Using clinical knowledge and judgment, the school nurse provides health care to students and staff, performs health screenings and coordinates referrals to the medical home or private healthcare provider. The school nurse serves as a liaison between school personnel, family, community and healthcare providers to advocate for health care and a healthy school environment.
National Association of School Nurses / American Nurses Association, 2005
Alerts & Notices
Forms & Documents
The Ax Family Health Center is located adjacent to the Burke Center. The school nurse has the responsibility of maintaining student health records, responding to medical emergencies, teaching health classes, and administering medications.
Sick Day Guidelines
Please read our Sick Day Guidelines to determine when your child should stay home from school and when he or she should return after being ill.
Children Who Become Ill During the School Day
Children are unable to stay in the infirmary all day. If the nurse calls parents to pick-up a child, we ask them to come to campus within 30 minutes. If an emergency should arise, parents are expected to make arrangements for a timely pick-up with the nurse.
Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications
Parents should deliver prescription and/or supplemental over-the-counter medications in their original prescription containers, clearly marked with the student’s name, medication, dosage, route, time, date, and the primary care provider's name, with a signed and dated Prescription Medication Form/Supplemental Over-the-Counter Medication Form. Students whose parents have given permission may visit the nurse if they need over-the-counter or prescription medications during the school day.
Medical Records & Immunization Information
Good health practices dictate that each child has a physical examination at least once a year. The school requires that you have your physician notify the school in writing of any physical limitations or changes in health status that might affect your child’s participation in the academic or physical environment.
The health and safety of our students is very important to us. All PCDS students are required to have a yearly physical examination the documentation of which includes an up-to-date record of immunizations. New students must also provide a copy of their birth certificate. PCDS stands firm in its "No forms no school" policy.