The Health Center, located in the Asa Thurston Physical Education Center, at the top of the entrance ramp, is open from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is equipped to handle first aid cases for all students and is supervised by registered nurses.
A program is carefully followed in an effort to improve each student’s physical and psychological health, to prevent disease or to control its spread, to maintain satisfactory community hygiene and safety, and to administer first aid for injuries that may occur during the school day.
Junior School students returning to School after any sickness are required to consult the nurse before being admitted to School.
- Kindergartners and first-graders are to report to their teacher.
- Children in grades 2 – 5 report to the Kosasa Office between 7 – 8:30 a.m.
- Children in grades 6 – 8 report to either the Kosasa Office from 7 – 7:45 a.m. or to the Health Center from 7:30 – 8 a.m.
Children in K – 5 are required to bring a note from their parents explaining the illness and/or the doctor’s diagnosis. All students must be “fever free” for 24 hours prior to readmission to School. A child having a throat culture should not return to School until the result is known and at least 24 hours of treatment has been completed.
Any student who has a cold, sore throat, fever, or is not well should not be sent to School.
Students who are ill should stay home the entire day. No student will be allowed into school late due to illness. When a child becomes ill at School, it is the parents’ responsibility to take the child home.
Students who show signs of colds or other illnesses are referred to the School nurse. The School nurse, in consultation with the family, handles student injuries and accidents. Every effort is made to notify parents and/or the family physician in such cases. If it is impossible to locate parents, the School nurse may need to arrange transportation to a medical facility at the parents’ expense.
Annual physical examinations are required of all Junior School students, all new students in grades 9 – 12, and all returning students in grades 9 and 11. All Health Cards are due by July 15 to the Business Office in the Sullivan Administration Building. Note that if July 15 falls on a weekend, then all health materials will be due the Friday preceding July 15.
Note: All new students must turn in their Health Cards following the directions in their admission packet. Students may not attend school until their Health documentation is received and deemed complete.
Hawai‘i State Law requires all students to meet examination and immunization requirements before they may attend any public or private school in the state. The Punahou Health Card includes an immunization report. All Punahou students are required to be immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, mumps, measles (rubeola and rubella), Hepatitis B and chicken pox (without disease documen- tation). A completed negative mantoux TB test is required before school attendance is allowed.
Emergency telephone numbers must be given for parents and for alternate caregivers to call if a parent cannot be reached.
Health: Illness in School
In Kindergarten – grade 1, when a student becomes ill and requires attention, the teacher assistant accompanies the student to the K – 1 Health Room in Wilcox Hall. In grades 2 – 5, students take a note from the teacher to the Kosasa Office. Kindergarten, first and second grade children are picked up from the offices by the school nurse or are escorted to the Health Center by an Academy student. Children in grades 3 – 5 proceed from the Kosasa Office to the Health Center.
In the middle school, students take a note from the teacher directly to the nurse at the Health Center. Academy students proceed directly to the Health Center.