• Asthma
    A child with asthma has rights under the law.  HB 2229 (Asthma Rescue Medication Bill) was
    signed on 4/11/05 and "allows for the possession and self-administration of
    prescription medication for breathing disorders by the pupil who has been
    prescribed the medication by a licensed health care professional if the pupil's
    name is on the handheld inhaler device . . ."  Yearly written permission from
    the parent is required (available thru the nurse's office).  Visit the Arizona
    Asthma Coalition
    's website.
    The National Heart, Lung and Blood
    Institute
    , thru the U.S. Department of Health and
    Human Services, has a great informational video on asthma and how to control
    it.

    Anaphylaxis/Food Allergies
    A child with food or other potentially severe allergies has similar rights. SB 1309 was signed 5/11/05 and allows pupils who have been diagnosed with anaphylaxis, by a specified licensed health care provider, to carry and self-administer emergency medications, including auto-injectable epinephrine, while at school and school-sponsored activities . . ." Yearly written permission from the parent is required (available thru the nurse's office). For more info., visit foodallergy.org.

    More than 40 of our students have food allergies.
      Many of them are allergic to peanuts, treenuts and/or eggs.  If you want to
    provide snacks for your child's classroom during a party time and your child's classmate is allergic
    to one or more of these items, please choose a snack from this site:  http://snacksafely.com/tag/peanut-free/
    ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER ABOUT ANY SNACKS BEING PROVIDED.

    Concussions
    As awareness about the dangers of concussion in sports continues to grow, Mayo Clinic has
    taken measures to provide baseline concussion testing at no cost to every high
    school and middle school student athlete in Arizona for the 2011-2012 sports
    season.  This is a landmark initiative.  The Computerized Cognitive Assessment
    Tool (CCAT) will be made available at no cost.  The test results, which remain
    the property of the athlete, can be shared with the health care provider of
    their choice.  After a concussion, the test can be repeated multiple times and,
    along with a medical evaluation, will assist providers in making a decision
    about when an athlete can safely return to the classroom, sports, and other
    activities.  For more information, e-mail concussion@mayo.edu.

    Bites, Stings, Poison,
    Drugs
    Call Banner Health's Poison
    Center
    Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 for free, fast
    expert help 24 hours a day, 7 days a
    week.

    To go Urgent Care
    or ER?  Good question. 
    Click here for information from
    Phoenix
    Children's Hospital.

    Drugs of Abuse
    Visit websites for the latest
    information:

    www.drugabuse.gov


    Mental Illness
    National Alliance on Mental Illness


    Protect Your Kids
    Online
    Wiredsafety.org

    KidsHealth, http://KidsHealth.org/   Healthgate, http://www.healthgate.com/

    The Latest on Car Seat
    Safety
    New law mandates
    booster seats for
    children who are at least 5 years old but younger than 8, and no taller than
    4-foot-9 inches tall.
    What car seat is best?

    Bicycle Safety
    Every year we
    have a few students get hurt while riding to or from school.  Share this great
    site with your children:  nhtsa.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/bike/kidsandbikesafetyweb/index.htm

    Nutrition
    Understanding Child
    Nutrition
    pediatrics.about.com/od/nutrition/a/nutrition_hub.htm

    Ten Tips for Picky Eaters
    mayoclinic.com/health/childrens-health/HQ01107

    Free and Reduced Lunch Program
    dvusd.org/pages_our_schools/school_menus.htm#

    Fun for Kids
    Rockin' interactive website sponsored by Kohl's and Phoenix Children's
    Hospital
    kohlskidsrockstars.com

    This is a fun game to help your child learn about
    asthma
    Quest for the Code

    For
    teens living with a chronic illness
    www.starlight.org