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Student Health

 

For the well being of all students, children should remain at home if they are ill. Below are some general guidelines to help you decide if you should keep your child home from school:

Keep at HomeSend to SchoolSee a Doctor
Fever above 100°Ear infection; no painUndiagnosed skin rash
Vomits more than onceInfrequent diarrheaEye infection
Flu: body aches, fever, headacheMinor cold (runny nose, cough, sneezing, sore throat) 
 Cold sores (Sore covered) 
 Infestation of scabies, lice (After treatment begins) 
 Strep throat (After 24 hours of medication) 
 Vague “I don’t feel good” symptoms 

The school has no way of providing for children who are ill except to contact the parent or emergency contact and request they be picked up and taken home. For this reason, it is critical that the school have current parent/guardian contact information on file.

Please notify the school office if your child is staying home due to illness.

Medications

All medications, including aspirin, Tylenol, cough/cold medicines, etc., must be left in the office. Only inhalers can be kept by the child if the physician authorizes in writing that the child is qualified, has demonstrated proper technique and is capable of self-administering the medication. 
 
Each medication must be in its original container and marked with:
  1. the child’s name, dosage and time to be taken.
  2. the name of the prescribing physician.
  3. an identification number of the prescription on the container.
  4. the name of the pharmacy.

Only the school nurse can give nonprescription medications to students who submit a completed Health Information Exchange Consent Form. The school nurse will be on site Monday through Thursday. Office staff will distribute medications on Fridays.

Prescription medications must be accompanied by physician’s orders that include exact dosage and, as mentioned above, must be in the original container. These requirements help protect your child by ensuring administration of the correct medication and dosage.

Injuries

Staff will take care of all minor injuries at school. In the event of a more serious injury, parents are always notified and requested to come to the school for their child. The phone number and name of an alternate emergency contact must be on file in the event the parent cannot be reached.

Student Insurance

SDUSD does not carry medical or dental insurance for students injured on school grounds, while under school jurisdiction or while participating in school district activities. However, the district does provide access to optional accident insurance. Student insurance booklets are available in the office upon parent request.