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Message to Parents

Dear Ava R-1 Parent/Guardian, 

The school health office provides first aid and health care to over 1700 students, faculty, and staff. If your child is injured or becomes ill he/she will be sent to us. At this time I would like to relate several aspects of our care. There are a few rules for the health office that I wanted you to be aware of. 

  1. Health update forms are required to be filled out completely and signed by parents/guardians prior to a student being treated through the health office. All students have been given a form to bring home. However, if you haven’t filled one out please call the school and I will send one home to you.
  2. Students are sent home from school for three reasons: a) a fever of 100 or greater b) vomiting, with or without a fever   c) any condition I deem potentially contagious to other students, i.e. head lice or pinkeye. Other special circumstances can occur, in those cases I will use nursing skills & judgment as well as communicate with parents to determine if your child needs to be sent home.

3.       State health regulations dictate that students cannot attend school unless properly immunized and can provide satisfactory evidence of the immunization unless they are exempted. I will notify parents by mail if your child needs any immunizations. I will need a copy of proof that the vaccine was administered to update our records at school. Ten -year tetanus booster shots will be due around 8th grade sometime.

Please keep us updated on your address and phone number as they change, as well as all emergency information, including your current doctor. If there are any changes with the emergency contact numbers please send a note with your child to school. Also, inform us of any changes in your child’s health i.e., serious injuries, surgeries, allergies, new diagnosis, medications taken routinely or medications that are no longer taken.

We will be happy to assist in giving your child’s medication at school, however, it must be in the original container in which it was purchased, with the doctor’s orders attached. Medications will not be given from any othercontainer. This permits you to deliver the medication to the Health Office and leave it until it is completed.  The empty container will be returned with your child, thus eliminating breakage, forgotten dosages which decrease the effectiveness of treatment and also prevents sharing medications in the lower age groups.

The school only has Tylenol and Antacids, and first aid supplies on hand. Please send cough drops and Chap Stick for your child to keep on hand and use as needed. At any time your child may require other over the counter medications, such as for cold symptoms, you can send it with a note from the parent as to the reason for the medication and the time the medication is due. We will put the medicine in the cabinet with your child’s name on it and give it only to your child.

You may call me if you have any questions or comments at 683-3835 ext. 206. MS/HS Nurse

683-5450 ext. 106 Elem. Nurse.


Bonnee Stafford, R.N., HS/ MS Nurse

Wendy Brooke, R.N., Elem. Nurse