Edison Health Office

 

Nurse:  Jenifer Pearson, RN (480-472-5283)

       Health Assistant:  Jackie Maldonado (470-472-5283)

Jenifer is in the Health Office every Tuesday, Friday, and every other Wednesday. 

Otherwise, she is at Lowell Elementary (480-472-1485)

Jackie is in the Health Office every day from 7:15am-2:45pm.


IMPORTANT HEALTH INFORMATION 

 Immunizations: Arizona state law requires that students' immunizations are current.  The Health Office will send notices to parents/guardians if their student's immunizations are not up-to-date.  Suspensions can occur if students are delinquent.  Immunization requirements for the current school year can be found on the District's web page .

 

You can either get immunizations done at your physician's office or at the following free clinic:

 

        Maricopa County Department of Public Health

        Mesa Immunization Clinic

        635 E Broadway Rd, Mesa AZ 85204 (Broadway and Olive)

        9:00am to 4:30pm (closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00pm)

        Open Monday- Friday

        For information, call:  480-834-2660

 

       

Edison Health Office

480-472-5283

The School Nurse is Jenifer Pearson, RN and the Health Assistant is Jackie Maldonado, HA. One or both of these ladies are in the Health Office every day to assist students with illnesses or injury related problems, administer medications, conduct health screenings, enforce immunization compliance, provide health education, and assist families with obtaining medical services.

 

Emergency Medical Information

It is imperative that you notify the nurse if your child has a medical condition such as diabetes, seizure disorder, asthma, heart disease, allergies (environmental and food), a physical disability, etc. This will help all the school staff better serve your child. This information should be noted in the student’s school health records and updated as needed.

 

Illness

School is no place for a sick child. Please do not send your child to school if he/she has had a fever, rash, diarrhea, vomiting, deep cough, or a communicable disease such as chickenpox, strep throat, pink eye, etc. in the last 24 hours. You will be notified if your child becomes ill enough to be removed from school, sustains more than a minor injury, or has an emergency. It is the parent’s responsibility to make arrangements to pick up an ill or injured child as promptly as possible.

 

Emergency Contact Phone Numbers

Parents or guardians may need to be contacted when a child needs to be sent home for illness or injury. All students should have a parent or guardian’s home, cellular, and work phone numbers on file and they need to be kept current at all times. Phone numbers of two other emergency contacts must be provided in case the parent or guardian cannot be contacted. If a student needs emergency care, and a parent or guardian cannot be reached, 911 will be called.

 

Medications

Administering medication to students is an important and vital responsibility of the Nurse and Health Assistant.  When it is necessary for a student to receive a medication during the school day, the following procedure has been established to ensure the protection of the students and school, and to assure compliance with MPS Policy (JCHD).

 

·          The School Nurse/Health Assistant or Principal Designee may give medication to students when required during the school day. Parent or guardian must sign a medication consent form which is placed in the student’s medication record.

·          Medications that are to be given longer than 5 days will require a physician's order. In order to ensure student safety, the parent/guardian should transport medication to and from school. Medications to be given two and three times a day should be administered at home unless specifically ordered by the medical provider to be given during the school day. 

·          Students with a special health care need may receive medication as indicated in their Individual Healthcare Plan.

·          Any medication that the school nurse feels is unsafe must not be given until medical provider clarification is obtained.  School nurses must follow all State Scope of Practice regulations

All prescription medication must be in a properly labeled container from the pharmacy, must have physician name and all prescribing instructions. Expired prescriptions will not be accepted. Please do not send unlabeled medication with your child.

Please call or visit the health office with medication questions or clarification of policy and procedures.

 

Immunizations

Before a child may attend any Arizona school or child care center (public, private, parochial, or charter), Arizona law requires that an immunization record be presented to the school or child care staff by the parent/guardian. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to furnish the school with the official immunization record which includes the month, day, and year of each immunization. If the student’s immunizations are not complete or up to date, the student may be excluded from attendance until the needed immunization is received. Please contact the health office for information about organizations that offer free immunization throughout the year.

 

 

 

 Medications:

Administering medication to students is an important and vital responsibility of the Nurse and Health Assistant.  When it is necessary for a student to receive a medication during the school day, the following procedure has been established to ensure the protection of the students and school, and to assure compliance with MPS Policy (JCHD).

  •  The School Nurse/Health Assistant or Principal Designee may give medication to students when required during the school day. Health office volunteers may not administer medication.
  • Medications that are to be given longer than 5 days will require a physician's order. These forms can be acquired in the front office or health office at school. In order to ensure student safety, the parent/guardian should transport medication to and from school. Medications to be given two and three times a day should be administered at home unless specifically ordered by the medical provider to be given during the school day. 
  • Students with a special health care need may receive medication as indicated in their Individual Healthcare Plan.
  • Any medication that the school nurse feels is unsafe must not be given until medical provider clarification is obtained.  School nurses must follow all State Scope of Practice regulations.

 

 

 

Screenings:   The Health Office does vision screenings (for all K, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade students, new students to MPS, and special ed students), and hearing screenings (for all K, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade students, new students to MPS, and special ed students) annually.  If your child does not fit into one of these categories, but you would like him/her screened for vision or hearing, please call and request a screening.  We would be happy to screen any student upon request.

 

 

Chronic Health Conditions:  If your child has a serious chronic health condition, such as anaphylaxis (severe allergy to a substance where an epipen is needed at school for a life-threatening allergic reaction), asthma, diabetes or seizures, please call the Health Office and let us know.  We will work with you in putting a health care plan in place while they are in school.  As part of the process we will make sure that all of his/her teachers are aware of the condition.

 

FLU INFORMATION

 

Dear Parents: Because of concern about the number of flu cases that have grown across the nation, the following web sites provide up-to-date information regarding this disease, its spread, and protective measures that can be taken.


Maricopa County Department of Health (MCDH has provided 3 helpful

websites)

http://www.maricopa.gov/Public_Health/

http://twitter.com/Maricopahealth

http://www.justincasearizona.com

 

Arizona Department of Health Services

http://www.azdhs.gov/flu/

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/key_facts.htm

 

Mesa Public Schools

http://www2.mpsaz.org/health/parents/

 

Please feel free to call the health office if you have any questions.

 

 

 

FLU FACTS: Preventing the Flu - Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

 

AVOID CLOSE CONTACT - Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

 

STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK - Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. Keep sick children at home.  You will help prevent others from catching the illness.

 

COVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE - Cover your nose and mouth with a  tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

 

 

WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN - Washing your hands and the hands of your children often will help protect you from germs.

 

 

AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE OR THROAT - Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

 

 

PRACTICE OTHER GOOD HEALTH HABITS - Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

 

 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT HEAD LICE 

 

Infestation of head lice is a problem that causes great anxiety to parents when their children come home with an active case.  Head lice can be the cause of much embarrassment and misunderstanding and many unnecessary days lost from school and work.  They are not, however, a health hazard, nor a sign of uncleanliness and are not responsible for the spread of any disease. 

 

At Edison, we do not screen classrooms for head lice.  For confidentiality reasons we do not send letters home with students from a classroom where head lice has been found.  Both of these suggestions—to not screen classrooms, nor to send letters home--are highly recommended by the Harvard School of Public Health. We address head lice problems on a case-by-case basis.  We will do head checks at a parent’s or teacher’s request.  When an active case of head lice is found, that student (and their siblings if infested as well) will go home until the head lice are removed.  Before returning to the classroom, he/she will be re-checked in the Health Office.