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Health Services

Our two campuses have board-certified nurses overseeing the health of our student body. The City Avenue campus also has a certified athletic trainer for students in grades 6-12. Students and parents are encouraged to contact one of our nurses with questions about managing illness, allergies, or medication at school.

We are members of the National Association of School Nurses and the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners. Lower Merion School District provides part-time nursing assistance for the implementation of our state-mandated programs, including immunization surveillance and student health screening.


 

Information about Student Health

All student medical information is located on the online database system, Magnus. As this is a web-based system, you will have continuous access to your child’s health record as well as the ability to make updates when needed. If you download the Magnus Health app and set up a username and password for the app, you will be able to access the account after your child graduates.

Timely submission of health information and other forms is vital so that preparations can be made prior to the first day of school. You will receive weekly reminders as long as there are outstanding items in your account. Please reserve 20 to 30 minutes per new student. This process is faster for returning students, as the previous information will be auto-filled and you will be asked to confirm or update the record. If you have any health-related questions about returning to school, please feel free to contact the Friends' Central Health Service team at healthservices@friendscentral.org.

To Access Your Magnus Account
Please visit the Veracross parent portal to access Magnus using your Veracross Username and Password.

Magnus-Related Questions or Problems?
If you are having difficulty navigating the Magnus system, entering data online, or downloading the hard-copy cover sheets and forms, or if you have any other questions related to the Magnus system, please contact customer support at Magnus Health SMR by phone at 877.461.6831 or by email at service@magnushealthportal.com

Immunization Alert
All students must present documentation of having met PA Department of School Health immunization requirements by the first day of school. Click here to read the full Immunization Policy. An easy-to-read immunization chart can also be seen here.

COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendation
Friends’ Central recommends that all students be vaccinated against COVID-19 and be up-to-date with any boosters for which they might be eligible. Please upload your student’s vaccination card through the Magnus portal to verify that they are vaccinated and up-to-date. One of the most important measures each of us can take to protect ourselves and our community from severe COVID-19 related illness, is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are at low risk of symptomatic or severe infection. Please contact healthservices@friendscentral.org with any questions.

Communication with Nurses
We look forward to getting to know your child(ren). If there is any information you would like to share with us or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us (our contact info can be found on the right side of this page). Open communication will help us give your child the best care possible. Thank you!

Protecting the Community by Preventing the Spread of Illness
Students who come to school are expected to participate fully in school activities. Students who are ill are not able to function well in class and can spread illness to other students and teachers. A student who has a fever of 100 or more should stay home and should not return to school until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medications. A student who is vomiting or having gastrointestinal issues must stay home for 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting and must be able to tolerate a normal diet and fully participate in all school activities. 

Parents should immediately notify the nurses if their child is diagnosed with any communicable health condition. Examples of communicable health conditions include but are not limited to lice, impetigo, pink eye, strep throat, chickenpox, flu, and COVID-19. Steps taken will depend on the particular communicable health condition identified. The nurses consult with the Montgomery County Department of Health, as needed, to ensure the health and safety of the school community.

School Nurses

Joshua Van Dyke, EMT-P, RN
Middle & Upper School Nurse
JVanDyke@friendscentral.org
610-645-5084

Jennie Nemroff, BSN, RN, CSN
Lower School Nurse
JNemroff@friendscentral.org
610-642-7575 x7457