Health Office Guidelines
School is no place for a sick child. Please do not send your child to school if he/she has diarrhea, vomiting, a fever, rash, deep cough, or a communicable disease such as chickenpox, strep throat, pink eye or lice. You will be notified if your child becomes ill enough to be sent home from school, sustains what seems to be more than a minor injury, or has an emergency. It is the parent’s responsibility to make arrangements to pick up an ill or injured child as promptly as possible. We suggest that you have someone listed on your emergency card in case you are not available or cannot leave work. Any student having any of the following symptoms will need to be sent home: vomiting, having two bouts of diarrhea, evidence of possible pink eye, a rash or with a temperature of 100.0 degrees. A parent or guardian must pick these students up promptly.
Children are not permitted to walk home when ill or injured per GPS District policy. If a child is sent home with fever, diarrhea or vomiting they are not to come to school the following day. Twenty-four hours "symptoms free" would not be possible by the following day. Children must be fever free (without medication) for 24 hours prior to their return to school. Children must be diarrhea and vomiting free (without medication) 24 hours prior to returning to return to school also.
Please notify the Health Office staff if your child requires any medication for a medical condition, such as diabetes, seizure disorder, asthma, allergies, or any other physical/emotional/mental condition. Per GPS District policy, all medication must be dropped off in the health office by a parent or another adult and appropriate paperwork completed by the parent, medical provider, or both. The student MAY NOT bring medications into school.
Please follow link below for detailed information regarding district medication policy:
Arizona State Law states that all children must have up to date immunization records on file prior to the start of the school year.
School immunization requirements can be found at: Immunizations - Gilbert Public School District
Tdap (Tetanus booster) and Meningococcal vaccinations are due for all students 11 years old and entering the 6thgrade.
Crutches, Wheelchairs, and Assistive Walking Devices
Short-term use of crutches, wheelchairs, or other assistive devices requires the parent to notify the health office. A note from the parent can excuse a student from PE or other strenuous activities for up to 3 days. If student needs to be excused from PE or other strenuous activities for longer than 3 days a Doctor's note will need to be provided to the health office. Please note that this is a new policy effective this school year.
Wet and Soiled Clothes
It is strongly suggested that each student carry in their backpack a change of clothes. A large zip-lock baggie is a great container that can easily be stored in the bottom of the pack. The Health Office does not have any school clothes available at this time to change out your child if an accident occurs. An adult will have to bring a change of clothes to the child to have them be able to return to class.
Flip-Flops are fun summer shoes. With the activities at school Flip-Flops are not the recommended shoe for school wear. Trips and falls are common occurrences with students wearing Flip-Flops. Also if the sandal breaks an adult will have to bring a different pair of shoes for the child to wear before the child can return to class.
With the weather "cooling" off here in Arizona, it's that time of year.....
Here are a few tips and facts to keep you and your family protected from the flu:
1. The real flu is different than the "stomach flu". Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. Some people who are infected with the flu may have respiratory symptoms without a fever.
2. The CDC recommends an annual flu shot for anyone 6 months of age and older and especially for high risk individuals. High risk individuals include young children, pregnant women, people with health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart and lung disease, and people 65 years and older.
3. Try to avoid close contact with anyone you know who is sick.
4. If you are sick yourself, limit contact with others as much as possible. Stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medication.
5. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
6. Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
7. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
8. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
9. See your doctor if you feel like you have the flu. Your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication to treat your illness. These are most effective when started within 48 hours of getting sick and may lessen your symptoms and shorten the time you are sick.
Feel free to contact the health office for any concerns or questions.
Your student’s health and safety is a priority!