Health Office

Highland Junior High Health Office

Health Office Staff:

Mary Rinsem, RN                                                 

Email:   mary.rinsem@gilbertschools.net             Renata Gesner, HA Email: renata.gesner@gilbertschools.net

Phone: 480.632.4739

Fax:      480.632.4729 ILLNESS AND EMERGENCY

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 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.  

CRUTCHES, WHEELCHAIRS, ASSISTIVE WALKING DEVICES:

Short-term use of crutches, wheelchairs, or other assistive walking devices due to an accident or injury require the parent to contact the student's health office staff. This additional information helps us to make emergency plans in the event of potential problems with ambulating or when participating in strenuous activity like recess or PE. Students need a doctor's note to be excused from PE or other strenuous activity after three consecutive days of a parent note. Please contact your child's health office staff for more clarification if needed.


When it is necessary for a student to take medication during school hours, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Prescription medication must be in the ORIGINAL container with a non-expired prescription label that matches the written physician’s order.

  2. Over-the-counter medications must be in the ORIGINAL container with original package directions.

  3. Age appropriate dosage as stated on the label will be dispensed.

  4. A Medication Permission Consent Form must be signed by the parent/guardian and physician for us to administer medication to the child.

  5. Dosage, time, dates to be given, and the name of the medication must be clearly stated.

  6. All medication must be dropped off and picked up at school by an ADULT only.

  7. It is recommended that when you get a prescription filled at the pharmacy that has to be given at school that you ask the pharmacist to create a “School Bottle”. This is especially important with liquid medications (such as antibiotics) that have to be refrigerated.

  8. All inhalers, self carry or not, must have a pharmacy placed label on it or have the inhaler inside of the box with the pharmacy label. Inhalers not properly labeled are not allowed per district policy. Parents must complete the Consent to Carry Inhalers form and return to the Health Office prior to the student carrying an inhaler on campus.

  9. Medications given three times a day WILL NOT be given at school. Please make arrangements to give these medications before or after school. If a physician puts in writing that a medication must be given during the school day, such as ADHD medication, it will then be given as the doctor directs.

  10. Narcotic pain medication will not be given at school.

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