Mt Carmel has a Health Technician to take care of first aid and emergencies. In case of student illness at school, the health Technician will notify parents or the emergency contact listed on the enrollment form. No registered nursing services are provided at the school on a daily basis.
Please let the Health Office know if your child has a life threatening illness such as diabetes, seizure disorders, or sever allergies (Bees/Food). We want to be prepared to provide safe care for your child. Please be advised that there are no emergency medications at the school. Our only option is to call 911 if there is ever a concern.
To enable us to provide safe care for your child at school, please
submit the required, completed form(s):
Diabetic Management Plan
H-58 Potential Anaphylactic Reaction
H-26b Authorization to Carry Medication While at School (if applicable)
Along with prescribed medications
Parents must come to the health office with the appropriate forms. This includes medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Please click on the links below to download documents:
- Authorization for Medication
- Authorization to Carry Medication
- Diabetic Management Plan - Parent Consent & Physician Authorization
- Suggested Procedure in Caring for Students with Potential Anaphylactic Reaction (H-58)
- Tdap immunization requirements
- Other District Health Forms see District Health Webpage
Medication may not be left with the front desk receptionist to give to the Health Technician.
Medication at school MUST have a Doctor Signature. Please do not send your child to school with medication. If they need to receive anything including over the counter medications it is required by law to have doctor and parent signed Authorization to Administer Medication. The District medical procedures are for the safety of the students. For any questions regarding this policy please call the Health Office to answer your questions. Some medication would be : Motrin, Tylenol, Albuterol, Inhalers of all types, Eye drops, Nose sprays, antibiotic ointments, Antibiotics(needed during the school day), Benadryl,etc. Click here for Medication Procedures Outlined.
According to California State law, prescription and non-prescription medications are permitted to be taken at school only with a written statement from the physician AND a written statement from the parent or guardian. The Health Office has a form available titled “Authorization for Medication Administration”.
Written information that must be provided is:
· Student’s name
· The name of the medication
· Physician’s instructions detailing the date(s), method, amount and time medication is to be given
· Parent/guardian and Physician signature
This information is required for all medications including “over-the-counter” Tylenol, ibuprofen, cold/allergy medicines, etc. All medications MUST be labeled with the student’s name and above information, in the original Rx or OTC container.
NO PLASTIC BAGGIES WILL BE ACCEPTED!
Sunscreen, cough drops, lip balm and Vaseline, etc, must have a note from the parent on file and will also be monitored by the school personnel.
KEEPING EVERYONE HEALTHY
Please remember that PUSD Guidelines state that your child must be fever- and vomit-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Students with Upper Respiratory Infections common symptoms: persistent nasal discharge that is purulent or discolored, productive cough, excessive coughing or appears to be too ill or uncomfortable to adequately function in classroom setting should stay home until no symptoms for 24 hours or a written medical release is obtained.
Because all influenza or “flu” viruses can easily spread from person to person, we are asking your help to reduce the spread of flu in our schools. We want to work with parents, students, and staff to keep our schools open to students and functioning in a normal manner throughout the year.
Here's What Parents Can Do To Help:
Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Adults can set a good example by doing this too. Students may bring small containers of hand sanitizer for their own personal use.
Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed cups/utensils or cell phones.
Teach your children to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. Be sure to dispose of used tissues immediately and properly.
Teach you children if no tissue is available, to “catch your cold in your elbow” by covering mouth and nose with the crook of your arm and sneeze into the shirt sleeve.
Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without using fever-reducing drugs. By keeping children home when they have a fever, we can reduce the number of new people who may get infected.
Do not send children to school if they are sick. Children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.
Check with your doctor about getting yourself and your children vaccinated for seasonal (regular) flu.
The entire state is currently experiencing an epidemic of whooping cough cases which is the common name for pertussis. Whooping cough is a bacterial respiratory illness characterized by severe spasms of coughing that can last for several weeks or even for months. Whooping cough is usually spread from person-to-person through close contact with respiratory droplets released when a person coughs or sneezes. Whooping cough, which gets its name from the noise children make when they gasp for breath between violent coughs, can be deadly in infants under the age of 12 months. It is usually just an annoying illness in older children and adults, although it can turn into bronchitis or other lung infections.
The best way to prevent the disease is with vaccination. Infants begin receiving this vaccine at two months of age. By the time children reach young adulthood, they no longer have the immunity and require a booster. A vaccine for older children and adults became available in 2005. Parents can protect their infants and children by checking with their health care provider to make sure that all family members’ immunizations are up to date. For the most recent local information or local immunization clinics please go to the County of San Diego Public Health Department’s Immunization website at www.sdiz.org | MORE ABOUT PERTUSSIS (Whooping Cough)