Welcome to the Health Office
The Kerr Elementary health office is staffed with Claire Luketich our Registered Nurse and
Leigh-ann Menard our Health Assistant. They are available to assist students with illness and injury
related problems. In addition to these primary services, they conduct health screenings, assist students and families with referrals for medical services, follow-up, and teach health education to our students and staff.
The goal of our Health Office is to remove the barriers to health and safety of students, enabling them to achieve their optimal level of wellness and education goals at Kerr Elementary.
Medication is administered by the school nurse/assistant only. The nurse is responsible for all students’ health records and needs. Please visit this web site for additional information:
School is no place for a sick child. Please do not send your child to school if he/she has had diarrhea, vomiting, a fever, rash, deep cough, or a communicable disease such as chicken pox, strep throat, pinkeye, 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 parents' responsibility to make arrangements to pick up an ill or injured child as promptly as possible. We suggest that you have someone listed on your information sheet in case you are not available or cannot leave work.
Children when sick or injured are not permitted to walk home without an authorized adult signing them out of school per district policy.
PLEASE NOTIFY THE NURSE AND THE OFFICE IMMEDIATELY IF THERE ARE ANY CHANGES TO HOME, WORK, CELL, OR EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS FOR YOUR CHILD'S STUDENT INFORMATION.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARD 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 (food and environmental), a physical or mental disability, etc. This will help us and the school staff better serve your child.
MESA SCHOOL DISTRICT MEDICATION POLICY
- Over-the-counter medications must be in the original container with directions.
- Appropriate dosage for age as stated on the label will be dispensed.
- A written permission medication consent form must be signed by the parent/guardian to administer medication to the child.
- Dosage, time, dates to be given and name of medication must be stated on the written permission.
- We recommend that all medication be brought to and picked up from school by a parent/guardian or another responsible adult.
- Inhalers cannot be kept on the child's person without a written doctor's orders.
- When you get a prescription filled to be given at school, have the pharmacists label two bottles, one for field trips and one to remain in the Kerr Health Office.
- Medications brought to school and not meeting necessary requirements will not be dispensed by the nurse and will be locked in the office until a parent/guardian verifies the medication, signs the proper form or takes it home.
Arizona State Law ARS 15-803 states that children must have immunization (shot) information on file at school. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to furnish the school with a copy of 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.
HEALTHY STUDENTS LEARN BETTER
Physically and emotionally healthy students are better able to take advantage of their learning opportunities. The Health Office at Kerr Elementary is available to students and parents to provide the services that will contribute to that philosophy. We encourage parents to provide their children with rest, food, and an emotionally stable environment at home that ensures their readiness to participate in the learning process.
From the Kerr Health Office
Medications: All medications are kept in the Health Office, in their original container labeled for that student. A consent form needs to be completed by parents and physicians, and will be given as directed.
Immunizations: Arizona law requires children to be up to date on their immunizations to attend school. Any questions, please call the Health Office.
Screenings: The health office does vision screenings for all Pre-K, Kinder, 1st, 3rd , 5th grade, new students, and Special Ed. students. We also do hearing screenings for all Pre-K, Kinder, 1st, 2nd and 6th grades, new students and Special Ed. students. We would be happy to screen any students upon request.
Special Dietary needs: Any student who has dietary needs has to complete a form from the Food and Nutrition Department. There are 2 parts to the form, one for the parents to fill out, and one for the physician to fill out. The Health Office has these forms for you.
Chronic Health Conditions: If your child has a serious chronic health conditions, such as anaphylaxis (severe allergy to a substance where an Epi Pen is needed at school for a life-threatening allergic reaction), asthma, diabetes, or seizures, please inform the Health Office. We will work with you in putting a health care plan in place for the safety of your child while they are in school. As part of the process we will make sure that all of their teachers are aware of the condition.