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Virtual Office Hours (during school closure)

Mars Area School District's School Nurses are offering virtual office hours for parents, students and staff members who may have health-related questions during Online Continuity of Instruction (OCI). The office hours will allow you to speak with a School Nurse via, a secure web-based platform. All data is encrypted; sessions are anonymous; none of your information is stored; and, it adheres to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act) data privacy requirements. In addition to these virtual office hours, each School Nurse may be contacted via e-mail. The following lists the office hours and contact information for each School Nurse:

Mars Area Primary Center — Mrs. Brenda Gerber
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m.
Mars Area Elementary School — Mrs. Kim Fox
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 9 to 10 a.m.
Mars Area Centennial School — Mrs. Carla Dillner
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 9 to 10 a.m.
Mars Area Middle School — Mrs. Elisa Hunter
Hours: Monday & Wednesday, 9 to 10 a.m.

Mars Area High School — Mrs. Gretchen Baysek
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday, 9 to 10 a.m.

School Nurses

Pennsylvania School Code requires school districts to provide a certified school nurse for every 1,500 full-time students. Mars Area School District employs five school nurses, certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

If your child has a specific health concern that requires nursing services during school hours, contact the School Nurse in your child’s school building. Each School Nurse is trained to answer questions and address parental concerns

 Mars Area High School
Mrs. Grechen Baysek, RN, BSN, CSN
Ph: (724) 625-1581, ext. 3318

Mars Area Middle School
Mrs. Elisa Hunter, RN, BSN, CSN
Ph: (724) 625-3145 

Mars Area Centennial School
Mrs. Carla Dillner, RN, BSN, CSN
Ph: (724) 625-2601    E-mail:

Mars Area Elementary School
Mrs. Julie Cunningham, MSN, RN, CSN
Ph: (724) 625-3161

Mars Area Primary Center
Mrs. Brenda Gerber, RN, BSN, CSN
Ph: (724) 625-1588    E-mailbgerber@marsk12.orgtv

Nurse Paraprofessionals

Secondary (9-12)

Mrs. Melanee Killian, RN, BSN
Ph: (724) 625-1581    E-mail:


Elementary (K-6)
Mrs. Kimberly Fox, RN, BSN
Ph: (724) 625-2601    E-mail:

School Health Services

Mars Area School District provides the following health services to promote student wellness and reduce health barriers that may influence a student's educational program:

  • Implementation of health plans for students with specific health needs.
  • Collaboration with parents, school staff and community health agencies.
  • Health assessments including health and development history, screenings and evaluations related to growth, vision, hearing and scoliosis.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of communicable and nuisance diseases.
  • Implementation of state health and immunization laws.
  • Monitoring and evaluating body fat using the Body Mass Index (BMI).

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