Health Information

The Health Tech is employed by Pediatric Services of America (PSA).  The health tech will assist students who become ill during the school day.  In the event a student becomes ill and cannot attend classes, parents or guardians or emergency contacts will be called and asked to pick the student up in the clinic. Fevers of 100 degrees or higher and vomiting require immediate student check-out.  By Florida State law, parents must have an adult that can be reached during the day recorded on their student's health information card.  Emergency contact numbers are REQUIRED.  

Although your child's daily attendance in class is very important to her or his education, please remember that it is important to keep your child home if they are not feeling well. It is especially important for them to be kept at home to prevent spreading germs if they have been running a fever, have a sore throat, have been throwing up, or have had diarrhea. This is for their comfort as much as the wellbeing of the other students at school. For strep throat or pink eye, they must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to class. For fevers, vomiting & diarrhea it should also be 24 hours from the last episode.

Student Medication

All medications must be stored in the clinic. All medication must be brought to the Health Tech by the parent or legal guardian.  Students are not allowed to bring aspirin, cough drops, or any other medication to school. A parent or guardian will need to complete a Dispersion of Medication form (MIS 5183) and turn it in to the clinic.

Prescriptions must be current. Over-the-counter medications should be unopened, not expired, and must be age appropriate. All medication including prescriptions and over-the-counter medication should be delivered to the clinic by a parent or legal guardian in the original container(s) with proper labeling indicating names, dosage and time. Unless it is necessary for students to keep medication with them at all times (asthma inhalers, EpIPens), all medicine must be stored in the clinic. Teachers are not allowed to dispense any medications (including aspirin, cough drops, Tylenol) to students.

If you have any questions, please call Ms. Qualls in the Clinic.

COVID Information and Policies

Read OCSD's COVID-19 Information for Parents for the 2021-2022 School Year here.

Please visit the OCSD's Coronavirus Informaton page throughout the year for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. 


The State of Florida Public Health Department requires all students entering or attending 7th grade to have completed the following immunizations: 

  • Hepatitis B Series

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis Booster

  • a second dose of Measles vaccine (preferably MMR vaccine).

Students entering 7th grade will need a Tdap vaccine before beginning 7th grade. These can be obtained through your family physician or a the Okaloosa County Health Department at no charge. Please bring proof of this immunization on a Florida Certificate of Immunization Form DH680 to the school's Front Office so it may be entered into the system before their 7th grade year. 

All vaccines are provided at no cost for children 18 years and younger at DOH-Okaloosa. Appointments are required. Call 850-833-9246 to schedule an appointment. 


If the school is unable to contact parents, the student will be transported to a hospital by ambulance for emergency aid.  Neither the school nor Okaloosa County School Board assumes financial responsibility for this transportation or medical care provided.  Accident insurance is available to all students at a nominal cost.  In addition to being available online, insurance applications are sent home at the beginning of each school year.

Health and Dental Insurance

From birth to age 18, Florida children are eligible for affordable health and dental insurance through Florida KidCare, even if one or both parents are working. Find out more information at


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Scheree Martin, Principal

Okaloosa STEMM Academy
379 Edge Avenue
Valparaiso, FL 32580

School Hours: 7:00 - 2:30
Phone: 850-833-4120 

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