Health Policies and Procedures

School Nurse: Bernice Miranda

The nurse’s office works very hard to maintain the health of all the students.  It is our goal to make sure all students have a safe and healthy place to learn.  Please remember that we are working for the total welfare of all the students at Pioneer Preparatory School.

Items of Interest or Concern

  • A limited amount of clothing is available in the nurse’s office for the children when accidents occur. If your child needs to use these items, they need to be laundered and promptly returned to the nurse’s office.
  • If your child becomes ill or injured, it is imperative that the office has three (3) legitimate contact numbers on file. The nurse’s office must be able to reach parents, guardians, or someone who will be responsible for the child and pick them up in a timely manner.
  • Pioneer Preparatory School has a no nit policy. Any student diagnosed with lice must be nit free before returning to school. Information on lice control is available in the nurse’s office.
  • DO NOT send your child to school if they had a fever above 100 degrees or more within the last 24 hours. If they complain of feeling ill, please check their temperature before sending them to school.
  • DO NOT send your child to school if they have had diarrhea or vomiting in the last 24 hours.
  • If your child has any type of infection, they must have been on an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school.

Prescription Medication

Giving medication during school hours is discouraged and restricted to necessary medication that cannot be given at home. Whenever possible, medication should be taken at home. Medication that has to be given at school MUST be brought to the nurse’s office before school and stored in a cabinet or refrigerator.

If your child needs to take a prescription medication at school, ask your pharmacy to provide a duplicate bottle for school usage. Any changes from your child’s original prescription must be verified by the doctor, either by a fax or a new script. If your child has a medical condition which requires medication to be given on an as-needed basis, a doctor’s note is requested to contain instructions for administration of medication and reason for the medication.

All medications brought to school MUST be in the prescription bottle or original container. Medicine will not be given unless it is prescribed for the child bringing it to school and the container has his/her name on it. All medications must be accompanied by a medication slip, including:

  1. Student’s Name
  2. Medication Name
  3. Directions (amount and time to be given)
  4. Number of days to be given
  5. Parent’s signature, telephone number and date

Permission to Administer Over-the-Counter Medication

Over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, non-aspirin pain relievers, cough syrups) at school should be restricted to only when necessary. These are to be provided by the parent.  Parents must sign a permission form from the school nurse authorizing dispensing over-the-counter medication for headaches or other common ailments.

*Any medication, not in the original container, and with the child’s name on it, will be held by the school nurse for a parent to pick up within one week.  After that, it will be destroyed.  
*No medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, are given without written consent from parents or guardians.   

Transporting of Medication

It is strongly recommended that Primary students (K-5) DO NOT transport their medications. It is always best that a parent or guardian bring medications directly to school. The medicine will need to be given to the nurse’s office in accordance with the medication policy.

Communicable Diseases

Parents must notify the school immediately if a student has contracted a communicable disease. The school will then notify parents of other students in the grade level homeroom. If more than one case of a communicable disease occurs in a single homeroom or area of the school, the school may contact a Public Health officer. In the event of an epidemic, special precautions or exclusion policies will be initiated.
Pioneer Preparatory School follows isolation and quarantine regulations as prescribed by the Arizona Department of Public Health. In the chart below are guidelines that apply to how long a child should stay at home if common childhood diseases and conditions should occur.

Doctor/Dentist Appointments

All appointments are strongly urged to be after school hours. If this is not possible, a parent or a designated guardian must come to the school office to pick up a student for a medical or dental appointment. Students cannot be released unless an authorized person listed on the emergency card is present.

Health Requisites

Pioneer follows state law concerning proper immunization and requires that immunization records be on file before a student is allowed to attend school.  All students must present, before admission, a physician’s certificate listing the required immunizations as outlined by the State Board of Health. Parents are required to maintain a current record of immunizations with the school nurse for their child(ren).  Complete physicals are required before entry to the school at any grade level.

Illness and Exclusion Policy

If a student shows any symptoms of illness, such as a temperature, nausea, diarrhea, sore throat, or a rash, he/she should not come to school until a diagnosis has been determined or the symptoms have disappeared. This helps reduce the spread of infections at school.
If a student shows symptoms of a serious illness while at school, the student is excluded from the regular school program, and the following procedures are followed:

  1. The student is asked to report to the nurse’s office.
  2. Parents are notified to make arrangements to have the student picked up at school. If parents cannot be reached, the person designated on the emergency card is called. It is essential that parents list people on the emergency card who are able to pick up the student if the parents cannot be reached.

Screening Tests

Pioneer works with the State and local health agency to conduct age appropriate health screenings.  These tests are carried out under the supervision of the school physician, school nurse, and/or specialist in a particular health field.  Health screening procedures can only identify potential or existing health problems.  School officials will notify parents/guardians of the results of the screening to allow the necessary follow up with medical personnel.