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Desert Vista

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Medication Guidelines:

As of January 1, 2010, the Desert Vista Health Office will no longer be providing “stock” acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). Parents must provide the Health Office all such over-the-counter medications for their students' use.
 
DESERT VISTA IS A DRUG-FREE CAMPUS. FOR THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF ALL OUR STUDENTS, ALL MEDICATIONS, INCLUDING TYLENOL AND ADVIL, MUST BE KEPT IN THE SCHOOL NURSE’S OFFICE.  STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CARRY MEDICATIONS WITH THEM TO SCHOOL.

Please read the Medication Guideline Policy here.

Students requiring an over-the-counter pain reliever during the school day must have had their parent or guardian deliver it to the Health Office with a signed permission slip, and the medications must be administered by the School Nurse.
 
 
Please print and complete the form before delivering it to the School Nurse along with the referenced medication. Except in specific cases, the school nurse will NOT distribute medications during the first or seventh periods.

Hearing Screenings:

All students in 9th and Special Education will have their hearing checked annually. Others will be checked as the need arises, and parents who have concerns about their child's hearing should contact the school nurse.

Visual Screenings:

All students in Special Education have distance vision checked annually. A referral slip is sent home when a student does not pass screening so the parent can arrange for an examination by a vision specialist. Others will be checked as the need arises, and parents who have concerns about their child's vision should contact the school nurse. If there are financial concerns, parents should contact their school nurse for possible assistance.    

Meningococcal Disease:

The meningococcal vaccine is not a requirement but is highly recommended for high school age students. The shot is good for ten years and will be required upon admission to all Arizona state university/colleges and most out of state colleges. If you have any questions or concerns about this life threatening disease, please contact your healthcare provider.

MRSA:

Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus is an infection called MRSA. The skin condition most commonly looks like an infected pimple, boil, or spider bite and can worsen to include redness, warmth, swelling, pain, and discharge. MRSA is spread by skin-to-skin contact with contaminated objects such as razors, soap, clothing, or towels. Although there has been heightened awareness about MRSA, the staph infection has been around for decades and is treatable when detected early.
The best way to prevent the spread of MRSA and other illnesses is by practicing good personal hygiene as listed below:
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water (scrub long enough to sing "Happy Birthday")
  • Keeps cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage until healed
  • Avoid contact with other people's wounds and bandages
  • Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, razors, makeup, etc.
  • Wipe surfaces of exercise equipment before and after use.

Health Center Hours

7:15 AM - 3:30PM or by appointment.
Nurse is not available during 6th hour.

Jean Kennedy, RN, BSN
Direct Line:480-706-7936
Fax: 480-759-0499
Emailjkennedy@tuhsd.k12.az.us


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