Health Services

Welcome to the Health Services Department

Health needs of American children have changed dramatically in recent years. Unprecedented and serious health risks have required a shift from the predominant focus on illness and cure to an orientation toward wellness and preventive care.

Children must be healthy to be educated and must be educated to be healthy. Schools serve as model health environments where staff, students, and families experience and learn comprehensive health, wellness, and fitness skills that have lifelong value.

The School Health Program facilitates the healthy growth and development of children of school age by preventing and detecting health problems and maintaining and improving the health status of students. School health services include medical and dental examinations and health screenings at specified intervals; nursing services, including the treatment of acute and chronic conditions, first aid, and emergency care; medication administration; health counseling and health promotion; maintenance of student health records; and assessment for school immunizations. (* Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of School Health)


The Jim Thorpe Area High School nurse's office is staffed by Mrs. Lisa Lienhard.

Mrs. Lienhard can be reached at 570 325-3663 anytime during school days from 7:10 AM until 2:40 PM. or by email at Please feel free to contact her with any questions or concerns about your child's health.


The L.B. Morris School nurse is Mrs. Rhonda Hope. In 1997, Mrs. Hope started working at the Jim Thorpe Jr. High School as a Health Room Assistant where she cared for students in 7th and 8th grade. She worked there for 2 years until  transferred to the L.B. Morris School. She was hired as a Certified School Nurse in 1999. Here at the L.B. Morris she cares for students in Pre-K through 8th grade.

Mrs. Hope received her R.N. Diploma from Pottsville Hospital School Of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Penn State University, and her Certificate of School Nursing at Cedar Crest College. She also completed my Master of Science degree from Wilkes University in Classroom Technology.

Mrs. Hope is a member of the Carbon County School Nurses Association, National Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Jim Thorpe Education Association and Jim Thorpe PTA. She also serves on the Jim Thorpe Area School District's Wellness Council.