Health Services

Faith Academy’s professional nurses and school physician provide quality care for the Faith community. In addition to attending the needs of ill and injured students, staff, and employees, Faith Academy’s Health Services offers:

  • Nurse and doctor consultations
  • Vision screening grades K-8
  • Hearing screening grades K-5
  • TB screening for all students, staff, and employees
  • Immunizations
  • Hospital and doctor referrals
  • Health education, as requested by teachers
  • First Aid and CPR training for coaches
  • Medical coverage for selected off-campus events
  • Medical, health, and safety advice for new schoolwide policies and procedures
  • Medical equipment to borrow
  • Community resource information
Please keep your child at home if they have:

  • Fever of >37.7 Centigrade or >100 Fahrenheit – stay home until fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of medicine
  • A communicable disease (like mumps, chicken pox, or measles)
  • A frequent cough or severe cold symptoms – if they have been diagnosed with strep throat, they need to stay home until they have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours.
  • Pinkeye/sore eyes (an older or more mature student who is able to practice good hygiene and frequent hand washing may attend class with pinkeye/sore eyes if the symptoms are not too severe)
  • Repeated vomiting or diarrhea, especially with a fever – keep them home if they have vomited twice or more in the last 24 hours, the evening or the morning before school and/or until their stools are formed (or are symptom free for 24 hours).
  • A chest x-ray that is positive for active TB—they may return to class only after completing two weeks of TB medications

If a child is too ill to stay in class, or has a contagious illness, the Health Services will call his parents or guardians to pick him/here up.

 HS and MS PE Excuses

  • A PE excuse will ONLY be given if a student brings a note from a parent/dorm parent/guardian.
  • Only two excuses will be given per illness/injury with a parent note, any more than that requires a note from a doctor with instructions on how many days are to be missed as well as any activity restrictions after returning.
  • A modified excuse, rather than a full excuse, will be given whenever possible. This decision will be made by the nurse.
  • Repeated use of PE excuses will be referred to the Assistant Principal.
  • If a student is on an athletic team, they will not be allowed to participate in practice or game on the day that a PE excuse is given.
  • Missed PE work will need to be made up. The student and PE teacher will be responsible to work out a make-up plan.

Office Hours
  • Monday – Friday

7am – 2:30pm (Two nurses in the office)

  • Monday – Friday

2:30pm – 4:30pm (Nurse on campus—on call)

Doctor office hours vary – (for students and staff only)

Contact Details:

Phone: 651-7100 ext 752 or 753

Office Cellphone: 0932-842-7103

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Sandy Varberg (Head Nurse)
Valentin Hemedes (Campus Physician)
Young Soon Park (School Nurse)
Marilyn Curtis (School Nurse)
  1. Good nutrition
    • Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
    • Reduce saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol
    • Limit sweets and salt
    • Encourage your child to eat breakfast every morning and do not skip meals during the day. They need nutrition in order to think and learn!
  1. Enough sleep
    • Sleep experts recommend eight hours of sleep per night for adults, adolescents need at least nine hours and children ten hours – you cannot train your body to need less sleep and you cannot catch up on lost sleep!!
    • Stick to a regular sleep schedule – go to bed and get up about the same time every day. Sleep in no more than two or three hours on the weekend.
    • No caffeine or vigorous exercise in the evening
    • Avoid computer games or heavy studying just before going to bed
  1. Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water
    • Water is best – sports drinks are needed only after high-intensity exercise to help replace lost electrolytes
    • Recommended three to four liters per day
    • Thirst is a signal that your body is already on the way to dehydration
    • Have your child bring a water bottle to school with them and fill it frequently
  1. Wash your hands often
    • You pick up germs from other sources and then infect yourself when you touch your eyes, nose, and mouth
    • Wash your hands before, during and after you prepare food, before you eat, after you use the bathroom, after handling animals or animal waste, when your hands are dirty and more frequently when someone in your home is sick.
    • Also – don’t share food and drinks with others to avoid spreading germs!!

Required by Faith
Diphtheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DPT)5 shot at age 11 – 18

Diptheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DPT) 5 shots by age 6
DTaP 1 shot at age 11 – 18
Diphtheria Tetanus Boosters every 10 years after receiving DTaP at age 11-18 (or after 5 years if injured)
Polio Vaccine 4 shots by age 6
Measles may be given before 1st birthday
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) need 2 shots – one after 1st birthday, second one before entering Kinder (if catching up, shots must be at least one month apart)
TB skin test Every year unless previous positive results
Chest x-ray
  • Required if TB skin test is positive for the first time
  • Needed for TB screening if a history of positive skin test and/or student has symptoms of TB
Hepatitis B 3 shots – second shot 1 month after first, third shot 4-6 months after first


Hemophilus B (HIB) 4 shots before 15 months old – not recommended over 7 years old
Typhoid every 2 years
Hepatitis A 2 shots – 6 months to 1 year apart
Chicken Pox 2 shots at least 3 months apart if the child has not had a disease
Meningococcal Recommended/required by US colleges for incoming freshmen