Health ServicesSchool Health Office:Lucie McCarthy, R.N. (951) 894-5750 ext 6796.Deanna Schumann, Health Technician, (951) 894-5750 ext 6793.For more information on health concerns, health services, forms or the location of free immunization clinics, please refer to the Health Services section on the district website.
STUDENT ASSISTANCE & COUNSELING RESOURCES
Help is available for students who are struggling with life or are finding it hard to cope.
According to California State Law (E.C. 49423), students must have proper authorization in order to take or carry medications while in school. We are dedicated to providing a safe and effective way for your children to take medications during the school day, whether it is daily medications or temporary medications (Antibiotics, Tylenol etc.). These health forms provide parent authorization as well as physician authorization for your child to take the medication at school. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Return completed forms to the health office or fax to 951-304-1832.
IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION & REQUIREMENTS
Each student, upon admission, will need to present a provider-documented Immunization Record with the required immunizations according to the California State Department of Health and Riverside County Health Department. These records need to include:
1. The student’s name and date of birth
2. Type and date of each immunization dose
3. Name of clinic or physician administering dose (must be signed or stamped by clinic).
ILL OR INJURED STUDENT POLICY
Murrieta Valley Unified School District recognizes that students may become ill or injured at school. An updated Emergency Card must be on file for all students with means for contacting parents and/or emergency contacts. This card must be updated at the start of each new school year. When a student becomes ill or injured, the parent is the first contact attempt. If after attempting to contact the parents with no success, then the emergency contacts should be contacted. When at all possible, the parent should be notified of the illness or injury. If the parent is reached via phone and would like to designate someone other than who is listed on the emergency card to pick up their student, this should be so noted. The emergency contact (other than parent) cannot designate someone other than who is listed on the card.
If the parent and emergency contact(s) are not able to be reached (and it is a non-911 situation), administration should determine the appropriate action. This can include housing the student until a parent/emergency contact is reached, contacting 911 if the injury or illness needs immediate medical treatment, referring the situation to the police department for possible temporary care of the student.
The following are guidelines in regards to when a student should be sent home. This list is not all inclusive and other situations may deem it necessary to send student home:
- Fever of 100 degrees or greater (if a student has just come in from PE, they should rest for 5-10 minutes and then take their temperature to rule out false positives).
- Rash of unknown cause that is systemic in nature or accompanied by a fever.
- Suspected conjunctivitis (red, itchy eyes with exudates or inflamed conjunctiva)
- Contagious conditions such as untreated ringworm, head lice, impetigo, etc.
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea when accompanied by malaise or fever.
- Any suspected fracture unless the parent requests the student to stay in school (obvious displaced fractures must be sent home)
- Head injury with any loss of consciousness (brief-otherwise 911 should be called), severe headache or visual disturbances
- Cuts or gashes that are greater than 1” long and ½” wide or if any underlying structures are visible or bleeding is not controlled within 5 minutes.
- Puncture wounds that are deep or serious in nature.
- Medical conditions that are not ‘under control’ such as asthma that has not responded to inhaler treatment or excessive blood sugar levels with no insulin available, etc)
Students who are ill or injured will not be allowed to walk home, even with parent’s permission (due to District liability). If a parent insists, administration will be contacted for consultation. Health Office staff will not transport students home.
It is recommended that students return to school after an illness with fever when they have been fever free for 24 hours without medication (Tylenol, Advil). Students who have had contagious conditions such as head lice, ringworm, chickenpox, impetigo or other conditions deemed to be contagious, must be cleared through the Health Office prior to re-admittance to school. A note from physician may also suffice for a clearance.Policy for Icing Injuries - If a student is injured during the school day, they may come to the health office and if appropriate, ice the injury. If the injury is minor and it is determined they may stay at school, ice may be given to the student to take with them so as to reduce the amount of time out of class. If the injury is “old” (meaning it did not occur that day) the student may come during break and lunch to ice the injury in the health office. Ice will not be given during class time. This is to keep students in class and learning during the school day. A parent may provide a frozen ice pack and the student may keep it in the health office to retrieve at break or lunch if previously arranged.
NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?
Now, more children qualify for free or low-cost medical, dental and vision care coverage programs. See more information on low-cost student insurance or call the Health Office at 894-5750 ext 6793.