PDH: SHARRS Deadline Extended (September 14, 2020)

In a September 14, 2020 PennLink communique to LEAs, Colleen Schultz, Chief of the PA Department of Health (PDH) Division of School Health, the 2019-20 SHARRS Reporting Window Has Been Extended to October 30, 2020. LEAs are asked to share this important reminder with staff responsible for completing the SHARRS report.

Please also note the following:

  • SHARRS programming will close the reporting window at close of business October 30.  Therefore, timely submission of information is essential in order to be reimbursed for the 19-20 School Year.
  • SHARRS can be accessed at https://apps.health.pa.gov/SHARRS/Login.aspx  An “INSTRUCTIONS” button on each page provides additional guidance to assist in completing the report.
  • If school exams/screenings were unable to be completed last year due to the closure of schools during COVID-19, please note it in the “Comments” box on the ADM page in SHARRS.

Previously, near the end of March the Division of School Health stated that it had been receiving many questions regarding the collection of the chronic disease counts, obtaining exams, screenings, etc. At that time, due to the unforeseen circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was not the expectation of the Division of School Health for nurses to collect the chronic disease count information nor concern themselves with obtaining exams, screenings, etc. Instead, it was PDH’s utmost concern that all stay healthy and that more information regarding those issues would be forthcoming. Thus, the above information provides an update regarding SHARRS. More guidance is to come as needed with regard to any other items still to be addressed.