friday - Main School)
215-951-4739 (v) or pboon@psd.org

Chris Jackson, CRNP (Friday Only - Main School)
215-951-4739 (V) or cjackson@psd.org

Helpful Information



FLU FACTS

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.


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