Public Health Information/Alerts
Hearing and Vision Screenings
- Students in Grades K, 1, 2, 4, 6, 9
- All students receiving Special Education services or who have been referred for Special Education testing
- Students who are new to the district and who do not have evidence of a hearing/vision screening from the previous school year
- Any student (PreK-12) who is referred to the health office for a Hearing/Vision Screening
IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR CHILD’S HEARING OR VISION SCREENING DONE AT SCHOOL, YOU MUST NOTIFY THE SCHOOL HEALTH OFFICE IN WRITING BY THE END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL EACH YEAR!
If students fail a vision screening, we will send a Vision Referral form to the parent notifying them and referring the student for an eye exam.
If a student fails a hearing screening, state law mandates that a rescreening be performed in 4-6 weeks. At that time, if a student fails a SECOND hearing screening, we will send a Hearing Referral form to parents notifying them and referring the student for a hearing evaluation, preferably with an audiologist. However, if we suspect a child needs immediate medical attention, we will notify parents immediately regardless of whether it is the first or second screening!
Medications And School
- If your child needs to take medication during the school year, it is advisable that they be taken at home, before and after school, whenever possible.
- If you must send medications to school, students MAY NOT transport medications! All medications must be in original packaging with complete labels from the Pharmacy. Parents must complete a Medication Administration Consent form before we can administer any medication.
- For prescription medications that need to be taken both at home and at school, please ask your physician or Pharmacy to divide doses into two bottles. Taking medications to and from school daily is not permitted unless a parent drops it off AND picks it up!
- According to state laws, we can not administer medications prescribed or bought outside of Arizona state lines (No medications from Mexico will be accepted).
- If your child has moderate to severe asthma, diabetes, or life threatening allergies requiring they keep medications with them, please speak to the Health Office Staff.
Food Allergies, Special Medical Diets, And Chronic Health Concerns
If your child has food allergies, please speak directly with your school’s health assistant, the cafeteria, and your child’s teacher to inform them of the allergy, severity, symptoms, and treatment. For moderate to severe allergies, it is always best to provide breakfast and lunches for your child, as we can not guarantee that your child will not eat something that he/she shouldn’t. If you plan to have your child eat in the cafeteria, and would like your child’s name and allergy placed on the cafeteria food allergy list, you must submit documentation of the allergy or special diet from your child’s physician. If your child requires an Epi-pen to be kept on campus, please contact the school health office immediately. Students with Epi-pens, need to have a Food Allergy Action Plan on file in the health office, and at least 1 Epi-pen must be supplied to the health office annually.
If your child has Diabetes, a Seizure Disorder, Heart Condition, Cancer, or other serious and/or chronic health concern, please speak directly to your schools Health Assistant and your child’s teacher. In some cases, we may require documentation and an “action plan” from your child’s physician, to ensure we can provide the best care possible to your child. His/her safety at school is our top concern. Action Plans are required for students with Diabetes, Seizures Disorders, severe Asthma, and moderate to severe allergies. Action plans must be updated annually.
Please note, it is the parents responsibility to provide these forms/documentation annually with appropriate medical provider signatures. Failure to do so means that the health office may not have the proper medical documentation and orders to follow in the event your child is having a health related problem at school. This means we may need to send the student home from school more often, or even call Emergency Medical Services to treat a problem that may have been otherwise treatable at school if medical orders had been in place prior to the event. Your child’s safety is our top priority, however we need physician orders to care for more serious health problems at school.
District Policies for Student Health
Wellness Policy Guidelines and Procedure (updated)
SUSD #30 has developed a Return to Academics Concussion Management Team. The main goal is to ensure that students engage in a safe level of cognitive activity as their brain heals. The team systematically works with the student, family, teachers, administrators, athletic trainers, and physicians to manage symptoms and provide teachers ways to help students recover.
