Health Center (771-6565 ext. 4633)Health Services: The nurse is located in the Health Center in the administration building. The nurse provides assistance with school related health problems, health instruction in classrooms upon request, and individual health counseling for students, parents, and staff. Students must have a teacher signed student pass to come to the Health Center, unless it's an emergency. Students should contact or go see the nurse prior to contacting parents to receive permission to go home due to illness during the school day.Health problems: Students with serious health concerns such as diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, or other serious medical conditions are to be brought to the personal attention of the school nurse with written medical instructions for those limitations deemed necessary. Students with chronic health problems should report to the school nurse at the beginning of each fall term. Contact Denise LaFazia, the school nurse, at 771-6565 x4633.Immunizations: California State Law requires at the time of registration up-to-date measles, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, chicken pox immunization or disease history, Hepatitis B vaccine series and polio immunizations for all students. Exemptions for religious or medical reasons must be filed in writing in the permanent school health records. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the student being excluded from school.Communicable Diseases: Contagious diseases such as pink eye, impetigo, staph infections and ringworm require a written clearance for school attendance from a doctor. Parasites such as lice and scabies are causes for exclusion from school and school activities.Medications: Students are not allowed to carry medication with them. Only medication prescribed by a physician may be given to students. School personnel will cooperate with the student’s physician by providing a safe place for the storage of necessary medication. The school must have written permission from both the parent AND the physician for over the counter OR prescription medication to be given. The medication must be in the original container. Forms are available in the Health Center. NOTE: Students in possession of prescription medication and/or distributing it to others may be cause for disciplinary action.Physical Education: Students who have physical or health problems that limit participation in a full physical education program are required to submit a medical restriction form to the Health Center. Forms are available in the P.E. Department, the Health Center, and the office all year long. Students with certain disabilities may, upon presentation of a recommendation from a physician, be excused from regular P.E. and placed in a modified program. Students who have had a serious illness, injury, or any other health complication need a doctor’s clearance to reenter P.E. or athletic programs.Home Hospital Instruction: Requests for home teaching due to extended illness (two weeks or longer) must be made through a written medical request on a district form to the principal stating the nature of the illness and the expected duration of the illness. Contagious diseases such as pink eye, impetigo, and ringworm require a written clearance for school reentry from a doctor. Parasites such as lice and scabies are causes for exclusion from school.
As you may know, flu can be easily spread from person to person. Therefore, we are taking steps to reduce the spread of flu in our school district. We want to keep the schools open to students and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season, but we need your help to do this.
We are working closely with the Placer County Public Health Department to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning schools. We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available. For now, we are doing everything we can to keep our school functioning as usual.
Here are a few things that we will be encouraging and that you can do to help .
- Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Most classrooms have soap and water, however if they do not, we will be using hand sanitizers as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please contact the school if you do not wish for your child to use hand sanitizers in the absence of soap and water.
- Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue. If a tissue is not available, we encourage you to have them sneeze into the elbow, arm or sleeve areas. Make sure your children wash their hands after sneezing to remove the germs.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
- Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have fever and have stopped taking medication for fever or flu symptoms. This may require students to stay home for at least 3-5 days. Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.
- Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are sick while at school will be sent home.
- Get your child vaccinated against seasonal and H1N1 influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that young people are more susceptible to flu.
For more information, visit www.flu.gov, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO for the most current information about the flu. For more information about flu in our community and what our school district is doing, see www.rjuhsd.us. We will notify you of any additional changes to our school’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu.