Dental Hygienist's Corner

What is a school dental hygienist?

A School Dental Hygienist is a dental professional who advocates for children's dental health within the educational setting.
What does a school dental hygienist do?

A School Dental Hygienist's duties include:

  • Organizing and operating the school fluoride supplement program
  • Performing the State mandated dental screenings
  • Providing classroom dental health education
  • With parental permission, is able to provide preventative services to students within the school setting to  include sealants, cleaning and fluoride varnish treatments
  • Acting as a liaison to link families with community dental health professionals and resources

What preparation does a school dental hygienist need?

  • A Registered dental hygienist (RDH) license to practice dental hygiene. This license is granted by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry.
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • School Dental Hygienist certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Who is the West Shore School District's dental hygienist?

The District dental hygienist is Ms. Donna Murray (email [email protected])

Changes to the District’s Dental Program

Welcome Back!
Deb Barr, the District’s Certified School Dental Hygienist for over 20 years retired this past summer.  Deb, a friend, colleague, and mentor has impacted my professional life as an educator, advocate and leader within the dental profession. I have no doubt she has also impacted our West Shore families and community!
As I step into the position as the District’s Certified School Dental Hygienist, I am honored and blessed to continue the legacy which Deb has created.
2020-2021 - Your child(ren) may have brought home 2 dental forms (dental report form, permission slip to receive fluoride varnish treatment).  
To remain in compliance with PA DHS state mandate for dental evaluations, The District will require students show evidence of having a dental evaluation in grades 1, 3, and 7.  Within the first week of school, parents/care givers of children in grades 1, 3, and 7 will receive a Private Dental Report Form. Please complete and return to teachers/school secretaries.
If this form is not returned or returned without a dentist’s signature, the student will be evaluated by the District’s Certified School Dental Hygienist at no cost to the family.
In addition, the District no longer provides fluoride tablets to students who do not have fluoride in their home water source. Students not having fluoride in their water and/or at risk of dental disease (dental cavities), will be eligible to receive a fluoride varnish treatment at no cost.  This form will be available to school secretaries, teachers and myself to share with students/families/caregivers.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above District's Dental Program, policy, or participation, please contact Ms. Donna Murray, the District’s certified school dental hygienist, at [email protected] or (717) 938-9577 x43007
I look forward to meeting each one of you!
In Health and Smiles,
Donna Murray, RDH, MSDH, 
West Shore School District Dental Hygienist
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