The district has eight credentialed school nurses. We also have health technicians at all sites who assist the school nurses with first aid and other office duties. The school nurses cover several sites and provide nursing support in a variety of ways. Each student who is required to take medication at school must have written parent and physician permission on file, as well as provide the medication to the health office in the original, labeled container (download Medication Authorization). The school nurses also oversee the health technicians at each site, assist with special education issues, design and oversee specialized physical health care plans, provide vision and hearing, scoliosis, and color vision screenings, handle emergencies, review home/hospital requests, and consult with teachers, parents and others on health and safety issues. They are also highly involved with special education obtaining developmental histories for student assessments and participating in IEP meetings as needed.
Children may be eligible to receive Home and Hospital Instruction (H/H) if they need to be out of school for a period of time (more than two week)s for a medically related reason. Home and Hospital Instruction is, by definition, a temporary program, and is not appropriate for chronic conditions or in lieu of school attendance. Because Home andHospital Instruction does not replace classroom instruction and often may be very limited, If the absence is going to be for an extended period of time, alternate programs/modifications may be considered, including modified day or Independent Study, etc If you child has a need for services (either bed or hospital bound and unable to leave the home/hospital for any portion of the day for schooling), contact your school and request to speak to the School Nurse. You can can be provided with the appropriate forms to have your physician complete requesting this service. The request is then reviewed and approved if appropriate. All attempts to have a teacher of the same grade or subject be assigned, but it may be any teacher in the District and for high school students, it may or may not be a teacher in any of their subjects. Any questions can be directed to Cathy Owens, R.N., M.Ed, NCSN at (951) 677-0568 extn 6495.
In order to properly care for your student and notify parents when a student is ill or injured, California Education Code 49403 requires that all parents submit an emergency card with their home phone, work phone, and emergency contacts. If your student is injured or ill, and we do not have an updated emergency card, we may have to call 911 for treatment at the parent's expense. Please include at least two or three local numbers of people who could care for your student if you are not available. Please also note any medical condition or medication that your child takes so that we can provide appropriate care and share this information with emergency personnel, if necessary.
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