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TB Information for Volunteers
Due to new regulations from both the state and county, PUSD nurses will no longer be providing TB clearance. Read more in the TB Volunteer Information.
Communicable disease is a disease that spreads from person to person. It means a germ such as a bacteria or virus, is in the school environment (air, water, plants, animals, and humans). Early identification of signs and symptoms (runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, etc.) of communicable disease is of paramount importance to increase the health of the school population and decrease school absenteeism.
Effective control of the spread of communicable disease includes vaccination, proper hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, appropriate cleaning of classrooms and gathering places, early recognition of symptoms, prompt diagnoses and treatment. Poway Unified School District’s resource nurses work closely with the San Diego County public Health Department in identifying cases of communicable disease in our schools. Nurses provide education regarding proper hygiene at school and home, and the importance of vaccinations. For your student’s protection and reassurance, please assure up-to-date emergency numbers are on file at school! Information regarding locations and times of vaccination centers is available to parents on our website under immunizations.
HOW YOU CAN HELP KEEP OUR SCHOOLS HEALTHY:
California Education Code, Section: 49423.5 allows for specialized health care services such as a Diabetes Management Plan to be performed by trained designated school staff under indirect supervision of a Credentialed School Nurse.
All supplies/equipment (medication, food, glucose tester, lancets, etc.) must be supplied by the parent/guardian.
The Diabetic Management Plan must be completed by the parent/guardian AND physician, and must be signed on appropriate page(s) of procedure. Diabetic Plans from medical facilities (i.e. Children’s Hospital) are acceptable, but the front page of the PUSD Diabetic Management Plan must be signed by the parent/guardian and included with the packet.
Parents of children with life threatening allergies (i.e. eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy, latex, insect stings, etc.) may contact the District Resource Nurse assigned to their school, prior to the first day of class, if they have additional concerns not addressed below.
Nutrition and Allergen Information Click here
Medication Statement to request Special Meals and/or Accommodations
The Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program is a state-mandated program which requires that all students entering first-grade receive specific health screenings within 18 months prior to or 90 days after entry into first grade. CHDP forms are included in the kindergarten Enrollment packets. TK students should complete CHDP requirements in their second year of Kindergarten to be in compliance with the 18 month mandate.
The purpose of the health screenings is early identification and remediation of health problems of California's children. Approximately 1 out of 10 children who receive the CHDP health screening are identified as having some health problem which has previously gone undetected. By identifying and treating or preventing at an early age these diseases or disabilities, CHDP health screenings help students achieve their fullest learning potential at school.
CHDP physicals are also available yearly for any child 0 – 18 years of age and can be requested at no cost. The state pays the cost of the initial exam for those who meet income eligibility and may pay for medial follow up to any conditions found during the exam.
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Head lice (Pediculosis capitis) are tiny insects that live on the human scalp and feed on blood. While feeding, lice inject saliva into the skin that causes itching. Persistent scratching on the scalp and behind the ears is a sign that head lice may be present. Anyone, adult or child, can get head lice. Nearly three million Americans, most, of them children, get head lice every year. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CLEANLINESS AND DOES NOT REFLECT POORLY ON YOU AS A PARENT. Although head lice are highly communicable, the problems can be managed. However, it does take work.
HOW DID MY CHILD GET HEAD LICE?
Head lice easily crawl from one warm body to the next. Has your child recently shared close space with siblings or friends (sleepovers); shared combs, brushes, hats/batting helmets (Little League); lovingly given hugs to others? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, you have probably found the "bridge" used by head lice to infest your child.
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Check every member of the family for head lice. Determine who is infected. Head lice look like tiny, white specks on the hair shaft, near the scalp, and are found especially at the nape of the neck and behind the ears. You will notice that these specks (head lice eggs) don't move or flake off easily.
Use a recommended head lice treatment on all infected family members and follow the directions carefully. Do not assume that if a little is good, a lot is better. Overuse of any lice medication may result in adverse effects.
Remove all NITS from your child's hair. PUSD has a "No Nit" policy. Children cannot be readmitted to school until all nits are removed from the hair.
Contact your child's school. Let them know your child has head lice and you are treating it at home.
Vacuum carpets, furniture, car interior, toys. Immediately dispose of or empty the vacuum bag. Lice WILL CRAWL OUT of the bag and re-infest your home.
Wash and dry clothes, bed linens, and towels.
Soak combs and brushes in hot (l30oF) water for 5-10 minutes.
Place non-washable items (stuffed animals, pillows, etc.) in a dryer for 20 minutes on HOT setting. If this is not possible, double-bag the non-washable items in a plastic trash bag, seal tightly (remember, these critters can crawl), and set aside for 30 days.
