Health Services

Jody Disney

520-545-2149 Fax

2238 E. Ginter Road
Tucson, AZ 85706
United States
32° 8' 12.5304" N, 110° 56' 16.1736" W


Health Services - NursesThe mission of the Sunnyside health services program is to support the health and well-being of students and staff in the district. Our goal is a registered nurse in every school. School nurses are part of the education team and support student academic achievement.

Under the guidance of the school nurse, health clerks support the health services programs throughout the District. Both High Schools have health clerks on staff and one health clerk rotates to different schools district-wide.

School Nurse Directory (PDF)



Illness or Injury

Illness and InjuryA student who appears ill or has a temperature of 100 degrees or more, should remain at home or will be sent home when becoming ill at school. Before students are excused from school for illness, injury or for any other reasons, parents/guardians or authorized emergency contact persons are notified. Accidental injuries at school are treated with first aid by the school nurse, or in his/her absence, by a trained staff member. Parents will be informed and advised if further medical care is needed.

In a major life-threatening emergency, or when it is unsafe for a parent to transport a child for further treatment, 911 will be called.

Any child displaying signs or symptoms of an untreated communicable disease are generally recognized as contagious and will be excluded from school until signs and symptoms abate. The student may return to school by request of the student's physician.

HEAD LICE Head lice affects 6-12 million children aged 3 to 11 each year in the US. Lice are wingless and live close to the human scalp – they move by crawling and do not jump or fly. It is advisable to see your health care provider to receive appropriate treatment but effective products can be purchased over the counter. The most important treatment is removal of ALL nits! Parents or guardians are notified by the school nurse if their child is identified in school as having lice. Treatment should begin promptly and the child must be examined by the nurse before returning to school. The home and other members of the family should be checked too.

More Information:

Parents are encouraged to contact their school nurse and review their child's special health concerns with the nurse.


ImmunizationArizona State Law Immunization Requirements (PDF) states that all school children must be immunized in order to enroll in school. SUSD follows the state’s strict requirement of “No Shots, No School” and requires proof of immunization at enrollment. By law, a student is not allowed to attend classes unless they are compliant with immunizations. The exceptions to this are a medical, personal, or religious exemption.

Protect your baby from Pertussis (Whooping Cough.) Get Information from the CDC.

If there are medical or religious reasons a child cannot be vaccinated, call the school nurse for further information.

 Sunnyside District's Immunization Guidelines:

Provide an immunization record from a physician, health department, or other health care provider showing dates (month, day, year) of required immunizations. Read the Arizona State Law Immunization Requirements (PDF) to learn more.


Obtain required immunizations. If there are medical or religious reasons a child cannot be vaccinated, call the school nurse for further information. Medical, personal, or religious exemptions must complete the Medical Exemption Form (PDF), with an included signature and the Religious Beliefs Exemption Form (PDF) or Personal Beliefs Exemption Form (PDF), with an included signature. A copy must be submited to the health office prior to start of school.

 Students with no shot records or waiting for shot records:

To be admitted, a child must receive one dose each of:

  • DTP/DT/Td/Tdap
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • MMR
  • Varicella Vaccine (or history of varicella disease documented.)

Pre-school children must also have Hib vaccine and if eleven or older meningococcal. For a clinic near you please see:

A signed physician's statement (on the Medical Exemption Form) is required if there are medical reasons a child cannot be vaccinated. Only a physician (MD/DO), physician’s assistant or advanced nurse practitioner licensed in Arizona is authorized to exempt children from immunizations.

  1. To remain in school a medically verified record must be provided showing the dates of all required immunizations, or the remaining immunizations must be given.
  2. Military or students in the Homeless program, please discuss your shot records with Health Services or your school nurse. Federal law makes a 30 day provision for qualifying circumstances.
  3. Children not complying with immunization requirements must be excluded from school.

We in the school district, as well as other medical experts, believe every child should have a medical home. The physician's office is the best place for all of your child's care including these and all other immunizations. If all health care is done in one place, the child's records will be complete and in one location. For alternative locations see our Referral form.


Medication Administration During School HoursPrescription medicine may be administered at school when prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider with prescriptive authority in the State of Arizona, and provided in a container labeled by the pharmacy or the legal prescriber. The State of Arizona grants prescriptive authority to physicians (MD and DO), physician assistants (PA), advanced nurse practitioners (ANP, FNP, PNP) and dentists. The proper Request for Giving Medicine at School form (PDF) must be completed for administering all medications at school. Permission Forms are only applicable for the current school year in most circumstances.

Parents are responsible for providing all medications to the school nurse in original containers accompanied by the appropriate Request for Giving Medicine at School form . The school nurse is responsible for reviewing all medication requests including those for a field trip or overnight student school travel.


Students who are well enough to attend school are well enough to play outside unless the school receives a note from their medical provider. Sunnyside students play outside until temperatures reach 105 degrees.


Student ScreeningsDuring the course of the school year, the school nurse will be checking height, weight, vision, hearing, and color vision. The extent of the routine screening depends on the grade. However, any time a teacher or parent has a concern; the school nurse will follow up with the appropriate test and notify the parents if further evaluation is warranted.


Special Needs or TreatmentsIf your child requires special nursing care during the school day, please contact your school nurse. Schools nurse are trained to manage most medical situations. Depending on the circumstances, physician orders and special equipment may be required. 

Phone Numbers and Updates on Medical Status

It is important that the school has current home, work, and emergency phone numbers and is current regarding changes in health status. This is especially critical during an emergency situation.


For more information regarding health services, please contact: Jody Disney Director of Health and Wellness 545-2014



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