From the Health Office
Hello Viking Families,
I am the school nurse, Nancy O'Brien, RN/BSN. Most of you know me as Nurse Nancy. School is now closed for the summer. As always, even though we are not present at the building, our most important concern is helping keep your family safe and healthy. I will return to school during the last week of July, but I will be checking my emails once or twice per week between now and then. If you have a question or concern that is not a medical emergency, please send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I understand that many people are still concerned and feeling anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic, and may still have many questions, and I will be happy to try to answer them for you.
I hope that all of you have a safe and healthy summer break, and I look forward to seeing your children again in the fall.
In accordance with the Arizona School Board Association and the DVUSD Governing Board Policy JLCD, concerning administration of medication at school, there is a new requirement in order to give prescribed medications and dietary supplements in the school setting. This includes daily prescription medicines, asthma medicines, and prescribed allergy medicines.
A written doctor’s order will now be required per Governing Board Policy JLCD Medicines/Administering Medicines to Students.
“There shall be a written order from the physician stating the name of the medicine, the dosage, and the time it is to be given.”
All prescription medications, in addition to the information on the labeled bottle, must have a written doctor's order with student's name, name of medication, how, when and how often to be administered.
Forms are available from Nurse Linda
- Immunization Requirements
What will you need at registration?
You will need your child’s Immunization Record. It must show the date your child was given each required shot with a stamp or signature from the doctor or immunization clinic stamp. If you do not have an Immunization Record or your child has not received all required shots call your doctor now for an appointment or the local health department for the date and location of the next immunization clinic.
New Immunization Rules for 11 Year Olds
NEW As of Aug 31, 2018
Arizona Department of Health Services has made changes to rules for age requirement for Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccines for school attendance which will affect your students as they turn 11 years old.
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, attenuated pertussis) will be required for students as they turn 11 years old and older when 5 years have passed since the last tetanus/diphtheria vaccine dose (DTP, DTaP, or Td). Previously, a Td was done 10 years after the initial series completed, but recurrence of pertussis in the teen population over the past years has put children at increased risk for this life-threatening disease. This is required as they turn 11 even if they are not in the 6th grade.
MV (meningococcal vaccine) will be required for students who are 11 years old, even if they are not in 6th grade yet. Meningococcal meningitis can be highly contagious in teen and young adults and may result in severe disability if not death. Students entering 6th grade must have documentation of these immunizations prior to the beginning school year each fall if they are already 11 years old.
As you update your child's immunizations, please get the Tdap and MV administered and documented as soon as possible when your child turns 11 years old. Please get that documentation to your School Nurse when completed so that school records can be updated.
Exemption forms are available from the nurse and must be filled out in person by parent for personal exemption or physician for a medical exemption. Remember, these are with understanding of potential exclusions from school in event of any outbreak of disease as determined by the Maricopa County Health Department. DON'T DELAY! Get your child's shots today!
The Arizona School/Child Care Immunization Law
Reference: Arizona Administrative code: Title 9, Chapter 6, Article 7, Vaccine Preventable Diseases
For School Entry (Preschool, Kindergarten through 12th Grade.)
Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis
Age 6 years and under:
DTP,DtaP, DT or any combination of DTP, DtaP, DT
5 doses at any age but…
4 doses meet requirements for ages 4-6 if at least one was on or after the 4th birthday.
Polio (OPV and/or IPV)
4 doses at any age but…
3 doses meet requirements for ages 4-6 if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday; 3 doses meet requirements for 7 years and older if at least one was given on or after the 4th birthday.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
Both must be on or after the 1st birthday
Requirement applies only to children under age five years in childcare/preschool.
Dose #2 1 month after dose #1. Dose #3 due 6 months after dose #1.
(required for daycare, Pre-school & Head Start)
On or after second birthday.
6 months after 1st dose.
At 12 months of age.
If 1st dose 13 years or older.
1 dose is required
11 Years and Older
If Tdap has not been preciously given, 1 dose of Tdap is required when at least 5 years has passed since the last dose of tetanus containing vaccine.
1 dose of quadrivalent meningoccocal ACWY is required.
A dose administered at 10 years of age will meet the requirement.
For further information call 602-506-6767 or TDD: 602-506-6784
Vision and Hearing Screenings
Each year the district provides screenings for Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade. 3rd grade, 5th grade and all new students to the Deer Valley Unified School District.
I have started screening our students the week of August 19th, The screenings will continue throughout the 2019-2020 school year.
In the event you do not wish to have your child screened, please contact the health office.
After students are screened a referral letter will be sent home in the event they require an additional exam by a specialist. The letters will be mail home to the address we have on file.