School Health Program
Roadrunner has an on-site nurse to provide first aid, maintain records, assist in special education programs and screen for diseases of the eyes, ears and teeth. The role of the school nurse is to collaborate with the educators to:
assess and evaluate the health and development of students
be the health care liaison to the student
counsel, educate and find resources to assist in students' health care
Communication between school and home is critical to ensure the health of the students.
Parents should inform the school whenever there is a health situation with their child. It is critical that we all make every effort to avoid spreading disease in the schools.
We ask that parents use the following guidelines to help control communicable diseases in the school community:
Do not send your child to school if they show signs of illness. Keep the ill child home for their safety, as well as the safety of others.
Some signs and symptoms of acute illness are: restlessness at night, fever, sore throat, runny nose, rash, nausea, diarrhea, red watery eyes, flushed face, headache and swelling on the face.
A child must be fever free 24 hours before returning to school.
The State Department requires that a child remain home a specified time following a communicable disease. Therefore, a brief phone call to the nurse will ensure a student’s re-admittance after such an illness.
Students may be sent home if the school nurse feels that they are too ill to continue in school. We would expect that the parent or an emergency contact authorized by the parent would be available to pick up the child in a timely fashion.
We recognize that many students have minor aches and pains quite often. We will work with each situation individually to ensure that students are not sent home prematurely or unnecessarily or that students are kept in school inappropriately.
Immunizations of students are the responsibility of the parents. Each child must have documentation of complete immunizations for their age before they will be enrolled in Roadrunner School. Immunization requirements are governed by the Arizona Department of Health. Visit the AZ Health webpage to learn the requirements and download forms. These records will be kept at the Roadrunner Health Office.
Downloadable Resources for Parents (PDFs)
Drug testing at PVSchools
Parents of middle and high school students in the PVSchools have several tools available from the district to help them ensure the health and well being of their children. Read more on the options available.
The district notifies schools 72 hours before using any pesticide or herbicide. Notifications include school office, front door postings, school newsletters and public address announcements.
The district does not carry insurance for student medical or dental costs if a student is injured during school activities. Parents are responsible for their children’s insurance.
An optional school-day or 24-hour accident policy is available at school through a private agency. Information on the policy is available from each school office. Information on the policy is provided as a service. The district has no connection with the insurance company. Parents may purchase insurance at any time throughout the school year.
In an emergency, the school may call paramedics who may decide that an ambulance should be called. These services are paid for by the parent.
Concussions are considered to be a mild form of a traumatic brain injury and the potential for their occurrence in children is greatest during activities where collisions can occur, such as during physical education (PE) class, playground time, or school-based sports activities (CDC, 2009).
Recognition of a concussion and immediate assessment is critical in preventing further injury and for post-concussion management.
Roadrunner School participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch program
Menus are analyzed annually to ensure they meet standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Free and reduced-price meal applications are available in our school office. For detailed information on meals and online payment, please visit our Nutrition page.
Online Resources For Parents
NOTE: Parents should notify the nurse whenever there is a change in the medication for their child. Also, an OTC medicine permission must accompany any over the counter medication sent to school.