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Health and Wellness

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Great school communities start with safe and healthy students engaged in joyful learning. We work to ensure that schools and families have the appropriate supports and resources to keep each child healthy and happy. 

SLEEP AND EXERCISE

The most prevalent health problems associated with low academic achievement in students is lack of sleep and exercise. Most children need at least nine hours of restful sleep each night. Physical activity has been proven to help children develop social skills, improve mental health, avoid obesity, and inhibit risk-taking behaviors. 

NURSES AND HEALTH ASSISTANTS

All schools have a health assistant or registered nurse available to address any health issues that may arise with our students and to work with our families so our students are healthy and ready to learn.

Immunizations

Requirements

Vaccines Required to Attend School in Oklahoma: 2018-19 School Year
(Vacunas Requeridas para Asistir a La Escuela en Oklahoma Año Escolar 2018-19)

REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR

Vaccines

Pre-K

K-6th

7th-12th

 

DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)

4 DTap

5 DTap

5DaTP* & 1 DTap booster

*If the 4th does of DTap is administered on or after the child’s 4th birthday, then the 5th dose DTap is not required

IPV/OPV (inactivated polio/oral polio)

3 IPV/OPV

4 IPV/OPV

4IPV/OPV*

*If the 3rd dose of IPV/OPV is administered on or after the child’s 4th birthday, then the 4th dose of IPV/OPV is not required.

MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

1 MMR

2MMR

2 MMR

 

HepB (hepatitis B)

3 HepB

3 HepB*

3 HepB*

*Students 11 through 15 years of age who have not previously received any HEP B vaccine may receive a 2 dose series of Merck®Adult Hepatitis B vaccine to satisfy this requirement.  All other children (younger or older) must receive 3 doses of pediatric Hepatitis B vaccine.

HepA (hepatitis A)

2 HepA

2HepA

2HepA

 

Varicella (chickenpox)

1 varicella

1 varicella

1 varicella

2nd dose is recommended at kindergarten entry

Questionnaire- Immunization Contraindications

Where to Get Immunizations

Tulsa City County Health Department provides no cost immunizations for non-insured students or those covered under Sooner Care or medicaid.

Our registered nurses can also give immunizations to qualified students at their school site. During summer enrollment, the Caring Van will be at the TPS Enrollment Center providing free immunizations to students.  Please check back for specific dates. 

Exemption

Oklahoma law requires evidence of adequate immunizations for each child attending school.  Children with specific medical contraindications to any immunizations may be allowed to attend if the medical reason is signed by a licensed physician and submitted to the school.  Parents may apply for an exemption based on religious or personal beliefs.  Exemption forms can be obtained from the Health & Wellnes office, TPS Enrollment Center, Room 230.

Can my child take medication at school?

  1. All medications taken at school, even non-prescription, must be turned in to the school health clinic.
  2. Parents must submit the Authorization for the Administration of Medication by Designated School Personnel form for any medication to be dispensed.

Should I keep my child home from school?

Your child should stay home from school if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • A fever of 100 degrees or higher (fever must be gone for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before sending back to school)
  • A severe or persistent cough
  • Diarrhea or vomiting (keep home until 24 hours after the last episode)

Nutrition and allergen info

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View nutrition and allergen information for meals provided by Tulsa Public Schools.

LICE

Lice can be found on anyone of any age, race, gender or socioeconomic class. Having head lice is not an indication of insufficient hygiene or poor living conditions. Lice checks are done at elementary schools three times per year and interim checks are done as needed or requested. Middle, junior high, and high schools are screened on an as-needed basis.

If lice is identified on a student, non-prescriptive head lice shampoo is available at a low cost through the Health and Wellness office, TPS Enrollment Center, Room 230.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are becoming a common problem, however they are not known to spread disease. The home of any person can be infested by bed bugs, regardless gender, race, or economic status. If a suspected bed bug is found on a student, the following protocol will be followed:

  1. The student will not be sent home. The guardian will be notified.
  2. The student will be temporarily removed from the classroom. An inspection of clothing and belongings will be done in a confidential and  private area.
  3. The bug will be sent to a pest management company. If positive identification is made, appropriate remediation action will be taken.

