Gilbert Public Schools has nurse coverage in association with
health assistants in all of our schools. We are available to assist
students with illness and injury related problems. In addition to these
primary services, we conduct health screenings, assist students and
families with referrals for health related services, do follow-up, and
act as a health education resource person for students, their families
and our GPS staff.
Important information from Maricopa County Department of Public Health
regarding pertussis (whooping cough) - Pertussis Awareness Letter
Hearing screenings are given to selected groups of students per mandate
under the guidelines of the Arizona Department of Health Hearing
Conservation Program. Usually grades preschool, K-2, 6th, and 9th every
year. All special education students are screened on a yearly basis.
Vision screening are conducted each year with selected groups of
students per Arizona guidelines. Usually grades preschool, K,1,3, and 6
are done each year.
Scoliosis: Students are screened for scoliosis which is a curvature of the spine. Scoliosis checks are conducted in grades 6 and 7.
Other Screenings: Heights and weights are done in some elementary grades. Optional blood pressure screening may be conducted in grade 5.
Head Lice/Nits Information:
Lice infestation has nothing to do with socioeconomic status or hygiene
standards. Anyone can get head lice. Lice and nits are commonly
transmitted in children when they share combs, brushes, hats and coats.
Lice checks are performed on students when a parent or teacher suspects
their child/student has lice or if classmates and/or siblings have lice.
If a student is found to have live head lice, their parent will be
notified immediately to take their child home. The child must be treated
and have most of the nits removed from the hair shafts before returning
to school. Health Office Staff must recheck the student's hair prior to
returning to school. Elementary school health office staff will send
home a general letter when lice have been detected in the classroom of