Nurse Katie's Corner 

Welcome to the Grayhawk Elementary Nurse's office!

Here are just a few reminders about medication for your child at school.

The health office needs your permission to dispense medication to your child. Medication forms are available in the health office or at the front desk and must be completed when dropping off any medication for your child. In accordance with district policy, hand-written notes are not acceptable.

All over-the-counter medication must be dispensed through the health office (this does include cough drops). To ensure that medication has not expired and the dosage is correct, all medication needs to be in the original container.

Doctor prescribed medication must be in their original container with the prescription label that includes the patient's name intact. 

Absence Due to Illness

The State Department of Education tracks many health problems; therefore, it is important to call the attendance line and state why your child is absent. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Head Lice
  • Pink Eye
  • Chicken Pox
  • Gastro-Intestinal (Stomach upset, flu, diarrhea)
  • Upper Respiratory (Cold, sore throat, bronchitis, congestion, strep throat, etc.)
  • Excused Absence (Symptoms that are not contagious: headache, vacation, personal)
  • COVID Positive Test Results or Exposure

Please advise the health office if your child has strep throat, pink eye, or any other communicable situation. The health office will then alert the classroom so the rest of the parents can monitor their children and keep them HOME before coming to school to avoid infecting other students.

Students who are not feeling well must come to the health office to be assessed by the Nurse. Do not have them text or call you first. By following this procedure, the nurse can monitor any illnesses that are prevalent in the school community. There are many ways to help your child feel better without having them go home. If they need to go home the Nurse will call you, we do have a low threshold for managing symptoms this year.  In previous years OTC medication was permitted, however if symptoms are not resolved with remedies such as rest, water and a snack they will be sent home for a specific amount of time.  We appreciate your help in this matter.  Teachers have also been trained and are assisting the students with minor injuries, bumps and bruises within the classroom.

Please remember it is district policy that your child be fever free (no fever without the aid of Tylenol or Ibuprofen) and vomit free for 24 hours prior to returning to school. This district policy protects all students from illness.

Thank you for your help and understanding!

Nurse Katie

(602) 449-6603

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