Check your child's hair on a monthly basis for head lice. Early detection prevents a severe infestation and means fewer "nits" to remove.
All children are required to have their vaccinations fully completed/up to date before enrolling in preschool unless exempted as provided by law. Under a new law known as SB 277, beginning January 1, 2016, exemptions based on personal/religious beliefs will no longer be an option for vaccines required for school entry in California. Personal/religious beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade. Medical exemptions, either permanent or temporary, are acceptable with a written statement from physician (M.D. or D.O) licensed in the state of California.
For more information about SB 277, please see http://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/sb277faq/.
For more information about school immunization requirements and resources, please visit the California Department of Health website at www.shotsforschool.org or contact your local health department or county office of education.
1 Receipt of the dose up to (and including) 4 days before the birthday will satisfy the child care entry immunization requirement.
2 If a child had chickenpox disease and this is indicated on the Immunization Record by the child's physician, they meet the requirement. Write "disease" in the chickenpox date box on the blue card.
3 Required only for children who have not reached the age of 4 years 6 months.
IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL AGE CHILD:
California Department of Public Health – Immunization Branch
All children are required to have their vaccinations fully completed/up to date before enrolling in grades TK – 12 unless exempted as provided by law. Under a new law known as SB 277, beginning January 1, 2016, exemptions based on personal/religious beliefs will no longer be an option for vaccines required for school entry in California. Personal/religious beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade. Medical exemptions, either permanent or temporary, are acceptable with a written statement from physician (M.D. or D.O) licensed in the state of California.
For more information about SB 277, please see http://www.shotsforschool.org.
4 Polio4 5 DTaP5 3 Hep B6 2 MMR7 2 Varicella
(7th - 12th)8
7th Grade Advancement9,10
1 Requirements for K-12 admission also apply to transfer pupils.
2 Combination vaccines (e.g., MMRV) meet the requirements for individual component vaccines. Doses of DTP count towards the DTaP requirement.
3 Any vaccine administered four or fewer days prior to the minimum required age is valid.
4 Three doses of polio vaccine meet the requirement if one dose was given on or after the fourth birthday.
5 Four doses of DTaP meet the requirement if at least one dose was given on or after the fourth birthday. Three doses meet the requirement if at least one dose of Tdap, DTaP, or DTP vaccine was given on or after the 7th birthday. One or two doses of Td vaccine given on or after the seventh birthday count towards the requirement.
6 For seventh grade admission, refer to Health and Safety Code section 120335, subdivision (c).
7 Two doses of measles, two doses of mumps, and one dose of rubella vaccine meet the requirement, separately or combined. Only doses administered on or after the first birthday meet the requirement.
8 For 7th-12th graders, at least one dose of pertussis-containing vaccine is required on or after the seventh birthday.
9 For children in ungraded schools, pupils 12 years and older are subject to the seventh grade advancement requirements.
10 The varicella requirement for seventh grade advancement expires after June 30, 2025.
DTaP/Tdap = diphtheria toxoid, tetanus toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine
Hep B = hepatitis B vaccine
MMR = measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine
Varicella = chickenpox vaccine
Poway Unified School District philosophy is that parents bear the primary responsibility in providing medication for their students. Whenever possible, medication should be administered at home. Parents have the option to personally administer medication to their child at any time during the school day. Health assistance can be provided to support student learning and attendance. Medication administration is provided under the direction and indirect supervision of the resource nurses in Health Services. If a student needs medication during the school day, the following procedure must be followed, according to Ed Code:
Please check the expiration date on all medication you provide to the school site and update this medication as needed.
Note: Poway Unified School District has a “zero tolerance” drug policy for all students.
Do not put your child at risk of receiving disciplinary action! Don’t send your child to school with any medication unless you have followed the medication procedure. Remember, even Tylenol or Advil are considered to be drugs.
Students may carry their own medication only if they are responsible and an Authorization to Carry Medication While at School form (H-26B) has been signed by the physician, parent, and student.
California law requires that all children entering public school for the first time (kindergarten or first grade) are required to have a dental check-up by May 31st of their first school year. The evaluation must be completed by a licensed dental professional. Oral health evaluations that occurred within the 12 months prior to school entry also meet this requirement.
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Specialized Physical Health Care (SPHC) including Life Threatening Allergy Plans and Diabetic management Plans as noted above, can also include Diastat Administration, Solu-Cortef Administration, Nebulizer Breathing Treatments and other procedures that can be safely administered in the school setting. California Education Code, Section: 49423.5 allows for specialized health care services to be performed by trained designated school staff under indirect supervision of a Credentialed School Nurse.
Return to School Post Illness or Injury
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The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact the Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406, 858-521-2800, extension 2761.
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