Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness at City Charter High School

In order to ensure a safe and supportive environment for learning, City Charter High School has developed various measures to ensure the health and wellness of our students because nothing should come between them and learning.  

Wellness Policies

Members of the community reserve the right to participate in the development, review, and implementation of the school wellness policy. For more information, please call 412-690-2489 or email Dr. Dara Ware Allen at

City High Wellness Policy

School Health Improvement Plan and Results

City High CDC Health Index Results

Health Index Scorecard & Top Priority Actions

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

School Nurse

Update Your Emergency Care Form

City Charter High School is staffed with a full-time Nurse: 

  • To care for the staff and students of the school 
  • To dispense medication as required by state laws 
  • To perform required health screenings to all students 

Medication Administration Procedure

City Charter High School recognizes that the health of our students is an important part of their education process. Students may require medications to maintain an optimum level of wellness. The school nurse is available to answer questions and address concerns regarding student health and/or medication requirements.  
No over-the-counter (OTC) medications may be administered by any school designated personnel without specific written instructions from a licensed physician/dentist with the following exceptions: antacid tablets/Tums, cough drops, throat lozenges, acetaminophen(Tylenol)/ibuprofen (Motrin).  

The medications are available in the health office to alleviate minor discomforts and are given at the discretion of the school nurse or designated school personnel.  These medications are only dispensed upon submission of an Emergency Health Form signed by the parent/guardian, indicating which over the counter (OTC) medications the student is permitted to take. These forms are available in the school office and must be re-submitted each school year.  

If it is essential that a student receive a prescribed medication at school, Emergency Medications Policy (page 85) must be followed.  

  1. Contact the school nurse to inform the school of the medication requirements.  
  2. The medication must be brought to school in the original pharmacy dispensed container. The container must display:  
  • Student’s name  
  • Medication name  
  • Dosage and time of administration  
  • Prescribing physician  
  • Name and phone number of the pharmacy  
  • The RX number  

A completed Medication Administration Permission sheet (“Medication Permission”) must accompany the prescription. The parent and physician portion must be completed. Your physician may fax instructions and authorizations to the school. The fax Number is 412-690-2316.

The Medication Permission forms are effective for the school year they are submitted. A new Medication Permission form is required each school year. A new form is also required if there is a change in the medication and/or dosage. 

COVID-19 Health Monitoring

City High follows all the actions recommended by the CDC. 

COVID Information & Resources

Referral Resources

Allergy Referrals
Burn Referrals
Cardiology Referrals
Dentistry Referrals
Dermatology Referrals
Developmental Pediatrician Referrals
ENT Referrals
Gynecology Referrals 
Opthalmology Referrals
Orthopedic Referrals

Professional Counselors

Our Health & Wellness program includes three full time mental health professionals to assist in the implementation of the philosophy of the school, which calls for the fullest realization of the potential of each child on every level – intellectual, social, emotional, and physical.  

Students/parents have access to a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a full-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). City Charter High School operates a Drop-In program, which allows students to seek emotional assistance without an appointment for themselves or to refer a friend who is exhibiting behaviors of concern. Students may also be scheduled to see the counselors and nurse weekly for ongoing assistance, which does not exceed the scope of services available at the school. The nurse and the counselors are available during the school day.  


The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a systematic process to mobilize resources to remove the barriers to learning. The Student Assistance Program is NOT a treatment program. SAP does NOT diagnose, treat or refer for treatment. However, the SAP team may make a referral for a screening or pre-assessment. The Student Assistance Program can also provide in-school support during and after treatment.  

The City Charter High School SAP Team is comprised of teachers, administrators, three full-time mental health professionals, school nurse, and security.  

The Mission of our Student Assistance Program is:

  • To support the administration in its efforts to maintain a school climate conducive to the achievements of the school’s mission.  
  • To assist the faculty with practical solutions to student problems that may interfere with or disrupt the teaching/learning process.  
  • To cooperate with parents in the preservation of the sound physical and mental health of their children.  
  • To provide students with appropriate intervention and timely referrals for professional help when needed in regard to any and all problems or conditions that interfere with the realization of their fullest potential as students and human beings.  
  • To cooperate with parents in the preservation of the sound physical and mental health of their children.  

