Welcome to the Health Center
Debra Lawhon, LPN
Office hours are M-F 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
To all parents and guardians: Medications can be dropped off at the Health Center for the school year by parent or guardian only. Please do not send your student to school with any medications. There has been a medication policy change starting school year 2018/19. In accordance with the Arizona School Board Association and the DVUSD Governing Board Policy JLCD, a written doctor's order will now be required for any prescription medication or dietary supplement. The form can be obtained from the school nurse. Please contact the school nurse with any questions at 623-445-3010.
Students with Asthma or an allergy that requires the use of an inhaler or Epi Pen may carry these medications on their person while on campus. Parents must sigh a self carry form that is kept on file in the Health Office. Diabetic students may carry their supplies while on campus. Any other medications must be kept in the Health Office. This includes OTC medications including cough drops, eye drops, Tylenol and Ibuprofen.
The Health Center provides on-campus health screenings, assessment, and education as well as first-aid and nursing care for students and staff. The Health Center is not a primary care facility. By law, the nurse is not allowed to make a medical diagnosis or prescribe treatment. When accidents or illness occur during school hours, basic first-aid and/or emergency care will be given according to Arizona State Board of Nursing standards and practices. The nurse may suggest further medical follow up in certain circumstances. Further care is the responsibility of the parents.
All students must have written proof of all required immunizations, or a valid exemption, in order to attend the first day of school. Arizona law allows exemptions for medical reasons, laboratory evidence of immunity and personal beliefs. Exemption forms are available from the Health Center. When initially enrolling your child please include an updated copy of his/her immunization record with your registration information for the Registrar. If you get vaccinations for your child at any time, please bring a current copy to the Health Center so we can update our records. If you receive a note or message of "Inadequate Immunizations" for your child, please complete these by the date indicated. Failure to complete this in a timely manner is a violation of the law and your child may be excluded from attending school until you comply with the requirements.
FREE IMMUNIZATIONS AVAILABLE! Please visit the Maricopa County Department of Public Health at the West Valley Immunization Clinic located at:
West ValleyImmunization Clinic
1850 N. 95th Ave. Suite 184
Phoenix, Arizona 85037
Office hours are M-F 8:AM-12:00 PM and 1:00 PM-4:30 PM. They are closed from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM for lunch.
First-aid and medical care provided by the school nurse is primarily for illnesses or injuries that occur at school during the school day. The Health Center is not a primary care facility like a doctor's office. The nurse is qualified to collaborate with you and your child's physician to provide an educational environment in which your child can learn and thrive. The nurse does not make medical diagnoses, prescribe treatments or medications, but can provide treatments and medications as prescribed by a physician with a doctor's order.
ILLNESS / COMMUNICABLE DISEASE
1. School is no place for a sick child. Please do not send your child to school if:
- they have a fever of 100.0 or higher
- have vomited within the last 12 hours
- have any diarrhea in the last 12 hours
- or have any of the symptoms listed below. Children should be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school, regardless of how they feel. If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease such as strep throat or pink eye, they must have been on antibiotic treatment (and free of fever) for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
Signs/symptoms of illness:
- Fever (oral temp of 100.0 or more)
- Diarrhea, any loose stools
- Red, watery eyes, pus in corners
- Constant sneezing and/or deep cough, constantly runny nose
- Unexplained rash
- Nausea or vomiting
- Swelling to neck or face
- Flushed face or paleness
- Very sore throat
- Painful earache
2. DO NOT send a sick child to school for the school nurse to decide whether he/she should be in school. If in doubt, call your family physician. School nurses can assess and refer, but do not diagnose, and will always refer to you and/or your physician if in doubt.
3. If your child sustains an injury at home or off campus, please take care of it at home. The nurse is more than happy to take care of injuries that happen during school hours, but the nurse is not here to take the place of your primary physician's evaluation and treatment.
4. If your child becomes ill enough to be removed from school, has more than a minor injury, or has an emergency, you will be notified. It is the parent's responsibility to make arrangements to pick up an ill or injured child as promptly as possible. Students are not permitted to walk home sick, even with permission. Please make sure there are up-to-date home/work numbers on your child's emergency card. Please notify the school immediately of any changes in phone numbers. If your child has a temperature in the health office of 100 degrees or greater, they will be sent home. Any child with an undiagnosed rash will be sent home and should remain out of school until all symptoms are gone or a physician verifies (with a written note) that the child is not contagious and is well enough to return to school. If your child is sent home by the school nurse due to fever, vomiting or diarrhea, he/she may not return to school for at least 24 hours even if he/she is feeling better.
If every parent follows these procedures, it will save much suffering and prevent the spread of contagious diseases, some which may be life threatening.
AS ALWAYS, hand washing is the best defense against the spread of germs. Washing hands thoroughly with soap and warm water is the best method. Do not hesitate to call your physician if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.