If your child sustains a concussion, you may refer him/her to Sarah Dachtyl, Ph.D., CCC/SLP ([email protected]; 625-3502 x1514) if you would like access to this team.
Does your student entering or in Grades 6-12 plan on participating in sports? If so, they are required to submit a valid annual sports physical to their school health office. Sports Physicals are valid for one school year, and must be submitted on or after March 1st for it to be valid for the following school year.
Sports Physical Forms my be obtained from the school health offices or printed on-line. Sports Physical Forms can be completed at your Physician’s Office or other sports physical clinics throughout the area.
- AIA Sports Physical Form 15.7 A Annual Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (parent/guardian signature required)
- AIA Sports Physical Form 15.7 B Annual Preparticipation Physical Examination (physician/nurse practitioner must complete)
- AIA Sports Physical Form 15.7 C Annual Preparticipation Acknowledgement (parent/guardian and student signatures required)
What Are The Most Common Illnesses I Should Monitor My Child For?
Common Colds and Flu plague schools year round. They are an unavoidable nuisance, however teaching your children to cover their cough/ sneeze with their elbows or arm and to wash their hands frequently will help them stay a little healthier. If your child is coughing or sneezing a lot, they may need to be kept home from school. Generally we do not notify parents that colds and the flu are going around, since that occurs all year long.
Other common communicable illnesses to be on the lookout for include Chicken Pox, Conjunctivitis (“Pink Eye”) and Head Lice. You should check your child frequently for signs of these health problems, and if you suspect your child has one, then please DO NOT send them to school! They should be evaluated by a medical professional and receive treatment if necessary before returning to school. If your child IS diagnosed with one of these problems, it is very important that you notify the school so we can monitor for potential outbreaks. Please have your physician write a note about the diagnosis (even if they are diagnosed with another problem) and any treatments needed, and how long a student is expected to be absent.
These nuisances and others are present in very small numbers throughout the school year. When we suspect that a child has one of these health concerns, we do send them home for medical evaluation and treatment. If we see more than an isolated case, or any unusual trend of illness, we will notify parents of classmates. Please do not be alarmed if your child says we checked his/her head for lice. We do periodic health concerns, we do send them home for medical evaluation and treatment. If we see more than an isolated case, or any unusual trend of illness, we will notify parents of classmates. Please do not be alarmed if your child says we checked his/her head for lice. We do periodic random head lice checks throughout the year, it does not necessarily mean they have been exposed to head lice.
If your child has “eye allergies” it is very important you have your physician write a note that we can keep on file to document this. If we do not have medical documentation, then we do have to send your child home for possible “pink eye” anytime they are red/irritated and have tearing or purulent drainage. And in some cases, even with documentation, we may still send students home if their eyes look like “Pink Eye” as opposed to allergies, especially if other cases of “Pink Eye” have been identified in the school.
ANY UNCOMMON, SERIOUS OR LIFE THREATENING (OR AN OUTBREAK) OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES WILL BE FOLLOWED UP WITH PARENT COMMUNICATION LETTERS. We work closely with the Pima County Health Department and will follow their guidance on any public health issue’s affecting our schools.
When Should My Child Stay Home From School?
Student Attendance is very important for children’s education. We encourage good attendance with all of our students, however sick kids should stay home from school. The following are general guidelines that the school may use determine if a child is too sick to stay in school.
- Fever 100.0 or higher
- “Red/Pink” Eyes with tearing or purulent drainage
- Pain that does not subside after 15 minutes rest
- Sore Throat with redness, swelling of throat and/or white exudate
- Multiple or severe “cold” symptoms such as runny nose, watering eyes and sore throat
- Flu symptoms: aching accompanied by fever, sore throat and /or headaches
- Rash or other undiagnosed skin condition they may potentially be contagious
- Other symptoms as determined by the Health Staff to interfere with the child’s ability to remain in school
- SUSD has a “nit free” policy,any students suspected of lice or nits will be sent home from school for treatment and lice/nit removal. Students must be evaluated by the health office before they will be allowed to return to school to ensure they return “nit free”. As a precaution, you may wish to put long hair up, and teach all students not to share items that may touch their hair (hats, combs, headbands, etc.)
