Health Information

    Welcome to the Andersen Elementary Health Office
    Health Assistant: Mrs. Johanna Ramos
    Phone:(480)812-6002 Fax:(480)224-9425




     So what are lice and nits?

    • Nits (the eggs of the head louse) are small yellowish-white, oval-shaped eggs that are “to the side of a hair shaft glued” at an angle.
    • Nits must be laid by live lice.
    • You cannot “catch nits.”
    • Once laid, it takes 7-10 days for a nit to hatch, and another 7-10 days for the female to mature and begin laying her own eggs.
    • Head lice are clear in color when hatched, then quickly develop a reddish-brown color after feeding.
    • Head lice are about the size of sesame seeds.
    • Head lice have six legs equipped with claws to grasp the hair.
    • Head lice are crawling insects. They cannot hop, jump, or fly.
    • Head lice do not thrive on pets.
    • Head lice are small, wingless insects which feed on human blood. They need human blood in order to survive.
    • Head lice live for approximately 30 days on a host and a female louse may lay up to 100 nits (eggs).
    • Head lice off of their human hosts will starve. In most cases, a head louse will not survive for more than 24 hours off of its human host

    Staying Ahead of Lice

    • Watch for signs of head lice, such as frequent head scratching. Anyone can get head lice… mainly by head-to-head contact but also from sharing hats, brushes and headrests. Lice do not jump or fly.
    • Check all family members for lice and nits (lice eggs) at least once a week. Only those infested should be treated. Lice are reddish-brown wingless insects, nits are grayish-white, always oval shaped, and are glued at an angle to the side of the hair shaft.
    • Be sure not to confuse nits with hair debris such as bright irregularly shaped clumps of dandruff stuck to the hair shaft or elongated segments of dandruff encircling the hair shaft and easily dislodged. Lice treatment is not appropriate for hair debris.
    • Remember, all lice-killing products are pesticides. If you choose to purchase an over-the-counter treatment, follow the directions carefully and use with caution. If the product fails, do not switch to other over-the-counter treatments or use any prescription products as a “last resort”. This can be potentially harmful. Manual Removal is the safe alternative and a necessary component to any head lice treatment regimen.
    • Remove all nits. This assures total lice treatment. Separate hair in sections and remove all attached nits with a lice removal comb, baby safety scissors, or your fingernails.
    • Wash bedding and recently worn clothing in hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Combs and brushes may be soaked in hot water (not boiling) for 10 minutes.
    • Avoid lice sprays! Vacuuming is the safest and best way to remove lice or fallen hairs with attached nits from upholstered furniture, rugs, stuffed animals and car seats.
    • Notify your child’s school, camp, child care provider, & neighborhood parents.
    • Check for lice on a regular basis. This is the best way to protect your family and community.

    What is the school policy regarding lice & nits?

    • If Active (live) head lice is found on a student, that student will be sent home.
    • A child must remain at home until treatment with pediculicide.  A child may return to school if there are no live lice present. Please notify the Health Office as the student must be cleared to attend class. 


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    So with all this in mind and colder weather approching , please remind your student to not share any sweaters, scarfs, beanies, head gear, or jackets with their friends. Lets work together in stopping the spread of lice.  

    I hope you enjoyed this months HEALTH OFFICE SPOTLIGHT . 

    Until next time,

    Your school Health Assistant, Jo Ramos.

    Please Visit our Health Services Page  on the district website for Health Care Protocol, Health Care Forms, Medication Administration Policy, Immunization requirements, and lots more. 
    In case of emergency
    At the beginning of each school year, we ask that parents/guardians go into Infinite Campus to complete students emergency card. 
    What do we use the Emergency Card for?
    • We use this information to contact you in the case of any emergency at school.
    • List family & friends who you give us permission to contact incase we can not get ahold of you in an emergency.
    • For you as a parent/guardian to give us permission to dispense Tylenol to your child at school, if necessary.
    • List any medical conditions we should know about your student.
    • If you have any medication dispensing needs or any concerns regarding your child's health, you would enter this information in this section.
    This information can be updated anytime during the year if your phone number or other information should change.
    Per board policy JLCB, all students must have proof of adequae immunizations, a state immunization exemption form, or confirmation in writting from your child's licensed health care provider, stating a plan of immunizations.
    If it is found that your child is non-compliant with state requirements you will receive a letter from the Health Office with information of which immunizations are missing with a deadline of 5 days to comply. If required documentation is not provided within 5 days, your child will be medically suspended from school. This means the student is removed from school and cannot participate in school activities until adquate documentation is provided. The student may return to school, once the required documents have been provided.
    Happy 11th Birthday!!!!
    If your child is turning 11 years old, vaccines are required per the Arizona Department of Health Services.
    • Students 11 years of age and older will be REQUIRED to have one dose of Tdap vaccine if 5 years have passed since their last dose of Tetanus/diphtheria containing vaccine.
    • Students 11 years of age and older will be REQUIRED to have one dose of Meningococcal (Meningitis) vaccine. Please make appointments now with your health care provider to avoid being medically suspended from attending school due to non-copliance. Students will have 14 days to get the required immunizations after they turn 11 years old to remain in compliance with the state requirements.  Students without the required documentation will not be allowed to attend school, until documentation is received.
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    Soiled Clothes & Clothing Donations 
    If your child has an accident at school or soils their clothes: Your child will be given clean clothes/shoes to wear for the rest of the day. Please return these clothes washed the following school day, except for underwear.
    Please consider donating your childs gently used clothes, or a pack of new underwear.
    The Health Office is always in need of both girls & boys shorts, pants, and brand new underwear for occassional accidents.
    We are running extremely low on...
    • Girls leggings (Size MED & LG)
    • Boys shorts (Size MED & LG)
    • Boy & Girls Underwear (Size 8-16)

    Established in 1995, the Chandler CARE Center is a school-based family resource center providing access to medical, dental, counseling, and social services. Most services are free of charge to families thanks to the many funders, professionals, and service organizations contributing financially and volunteering their services.

    Mental Health/Grief Resources for all CUSD Students/Families

    We are aware that the wellbeing of our students not only involves their bodies, but also their minds. We have tons of resources available for our students and families only a click away. Please let the Health Office or Counselor know if we can help you in any way. Mental Health Resources 

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