Regular school attendance is critical for your teen’s success at school. Please notify the Attendance Office each day that your adolescent is absent. Extended absences related to health problems should always be reported to the school nurse at (619) 266-6502. Regular and prompt attendance is the responsibility of both student and parent/gardian. When a student is absent, the parent/guardian must call the Attendance Office, or send a note with student on return to school. All absences must be cleared within 3 days. Absences that are not cleared will become truencies.
Any changes of address or phone number should be reported to the Attendance Clerk as soon as possible.
Any student with a temperature of 100 degrees or greater will be sent home from school. Students must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) before they are to return to school. If your student is sent home from school with a fever they should not return to school the next day.
To help protect students and staff please inform the school nurse if your student has been diagnosed with a contagious illness i.e. strep throat, chicken pox, pink eye. You may have your doctor fax a note stating when they may return to school.
Fax: (619) 266-6606.
Please be a role model by reminding your children to wash their hands after they cough or sneeze, before they eat, and anytime they are around someone who is sick. Hand washing is the best way to stop the spread of illnesses.
Feel free to contact me at any time if you have a question or concern about symptoms you are seeing with your child. I will be able to let you know what we are seeing at school and I can point you in the right direction if I don’t know the answer.
REASONS FOR DISMISSAL/EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL
• Temperature over 100.0 degrees (oral temperature)
• Cough with fever
• Suspected infection of eye, ears, nose, throat, skin scalp (unless under physician’s care for 24 hours)
• Severe headache or abdominal pain
• Suspected communicable disease and/or rash of unknown origin
• Suspected fracture or any severe or disabling injury
• Questionable need for sutures
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Severe head injury
VISION SCREENING AND HEARING SCREENING
Available in the nurse's office upon request or teacher recommendation.
We are able to administer over-the-counter medications and prescription medications with a signed consent and physician order. Parents/guardians need to contact the school nurse to complete the required forms so their teen may receive the medication(s) during school hours. The following regulations are in effect for all prescription and over-the-counter drugs:
1. Tylenol, Ibuprofen and first aid supplies are available in the nurse’s office. In order for your child to receive these services you must sign the form labeled Health Office Information Exchange Consent and return it to school.
2. For medication other than those covered by the Health Office Information Exchange Consent form (including if your child requires an Epi-pen for severe allergies or if your child has migraines or an injury that requires more than the standard dose of Tylenol or Ibuprofen), you must return a Physician Recommendation for Medications form. The Physician Recommendation for Medications form can be downloaded and is available from the nurse.
3. The medication in its original container must be brought to school by a parent or responsible person for the child, and picked up when discontinued. You must provide: an Epi-pen for a student with severe allergies; insulin, snacks and testing supplies for diabetic students; Diastat if ordered for students who have seizures and inhalers for students who have asthma.
4. A complete form indicating the name of the medication, dosage, time, duration and possible side effects must be signed by the parent and the physician. A new Physician Recommendation for Medications must be submitted to the school nurse each year, and for any change in medication that needs to be administered at school.
5. Students must present valid ID to obtain medications.
6. Students with asthma or allergic reactions may carry their inhalers/Epi-pens with written permission from their doctor stating that the student may self-administer. The physician order form is available and kept on file in the Nurse’s Office.