Office Hours: 7:15am to 2:45pm on School Days
Health Technician District Resource Nures
Peggy Geier Laurie Snyder
Ph: (858) 484-1180 x3173 Ph: (858) 521-2800 x2810
Fax: (858) 780-3174 Fax: (858) 485-1501
NOTICE: During the COVID Pandemic MCHS will be following the County COVID Decision Tree for all illness-related attendance decisions.
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/guardians 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 technician know if your child has a life threatening illness such as diabetes, seizure disorders, or severe allergies (bees/food). We want to provide safe care for your child at school. Please be advised that no emergency medications are available 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). Parents/Guardians must come to the health office with the appropriate forms and medications (if appropriate.) Please click on the links below to be directed to the District website for the appropriate documents:
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 the doctor and parent sign an Authorization to Administer Medication form. 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 examples of medication include Motrin, Tylenol, Albuterol, inhalers of all types, eye drops, nose sprays, antibiotic ointments, antibiotics (needed during the school day), Benadryl, etc. Click here for a summary of 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 and/or Authorization to Carry Medication.
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.
Medication may not be left with the front desk receptionist to give to the health technician.
Field Trips and Medications
If your student is going on a school-related field trip and takes medications at home (daily or otherwise) they must have a medication form on file in the Health Office to be able to take their medications on any trips.
Keeping Everyone Healthy
Please remember that PUSD guidelines state that your child must be fever free (temperature less than 100 degrees Fahrenheit) 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 keep everyone healthy.
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 your 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 (temperature 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 spread of any virus.
- 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.