It is important for children to strive for good attendance; however, if a child is ill they should remain home from school. Children may generally return to school after they have been free of fever and symptoms for 24 hours without medication. If antibiotics are required, the child should be receiving the antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school. Some illnesses may require a doctor's release before student may return to school.
A child should remain home from school or will be sent home if they are exhibiting any of the following symptoms:
- Fever 100.0 or higher
- Multiple cold symptoms (runny nose, watering eyes, sore throat, persistent cough)
- Pink eye (with discharge)
- Sore throat (with red or white spots)
- Persistent cough
If a student receives an extraordinary injury (head injury, face injury, deep cut, etc.) the parents will be notified and may be required to pick up the child from school. The school nurse may recommend further evaluation by a physician.
The school nurse may not diagnose a child, but will report symptoms that are observed and may recommend further treatment based on those observations. The school nurse may also determine whether the child is too ill to remain in school. Parents will be notified when a child needs to be picked up due to illness.
You are required to provide proof that your child has received the following vaccinations before enrolling in an Arizona school:
Diptheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, DT) - 4-5 doses. At least one dose must have been given after the child’s 4th birthday.
Polio (IPV/OPV) - 3-4 doses. At least one dose must have been given after the child’s 4th birthday.
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) - 2 doses. The first dose must have been given on or after the child's 1st birthday. The 2nd dose must be given at least 1 month after 1st dose was given.
Hepatitis B (Hep B) - 3 doses. The last dose must be after child is 24 weeks of age.
Varicella (Chicken Pox) - 1-2 doses. Two doses are required if the 1st does was given when the child was 13 or older.
Tdap Booster and Meningicoccal (MV) - Required for children entering 6th grade and above.
Medications at School
- Should your child need to take medication during the school year please try to administer it at home, before and after school, whenever possible.
- If medications must be sent to school, parents must complete a “Request for Giving Medications” form before student will be given medicine. Parents must bring the medication in its original packaging with complete labels from the pharmacy. Students MAY NOT transport medications.
- Any student for whom it is medically necessary to carry an inhaler must provide a statement to that effect from their physician. Students who do not have such a physician’s statement will be required to keep their inhalers in the office medicine cabinet.