The district has eight credentialed school nurses who cover several sites. Health technicians at each school provide first aid and nursing support among their other duties. The school nurses oversee the health technicians, assist with special education issues, design and oversee specialized physical health care plans, provide vision, hearing, and scoliosis screenings, respond to emergencies, review home/hospital requests, and consult with teachers, parents and others on health and safety issues. The school nurses also obtain developmental histories for students who receive special education assessments and participate in IEP meetings.
Cathy Owens, R.N., M.Ed, NCSN, ERSN Coordinator of Health Services (951) 696-1600 extn 1027
Children may be eligible to receive Home and Hospital Instruction (H/H) if they are home or hospital bound due to a temporary disability a period of time (more than two week)s for a medically related reason and unable to attend school, even with a modified day. Home and Hospital Instruction is, by definition, a temporary program, and is not appropriate for chronic conditions or in lieu of school attendance or for conditions that qualifies a student as having exceptional needs (ie: IEP). Because Home and Hospital 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. Home Hospital Instructions
In order to properly care for your student and notify parents when a student is ill or injured, California Education Code 49408 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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