School Health Procedures
Gabby Meadows, Health Technician, 748-0230 ext. 2203, email@example.com
To reduce the chance of you and your children becoming sick with the flu, here are a few suggestions from Palomar Pomerado Corporate Health Services:
- The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year with either a “flu shot” or nasal-spray flu vaccine.
- People should get vaccinated every year because even if the viruses in the vaccine are the same as the year before, immunity to influenza viruses declines over time and may be too low to provide protection after a year.
- Yearly flu vaccination should begin in September or as soon as vaccine is available and continue throughout the influenza season, into December and beyond.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick keep your distance from others.
- Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Garden Road has a Health Attendant to take care of first aid and emergencies. In case of student illness at school, the health attendant 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.
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.
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.
Students who are required to take any medication during school hours may be assisted by school personnel if the school receives a Medication Authorization form filled out by the physician and the parent detailing the instructions for administering the medication. This form may be picked up at the school office. For safety reasons, only adults may bring medication to school. Please do not send it to school with your child. See Medication Procedures
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.
LINK TO DISTRICT HEALTH SERVICES RESOURCES