PVUSD Health and Safety Site
Health News from the Nurse at PVHS
The Health Center at school is not a primary care facility like a doctor's office and may not be used as such because the nurse is not allowed by law to make a medical diagnosis, prescribe treatment, or administer medication without a doctor's order. First aid and medical care provided by the school nurse are primarily for illnesses or injuries that occur during the school day. School is a healthy environment! The nurse's major responsibility is to maintain that environment and give each child the best opportunity to learn and reach his/her full potential through health education, health assessments, identification of health problems, the making of appropriate referrals and follow-up, and altering the school environment to meet special health needs.
I am looking forward to working with you and your family this year. With your help, I will make an effort to afford each student the best opportunity to learn. My responsibility is to keep students in class whenever possible. The average healthy student may never have a need to visit the school nurse or may likely make no more than 5 to 7 visits per school year. Proper use of the Health Center is encouraged. However, be assured acute illness and injuries will always be addressed immediately.
Health Center hours are in effect. Any situation that can wait will be attended to during the designated morning and afternoon hours.
The reasons for Health Center hours are:
To increase student instruction time
To increase compliance with state and local mandates for health services
To increase the student's ability to be responsible consumers of health care
To increase the student's self-care skills
To improve the quality of care to students
School is no place for a sick child. Please do not send your child to school if he/she has diarrhea, vomiting, a fever, rash, deep cough, or a communicable disease such as chicken pox, strep throat, pink-eye, etc. If you are unsure of your child’s symptoms, please call the school nurse before sending him/her to school.
You will be notified if your child becomes ill enough to be removed from school, sustains more than a minor injury, or for any other emergency. It is the parent’s responsibility to make arrangements to pick up your ill or injured child as promptly as possible. In accordance with district procedures, elementary and middle school students are not permitted to walk home when ill or injured. High school students may walk or provide their own transportation per agreement between the parent/guardian and the school nurse.
If your child has been ill with fever, he/she must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
It is imperative you notify the nurse of any medical condition(s) your child may have such as diabetes, asthma, allergies, vision or hearing problems, a physical or mental disability, etc. This will allow the school staff and me to better serve your child.
Medications (PVUSD Policy)
When it is necessary for your child to take medication during school hours, the following requirements must be met:
Prescription medicine must be in the original container with a current prescription label.
There must be a signed medication permission (available in the nurse’s office) from the parent/guardian to administer medication to your child. Name of the medication, dosage, time, and dates to be given must be stated on the form. A separate medication form needs to be completed for each medication. Please also provide an empty, labeled second bottle for each medication for transporting field trip medications.
It is expected that medications be brought to school by the parent/guardian unless the parent/guardian has given written permission for the student to transport medications.
Students may not keep medication with them due to safety concerns. Inhalers cannot be kept in the student's possession without a written doctor's order.
It is recommended that liquid medicines that must be refrigerated be left in the Health Center during the dates to be dispensed and that you keep a needed amount at home. Most pharmacies will dispense two bottles of prescribed medicine if you request it.
Medications brought to school which do not meet the necessary requirements (e.g., in the original labeled container, signed permission form, etc.) will not be dispensed by the nurse and will be kept in a locked cabinet in the Health Center until a parent/guardian verifies the medication and follows the procedures for dispensing the medication or picks up the medication
Any extra medication(s) that have not been picked up by the parent/guardian at the end of treatment or at the end of the school year will be disposed of.
The Health Center will not stock over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, antihistamines, antacids, etc. If you and/or your doctor feel it is necessary for your student to receive medication of this nature during the school day, please contact the nurse.
If your child requires a morning dose of medication, it is recommended that he/she receive it at home before leaving for school. We have found that the educational process is enhanced when students take their morning medication(s) at home. They arrive at school ready to meet the day!
Per district policy, parents/guardians must complete and sign the student emergency card to complete registration and enrollment. Emergency cards for high school students must be returned at the time of Arena or no later than the first day of school. Please make sure you have answered ALL questions, as we do not keep emergency cards from the previous year.
PLEASE NOTIFY THE NURSE OF ANY HOME, WORK, OR EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER OR ADDRESS CHANGES IMMEDIATELY SO WE MAY UPDATE YOUR CHILD'S EMERGENCY CARD.
ImmunizationsArizona State Law ARS ß 15-872 states that children must have documentary proof of immunization on file at school. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to furnish the school with the month and year of each immunization for your child. If your child is missing or delinquent in receiving the required immunizations, your child may be excluded from school until the needed immunizations are received and documented proof is presented to the school nurse.
Immunization RequirementsAll students entering PVHS MUST be up to date on their immunizations before they can be admitted to school. The CDC web site, www.cdc.gov/nip contains current immunization requirement information. Should you have questions regarding your child ‘s immunizations, please feel free to contact the school nurse.