Health Services

The goal of the health program is to meet the health care needs of the students and staff at The Episcopal Academy.

The Episcopal Academy, in collaboration with the Marple Newtown School District, provides the mandated health programs required by the State of Pennsylvania. The district provides part-time nursing services for the implementation of these programs. The Academy provides daily nursing coverage during school hours. Athletic Trainers provide evaluation and first aid of sports injuries until the end of daily sports programs.

Laura Hurst, CRNP, MSN

Director of Health Services

Middle/Upper School Nurse


Sheila Garrity, RN, BSN

Lower School Nurse


Cathy Holt

Athletic Trainer


John Smith

Athletic Trainer


Keep your child at home if any of these conditions exist:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or more within the past 24 hours (without Tylenol or other anti-fever medication)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
  • When strep is suspected, but the results of a throat culture are not yet known.
  • A positive throat culture for strep: student should be on antibiotic treatment for 24 hours before returning to school
  • Any symptoms of acute illness such as persistent cough or runny nose accompanied by body aches
  • A red eye with crust, mucous or excessive tearing (until diagnosed by a physician and treated with medication for 24 hours if "pink eye")
  • Any skin lesion with honey-brown crusts (until diagnosed by a physician and treated with medication for 24 hours if "impetigo")
  • Skin Lesion: A mildly itchy ring shaped pink patch with a scaly, raised border and a clear center (until diagnosed by a physician and treated with anti-fungal cream if "ringworm")
  • Any Rash (unless determined to be non-communicable by physician)
  • If your child requires any medication for pain stronger than Tylenol or Ibuprofen, they should not attend school.
  • These guideline will help parents determine if a child should attend school or other activities. Your child should look and behave like him/herself for 24 to 48 hours before returning to school: A sick child who returns to school too soon is at risk for picking up other infections due to lowered immunity A child who is still sick is likely to infect other students and staff.

Please notify school if your child develops any communicable condition such as: Strep Throat, Chicken Pox, Pinworm and Headlice.

Illness and Return to School:

  • Chickenpox/May return six days after the last crop of vesicles and vesicles must be crusted.
  • Fifth Disease/Children with fifth disease are not excluded from school. However parents should notify School Nurse.
  • German Measles, Measles, Mumps, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Pertussis, and Meningitis/Require a physician's note to return to school.
  • Head Lice/Students may return when appropriately treated with a pediculocide.

Remind your child about frequent hand washing. It is the most effective means of preventing the spread of communicable disease.

If a student has head lice, he or she may return when appropriately treated with a pediculicide.

Your child's School Nurse is a valuable resource in the prevention and treatment of head lice. No pediculocide is 100% effective; therefore, removal of all nits is essential to prevent reinfestation. Please notify the School Nurse if your child has been treated for head lice.

It is advisable for parents to check their child's hair for head lice weekly. For more information, visit

Many children have food allergies. Please report all food allergies to the Nurse’s Office so we may create an individualized care plan for each student with an allergy. The Episcopal Academy is not a nut free school; however, compliance to the following guidelines is expected:

  • Food Allergy Requirements: No peanut or nut products should be brought to school for bake sales, class snacks, parties and bus trips.
  • When an individual food allergy care plan is in place, students and parents are expected to adhere to the plan.
  • Encourage your student not to share food with their friends.

For more information on food allergies and anaphylaxis, access The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network at

Policy on Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

Automated External Defibrillator is a life saving device that is used to restart the heart of a sudden cardiac arrest victim. Children, as well as adults, may fall victim to this life threatening arrhythmia. The Episcopal Academy has eight AEDs on campus in the following locations:

  • Lower School-Main Lobby
  • Academic Center- first floor Science Hall
  • Crawford Campus Center- Outside of Theater
  • Chapel- Main sanctuary
  • Dixon Athletic Center- Outside of the wrestling office
  • Tennis Pavilion
  • Two are with Athletic Trainers

The AEDs are kept in unlocked cabinets while the buildings are open. AEDs are recommended for trained personnel, but can be used by any willing first responder. Our School Nurses, Athletic Trainers and the majority of our employees are certified to use the AEDs. Certification of additional faculty and staff is ongoing.