How Does A Student Become Involved In The SAP Program?

Students come to the SAP team in different ways. Anyone can refer a student to the Student Assistance Program – a staff member or student’s friend or family member can let the SAP team know that they are worried about someone. The students themselves can go directly to the SAP team to ask for help.  

Students may be referred to the SAP team when someone is concerned about observable behavior changes that are interfering with the child’s ability to be successful at school.  

The SAP Process

  • A referral is made to one of the counselors because the student is exhibiting observable behaviors, which are impeding academic progress. You will receive an email when your referral is received.  
  • The SAP team will gather specific information about the child’s performance in school from all staff that has contact with the child. A SAP team member will also contact the parent about their observations, the child’s strengths and parent concerns.  
  • The SAP team will convene to discuss the collected information, meet with the parent and develop a plan of action to help the student achieve success in school. 
  • This plan might include services and activities in school and/or services from a community agency. If necessary, the SAP team will provide the parent with information on services in their community. In the event the plan involves the student being out of school, staff will be notified of the duration.  
  • When the problem is beyond the scope of the school, the SAP team will assist the student and family with information on available services and resources in their community.  
  • After the plan of action is established, teachers will be notified of relevant information.  
  • The SAP team will continue to work with and support the student and stay in touch with the parent to discuss their child’s progress and success in school.  

Crisis Resources

Student & Family Crisis Resources

Suicide Prevention

All City High employees receive training on suicide awareness and prevention as well as risk factors associated with suicide ideation and suicide. The following resources are available to students, beginning with an immediate referral to one of our Wellness team members and/or Administration: 


  • Resolve Crisis Prevention Network 24/7 Call and Walk in Center 333 N. Braddock Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15208 1-888-796-8226
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-624-1000 
  • Mercy Behavioral Health 24/7 Walk in Crisis Center 264 South 9th St. Pittsburgh, PA 15203 1-877-637-2924 


  • National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Hotline 24/7 Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
  • The Treatment Advocacy Center National Hopeline 24/7 Crisis Hotline1-800-SUICIDE
  • Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741 

General Information 

Child Abuse

City Charter High School is required by the Child Abuse Services Law to report all cases of suspected child abuse to the Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) including all cases of student-on-student child abuse that occur on school grounds, at a school sponsored event and during travel to and from school. The mandatory report to CYF is in addition to any school discipline and/or charges that may be filed with the local magistrate.  

Economic Assistance & "Caring Closet"

City High has a 68% financial and socially disadvantaged student population, and additionally many of their students are just slightly above the socioeconomic status for vouchers that provide free and reduced lunches or medical help such as eyeglasses. City High saw a need, not only to provide those students with lunches or eyeglasses, but to also help any student struggling with the expectations of attending City High. 

City High students’ financial obstacles include having the required professional business attire, daily money for school lunch, and a bus pass if they were deemed a walker, or financial help to attend school field trips. It also included medical expenses such as eyeglasses for students failing the school’s vision screening or providing feminine hygiene products. 

Thanks to the grant from Child Health Association of Sewickley and other sources, City High is able to give students the support needed so they can reach their fullest potential. 

City High's "Caring Closet" is a space where students can find commonly needed personal hygiene items free of charge, such as: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, soap, tooth brushes, toothpaste, feminie hygiene products, lotion, etc. 

Students are able to go to it on their own as needed and "shop" for any supplies that they may need such as deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and so on.  Bags are provided as well so that students can be discreet about what they take if they choose to be.  They do not need to ask permission to take something, and everything is free.    

You can help support our Caring Closet by contributing to City High’s Wishlist.(We currently have a lot of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash but everything else is needed!)

Donate to the Caring Closet

Food and Nutrition

Check Out Our Weekly Menus

It is the goal of City High to offer a fresh and nutritious food program for our students and staff. City Charter High School participates in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program and provides a healthier and more varied breakfast and lunch menus. Daily breakfast is available for every student. For lunch, students have the option to purchase a full meal or individual a la carte items.  

Learn More About Our Food & Nutrition Program

Contact Us

Chef Richard Dyer

School Nurse
(412) 690-2489, Ext 124  

Holly Ickes, LCSW 

Krista Wible, M. Ed.

Jocelyn Zuniga, LPC