Health Office

 

Welcome to Westwood's Health Office

The health office provides a variety of services to students and staff.

Nurse: Marcy Lewis, RN: (480) 472-4433
Health Assistant: Debbie Amstutz (480) 472-4434

 

Office Hours

7:30 AM to 3:30 PM

The health office is open to students until 2:00 PM. After that time, student visits will be restricted to emergencies only.

 

Illness

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 child and should be the first to detect signs of illness.  Frequent hand washing is the best prevention!

The following rules will help control communicable diseases in the community.

1. Your child should remain at home if exhibiting any signs of illness.

2. When questioning illness, your family physician is the appropriate person to contact to determine whether or not your child should be in school.

Some signs of illness:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe Sore Throat
  • Draining Wound
  • Vomiting

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).

If your child has a chronic illness where he/she misses a lot of school, please ask the nurse about the Chronic Illness Program. This program protects students from losing credit due to the absences from the chronic health problem. It is still the student's responsibility to complete the course requirements.

Student health insurance is available. Applications are on the MPS website. See the nurse for details.

Injuries

If your child is injured at school, the nurse or health assistant will provide first aide. If it is determined that your child needs further care, you will be notified. If we are unable to reach you by phone, an emergency contact, who you have listed on the registration form, will be notified.

If your child is on a sports team and is injured while the sport is in-season, the coach will need to submit an accident report to the nurse. The district provides a secondary insurance for students injured in an in-season sport. See the nurse for details.

 

Accident insurance may be purchased by any student. Applications are available on the MPS website or you can ask the nurse for a copy.

 

Medications

All medication will be dispensed by the nurse or health assistant. No student is allowed to carry their own medication. The only exceptions are for labeled inhalers, emergency medication (such as an EpiPen or Glucagon) or a physician's signed consent on file allowing a student to self-administer.  A signed release must be in the health office giving parental permission if a student is to carry any medication. See the nurse for details.

All over-the-counter medications must be presented to the health office in an unopened container. A signed permission form must accompany the medication. If the medication is a prescription, the name on the bottle must match the name of the student. Any medication given three times a day should be given at home (before school, after school, at bedtime). Medications given four times a day will need to be given at lunch. It is the student's responsibility to come get their medication.

Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen is given a total of four times a year for headaches, pain or menstrual cramps. (The nurse does not give either of these medications for stomachaches.) After the Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen limit has been met, it is the parent's responsibility to provide the medication for the rest of the school year.

Screening

Vision and hearing screening is done on all new students to the district, special education students, and referred students. Blood pressure and dental screening is done on anyone who requests it.

Dental Clinic

Once a month, Access Arizona Smiles, a mobile dental clinic, comes to Westwood to provide dental screenings and basic dental care to students. Please see the nurse for details.

 

Immunizations

Proof of immunizations or a signed waiver must be on file in the health office in order to attend school. If a waiver is signed, a student will be excluded from school by the county health department in the event of an epidemic.

 

Immunizations are available through your family doctor or at the FREE clinic listed below:

 

Mesa Immunization  Clinic

635 E. Broadway Road

Mesa, AZ  85204 - No phone number available, no appointment necessary

Days of operation: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri (closed on Thursdays)

Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed for lunch from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM)