Health


Criteria for remaining home or leaving school:

Good attendance is encouraged; however, if a child is ill they should remain home from school.
Children can generally return to school after they have been fever/symptom free, without medication, for 24 hours. If required, a child should be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours before returning to school. Some illnesses may require a doctors release before student may return to school.

Should a child be at school and exhibit any of the following symptoms it will be required that they be sent home.
  • Fever 100.0 or higher
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Flu symptoms (aching with fever)
  • Rash
  • Multiple cold symptoms (runny nose, watering eyes, sore throat, persistent cough)
  • “Pink” eye (with tearing or drainage)
  • Sore throat (with swelling and/or white spots)
  • Colored discharge from nose
  • Other symptoms that may interfere with student's ability to remain in class
Please note that any potentially contagious skin condition (i.e. viral, fungal or bacterial) must be covered with bandages while your child is at school unless a statement from a physician that the condition is not contagious is provided. Any open or bleeding wound must also be covered.

If a student experiences an extraordinary injury (head injury, face injury, etc.) the parents will be contacted to be asked for guidance as to what to do next, or a request will be made that the student be picked up from school. A suggestion may be made that a child be taken to the doctor for further evaluation.

We CANNOT DIAGNOSE children but can tell you what we observe and determine if the child is well enough to remain in school. Parents will be contacted for students who are too ill to remain at school and a request made that the student be picked up.

Immunization Guidelines


Current immunization records are required for a child to register for school, regardless of grade, and again when your child begins 6th grade. The records must show the date that your child was given each required immunization. Please contact your doctor, or the local health department, if your child does not have an Immunization Record or is in need of required shots.

You are required to provide proof of the following vaccinations before you are allowed to enroll your child in an Arizona school:

All grades:

(DTaP/DTP) Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertusis, (DT) Diphtheria & Tetanus or Td: 3-5 doses (except Kindergarten which requires 4-6 doses). At least 1 dose must be after the child’s 4th birthday.

(IPV/OPV) Polio: 3-4 doses, with the last dose being after the child’s 4th birthday. No more than 4 doses required.

(MMR) Measles, Mumps & Rubella: 2 doses, with the 1st dose on/after 1st birthday, 2nd dose must be at least 1 month after 1st dose.

(HEP B) Hepatitis B: 3 doses, last dose must be after child is 24 weeks of age.

Varicella (Chicken Pox): 1-2 doses. 2nd dose is recommended, but required if 1st dose was given at 13 years old or older.

Tdap Booster and Meningococcal vaccine (MV): Required for children entering 6th grade and above.

No student will be allowed to attend school if they are missing any required immunizations.

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.



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