Hearing and Vision

HEARING AND VISION CHECKS

Parents can request hearing and vision checks for any student.  Teachers may also request to conduct a check with parent permission.  We give referrals for further services when necessary.

Student Classes

We provide informational classes for our students.  Parents are always welcome to view the content of these presentations before we present them to their student.  Parents may request that their student not attend the presentation.  Examples of classes are:

  • Hand washing for kindergarten students
  • Hygiene classes
  • Growth and development for 5th grade
  • HIV information for 5th, 7th, and 10th grades

Additional classes may be provided based upon school request.

Resources in Tulsa County

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

The Tulsa Health Department’s Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) educates young adults in responsible and informed decision-making about sexual activity. The goal of the program is to prevent teen births and sexually transmitted infections. PREP works with schools in Tulsa County, especially those that have the highest teen birth rates, in an effort to influence change and increase education. 

For more information about PREP, please call Amy Brice at 918-595-4467.

Child Guidance

Child Guidance provides specialized assistance to families that include young children with challenging behaviors including audiology services, social-emotional skills, sleep issues, and speech-language pathology services.

Charges for services are based on family size and income. SoonerCare and some private insurances are accepted. Clients are not refused services if they are unable to pay. Interpreter services in Spanish are provided. 

Immunizations

The Tulsa Health Department provides age appropriate immunizations according to recommended guidelines for children and adults. Children through age 18 are eligible to receive vaccines at no charge through the Vaccines for Children program if any of the following apply:  they are uninsured, Native American, Native Alaskan, or their insurance policy does not cover vaccines.

Learn more.

Hearing Screening & Services

Child Guidance currently provides audiology services for clients from birth to 21 years old. Charges for services are based on your family size and income. SoonerCare and some private insurances are accepted. You will not be refused services if you are unable to pay. Interpreter services in Spanish are provided. Testing is recommended if your child:

  • Did not pass the newborn hearing screening at the hospital
  • Did not pass school hearing screening
  • Has had multiple ear infections
  • Has not developed speech and language appropriately or has had a regression in speech
  • Has sinus and allergy problems
  • Has a family member with hearing loss
  • Has difficulty paying attention or is often caught daydreaming
  • Has a developmental delay or other medical conditions

For more information or to request an appointment please click here or call 918-595-4066.

Newborn Hearing Screening Follow-up Testing (birth to 5 months): If your baby referred testing in the hospital or has factors that were considered high risk for hearing loss, then it is very important that you have your baby retested.

Hearing Evaluation (6 months to 21 years old): Diagnostic behavioral hearing tests are performed. Parents or physicians who are concerned about their child’s hearing or speech development should schedule an appointment for a hearing test.

Hearing Aid and Related Services (birth to 21 years): We evaluate, select, and program amplification and/or other assistive listening devices. Children diagnosed with a hearing loss should be amplified as soon as possible to prevent regression in learning and speech development.

Hearing screenings are offered at two Tulsa Health Department locations: Central Regional Health Center - 315 South Utica and the North Regional Health and Wellness Center - 5635 North Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Contact Us

Anupama Gowda
Nurse

918-833-8800
gowdaan@tulsaschools.org

Be prepared for school

Free immunization clinics will be held at the TPS Enrollment Center throughout August in order to help you prepare for the 2018-2019 school year. See dates, times and more info.


Strong Tomorrows provides guidance, support, and information for expectant and parenting students at Tulsa Public Schools.

Our program incorporates a dual-generational approach by providing case management services and partnering with high-quality childcare programs like Educare and Community Action Project.


Maranda Jackson
Case Manager, Strong Tomorrows

918-832-9190
jacksma@tulsaschools.org