If your child comes to school and complains of illness, the Health Office will evaluate the child and determine whether or not they are well enough to remain in school. Most students are able to return to class after assessment and minor treatment such as rest, toileting or snack are tried.
Students who are too sick to remain at school, will be kept in the Health Office and parents will be contacted to pick up their sick child. Please make sure your emergency contact numbers are always up to date at the school. If you are called to pick up your child, please do so in a timely manner to avoid the possibility of passing illnesses to others.
Children can generally return to school after they have been fever free for 24 hours without medication, and other symptoms have improved. For conditions requiring antibiotics, students should receive medications for a full 24 hours before returning to school. Some illnesses may require a physician note before returning to school.
In the event your child is too sick to come to school, please call your schools attendance office as soon as possible to report the student’s absence. Please also notify the attendance clerk of any health problems that may “spread” to the rest of the class such as chicken pox, head lice, pink eye, or other contagious illnesses (beyond common colds/flu) so that we may monitor the situation. Please refer to your school for their attendance policies.
What Happens When My Child Visits The Health Office?
Most children LOVE to visit the Health Offices. They visit the Health Office for many reasons. Most children come for minor illness or injuries such as a tummy ache, mild headache, a small bump, scrape or scratch, or even dress code issues. Some children come because they want to get out of class, perhaps because of a tough subject. With the younger children, they often want to come because “Johnny got to go to the Health Office”. Others just need a little “TLC” (Tender Loving Care).
When a child gets a pass to the Health Office, they will most often be seen by one of our capable Health Assistants. The Health Assistants will evaluate the child to see if they have a problem that can be easily remedied with rest, band aids, icepacks (the kids LOVE icepacks whether they truly need one or not), a small snack, change of clothes, or even a “pep talk”. Whenever possible, children are returned to class as quickly as possible.
If a child soils clothing, he/she will be given a change of clothing if available, and the child will go into the bathroom alone to clean up and change. If students require assistance cleaning up, parents will be called immediately. Soiled clothing will be double bagged and placed in child’s backpack to be brought home and washed. If your child has frequent bathroom accidents, or you do not wish for your child be given our clothing, please keep extra clothing in your child’s backpack and let your child’s teacher know. Most schools appreciate donations of gently used dress code clothing. Schools are also in need of new underwear to give to students in the event of bathroom accidents. Any clothing loaned to your students should be washed and returned to school in good condition.
When a child’s symptoms are out of the ordinary (head injury, facial injuries, etc) or the child appears to be too sick to remain in school, the Health Assistants will call parents and either ask for guidance as to what to do next, or request that the student be picked up from school. Sometimes they will refer the parent to take the child to a doctor for further evaluation.
Please remember, Nurses and Health Assistants CANNOT DIAGNOSE children. We can only tell you what we see, and determine whether or not the child is well enough to remain in school. If we suspect that the child MIGHT have a more serious health concern or potentially contagious illness, we may exclude the child from school and ask that the child be seen by a physician for diagnosis.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your School Health Assistant. If you have concerns they are unable to address, please contact the school administrator or district nurse.
Sopori Elementary School
Health Assistant: Karen Salcido
|Anza Trail School
Health Assistant: Linda Thowson
Copper View Elementary School
Health Assistant: Jessica Mendez
Sahuarita Primary School
Health Assistant: Catherine Karnes
|Sahuarita Intermediate School
Health Assistant: Casey Crawford
Sahuarita Middle School
Health Assistant: Bailey Ledesma
|Sahuarita High School
Health Assistant: Czarina Noriega
Walden Grove High School
Health Assistant: Monica Reyes
Jeanine Sarnacki, RN
Phone: 520-625-3502 x1028
E-Mail: [email protected]