Any student with a fever (100.0 degrees or higher) will be sent home. If your child has been absent due to an illness, s/he must be free of fever (without medication,) episodes of nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, or diarrhea for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school. If your child has a rash, please do not send him/her to school until your health care provider has stated that your child is not contagious. Do not send your child to school if s/he is sick.
The district nurse travels to all school sites during the week. She can be reached by phone at 408-335-2074. During the nurse’s time on each campus, she conducts mandated hearing and vision screenings, health assessments, and oversees the 5th grade Growth and Development Program. The school secretary assists students in the health office when the nurse is not on campus.
Students with chronic or acute illnesses may require prescribed or over-the-counter medication during school hours in order to benefit from their educational program. The California Education Code, Section 49423 states “any pupil required to take during their regular school day, medication prescribed for him by a physician, may be assisted by the school nurse or other designated school personnel if the school district receives; A written statement from such physician detailing the method, amount and time schedules by which such medication is to be taken, AND a written statement from the parent or guardian of the pupil indicating the desire that the school district assist the pupil in the matters set forth in the physician’s statement.”
The Education Code regulations include over-the-counter products. Whether prescribed or over-the-counter, all medication needs to be in its original container labeled with the name of the student, physician, and medication. Specific directions for use must be included. “Take as directed” is not acceptable.
Compliance is important to the health and safety of all students. The appropriate Medication Authorization Form or Allergy Action Plan form (available in the office or on our website) allows for consultation between the school nurse and physician regarding medication side effects and possible adverse reactions. Parents are required to provide a sufficient supply of medication.