• Mr. Ripa is the school nurse at Conewago Elementary School. As such, he administers the day-to-day school health program for our students.  Mr. Ripa can be contacted directly at mripa@ldsd.org or by calling (717) 367-7233.


    School Health Program

    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.

    School Health Services

    The school health services are under the supervision of a physician, a dentist and a school nurse. The following services are part of the state approved school health program:

    • Yearly vision screening for every student in kindergarten through 12th grade.
    • Yearly hearing screening for children in kindergarten through third grade, in seventh grade and in 11th grade. All students with known hearing problems are screened yearly.
    • Height and weight measurement for every student in kindergarten through grade 12.
    • Body Mass Index screenings will be given for every student as required by state regulations.
    • Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) screening is conducted for students in sixth and seventh grades.

    School Medical Care

    In case a student becomes ill or injured in school or if any other emergency occurs which would require the child to be returned to the home, the parent will be contacted promptly. Each parent should carefully complete the Annual Student Enrollment Information Update form provided by the school, including the phone number of a relative or friend who could be contacted in case the school is unable to contact the parent.
    First aid treatment is the only treatment which will be given to the student. In case of accidents in the school, the child is given first aid by the health personnel/teacher. In cases requiring more than first aid treatment, the parents will be called to take the child to the family doctor. If we are unable to contact the parents (or your alternate emergency contact) the nurse will make arrangements to have the child transported to the nearest most appropriate medical facility.

    Communicable Diseases

    Parents of a child who is suspected of having a communicable disease should notify their physician and the school nurse for procedures to follow. Common communicable diseases include conjunctivitis, scabies, tonsillitis, impetigo, ringworm, mumps, head lice, whooping cough, tuberculosis, German measles, chicken pox, and respiratory strep.