Assalamu Aleikum ACA Parents and families,
Welcome back to another School year 2018-2019! We ask Allah to make it a successful year and a healthy one for you and your family. The school Health Office will serve the needs of sick and injured students in Campus. To ensure your child`s health and safety. I would like to share a few important items.
Your child medical information MUST be renewed every year or we will assume past concerns/illness were resolved. Any Health problem is shared with the Health Office is extremely confidential.
All students must meet Arizona State Immunization requirements in order to attend school. Please make sure your child is up to date on all immunizations. Your child’s healthcare provider can help you determine if he/she needs further immunizations.
Students entering the 6th grade must have completed their required immunization. From age 11 years and up, some immunizations are required by the Arizona Department of Health. These vaccines or any that are missing must be received before the school year August 6, 2018, or students will be excluded unexcused until completed.
Student Health History and Life-Threatening Conditions:
Please let the School Health Office know if your child has a significant health problem, life-threatening allergies or special medical concerns. If your child has any medical condition that requires medication or treatment during the school day. This includes asthma, diabetes, seizures, and allergies with Epi-pen or other medical condition. You must provide us with a note or care plan from your child`s healthcare provider.
Medication at school:
If your child needs to take medication during the school day a consent form for medication administration must be signed. Forms are available at the school office or on our website.
- For all medications, you must bring the medication to the school yourself in the original pharmacy- labeled bottle with a valid expiration date; do not send with your child.
- All prescription medication must be properly labeled with the child`s full name, type of medication, prescriber instruction specifies dosage, route of administration, frequency and ending date of treatment. Ask your pharmacy to supply you with an extra bottle for school use.
- The first dose of any new medication cannot be given at school. Any potential side effect must be monitored at home.
- Medication is found in possession of a student without permission. The School disciplinary procedures will be followed by the Principal.
- If your child is feeling sick during the school day. He/ She must be assessed in order to be dismissed. Students are not allowed to call or text parents that they are sick and need to go home.
- Diabetics- We must have School Diabetic Care Plan on file from your physician. This will help us in case of an emergency to assist and give a proper care to the student.
- Students with severe and life-threatening allergy need to have a 2nd Epi-Pen in school for an emergency reaction.
- Students with asthma need to have an inhaler available as a back-up when is needed.
- If a student is permitted by parent/guardian to self-carry or self-administer medication; a Medication Administration Form for this situation is requested to complete.
- All medication must be picked up by parent/guardian at the end of the school year. In case of medication not retrieved will be dispensed at the end of the year.
Please always make sure the school has current phone numbers for you and other emergency persons.
When to keep your child at home:
Children are in close contact with one another at school. If parents keep their children home at the first signs of illness, it will help us prevent the spread of that illness to other children in the classroom. It`s better to plan ahead of time and have a list of close people who may care for your sick child while you at work.
These are the guidelines and symptoms we look for at school to determine when to send children home.
- A sore throat
- A persistent cough
- A runny nose if the discharge is yellow or green
- Oral temperature over 100 degrees( temperature should remain normal for 24 hours before returning to school)
- A headache or stomach ache in combination with other symptoms(a cough or a sore throat)
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Unidentified rash or communicable skin rash. (child may return to school following proper treatment)
- Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) in one or both eye. The whites of the eyes will appear pink or red and feel painful and itchy. There may be yellow or green crystals around the eye or lashes.
- Earache and ear drainage.
Keep in mind that healthy children learn better. You`re the first person to teach your child`s healthy habits. These are a few tips to boost your child`s immune system:
- Make sure they get plenty of rest each night.
- Encourage Healthy food: offer lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit junk food such as sweets and chips.
- Encourage water for thirst instead of soda or juice
- Teach your child to keep body and hair clean, to brush teeth twice a day and to wash hands OFTEN
- Be sure your child gets daily exercise out in the fresh air whenever possible.