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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.



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







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)




*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)





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




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. 


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

bananas, oranges and apples in the cafeteria

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


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


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.

Contact Us

Brenda Brooks
ECHS School Nurse

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.

Casey Hughart
Strong Tomorrows Case Manager

Mario Jones
Strong Tomorrows Case Manager