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Reminders and Health Tips

Please notify the Health Room staff of any changes in phone numbers. In an emergency, it is vital that we have current contact information.

Health Screenings

State mandated health screenings are performed on students at certain grade levels each school year.  Any student who appears to have vision and/or hearing difficulties will be screened. If the student does not meet the passing criteria, the school nurse will notify the parent/guardian(s) and refer the student for further medical evaluation. Please do not hesitate to contact the health room if a problem exists.

Health Problems

Parents are asked to let our nurse know of any health problems that would affect their child's learning. Vision and hearing screenings are routinely done at school for selected grade levels, or as needed. Parents will be notified of any need for further attention in these areas.

The State Health Department sets guidelines that that school must follow for the control of communicable diseases. One of these is a requirement that all students have current immunizations on file at school to be able to attend. Please be sure that our records are up-to-date on your student.

If a child is sick or was sick the night before and is not completely well, they cannot perform and learn at their greatest potential.

APS has a medication policy to help control the use of medicines in the schools. Please do not send any prescription medication to school without an authorization form signed by the child's physician and parent. A note from the parent must accompany any over-the-counter medications. No child will be given any kind of medication at school without following APS procedures.

Head Lice Parent Guide

If your child has lice, you DO NOT need to keep him/her home.  Provide treatment and alert the Health Office so the school nurse can perform a lice check when he/she comes to school the next day. APS has posted a Head Lice Parents Guide for assistance.

Best Way to Stay Healthy? Wash Your Hands!

Tips from APS Nursing on when and how to wash your hands to stop the spread of illness.

Allergy Season

Some things to remember when you or your students are experiencing allergy symptoms: itchy eyes, nose and or ears, sneezing, runny nose etc.

You can use over the counter medications to treat the symptoms, but some antihistamines, like Benadryl, are best to be given at bedtime because they cause drowsiness, but need to be given daily during allergy season. There are non-drowsy allergy medications that are available and can be used so your student can be alert at school.

Consult a pharmacist if you have questions or concerns about the most appropriate medication to be used and especially if your student is taking any other medications at the time.

For those students who have Asthma and allergies are a trigger, it is important to regularly and consistently take your prescribed medications and use them as directed by your doctor.

You can also stay on top of pollen counts in our city with the websites below. This information can help you prepare your outdoor activities for the day.

Air Quality Information

Allergy Forecast