Notes from Nurse Robin
Welcome to the Boulder Creek Elementary nurses office!
Hi, my name is Robin Weinberg and I have been a Registered Nurse since 1989 (please do not do the math!). I started my Nursing career as a Postpartum/Well -Baby Nurse in my hometown of New York City when I completed Nursing School. In 1992, my life path led me to Detroit Michigan for a brief 2 years, and I continued to do work with new moms and their babies. I relocated to Arizona in 1994, and it was then that I began a 16 year journey as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, a field of Nursing that I loved. In 2010, I switched gears in my specialty, and it was at that time that I embarked on yet another Nursing journey - as an Elementary School Nurse. Ironically, since joining the staff here at Boulder Creek, I have crossed paths with parents who recognize me as their Labor Nurse, and those newborns are now students in my school! Talk about the "circle of life"! In the fall of 2016, I will be starting my fifth year here at Boulder Creek Elementary School, and I am honored to be a member of such a wonderful team!
Please visit our district page for more information and forms. You may also reach me by calling the health office at 602-449-4503.
Thank you for your help.
Here are just a few reminders about medication for your child at school.
The health office needs your permission to dispense medication to your child. Medication forms are available in the health office or at the front desk and must be completed when dropping off any medication for your child. In accordance with district policy, hand-written notes are not acceptable.
All over the counter medication must be dispensed through the health office (this does include cough drops). To ensure that medication has not expired and the dosage is correct, all medication needs to be in the original container.
Doctor Prescribed Medication must be in original container with the prescription label that includes the patient's name intact.
If it is necessary for a child to take medication during school hours, the following requirements must be met:
- Students may not keep medication with them. Diabetes with insulin pumps are an exception.
- Prescription medication must be in the original container with a current prescription label
- Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container. Appropriate dosage as stated on the label will be dispensed.
- There must be written permission from the parent/guardian to administer medication to the child. Dosage, time, dates to be given and name of medication must be stated. A separate medication form needs to be completed for each medication.
- Medications are expected to be brought to school by the parent / guardian
- Inhalers cannot be kept on the child’s person unless the student is in the 5th or 6th grade and has given a written doctor’s order to the nurse. (For severe asthma only.)
- It is recommended that liquid medicines that require refrigeration be left in the Health Center during the dates to be dispensed. Ask your pharmacist for a second container to be kept at school.
- If medication needs to be given during a field trip, please provide the nurse with an extra labeled pharmacy bottle.
- Medications brought to school and not meeting necessary requirements will not be dispensed by the nurse and will be locked in the office until a parent/guardian verifies the medication and follows the procedure or takes it home. Cough Drops must be handed in to the Nurse or teacher to dispense due to choking hazard.
When can my child return to school?
Please remember it is district policy that your child be fever free (no fever without the aid of Tylenol or Ibuprofen) and vomit free for 24 hours prior to returning to school. This district policy protects all students from illness. Thank you for your help.
The State Department of Education tracks many health problems, so it is important to state specifically why your child is absent and please advise our health office.
Illness reasons are listed below:
Gastro-Intestinal (Stomach upset, flu, diarrhea)
Upper Respiratory (Cold, sore throat, bronchitis, congestion, strep throat, etc.)
Excused Absence (Symptoms that are not contagious: headache, vacation, personal)
Please advise the health office if your child has strep throat, pink eye, or any other communicable situation. The health office will then alert the classroom so the rest of the parents can monitor their children and keep them HOME before coming to school to avoid infecting other students.
Students who are not feeling well must come to the health office to be assessed by the Nurse. Do not have them text or call you first. By following this procedure, the nurse can monitor any illnesses that are prevalent in the school community. There are many ways to help your child feel better without having them go home. If they need to go home the Nurse will call you. We appreciate your help in this matter.
Parents of 11-year old students please remember that the State of Arizona requires immunizations at age 11. These must be administered before the student enters 6th grade. Once these immunizations have been received, please bring proof of administration to the Health Office.
Physical Education (PE) Excuses
A written parental excuse is required if your child cannot participate in P.E. class for three classes or fewer. If your child is unable to participate in P.E. for more than three classes a doctor’s excuse is required. A doctor’s release is required for a child to participate in P.E. following surgery or serious injury.
Please ensure your child's Emergency Card is always up to date with your most current contact information. If you do have any updates/changes to the Emergency Card, please come into the school office to make the updates. Thank you!
Adequate hydration - "drinking plenty of water" - is critical to keeping headaches and tummy aches AWAY! Please make sure your student has a water bottle with them at school each day. Drinking water goes a long way toward helping students stay in class and continue LEARNING.
The health office is always in need of usable underwear, shorts, pants, shirts, socks and shoes in ALL sizes. Your donation goes to help a Boulder Creek student and is GREATLY appreciated!!