The district has seven 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 are eligible to receive home/hospital education if they need to be out of school for a period of time (more than two week)s for a medically related reason. Home/Hospital Education is, by definition, a temporary program, and is not provided for extended periods of time or in lieu of school attendance. If you child has a need for services (not modifications can be made at school to allow even part time attendance), contact your school and request to speak to the school nurse. She will provide you with the appropriate forms for requesting this service. The request is then reviewed and approved if appropriate, and a teacher will then be assigned. Any questions can be directed to Cathy Owens, R.N. who coordinates the program, 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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