Emerson Health Office
PHONE: (480) 472-4714
NURSE: Kristine Kovacs RN, ATC, BSN, BA
Nurse Kovacs is at Emerson on Tuesdays, Fridays and every other Wednesday.
HEALTH ASSISTANT: Tina Patton
What Can I Do To Keep My Child Healthy?
The control of communicable (catching) disease during the school year is a difficult problem and an important responsibility. The first responsibility must fall upon the home because parents know the normal appearance of their children and should be the first to detect signs of illness.
Frequent hand washing is the best prevention! Other ways children can keep themselves and their classmates healthy is by covering their cough, not sharing personal items, keeping up to date with their immunizations, good nutrition and hydration.
The following rules will help control communicable diseases in the community:
- Your child should remain at home if exhibiting any signs of illness
- When questioning illness, your family physician is the appropriate person to contact to determine whether or not your child should be in school.
- Report a concern/illness about your child health to the school nurse
- With the increase of Pertussis (Whooping Cough), adults are also encouraged to get their Tdap booster.
- Checking your child’s head for lice/nits
- Being aware of “hitchhiking” bed bugs and stop the spread
Some signs of illness:
- Severe Sore Throat
- Draining Wound
All students with a fever need to remain at home until they are fever free without the aid of fever reducing medication (Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.) for 24 hours.
Signs and symptoms of bedbugs and pediculosis (head lice):
- Red itchy bumps clustered or lined up in rough rows located on the face, neck, legs, arms and hands. May cause severe itching.
- Red bite marks and itching of the scalp, neck and behind ears
- Live lice on the head, but remember they are small, avoid light and are difficult to see
- Lice eggs (nits) stick to the hair shaft are very small and are easiest to spot at the nape of the neck and behind the ears
Keeping your child healthy will allow good attendance which will make for a successful school year.
Health Screenings at Emerson Elementary
- Vision test provided for K, 1st, 3rd, and 5th .
- Hearing test provided for K, 1st, 2nd, 6th grade.
- BP for 5th graders.
- New to the district students receive a vision and hearing screening.
- Dental screenings are done on all students if there are programs available for students.
- Second and sixth graders without insurance or who are on AHCCCS are eligible for free dental sealants. Notices are sent home for parent permission.
- Give Kids a Smile is a yearly program sponsored by the AT STILL Dental School in which children without insurance are eligible for free dental care.
Breathmobile Asthma Clinic
FREE Telehealth visits! Asthma identification, teaching, treatment and follow-up. For more information visit:
For an appointment you must complete the following asthma assessment/questionnaire.