Additional Services

FOOD

Cafeteria services are available on a daily basis. Students can either purchase a nutritionally balanced hot lunch from a varied menu or bring their lunch. When the cafeteria is not available for seating, box lunches are served from the cafeteria and eaten in the classroom. A  faculty member supervises students with the help of volunteer aides.

HEALTH

Health services are provided by the Norristown Area School District. The district provides a nurse 2 ½ days a week, and the parish provides a nurse the other 2 ½ days. The Certified School Nurse is responsible for maintaining your child’s school health record and immunization information. In addition to routine first aid, the school nurse dispenses medications if ordered by your child’s physician, performs state mandated vision, hearing, height and weight screenings, and scoliosis screening. In addition, she provides health-related presentations to classrooms.

Physicals are required for entry into school at the kindergarten or 1st grade levels and at the entry to 6th grade.

If your child has sustained a sports injury or has had another situation in which his/her physical needs have changed (even temporarily), please notify the school nurse and provide a physician’s note. Your child’s safety and well-being is the goal of the school nurses.

A district dental hygienist provides dental screening in grades kindergarten, 2, 5, and 8. With parent permission, a weekly fluoride rinse is given in grades 3 and 4.

GUIDANCE

Students benefit from the availability of both a certified guidance counselor and a school psychologist provided by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. The counselor is available for sessions with individual students and for group development sessions. The latter would include such topics as self-esteem issues and peer pressure difficulties. A teacher who sees a need for any of these sessions can contact the guidance counselor. The counselor provides services for students who have directly contacted her or who have a referral via parents or school staff. If a student has a need for career counseling, the guidance counselor is more than willing to pull from available resources to aid in this process.

A licensed school psychologist is available for consultation and psycho-educational assessment of children and works closely with the faculty. Pastoral counsel is available from the priests who maintain close contact with the school.

REMEDIAL

The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit provides the school with specialists who support our students with an individualized curriculum in the areas of Speech, Reading and Math. Classroom teachers and the Intermediate Unit support staff have a strong working relationship. The school employs a religious sister for specialized tutoring of students with a greater need of support in reading.

TRANSPORTATION

Visitation BVM School students come mostly from the Norristown and Methacton School Districts. These districts each provide buses or vans for transporting students. Busing is provided for students outside these districts on an as needed basis by their respective districts.

WALKERS

Four percent of the student body walks to and from school. Several students cross a busy road where a crossing guard is stationed. All neighborhoods adjacent to the school have paved sidewalks.

SCHOOL-SPONSORED TRANSPORTATION

Visitation BVM School does not provide transportation to students. All transportation to and from school is at public expense according to the policy of the respective school district. Transportation for school-sponsored events is by contract with local bus companies.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

No students at Visitation BVM School need to use public transportation.

PARENT-SPONSORED TRANSPORTATION

Twenty-two percent of the student body is driven to school. Parents may carpool informally within their neighborhoods. The parking lot is marked off clearly to provide for an orderly traffic flow in the morning and in the afternoon. A teacher is on duty at the entrance door near the parking lot to provide for safety as children leave their car and enter the school. Teachers supervise the hallways and exits at dismissal.

FIELD TRIPS

Transportation for field trips is by contract with a motor coach company. When a trip is a short drive, the contract may be with the local school bus company. In Grades K-6 the teachers and volunteer parents chaperone field trips. In Grade 7 and Grade 8 teachers chaperone the students along with other faculty, school staff, and parents.