St. DavidUnified School District #21

Health Services

We care about the well being of our students and staff and strive to provide the best health care possible for them. The St. David Unified School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Therefore, it is the policy of the St. David Unified School District that:

  • The school district will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing district-wide nutrition and physical education activities.
  • All students in grades K–12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
  • Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
  • Schools in our district will participate in available federal school meal programs, when applicable.
  • Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs and with related community services.

Please read our full wellness policy statement. For health services related questions, please feel free to call or e-mail us. Any member of our school district may participate in the development, review, and implementation of our wellness policy. Please contact Melanie Larson for more information.

Coordinated School Health Council

The Coordinated School Health Council meets quarterly to review annual plans and to determine what needs exist in our schools that warrant further attention. We have scheduled the meetings for 7:00 a.m., and they are open to the public. You can find the agendas and minutes to review under "Other Important Info" on this page.

Current members of the council are as follows:

  • Mark Goodman - Superintendent
  • Vickie Bradford - Business Manager
  • Jennifer Lopshire - Food Services Manager
  • Melanie Larson - District Nurse
  • Braden Davis - School Psychologist
  • Jean Gregory - Middle/High School Teacher Representative
  • Randy Crum - Elementary Teacher Representative
  • Jonathan Watts - Physical Education Teacher
  • Carter Mayberry - Community and Parent Representative
  • Barbie Grapp - Guidance Counselor

Immunization Policy

  • Children must have proof of all required immunizations or a valid exemption in order to attend the first day of school. Arizona law allows exemptions for medical reasons, laboratory evidence of immunity, and personal beliefs. Exemption forms are available at the Arizona Department of Health Services website. Homeless students are allowed a 5-day grace period.
  • The record for each vaccine dose must include the date and name of doctor or clinic.
  • The statutes and rules governing school immunization requirements are: Arizona Revised Statutes 15-871 - 874; Arizona Administrative Code, R9-6-701 – 708.
  • Please take a look at the immunization schedule, and be sure your child is on target and up to date with all of the important, required immunizations.
  • For additional information, we invite you to visit the Tapi website to read Why Immunize.
  • Parents can access immunization records on the Arizona Department of Health Services website.

Health Services Staff

Melanie Larson
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